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Customize Folder Icons in Vista Explorer

I use some folders as a dashboard to get to commonly used folders. A good example of this is my ‘Media’ partition. Here, I have my Music, Video, Pictures, and other folders. In this guide, you’ll learn how to customize your folder icons to achieve something similar to Figure 1.

Customize Folder Icons in Vista Explorer
Figure 1 – Customized Folder Icons

This guide is included as part of the Windows Guides Customize Windows Vista Explorer Series. Please visit the main page if you would like to learn why this guide may be useful.

Customizing Folder Icons

To change your folder icons, do the following:
1. Right click on the folder you want to customize the icon for and select Properties

Customize Folder Icons in Vista Explorer 1

2. Select the Customize tab and click on Change Icon…

Customize Folder Icons in Vista Explorer 2

3. Select an Icon or browse for your own (get thousands of icons here)

Customize Folder Icons in Vista Explorer 4

4. Press OK on both screens and you are done.

Note: To view larger icons in Windows Explorer, click the Views button, on the toolbar, until you get to large icons.

This guide comes from the ‘Windows Vista – Customization Manual’ [Download a copy now]. The customization manual runs over the basics of customizing your Windows Vista machine to make it more personal. This guide is free of charge to all mintywhite.com readers.



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Comments

  • maml

    hi,
    just want to ask is there a converter to convert icons from png to ico format. Here i had lovely icons but i cannot use it for my desktop icon but i can used it for object dock icon

  • maml

    hi,
    just want to ask is there a converter to convert icons from png to ico format. Here i had lovely icons but i cannot use it for my desktop icon but i can used it for object dock icon

  • maml

    hi,
    just want to ask is there a converter to convert icons from png to ico format. Here i had lovely icons but i cannot use it for my desktop icon but i can used it for object dock icon

  • maml

    hi,
    just want to ask is there a converter to convert icons from png to ico format. Here i had lovely icons but i cannot use it for my desktop icon but i can used it for object dock icon

  • Rich

    maml try this

  • Rich

    maml try this

  • Luiza

    Hi, there! What if there is no “change icon” option?

    I’m trying to change the icons of some default vista folders like “my pictures” and “my music”. When I follow your steps thou, there is no option to change the icon. (The customize tab only goes till restore default inside folder picture)

  • Luiza

    Hi, there! What if there is no “change icon” option?

    I’m trying to change the icons of some default vista folders like “my pictures” and “my music”. When I follow your steps thou, there is no option to change the icon. (The customize tab only goes till restore default inside folder picture)

  • Luiza

    Hi, there! What if there is no “change icon” option?

    I’m trying to change the icons of some default vista folders like “my pictures” and “my music”. When I follow your steps thou, there is no option to change the icon. (The customize tab only goes till restore default inside folder picture)

  • Luiza

    Hi, there! What if there is no “change icon” option?

    I’m trying to change the icons of some default vista folders like “my pictures” and “my music”. When I follow your steps thou, there is no option to change the icon. (The customize tab only goes till restore default inside folder picture)

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