If you are like many of the computer users I know, you have a number of shortcuts on your desktop and many of them contain the same icon. This can get confusing when you are searching your desktop for the shortcut you need to use. It would be a lot easier if each icon had a specific picture for the place the shortcut will take you. Well, there is good news. You can change the icon for any shortcut on the desktop.
You will need an ICO image. Sometimes you can use one already in Windows but let’s look at locating one you can choose for yourself on the Internet.
Open iconarchive.com and search for an icon you would like to use.
Let’s look for a USA flag. Click Search Icons and pages of results appear.
Click the one you would like to use.
Click ICO to download it to your computer.
Save it in a place you will remember. I saved it in my Downloads folder in a new folder called ico files.
Right-click the icon you want to change, then click Properties.
Click Change Icon.
Browse to the folder containing your downloaded icon, click it to select it, and then click Open.
If more than one icon appears, click the one you want to use. Then click OK.
Click Apply, then OK.
And the icon now shows the Flag.
This will help remove the confusion over look-alike shortcuts and save a bunch of time. Another tool for your toolbox.