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.
- First things first – locate the file with the icon you want to change. Right-click it and select Properties from the context-menu.
- Select the Shortcut tab from the top menus. On the Shortcut window, click the Change Icon… button.
- Depending on the specific file you select, you may get a message about a file not containing icons. No problem – just click OK
- 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 :)
- 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.
- Back on the Properties window, confirm the new icon is displayed, then click OK
- That’s it, you’re all done!
Manually Locate Icon Files
- If you need to find an icon to use, click the Browse… button in the Change Icon window.
- 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.
- Open the System32 sub-folder.
- Locate and select the shell32.dll file.
- Now return to Step #5 in the first part of this guide.