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How to change desktop icons

Today we are going to learn how to change the desktop icons in Windows 10. In addition, the process will also serve to customize any system icon. As well as folders or any shortcuts. On the other hand, it is a fairly simple process. It allows you to give a personal touch to certain icons. Or simply, to differentiate them from the others. Please note that to use custom icons, the files must be in .ico format. With this in mind, you must use an app that allows you to save them in this format. I have used IrfanView, however, you can use any other.

How to change the folder icons

Let’s see how to change the icon of a folder. The first thing you have to do is right click on the folder. Now in the context menu, please click on Properties.

Entering the folder properties
Entering the folder properties

Next, click on the Customize tab. You will see elements related to the folder’s appearance. However, there are two that interest us: Choose file and Change icon. First, click on Change icon.

Change folder icon
Change folder icon

A window with the default icons will be displayed immediately. Just select one of them and click on accept. If you want to choose a different icon, click on Browse.

Selecting a new icon for the folder.
Selecting a new icon for the folder.
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After clicking on Browse a file explorer will open. Once there, just select the file with the .ico ending. Please note that the icon background will be preserved. Therefore, it is necessary that this background is transparent.

Setting a custom icon
Setting a custom icon

Back to the Customize tab. We have another option. Indeed, if you click on Choose file, then you will choose an image that will appear inside the folder file. That is, the image will be displayed together with the folder.

How to change shortcut icons.

The process for shortcuts is even easier. Even if they are inside the start menu. In fact, just right-click and then from More, Open file location.

In effect, you will be redirected to the location of the shortcut file. Once there, right-click on it and then click on Properties. Note that this step is also useful if the shortcut is in the Start Menu, or on the desktop.

Entering the shortcut properties
Entering the shortcut properties

In the new window, just click on Change Icon. Please follow the same steps as in the previous section.

Changing the shortcut icon.
Changing the shortcut icon.

How to change Windows desktop icons

Finally we will see how to change the icons that appear on the desktop by default. For example, the recycle garbage can. With this in mind, right click on a blank space on the desktop. Then click on Personalize.

In the new window, please click on Themes. Next, in the menu on the right click on Desktop icons settings.

Customizing desktop icons
Customizing desktop icons

In the new window, you can change the icons. Selecting from the default icons or using a custom icon. Just follow the steps above.

Changing desktop icons.

Okay, we have finally seen how to change the desktop icons in Windows 10. In addition, we saw other actions related to the customization of these elements. See you later!

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