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How to Change Icon of a Library in Windows 10

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Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can add or remove folders and drives to be included in a library as you like.

This tutorial will show you how to change the icon of a library to any custom icon you like in your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Change Icon of New Library using Properties
  • Option Two: To Change Icon of New Library using File Explorer Ribbon
  • Option Three: To Change Icon of Library using "Library Icon Changer" app
  • Option Four: To Change Icon of Library using its .xml file






Library Icon - Change in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Library Icon - Change in Windows 10
To Change Icon of New Library using Properties

1. Open Libraries in File Explorer.

2. Right click or press and hold on a new library you want to change the icon of, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Change library icon button. (see screenshot below)

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4. Browse to and select the icon you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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You can use any .ico file, or open a Windows .dll file (ex: imageres.dll or shell32.dll) that contains icons to select from.


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5. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Library Icon - Change in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Library Icon - Change in Windows 10
To Change Icon of New Library using File Explorer Ribbon

1. Open Libraries in File Explorer.

2. Select a new library you want to change the icon of, click/tap on the Library Tools Manage tab, and click/tap on Change icon in the ribbon. (see screenshot below)

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3. Browse to and select the icon you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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You can use any .ico file, or open a Windows .dll file (ex: imageres.dll or shell32.dll) that contains icons to select from.


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Library Icon - Change in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Library Icon - Change in Windows 10
To Change Icon of Library using "Library Icon Changer" app

1. If you have not already, click on the Download button below to download and save the .zip file below to your desktop.

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2. Unblock the .zip file, open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the LibraryIconChanger.exe file from the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Run the LibraryIconChanger.exe file.
NOTE: This is a standalone EXE file that only runs and does not install to your PC.

4. If you have not already, Windows will need to first download and install .NET Framework 3.5. Run the LibraryIconChanger.exe file again afterwards. (see screenshot below)

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5. In the right pane, select the library that you want to change the icon of. (see screenshot below step 10)

6. Do step 7, step 8, or step 9 below for what you would like to do.


 7. To Select Icon from dll for Library

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A) In the left pane, select an icon, click/tap on Select Icon from dll button, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below step 10)


 8. To Select New Icon from File for Library

A) Click/tap on the Select new Icon from file button. (see screenshot below step 10)

B) Browse to and select an .ico file you want for the library, click/tap on Open, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)

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 9. To Restore Default Icon of Library

A) Click/tap on the Restore default icon button, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below step 10)


10. When finished, you can close the Library Icon Changer (Libraries Icons) app.

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Library Icon - Change in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Library Icon - Change in Windows 10
To Change Icon of Library using its .xml file

1. Open Notepad. (see screenshot below)

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2. Open your %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries or %Public%\Libraries (Recorded TV) folder. (see screenshots below)

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3. Drag and drop the library (ex: Pictures) you want to change the icon of into notepad. (see screenshot below)

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4. Look for the <iconReference> line in notepad, and change the data in the middle for the icon you want to use instead. (see screenshot below)
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What data to use for icon:

NOTE: Please feel free to post if you have any questions.
  • You can reference the full path of an .ico file in quotes.
  • You can reference a .dll file with an added comma and number position of the icon in the .dll file. If you like, you can use the free program IconViewer to make knowing what the number position is.


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Default Library Icons:
  • Camera Roll = <iconReference>imageres.dll,-1003</iconReference>
  • Documents = <iconReference>imageres.dll,-1002</iconReference>
  • Music = <iconReference>imageres.dll,-1004</iconReference>
  • Pictures = <iconReference>imageres.dll,-1003</iconReference>
  • Recorded TV = <iconReference>imageres.dll,-1008</iconReference>
  • Saved Pictures = <iconReference>imageres.dll,-1003</iconReference>
  • Videos = <iconReference>imageres.dll,-1005</iconReference>


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5. When finished, press the Ctrl+S keys, or click/tap on File (menu bar) and Save in Notepad. (see screenshot below)

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6. Restart explorer to apply.




That's it,
Shawn