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Windows 7: Icons Change on taskbar!

01 Sep 2010   #1

WIN 7 x64
Icons Change on taskbar!

oK FOLKS new question for the hour

i want to change icons of all the applications i use and while they are running they show up on my taskbar...i want to change this icons shown in image ..and this ICONS are not Pinned only shows up once i launch application!

what's the best and safe way of going about this...and do i have to back up original icons?

you guys r awesome

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01 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You could just right click on the shortcut of the program you want to change the icon of, go to properties-shortcut tab- change icon - browse for the new icons location you want to change it to- select it, OK. Then you can pin it, or keep it wherever. Have the programs closed when you're doing probably would be best. You may have to reboot your computer for the icon to change if it's pinned.

You could also do it from a pinned shortcut on the taskbar. Just right click it, then right click on the programs name in the window, and then same as above.

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Couple of programs you could use that might be of help. Iconviewer lets you have an Icon tab on the shortcuts right click menu window. You can choose different ones from that if it shows multiple ones, or save the shortcuts icon, etc.

IcoFX you can make your own icons from png's, etc.

Use the 64 bit one of iconviewer, since you have 64 bit.

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Don't think you need to make a backup of the original icon of the shortcut, but you could if you want with the iconviewer.

And check out this forum and the tutorials. You'll probably find more threads on the subject.

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01 Sep 2010   #3
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

OK, let me see if I have this right. Those are not pinned programs. Just icons from currently open programs? If I have that right try this. Make a folder with the icons you want to show. Put the folder in documents or somewhere.

Right click the taskbar icon. Right click on the name of the program. Choose properties. On shortcut tab, click on change icon. navigate to the icon you want to display. Apply and OK your way out. Next time you open that program, your chosen icon will display in the taskbar when the program is open. No need to back up anything as your original icons are already in the programs exe file, and will still be available. I hope that is what you meant. A Guy


Airbot beat me to it
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