How To Add Images To Shortcuts And Icons

We saw how to create an icon for a single web page in my Elderly Computing article. Sometimes the icon that is created is an empty square– no picture. Let’s take a look at changing the icon to something else.

Open your browser and locate the website you want a shortcut for.

Note: I am using Google Chrome

Click the menu button (three dots in the upper right of the browser).

More tools > Create shortcut…

Change the name to something you will recognize.

Notice the empty box for an icon.

Right-click on the icon and choose Properties.

Click Change Icon.

Click the line under “Look for icons in this file:” to select it and enter the following:


Or Browse to windows > system32 > imageres.dll.

Click OK.

Scroll left and right to locate an icon to use.

Click to select it, then click OK.

The icon in the shortcut now relates to the page it will open.

You can use this same technique to change other ICONs. You can also make your own. More on how to do that another time.


About the Author

Dick Evans

Dick Evans has been in the tech industry for more than fifty years. Beginning his career in the '60s on IBM mainframes, he has been a Programmer, a Data Processing Manager (now called Information Systems Manager), a Consultant, an Assistant Professor, and a Writer. He has been published in a number of computer publications and has spoken at conferences here in the US and abroad. He is currently retired from the faculty at Rhode Island College and consulting/writing part-time, holding teaching seminars, and maintaining a number of Web sites. He maintains a blog with technical “stuff” and has a Web site at


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