Personalizing your icons is a great way to make a PC a unique PC. Let's take a look at the different ways you can customize your icons in Windows.
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Windows has some built-in icons to choose from. But there are also a variety of icons that you can download from websites such as IconArchive, DeviantArt and Iconfinder ̵
If you have the symbols of your dreams, save them in a safe place. Some of these processes require them to stay in a specific location on your PC. In other cases you probably want to have them there in case something goes wrong and you need to reapply.
Change the desktop icons (computer, recycle bin, network, etc.).
Icons like This PC, the Network, the Recycle Bin, and your home folder are all considered desktop icons, although they are not all displayed on the desktop in modern versions of Windows. Windows 8 and 10 do not display desktop icons except the Recycle Bin, and not all icons appear in Windows 7. For a complete overview, see our guide to recovering missing desktop icons in Windows 7, 8, or 10.
However, you can change the appearance of these icons elsewhere on your system. To do this, you must access the Desktop Icon Preferences window to toggle these icons on or off, or to change their icons. In Windows 10, you can access this window via Settings> Personalization> Themes> Desktop Icon Settings. In Windows 8 and 10, this is Control Panel> Personalize> Change desktop icons.
Use the check boxes in the "Desktop Icons" section to select which icons to show on your desktop. To change an icon, select the icon you want to change, and then click the Change Icon button.
In the "Change Icon" window, you can select any icon from the built-in Windows icons or click "Browse" To search your own symbol files.
button If you are looking for your own icons, you can select any EXE, DLL, or ICO file. After selecting the file, the icons in the selected file are displayed in the Change Icon window. Click on the desired symbol and then on "OK". Here you can change the "This PC" icon to use an icon that looks more like a laptop than a desktop.
After changing your icon, the new icon should appear in File Explorer, on the desktop, and in the system tray when the folder is open ,
 If you want to undo the change, you can always return to the Desktop Icon Settings window, select the icon you want to change, and then click Restore Defaults.
Changing the folder icons
Changing the icon for a folder is not only a great way to highlight pretty things, but also to draw attention to important elements. To change a folder icon, right-click the folder you want to change, and then choose Properties.
In the Properties window of the folder, go to Click on the Customize tab and then on the Modify Icon button.
button In the Modify Icon window, you can select any icon. Click Browse to locate your own icons.
If you are looking for your own icon file, you can select any EXE, DLL, or ICO file. After selecting the file, the icons in the selected file are displayed in the Change Icon window. Click on the desired symbol and then on "OK". Here we change the icon for this folder to a red one to highlight it.
 In the Properties window, click OK.
The folder should now be displayed with the new icon.
This feature creates a hidden Desktop.ini file in the folder that contains some data lines, such as the following:
[.ShellClassInfo] IconResource = D: Walter Documents Icons Oxygen-Icons.org-Oxygen-Places-folder-red.ico, 0 [ViewState] Mode = Vid = FolderType = Generic
This is one of the cases where you must keep the ICO file anywhere you had it when you applied the icon. Put it in a place where you know you are not first deleting it or hiding the ICO file.
If you want to optimize the look and feel of folders on your PC, you should also learn how to customize folder views with The five templates in Windows and how to customize folder view settings in Windows.
Changing the symbol for a file type
You can also change the icon for certain file types (ending with certain extensions) to show all files of that type using the new icon. Why bother? For example, suppose you use an image editor that uses essentially the same icon for all supported image file types – PNG, JPG, GIF, and so on. It may be more convenient to use a different symbol for each of these file types to make the distinction easier, especially if You keep multiple file types in the same folder.
Unfortunately, there is no built-in way to do this in Windows. Instead, you'll need to download a free tool: File Types Manager from Nirsoft. We have complete instructions for using the file type manager to change the icon for a particular file type. If you find this useful, please read it through!
The only file type that File Type Manager can not handle well are executables (EXE files). For this we have another free tool recommendation: Resource Hacker. Of course, we also have instructions on how to change the icon for an EXE file.
Changing the icon for a shortcut
Changing the icon for a shortcut in Windows is also pretty straightforward and works the same way. It's a shortcut to an app, a folder, or even a command prompt command. Right-click the link and choose Properties.
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This will open the standard "Change Icon" window, which we have already seen several times. Select one of the standard symbols or navigate to any EXE, DLL or ICO file containing symbols. After you make your selection and apply it, the new icon appears in File Explorer, on the desktop, or in the taskbar when your link is pinned there.
 If you want, you can even further customize these shortcut icons by removing (or changing) the arrow overlays or preventing Windows adds the text "link".
Change the icon of apps pinned to the taskbar  Icons pinned to your taskbar are real links. They just do not have the arrow overlay and the text "shortcut", which is usually associated with shortcuts. As such, you can customize their icons much as you customize each shortcut icon. You only need to keep a few things in mind:
- You can only customize the icons of apps that are actually pinned to the taskbar. If the icon is only in the system tray because the app is currently running and is not pinned there, you can not customize it. Pin it first.
- If an app is pinned but is currently running, you must close the app before you can change the shortcut icon.
- If you right-click on a pinned app, the app will display Jump List. To access the normal context menu instead, hold down the Shift key while right-clicking the icon. Select "Properties" from this menu and the rest of the process is familiar to you from the previous section.
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There is no easy built-in way to change the icons for drives in Windows, but that does not mean you can not. The easy way is to use a free app called Drive Icon Changer There is also a way that works a bit differently and requires a little editing of the registry.For more information on both methods, see our hand book to change drive icons in Windows.
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I hope you'll get enough information about changing icons here to make the elements look like this: as you like it!