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Customize Folder Icon in Windows

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Welcome to the Braintek video tutorials. My name’s Greg, owner of Braintek. Today, I’m going to show you how to change the icon for a folder. Let’s get started. Alright, so first, we need some different icons. When you look at these icons, they’re kind of boring so let’s go find some new ones. Let’s open up your browser and we’re going to go to the Icon Archive website. That’s www.iconarchive.com. From here, we’ll just do a search for folder icons, but I mean it really could be anything—so if you want a teddy bear or whatever. What we’re going to be looking for are the ones that have an ICO on it (for icon). I like this one—this guy here. Let’s go ahead and download this monster icon. It’s the icon file so we’re going to save that and we’re going to go ahead and copy this over to our Pictures folder. We’re going to dump that here. Okay, so now we have it in Pictures. Now, let’s open up the folder that we’re going to customize which is in my Documents and I want to change my folder icon. Right-click on the Properties. Click on the Customize tab. From here, we’ve got our boring icon—that’s the normal one that comes with Windows. We’re going to click Change Icon. You’ll notice that it looks for icons in this file: shell32dll. Let’s copy that. We’re going to make a backup of it just in case we want to go backwards and we’re just going to stick that off to the side here. Alright, so we’re going to browse. Go to Pictures and there’s our icon file that we want. We’re going to click OK, Apply, and now our icon is different. That’s how you customize a folder icon. I’d like to thank you for watching the Braintek video tutorials. Become a subscriber and have a great day!
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