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Changing Desktop Icons
Drives  |  Folders  |  Files  |  Shortcuts  |  System

You can change the icon for individual folders by following these steps.

  1. Choose a folder for which you want to change the icon, for example...

    Original Folder Icon

  2. Create a file called Desktop.ini in the folder (My Folder) for which the icon is to be changed. In this file add the following lines...

    InfoTip=New Icon in this folder

    For this example I am using the 3rd icon, as specified by the IconIndex parameter (count starts at 0), in this Icon Library category.

    Icon Library Display

  3. You may want to make the Desktop.ini into a hidden file so it is not accidently deleted. Right click on the Desktop.ini file and select the Properties option at the bottom of the popup menu. Select the Hidden attribute and click OK.

    Hidden Properties

  4. The final step is to make the folder into a System Folder. You can only do this from a DOS window. You can open a DOS window by selecting the Run option from the Start button menu. Type command into the input field and click the OK button and a DOS window should appear. For this example, type attrib +s "c:\tmp3\My Folder" to convert My Folder into a system folder.

  5. The icon for the folder should now have been changed wherever it appears.

    New Folder Icon

  6. There is a small side effect in changing your folder into system folder. If you try to move the folder to another location, you will get this warning

    System Folder Warning

    Unless the folder is a real system folder, just click the Yes button.

  7. It is probably a good idea to have a single directory, for example, c:\icons where you store any icon you use elsewhere in your system.

  8. I believe that Windows XP users can change folder icons simply by using the Properties menu for the folder.

  9. You can now try changing the icons for some of your Files.

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