Customizing Your Icons


It doesn’t matter which operating system I have loaded…

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… I love to use custom icons, and there is no shortage of them available for download… so why not?

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If you also like to step outside the box and make Windows your own, this is how to customize icons for apps and programs, such as Microsoft Office, which have the “Change Icon” option disabled.
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With Windows 8 you need to right click on a tile then on Properties to find the shortcut path and change the icon at its source… otherwise, it’s just the same as for Win 7.

Right click on the desktop and select New then Shortcut.

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In the window that opens click on Browse

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… and navigate to the program/app’s exe file, click on it and then on OK.


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You will now see the path in your ‘Create Shortcut’ window, click Next to continue.

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In the next window you can either change the name of the shortcut or accept the default.

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Click on Finish after your decision and your shortcut is created.
As you can see, it has the default app icon…

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… but now, when you right click on it and select Properties, you will find that the “Change Icon” option is activated…

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… allowing you to change the icon to anything you want.


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This is good for keeping all your icons in the same theme.

**Here are three safe sites where you can get thousands of icons:

About the Author

Alan Wade

Alan is a semi-retired geek from England, who has lived in Sweden with his wife and family since 2001. His interest in computers began in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the Commodore Vic 20 where he learned to hack game code so he could force his name to appear as the high scorer. Alan made his way through the horde of console computers in the late 80’s and early 90’s before settling on Windows with the release of Windows 3.1. He has worked in the broadband industry on both the technical and installation side. In his off time he enjoys building computers for family and friends as well as digging into the guts of the OS to customize and tweak the OS.