Monday, January 24, 2011

customizing icons on Windows XP



     
    My friend asked me the other day how to customize icons on Windows XP. How can you change the Icon picture? We have 2 ways to change the icons, both by using the built-in methods and also with additional software in Windows XP.

Icon customization is usually used because of multiple folder and Sub folders  and through this you can easily Identify what folder contains say you can mark your personal files with your picture so that you can Identify folder instead of looking inside the folder



Changing My Computer, My Documents, and Recycle Bin Icons Manually

Right-click on the desktop and choose Properties, then on the Desktop tab you should choose the Customize Desktop button.



In the Desktop Items dialog you can select one of the icons and click the Change Icon button.



Now just click the Browse button, and pick whichever icon file you would prefer.



Change Icons for Specific Folders Manually

You can change the icon for many folders by right-clicking the folder and choosing Properties, and then clicking Change Icon on the Customize tab.



You could manually create or edit the file if you choose, instead of using the dialogs. The IconFile line can be adjusted to point to a custom icon file. If you are pointing to a .ico file you should change the IconIndex line to 0 instead.

Note: This isn’t available for all folders, for instance you can’t use this to change the icon for the Windows folder. 

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