How to Change Folder Icon on Windows 10

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Windows 10 provides some ways to customize the icons, including the folder icons. This is great if you don’t want to get stuck with the boring default icons. Here’s how to change the folder icon on Windows 10.

There’s no need to install a third-party app to change the folder icon. Windows 10 already brought the feature to let you select a different, custom folder icon. That can be applied for desktop and Taskbar shortcuts as well.

But, before doing this, you might need to create your own custom folder icon in ICO file format, since Windows 10 doesn’t provide variations of folder icons. If you already have the icon, the rest process is easy.

How to change folder icon on Windows 10

Folder icons can be changed manually one at a time. To do this, click the folder then right-click > Properties.

clicking properties

On the Customize tab, simply select the Change icon.

customize and change the folder icon

Here, either select a random icon or Browse to find your custom folder icon. Click OK to save.

browse for a folder icon

How to change main desktop icons

Windows 10 has its main desktop icons that are useful for basic daily use, like the recycle bin or This PC icon. Those handy icons may look boring for some people. But don’t worry, it’s easy to change them.

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To change those desktop icons, simply open the Settings app. You can do that through the Start menu

change folder icon windows 10

Go to the Personalization. Select Themes. Click Desktop icon settings.

personalization on settings

Here, you’re going to see all those main desktop icons, including the Network and your folder user. To change the icon, simply select which to change and select the Change icon.

change icon of desktop icon

Windows 10 usually has already some icons from the system. But there are no variations. You can click Browse to search for your custom folder icon. Once you’re done, click OK.

browse for icons

If you happen to regret changing the icon but don’t want to manually search for the default icon, you can simply select Restore default.

restore icon to default

How to change desktop shortcut icons

Desktop shortcut icons are usually looking boring and out-of-dated. If you have the urge to change them, the method is simple.

Right-click the desktop shortcut, and select Properties.

click properties

Here, select the Shortcut tab. Select the Change icon to change the icon of that desktop shortcut.

change a shortcut

Select the Browse button. Make sure you already made your own custom desktop shortcut icon. Click OK to save the change.

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How to change Taskbar icons

Taskbar icons might seem a little more difficult to change. But it is possible. However, this method is only applied for non-UWP apps, or for apps that aren’t installed from the Microsoft Store.

To do this, simply right-click the Taskbar icon, and right-click again the app name. Then, select Properties.

change icon of taskbar app

Here, select the Shortcut tab. Click the Change icon. The process is just the same as changing desktop shortcut icons.

change shortcut icon

How to change drive icons

File Explorer doesn’t provide a way to change your drive icons. That might be disappointing, but that doesn’t mean there’s no way to do that. A third-party app can really help to do that for you.

Download Drive Icon Changer

Keep in mind that the app is old, and most likely be out-dated. If an antivirus app warns you to not open the app, simply delete it. But if it is fine, then you can change drive icons with peace of mind.

How to change file type icons

If you want to change the icon that appears for some file types, like HTM files, a third-party app called FileTypesMan allows you to do that.

Simply download the app, and follow the instructions inside.


Folder icons on Windows 10 can be changed easily by using your own custom folder icons. If you happen to regret the new icons, you can simply restore them to the default ones.

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