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Windows 7: changing the default icon on the taskbar?

19 Sep 2009   #1
hotwax

Windows 7 RTM x64bit
 
 
changing the default icon on the taskbar?

Ok, just upgraded to W7. I was using rocketdock on vista and i have loads of icons i got off deviantart. How would i use the png icons in place of the default W7 icons on the taskbar?


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19 Sep 2009   #2
Antman

 

Create a new shortcut in the appropriate prgoram folder. Change icon for the new shortcut. Unpin existing shortcut. Pin new shortcut.
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19 Sep 2009   #3
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The .png files you have will need to be converted to windows .ICO files before they can be used.

To do this i can recommend IcoFX a freeware editor which is compatible with the 256 pixel .ico format required by Windows 7.

Once you have the required icons right click on the pinned item and then right click on the program name and select properties - here you can select change a Icon and browse to the files you have created
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19 Sep 2009   #4
Antman

 

BarMan is most correct. Good correction.

The Antman is going to lay down and go to sleep.
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19 Sep 2009   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

In addition to the above you can find some icons here ... to start you off.

All are 256 pixel .ico files password is "sevenforums" file is over 13 MB but any one is welcome to use them
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19 Sep 2009   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

It's most annoying that windows 7 does not allow the use of PNG files as icons - especially as the 256 pixel icon in the .ico file is a compressed .PNG

Maybe windows 8 or SP1
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19 Sep 2009   #7
johngalt

 

Ummm, you can also use custom PNG icons - but you'll need to use a 3rd party utility called 7stacks - Announcing: 7stacks - stacks for 7 (freeware)

I used a pair of Everaldo's crystal icons Yellow Icon : Free icons for Firefox and Thunderbird for my Fx and Tb stacks - see Announcing: 7stacks - stacks for 7 (freeware)
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20 Sep 2009   #8
hotwax

Windows 7 RTM x64bit
 
 

Thanks for the info, the icons i converted work great except for microsoft word and excel. How would i change these? When i go into properties, the "change icon" is grayed out.
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20 Sep 2009   #9
Antman

 

Redemption.

Create a new shortcut in the appropriate program folder. Change icon for the new shortcut. Unpin existing shortcut. Pin new shortcut.
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20 Sep 2009   #10
hotwax

Windows 7 RTM x64bit
 
 

Much appreciation antman! Worked great and now my superbar looks perfect. Thank you for all your responses
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