How to Change the Icon for a Shortcut in Windows 10

There are some icons that are just too… boring. If you’ve ever created a shortcut from scratch, you already know. Maybe an App came with a horrible icon for its shortcut and you want to change it. No problem, we’ll show you how to do exactly that.

  1. First things first – locate the file with the icon you want to change. Right-click it and select Properties from the context-menu.
  2. Select the Shortcut tab from the top menus. On the Shortcut window, click the Change Icon… button.
  3. Depending on the specific file you select, you may get a message about a file not containing icons. No problem – just click OK
  4. If a window appears and you don’t see a bunch of icons to choose from, or you have a specific icon or file that contains an icon in mind – you’ll need to manually navigate to that file and select it first. Scroll down to the Manually Locate Icon Files section of this guide for instructions on doing just that :)
  5.   If there’s more than one icon file to choose from, they’ll be presented in a list. Choose the one that you like the most and click OK.
  6. Back on the Properties window, confirm the new icon is displayed, then click OK
  7. That’s it, you’re all done!

Manually Locate Icon Files

  1. If you need to find an icon to use, click the Browse… button in the Change Icon window.
  2. Now navigate to the icon file you want to use. If you don’t have a specific one in mind, Windows includes a bunch you can use. To locate them, select your C: drive, and then the main Windows folder.
  3. Open the System32 sub-folder.
  4. Locate and select the shell32.dll file.
  5. Now return to Step #5 in the first part of this guide.
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