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Windows 7: Folder Icons ?

28 Apr 2011   #1
Robert11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Folder Icons ?

Hello,

I would like to change the look of some of my Folders, and have it display what I guess is called an Icon.

From the Properties/Customize Menu, I can select any one of a bunch that they give you.
No problem.

But I see that there are many sites that offer free Icons also.

Can't figure out how to use them, though.

Do I just Download them to my desktop ?

Or, is there a special Folder on W7 where they should all be placed ?
If so, how do I then use them in changing my various Folders looks.

Any detailed how-too's would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
Bob


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28 Apr 2011   #2
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

You can find a tutorial on how to change some icons here;

Shortcut - Change Icon

Folder Icon Change - Vista Forums

Regards....Mike Connor
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28 Apr 2011   #3
Robert11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
From OP:

Hi,

Thanks for info. and link.
A good helpful read, especially for folks like me.

But, when I find free icon offering on a web site, how do I work with those ?

Regards and thanks,
Bob
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28 Apr 2011   #4
Arc

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Hi Robert

You can change any folder icon, anytime using the Properties> Customize context menu . You can also do it with a downloaded icon (a single .ico file), just place the downloaded icon in a real location where you will not delete it (otherwise if deleted, it will be converted to a generic icon) .

You can put different icons to every folder in this way, but to do it properly, you are to disable your thumbnail cache, otherwise it will look creepy (Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable).

When thumbnail preview is enabled, windows 7 icons are per class, that means you cannot change an individual icon at a time . You are to change the class . Actually, a windows 7 folder icon is not a single icon, but a combination of five different ico files , namely imageres#3.ico, imageres#4.ico. imageres#5.ico, imageres#6.ico and imageres#162.ico . You are to change all of those, and obviously with the appropriate icons . (Folder Icon - Change Default Icon).

There are a few paid programs that can do it nicely , like Stardock Iconpackager .
This free app Library Icon Changer also supposed to do it, but I have not managed it to work for me .

Hope it makes the situation a bit clear

EDIT : For changing the look of "some of " the folders, Wolfgang's contribution to https://www.sevenforums.com/1242686-post2.html will help you a lot .
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28 Apr 2011   #5
DragonPoet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 Build 7601
 
 

There is them guy called Mr. Grim. He created some icons and (I think a third party created) installers for them. If you want I can attach them on here for you. You can also google "Mr. Grim Icon Pack with Installers".
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28 Apr 2011   #6
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Mr. Grim/ Mark is one of the most respected members of the forums ! Here is his creations : Virtual Customs • Home • Customize Your Virtual World!
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29 Apr 2011   #7
Robert11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
From OP:

Hi,

Much thanks for all the info.

Just what I was looking for.

Regards,
Bob
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29 Apr 2011   #8
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert11 View Post
Hi,

Thanks for info. and link.
A good helpful read, especially for folks like me.

But, when I find free icon offering on a web site, how do I work with those ?

Regards and thanks,
Bob
My pleasure. You can use any icons you like for most things, although it is more difficult to change some system icons.

You might like to try these;

Rainbow Folders download and reviews from SnapFiles

This allows you to colour folders so that they stand out, are easy to find, important, etc;





IconViewer

This allows you to view/save icons contained in various files;




IcoFX - The Free Icon Editor

This allows you to edit icons, or make your own:



Icons are merely small graphics which may be associated with a program. Avoid downloading "Icon packs as executable files" you are not sure about, as they often do other things you might not want. Just download the icons you want.

For a large selection of free icons;

Icon Archive - Search 252,702 free icons, desktop icons, download icons, social icons, xp icons, vista icons

Free Icons Web - Free Icons, Stock Icons, Desktop Icons, PNG Icons, Windows Icons

You can also search Google images for icons;

http://www.google.de/search?q=icons&...w=1405&bih=827

there are many icon collections on the web. You can also make your own, or change the ones you have, using the editor I linked to above.

You can download a single icon, or a collection. For icons I want to use, I have a folder called "Icons" on my system drive. This ensures that I keep the associations I am using if I run a backup image etc.

Regards....Mike Connor
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