Windows 10: Shortcut - Change Icon in Windows 10
Shortcut - Change Icon in Windows 10
How to Change Icon of a Shortcut in Windows 10
Published by Shawn Brink
How to Change Icon of a Shortcut in Windows 10
A shortcut is a link to an item (such as a file, folder, or app) on your PC. You can create shortcuts and then place them in a convenient location, such as on the desktop, so that you can easily access the item that the shortcut links to. Shortcuts can be distinguished from the original file by the arrow that appears overlayed on the icon.
This tutorial will show you how to change the icon of a LNK or URL shortcut in Windows 10.
1. Right click or press and hold on the .lnk or .url shortcut file, and click/tap on Properties.
2. Click/tap on either the Shortcut tab for a .lnk file or the Web Document tab for a .url shortcut, and click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshots below)
3. Click/tap on Browse, navigate to and select the .ico, .icl, .exe, or .dll file that contains the icon you want to use, click/tap on Open, select the icon, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)
Most of the default icons used by Windows 10, are located in the files below.
4. Click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshots below step 2)
I can find plenty of topics in this forum about creating desktop shortcuts, changing the size of those icons, displaying icons, adding, deleting or restoring shortcut arrows, but I can't seem to find anything that addresses my problem:
I got my wife a new Windows 10 laptop for Christmas. She uses IE11 and AOL webmail and she wanted a shortcut on her desktop. I opened her AOL email, clicked file on the Menu Bar, clicked Send, and finally clicked Shortcut to Desktop. Closing out of her email I observed the little AOL icon on her desktop. I right-clicked it, renamed it AOL Mail, and removed the number of emails which were parenthetically included in the icon text. I double-clicked the icon, making sure that it took me to her inbox.
Everything was good until my wife rebooted when we found that the AOL icon changed itself into this ugly blue globe. Every thing I found on the internet has not worked to change the icon back. Only deleting the icon and recreating it works. Of course, that's silly - the computer knew what the icon was originally and, presumably where it was stored.
How do I change this icon and make it 'stick'?
I like using OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to create a website shortcut with to make sure the custom icon you use sticks.
Internet Website Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
Thanks for your reply Shawn. Before I read your response I was busy doing some non-tenforums solution searching and I ran across someone who posted that their icon cache needed to be rebuilt since it had become corrupted. That poster was also getting the blue globes as his IE desktop shortcuts.
I saw no earthly reason why the icon cache would have become 'corrupted' in a brand new laptop, but it triggered a memory about something I'd read in another tenforums tutorial. Sure enough, here is another of your splendid tutorials -
Icon Cache - Rebuild in Windows 10. I used Option One - To Rebuild the Icon Cache using a BAT file. Downloaded it, ran it, and the icon for my wife's AOL Webmail went back to what it was when I first created it. You mention in your other tutorial (the one you supplied a link for) that those icons are stored in the folder C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files. I assume that they would be in the same location on a W10 computer? I can't really check here, since the wife is busy catching up on all the 'wonderful' (cough) information she'd missed on Facebook.
That's the correct location for Internet Explorer for the icon. However, you can use any icon (.ico) file you like, say from Google.
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