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Windows 7: "Change Icon" Box Grayed Out


27 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
"Change Icon" Box Grayed Out

Good Day All !!!

I have a few desktop icons (shortcuts) I'd like to change. I used to be able to right click on the icon, hit "Propertys", then "Change Icon". On some on my shortcuts that "Change Icon" box is grayed out. I've researched for hours and can't figure it out. I'm running Windows 7 as an administrator. Under the security tab all users (System, Steve, and Administrators have "Full Control". One of the icons is the Windows Explorer icon that is pinned to the task bar. The other icons are programs I installed.

Any ideas ???? Thanks !!!

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27 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Smeyers,

You might see if creating new shortcuts directly from the .exe files of these programs may allow you to change the icons of the new shortcuts. I've noticed some program like Office do not let you change the shortcut icons of the ones it created by default during the program's installation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7
 
 
Yippee !!!

Brink... I created shortcuts right to the exe files as you had suggested. On all the icons I did that to, the grayed out "Change Icon" changed to black, and I was able to turn some ugly icons into more pleasing ones!

YOU ARE THE BEST !!! THANK YOU !!!
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28 Oct 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. I'm happy to hear you are able to change them now.
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