Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 8, 2019)
When you add programs, create shortcuts, or do any number of other tasks in Windows, the system assigns an icon to whatever it is that is being added or created. Most people use the default icons selected by Windows, but you might want to be different and specify your own icons. Here's an easy way to do it:
Figure 1. The Properties dialog box for a shortcut.
Figure 2. The Change Icon dialog box.
You can, if desired, attempt to use different files in step 6. Sometimes Microsoft or a software vendor will create a file that contains many images (as imageres.dll does) or the icon images may be part of some other file that contains only a few. Only some exploring on your part will get you to the images you want to use.
This tip (3604) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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