The Icons on your Windows PC make it easy for you to identify a program or an app. Although the Icons get the job done in terms of graphical representation, they do tend to get boring after a while. The good thing about Windows is that it lets you customize your app or program icons easily.
If you would like to update the look of the Icons on your Windows PC, there are a few ways to do it without breaking anything. Only thing we recommend is to create a restore point for your Windows PC before making any changes.
How to Change the Default Icons to the In-built Windows Icons
The default Icons of a PC comprise of what you’d typically see on your Desktop, the Folder, File Type etc. Using the Personalization Setting on Windows 10, these icons can be customized.
1. Changing the Default Icons on a Windows Desktop
For all Windows PCs, the default desktop apps include Computer, User’s Files, Recycle Bin, Network and Control Panel. The Icons for these desktop apps can be changed using the steps below.
Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your PC.
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Step 2: Select the Personalization option.
Step 3: Select the Themes Option.
Step 4: On the right window, scroll down to the Desktop icon settings.
Step 5: On the new window, select the Desktop Icon to be changed.
Step 6: Click the Change Icon button at the bottom.
Step 7: A new window with built-in Windows icons should come up. You can choose any of them or click Browse to use other icons.
Step 8: Select the preferred Icon and click OK to save changes.
After completion of the steps above, the new Icon should appear in the taskbar, on the desktop, or in File Explorer depending on the location. If you would like to change the icon back to its original state, follow the steps 1 to 5 above. Click the Restore Default button and the Icon should be back to default setting.
2. Changing the Default Icon in a Folder
The Icon of a Folder can also be customized using the steps below.
Step 1: Select the folder and right-click on it.
Step 2: Select Properties and a new window should open.
Step 3: On the window, select the Customize tab and click the Change Icon button.
Step 4: A new window with built-in Windows icons should come up. You can choose any of them or click Browse to use other icons.
Step 5: Select the preferred Icon and click OK to save changes.
The folder should appear with the new icons now. To change or revert back to the previous Icon, repeat steps 1 to 3 above and select Restore Default.
3. Changing the Default Icon on a File Type
You may have observed that all the same type of files, ending with the same extension have the same icon. For instance, all Word documents have the same icon. You can change the icon of all the files having the same extension. Unlike your Folder Icons and the ones on your Desktop, changing the File Type Icon requires the use of a third-party tool.
Step 1: Download the File Types Manager tool developed by Nirsoft.