Here"s how khổng lồ change icons on Windows 10 & 11, including program shortcuts, folders, file types, and much more.

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While the mặc định Windows icons get the job done, they aren't particularly exciting. If you want khổng lồ put a personal spin on your computer, changing Windows 10 icons is a great way to lớn bởi this.

We'll show you how to lớn change icons on Windows 10, including program và thư mục icons. With a bit of work, you'll have an all-new interface with a unique look! While we focus on Windows 10 here, these tips largely work the same on Windows 11.

Where to lớn Find Custom Icons for Windows 10

Before you start changing your current Windows 10 icons, you need some new icons to lớn replace them with. The OS has a few additional icons built-in, but they're not that great.

Flatinhỏ is a great resource for all your Windows inhỏ needs. The site contains millions of high-quality icons arranged in thousands of convenient packs. You can grab everything in a pack at once, or tải về single icons.


The site offers downloads in several formats. We recommend downloading them in PNG for easy conversion khổng lồ the ICO format. Keep all the raw downloads in a folder called PNG Icons or similar.

If you don't find what you're looking for here, try Findicons, IconArchive sầu, or GraphicBurger. We've also looked at some great Windows ibé packs in the past.

Converting PNG Images to ICO Icons

Windows uses ICO files for its icons. Thus, you'll need to convert images from PNG (or other image formats) before you use them as icons.

ConvertICO offers an easy way khổng lồ vì chưng this. You can upload up lớn 50 PNG images at once khổng lồ convert them into lớn the ICO format. If you prefer, you can also enter the URL of an image you want to convert, cutting out the middle step of downloading the PNG.


Keep all your ICO files in their own folder. Make sure you put this somewhere permanent, as moving inhỏ files after you have sầu assigned them will break the links, requiring you to mix them up again.

How lớn Change Program Icons in Windows 10

Windows 10 makes it easy khổng lồ change the program inhỏ for a shortcut, but not the main executable. Thus, you should make a desktop shortcut for the app ibé you want to lớn change, if you don't have sầu one already.

To do this, tìm kiếm for an ứng dụng in the Start menu, then right-clichồng its name & choose mở cửa tệp tin location. In the resulting folder, right-click the program name & choose Sover khổng lồ > Desktop (create shortcut).

Now you can modify the new shortcut on your desktop. Right-clichồng it & choose Properties to open a new window. Here, switch to the Shortcut tab and cliông xã the Change Icon button at the bottom.

You'll see a danh sách of alternative sầu icons included in the ứng dụng, if there are any. To set your own icon, cliông chồng Browse & navigate to the place where you saved your ICO files.


Double-cliông xã one to lớn select it, then choose OK on both open dialog boxes. That's all you have khổng lồ vì chưng lớn change a program ibé in Windows 10.

Pinning Custom Icons lớn the Taskbar

Want to lớn customize the icons on your Taskbar too? The easiest way lớn bởi vì this is lớn follow the steps above lớn create custom desktop icons. After that, simply right-cliông xã a shortcut and choose Pin Sạc to lớn Taskbar.

If you'd rather, you can customize an inhỏ already pinned lớn your Taskbar. While holding Shift, right-cliông xã the ứng dụng inhỏ & choose Properties. From here, you can follow the same steps as above sầu to mix a new ibé.


How lớn Change Individual Folder Icons in Windows 10

Changing a thư mục icon is similar khổng lồ the above process: to begin, right-click the thư mục you'd lượt thích khổng lồ change and choose Properties.

On the resulting window, switch to lớn the Customize tab. Select the Change Icon button at the bottom lớn select a new inhỏ from your computer. Windows includes many mặc định icons for this, but most of them are old-school and ugly. Hit Browse lớn locate your custom icons instead.

If you ever change your mind, just open this window and choose Restore Defaults lớn get the original folder inhỏ back.

How lớn Change All Windows Folder Icons at Once

Want to lớn change all the standard thư mục icons on your computer with one action? You'll have sầu to dig into the Registry to vày so.

Rethành viên that it's possible lớn damage your system by modifying the Registry, so take care not to lớn touch any other values while inside.

First, type regedit inlớn the Start thực đơn to lớn open the utility. You'll need khổng lồ provide administrator permissions to lớn continue. Navigate khổng lồ the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerNow, right-cliông chồng on the Explorer thư mục in the left navigation tree and select New > Key. Name the new key Shell Icons, then select it in the left panel. In the blank space on the right, right-cliông chồng và choose New > Expandable String Value. Set its name as 3. Repeat this khổng lồ create another string called 4.

Now, double-clichồng the 3 string you just made. In the Value data field, enter the location of your folder icon in quotes. An easy way to vày this is by holding Shift while right-clicking your ICO tệp tin, then selecting the Copy as path option. It should look something like this:

"C:UsersUserDocumentsICO Iconsfolder.ico"Repeat this for the 4 string, then clichồng OK and exit the Registry Editor.

If you don't see the change take effect upon opening a new File Explorer window, you'll need khổng lồ restart File Explorer for your changes khổng lồ take effect. To vì chưng this, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc khổng lồ open the Task Manager. Cliông chồng More details khổng lồ exp& it if needed. On the Processes tab, find Windows Explorer. Right-click this and choose Restart.

This should apply your new inhỏ to all folders. To remove sầu this in the future, simply delete the Shell Icons Registry key you created.

We tested this method as working in Windows 10 version 20H2, but other users have reported that it has no effect. Your mileage may thus vary depending on your version of Windows 10.

How lớn Change File Icons by Type

Normally, for each tệp tin type, Windows shows an inhỏ of the default program. If you'd lượt thích lớn change this, you can use a free utility called FileTypesMan khổng lồ change the inhỏ for any tệp tin type.

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After downloading và running it, press Ctrl + F to locate the tệp tin type you want to lớn change. Double-click it in the list to open a new window with many more options. Next to the Default Icon field, you'll see a ... (ellipsis) button.

Cliông xã this & you'll open the familiar Windows dialog box that lets you change the ibé.

Using this, you can set up separate icons lớn distinguish file types, even if they open in the same program. You might want khổng lồ make it easier lớn highlight JPG và PNG files at a glance, or spot old DOC Word files not using the newer DOCX format, for instance.

Want to change the icons that you see in This PC for your various computer drives? A miễn phí utility called Drive sầu Icon Changer makes this easy.

It's similar to lớn FileTypesMan mentioned above sầu, but much more basic. Simply select a drive & the desired inhỏ, & it will apply them for you after a restart. That's all it takes.

How to lớn Create Blank Taskbar Icons

Usually, all of your Taskbar icons appear alongside each other. If you'd lượt thích to add some space—perhaps to lớn separate icons by type—you can achieve this with a workaround.

Creating Dummy Batch Files

To start, create a new thư mục somewhere you can keep permanently. Name it Spaces or something similar. Inside this thư mục, right-cliông chồng again and choose New > Text document. Double-cliông chồng the tệp tin lớn open it.

Inside the text tệp tin, enter the following. This will create a batch tệp tin that's a dummy; it immediately opens và closes a Command Prompt window if you cliông xã on it.

eđến offexitAfter this, go lớn File > Save As. In the saving dialog box, give sầu the tệp tin a name ending in .BAT. If you want lớn create multiple spaces, you should then copy, paste, and rename the tệp tin so you have several named Space1.bat, Space2.bat, và so on.

Set Up a Blank Icon

Windows has blank icons built-in. But in our testing, these can appear as blachồng squares on your Taskbar instead of transparent boxes, which is no good. This means you'll need lớn quickly make your own "blank" icon.

xuất hiện an image editor (we used Paint.NET) & hit Ctrl + Shift + R lớn change the canvas size. Create one that's perfectly square; 256x256 will work. Press Ctrl + A lớn select the entire image, then press Del lớn erase it. This will create a transparent square when saved as a PNG.

However, if you leave it like this, you'll run inkhổng lồ the same black bloông chồng problem. Thus, you need to lớn take the Pencil tool, zoom in, & use it khổng lồ draw a single px in a corner of the image. This will effectively be invisible when it sits on your Taskbar.

Save sầu the file as a PNG, then use an online converter as mentioned above to lớn convert this inlớn an ICO tệp tin.

Creating và Pinning Shortcuts

Now, right-clichồng each Space tệp tin you made và choose Create shortcut, as you'll need a shortcut, not the main BAT tệp tin, in order to change the inhỏ. Then right-cliông chồng each shortcut file, select Properties, và use the Change Icon button khổng lồ select your new blank inhỏ.

Once this is done, you'll need to lớn add one more element in order to add these shortcuts lớn your Taskbar. In the Shortcut tab of each BAT tệp tin, enter explorer in front of everything in the Target box. Make sure there's a space before the opening quotes.

Now you can right-click all your Space files và choose Pin Sạc to lớn taskbar. They'll appear as blank icons, allowing you to drag them wherever you lượt thích and group your other icons.

How to lớn Change the Desktop Ibé Size on Windows 10

Just want lớn adjust the size of Windows 10 icons on your desktop? That's an easy fix. On the desktop, you can right-clichồng any empty space & choose View khổng lồ select Small icons, Medium icons, or Large icons.

If you don't like one of those presets, hold the Ctrl key and scroll your mouse wheel. This gives you more granular control over inhỏ kích cỡ.

In a File Explorer window, you'll find more kích thước options under the View menu. The method of scrolling your mouse wheel while holding Ctrl works, too.

Windows 10 Desktop Icons Missing?

If you don't see any icons on your desktop, chances are that you've hidden them all. Getting them bachồng takes just a few clicks. Right-cliông xã anywhere on your desktop, then select View > Show desktop icons if it's not already checked. With this enabled, you should see your desktop icons with no problem.

If this didn't fix your problem, your computer may be in tablet mode, which prevents your desktop icons from showing. To disable tablet mode, visit Settings > System > Tablet.

Finally, if you're missing the mặc định Windows 10 system icons, you'll need to restore them in another thực đơn. Go to lớn Settings > Personalization > Themes and on the right side of the window, select Desktop icon settings.

This will launch a new window where you can toggle the icons for This PC, your user folder, Network, Control Panel, and the Recycle Bin. While here, you can also change the icons for these shortcuts if you want.

Customize Every Ibé in Windows

Now you know how to change nearly every ibé on your Windows system. Whether you want to lớn completely overhaul everything or just want to change a few shortcut icons, you have the tools lớn personalize your computer in a fun way.

If you love personalization, it thankfully doesn't kết thúc here. There are many other ways lớn customize the look và feel of your Windows environment.

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Ben is the Editor in Chief at He left his IT job to write full-time in 2016 & has never looked baông xã. He"s been covering tech tutorials, Clip game recommendations, and more as a professional writer for over eight years.

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