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Pinned Taskbar Icons - Change

How to Change the Icons of Programs Pinned to the Taskbar
Published by JaidynM
12 Aug 2011
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How to Change the Icons of Programs Pinned to the Taskbar


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This tutorial will show you how to change the icons of the programs and shortcuts pinned to the taskbar.
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Icons must be have a .ico extension. Image files such as .png or .jpeg will not work. Such icon files can be found at websites such as deviantART.




Here's How:
1. Hit the Start Orb .
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2. Search the following in the Start Menu search bar...
%appdata%/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Quick Launch/User Pinned/Taskbar
...and hit Enter on your keyboard.
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Note   Note
If no items show up in this folder, it may be hidden. To make it visible, just show all folders using the following tutorial.
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

3. A new folder should pop up filled with shortcuts of the programs you have pinned to your taskbar. Right click on the program of the icon you want to change.
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4. Click on Properties.
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5. In the window that pops up, in the Shortcut tab, click on Change Icon....
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6. On the next window that pops up, click Browse....
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7. Navigate to the folder of the required icon (file must have .ico extension) and double click the icon file.
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8. Click OK.
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9. Click Apply then OK in the Properties window.
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10. Go back to the pinned programs folder and click on the shortcut with the newly changed icon.
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11. Hit Ctrl+X (cut).
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12. Navigate to your desktop and hit Ctrl+V (paste).
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13. Right click the program on the taskbar (with the old icon), and from the options that pop up, click Unpin this program from taskbar.
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14. Drag the shortcut (with the new icon) from your desktop, to the taskbar.
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15. The taskbar icon should now be changed.
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You can now delete the shortcut from the desktop.


Congratulations! You have changed one of your taskbar icons!


That's it,
Jaidyn



Published by
13 Aug 2011   #1
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can also usually just right click the pinned icon on the taskbar, then right click the main name of the pinned item (if Firefox is pinned for example, right click on the icon, then on "Firefox"), choose properties, and change from the "Change Icon" button under the "Shortcut" tab. May only require a reboot or log off/on to change into new icon.

Also should mention "Appdata" folder is hidden, and how to make it visible.


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13 Aug 2011   #2
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

One thing I have found with icons on pinned shortcuts, particularly shortcuts to Google Apps, is that unless you make the shortcut read only it can get changed back when you run the program.
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13 Aug 2011   #3
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
You can also usually just right click the pinned icon on the taskbar, then right click the main name of the pinned item (if Firefox is pinned for example, right click on the icon, then on "Firefox"), choose properties, and change from the "Change Icon" button under the "Shortcut" tab. May only require a reboot or log off/on to change into new icon.

Also should mention "Appdata" folder is hidden, and how to make it visible.
Ah... I didn't realise. Anyway, I've added a tutorial that explains how to show all folders. Thanks for the tip.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
One thing I have found with icons on pinned shortcuts, particularly shortcuts to Google Apps, is that unless you make the shortcut read only it can get changed back when you run the program.
Hm... I haven't encountered this problem before. Any other programs it affects?
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13 Aug 2011   #4
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
Hm... I haven't encountered this problem before. Any other programs it affects?
No, but then I don't pin anything to the task bar anymore. I have so many programs I use frequently that I have built a toolbar to hold them.

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13 Aug 2011   #5
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
No, but then I don't pin anything to the task bar anymore. I have so many programs I use frequently that I have built a toolbar to hold them.
If you find any, let me know.
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13 Aug 2011   #6
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Will do.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
Odd Ramos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you want to change Google Chrome icon that is shown on the Windows Taskbar once Google Chrome is started, then you should follow this link:
windows 8 - Is it possible to customize taskbar icons? If so how? - Super User

The answer is given in comments: you need to change icons that are stored in chrome.dll using Resource Tuner (use Trial version) or Resource Hacker (free).

I've used IcoFX (Trial version) to generate various .ico icons.

Currently I'm running 4 separate instances of Google Chrome v37.0.2062.124. One instance is installed and three other instances of Google Chrome are portable, downloaded from:
Google Chrome Portable | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

Here's how my Windows 7 Taskbar looks like when all 4 instances of Chrome are opened:

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