Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Custom Icons on the Taskbar?

12 Jan 2016   #1
AvengeTheFall3n

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Custom Icons on the Taskbar?

Ive been trying to customize chrome, skype, etc icons that show when the application is active on the taskbar but nothing seems to work. I've tried changing the icon of the shortcut or pinning the shortcut to the taskbar.

I've also tried using registry hacker to change the icon files in the application but then whatever application i change the icon files to it just becomes unusable. I hope someone can help me with this. I can post screenshots of what im talking about as well


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
12 Jan 2016   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Most likely you need to change the icon in the .exe of each program that is located in both C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files (x86)

Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2016   #3
AvengeTheFall3n

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

and how might i be able to do that? ive tried finding the icons that could be in the folders for chrome and changing them which did nothing. seriously confusing
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Jan 2016   #4
AvengeTheFall3n

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

the only icons i can change are shortcuts, i cant change the chrome application icon in the properties
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2016   #5
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I will do some testing and get back to you tomorrow.

Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2016   #6
AvengeTheFall3n

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

So ive been experimenting since my last reply, granting myself all the permissions and found a way to change the application icon but it still didnt switch it when it is not combined with the label (see first image.) however if its shortened down without the label it ends up using the right icon? (see second image)


Attached Images
Custom Icons on the Taskbar?-0263f2f1c32423a994e75b785052e52c.png Custom Icons on the Taskbar?-fc32d9436e1dc57aebfbfd4590436aff.png 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2016   #7
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I did some testing and to get that Chrome icon to change with not combined and show labels is to change the icon #101 in the icon folder in the chrome.dll in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\49.0.2618.8 folder. Use a copy of the chrome.dll so you do not corrupt the original. Icons - Change Using Resource Hacker then rename the chrome.dll to chrome.old.dll and copy and paste the new one in, be sure to not have Chrome running.
I tried to find a way to change the skype icon and I could not find a way to do it they must have it hidden.

Jerry
Custom Icons on the Taskbar?-windows-7-x64-pro-vmware-workstation-12-player-non-commercial-use-only-.png

Custom Icons on the Taskbar?-windows-7-x64-pro-vmware-workstation-12-player-non-commercial-use-only-2.png


My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2016   #8
AvengeTheFall3n

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Cool thanks. its usually in a .dll file then? if so then i can dabble in a couple of different areas for different programs
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2016   #9
AvengeTheFall3n

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

the only things i want to change are battlenet, league of legends, skype and steam. everything else is fine and i dont really care about skype as it has different colours for each status and notifications on the icon
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2016   #10
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AvengeTheFall3n View Post
Cool thanks. its usually in a .dll file then? if so then i can dabble in a couple of different areas for different programs
They're not always in the .dll most of the time I find them in the .exe in the Program File folder.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AvengeTheFall3n View Post
the only things i want to change are battlenet, league of legends, skype and steam. everything else is fine and i dont really care about skype as it has different colours for each status and notifications on the icon
Could you post some links so I know what I'm trying to change.

Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Custom Icons on the Taskbar?




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How do I remove custom theme, and custom icons?
Hello, I installed a custom theme and custom icons some months ago. I don't like it anymore, and would just like to go back to the good old windows 7. How do I do that? Cad
Themes and Styles
Taskbar Labels and Custom Icons help
Hello, For my Window 7 taskbar, I enjoy using custom icons. I also enjoy using labels on my taskbar ("Combine when taskbar is full.") If I chose labels, whenever I open a program with a custom icon, the icon reverts back to it's default! :confused: When I close that program, though,...
Customization
Windows 7 Taskbar icons, can I custom size them ?
my taskbar icons at the default settings are too big for my liking. If I set "use small icons" as my preference, then they are way too small! is there a way to set an icon size somewhere between these 2 settings I'm thinking there MUST be a registry hack that can do this ... many thanks...
Customization
Taskbar icons with custom lists, or different taskbar "modes"?
Hey, Basically I am in the following situation: I am a web developer - therefore I like to have applications such as Opera, Firefox, IETester, FileZilla, Visual Web Developer, DreamWeaver and several other programs open at the same time;I am currently revising for an exam - therefore I may...
Customization
Custom Icons Changing to default in taskbar.
I have changed my icons to custom ones but when i use the program, it stays to default. (I use dell Dock and when i start the programs from there, thats when i get default icons,When they are started from the desktop they go to custom ones) I have tried the default_ICO.reg and also the icon...
Customization


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:00.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App