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Games Library - Create

How to Create a "Games" Library with Correct Icon in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
25 Apr 2010
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How to Create a "Games" Library with Correct Icon in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to create a Games library in Windows 7 and Windows 8 that has the correct Games folder icon on a glass plate for it's library icon.


EXAMPLE: Games Library with Correct Icon
-games_library.jpg
Here's How:
1. To Download the Games Library Icon
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the Games_Library.zip file that contains the correct Games library icon.
download
B) Save the ZIP file to your desktop.

C) Double click/tap on the ZIP file to open it, then extract (drag and frop) the Downloads_Library.ico file to the location that you want to keep it at.
WARNING: The icon file will need to remain at this location while it is being used (step 3) for the Games library. If you move it, then the icon will no longer be displayed for the Games library.

D) Right click or press and hold on the Downloads_Library.ico file, and click/tap on Properties, General tab, on the Unblock button, and on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 2.
2. To Create the Games Library
A) In Windows Explorer, navigate to your the hidden system folder path below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
B) Create a new library with the Games folder. (see screenshot below)
-step1.jpg
3. Do step 4 or 5 below depending on if you are in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

3. To Change the Games Library Icon in Windows 7
A) Change the Games library icon to use the Games_Library.ico icon file at the location you have saved it to in step 1. (See screenshots below)

Note   Note
For example, I saved my icon from step 1 to C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents, so I would add the line below (right screenshot below) while changing the icon at step 5 at that link.

<iconReference>"C:\Users\User-Name\Documents\Games_Library.ico"</iconReference>

You would substitute the path in red to the full path of where you saved the Games_Library.ico file instead in step 1.



-step2.jpg

-step3.jpg
5. To Change the Downloads Library Icon in Windows 8
A) Using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below, change the new library's icon using the Games_Library.ico icon file at the location you have saved it to in step 1. (see screenshot below)
How to Change a Library Icon in Windows 8

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6. You will now notice that the Games library icon has changed.
NOTE: See example screenshot at the top of the tutorial.
That's it,
Shawn






30 Jun 2010   #1
Grubish360

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Good tutorial.


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30 Jun 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 11082
 
 

Thank you Jason. I'm glad that you like it.
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23 Oct 2010   #3
kiwichick

windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi Brink, How are the icons created so that they show with the alpha glass plate in the Window Pane but show just the icon in the Navigation Pane? Is there a tutorial somewhere for this? Cheers.
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23 Oct 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 11082
 
 

Hello Kiwichick,

It's part of when the icon is created and packaged as a 256x256 pixel Vista style icon. The small icons used in the navigation pane are the smaller pixel sizes that are packaged in the icon. The link below can help show you more on how to create these icons.

Vista Icons - Introducing Vista Icons - How to create Vista Icons

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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24 Oct 2010   #5
kiwichick

windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks Brink, will check it out.
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24 Oct 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 11082
 
 

You're welcome.
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09 Feb 2011   #7
holo88

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Cool beans. First link in google for "games library icon". I started using a program called Fences, which organizes the desktop, and made an area for library's. I saved space by adding games in there. Great tut
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10 Feb 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 11082
 
 

Thank you C.. I'm happy to hear that you liked it and found it useful.
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