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    Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10

    Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10

    How to Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10
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    How to Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10


    The This PC window in File Explorer includes a Folders group that displays a linked Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos folder from the current user account's "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder location.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the icon of the default Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos Folders in This PC for your account or all users in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Change Icons of Folders in This PC for Current User
    • Option Two: Change Icons of Folders in This PC for All Users


    EXAMPLE: Folders in This PC
    Name:  Folders_in_This_PC.jpg
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Size:  71.3 KB Name:  This_PC_address_bar.jpg
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    Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10
    Change Icons of Folders in This PC for Current User


    This option will override Option Two.

    This option will only be applied to the current user, and no other user account on the PC.

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. Do step 4 (3D Objects), step 5 (Desktop), step 6 (Documents), step 7 (Downloads), step 8 (Music), step 9 (Pictures), and/or step 10 (Videos) below for the folder icon you want to change.


     4. To Change Icon of 3D Objects Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}\DefaultIcon

    If you do not have a {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.

    Name:  3D_Objects_current_user.jpg
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     5. To Change Icon of Desktop Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\DefaultIcon

    If you do not have a {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641} key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641} for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641} key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.

    Name:  Documents_current_user.jpg
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     6. To Change Icon of Documents Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af}\DefaultIcon

    If you do not have a {d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af} key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type {d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af} for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the {d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af} key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.

    Name:  Documents_current_user.jpg
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     7. To Change Icon of Downloads Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f}\DefaultIcon

    If you do not have a {088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f} key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type {088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f} for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the {088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f} key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.

    Name:  Downloads_current_user.jpg
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     8. To Change Icon of Music Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de}\DefaultIcon

    If you do not have a {3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de} key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type {3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de} for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the {3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de} key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.

    Name:  Music_current_user.jpg
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     9. To Change Icon of Pictures Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8}\DefaultIcon

    If you do not have a {24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8} key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type {24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8} for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the {24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8} key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.

    Name:  Pictures_current_user.jpg
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     10. To Change Icon of Videos Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}\DefaultIcon

    If you do not have a {f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a} key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type {f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a} for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the {f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a} key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.

    Name:  Videos_current_user.jpg
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    11. In the right pane of the DefaultIcon key, double click/tap on the (Default) value to modify it.

    12. Type the full path of the .ico file wrapped in quotes for the icon you want to use for this folder, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Modify.jpg
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    Folder Default Icon
    3D Objects %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-198
    Desktop %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
    Documents %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-112
    Downloads %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-184
    Music %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-108
    Pictures %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-113
    Videos %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-189

    13. When finished, close Registry Editor.

    14. Refresh (F5) the This PC window of File Explorer if open to apply.






    Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10
    Change Quick Access Icon for All Users


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    If any user uses Option One, it will override this option for their account.

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. Do step 4 (3D Objects), step 5 (Desktop), step 6 (Documents), step 7 (Downloads), step 8 (Music), step 9 (Pictures), and/or step 10 (Videos) below for the folder icon you want to change.


     4. To Change Icon of 3D Objects Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}\DefaultIcon

    Name:  3D_Objects_folder.jpg
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     5. To Change Icon of Desktop Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\DefaultIcon

    Name:  Desktop_folder.jpg
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Size:  42.4 KB


     6. To Change Icon of Documents Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af}\DefaultIcon

    Name:  Documents_folder.jpg
Views: 8800
Size:  41.6 KB


     7. To Change Icon of Downloads Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f}\DefaultIcon

    Name:  Downloads_folder.jpg
Views: 8763
Size:  41.6 KB


     8. To Change Icon of Music Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de}\DefaultIcon

    Name:  Music_folder.jpg
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Size:  42.0 KB


     9. To Change Icon of Pictures Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8}\DefaultIcon

    Name:  Pictures_folder.jpg
Views: 8812
Size:  40.9 KB


     10. To Change Icon of Videos Folder

    A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 11 below.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}\DefaultIcon

    Name:  Videos_folder.jpg
Views: 8825
Size:  41.5 KB


    11. Change the owner (click on link) of the DefaultIcon key in the left pane of Registry Editor to be the Administrators group.

    12. Set permissions (click on link) of the DefaultIcon key in the left pane of Registry Editor to Allow the Administrators group Full control.

    13. In the right pane of the DefaultIcon key, double click/tap on the (Default) value to modify it.

    14. Type the full path of the .ico file wrapped in quotes for the icon you want to use for this folder, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    The .ico file will need to be located in either folder below for it to be applied to all users.
    • C:\Users\Public
    • C:\Windows
    • C:\Windows\System32

    Name:  Modify.jpg
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    Folder Default Icon
    3D Objects %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-198
    Desktop %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
    Documents %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-112
    Downloads %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-184
    Music %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-108
    Pictures %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-113
    Videos %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-189

    15. When finished, close Registry Editor.

    16. Refresh (F5) the This PC window of File Explorer if open to apply.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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       18 Aug 2018 #1

    Tutorial updated to add Option One to change This PC "Folders" icons for current user only.
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