Active Navigation Folder Icon - Change

    Active Navigation Folder Icon - Change

    Active Navigation Folder Icon - Change

    How to Change the Active Navigation Folder Icon in Windows 7
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    Change the Active Navigation Folder Icon in Windows 7

       Information
    This will show you how to change the active folder icon in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane and Start Menu All Programs in Windows 7. This can make it easier to navigate in the folder tree when the active or open folder icon is different than the other folder icons.

    EXAMPLE: Active or Open Folder Icon Before (default) and After Change
    NOTE: This is the icon that will be used in the download in OPTION ONE below.
    Active Navigation Folder Icon - Change-navigation_pane_before.jpgActive Navigation Folder Icon - Change-navigation_pane_after.jpgActive Navigation Folder Icon - Change-start_menu_before.jpgActive Navigation Folder Icon - Change-start_menu_after.jpg




    OPTION ONE

    Change Using a Download


    1. To Change the Active Folder Icon
    NOTE: This will be the icon used in the examples above.
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Change_Open_Folder_Icon.zip
    B) Go to step 3.
    2. To Restore the Default Active Folder Icon
    NOTE: This will be the default yellow open folder icon.
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Default_Open_Folder_Icon.zip
    3. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

    4. Open the downloaded .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the .reg file to the desktop.

    5. Right click on the extracted .reg file and click on Merge.

    6. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

    7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

    8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg and .zip files on the desktop if you like.




    Option Two

    To Manually Change Through Registry Editor


    NOTE: This will show you how to change the active folder icon to a icon of your choice instead.
    1. Download and install the .reg file in step 1 in OPTION ONE above.

    2. Open the Start Menu.

    3. In the Start Menu Search box type regedit and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Active Navigation Folder Icon - Change-search_box.jpg
    4. If prompted, click on Yes in the UAC prompt.

    5. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: If Shell Icons is not there, then right click on Explorer, click on New and Key, then type Shell Icons and press enter.
    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons
    6. In the right pane of Shell Icons, right click on 4 and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
    Active Navigation Folder Icon - Change-reg.jpg
    7. Type in the full path of the location of the .ico (icon) file that you want to use for the active folder icon, and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: The example path below is for the one used in step 1 (OPTION ONE). You will need to leave your icon on your computer at the location you entered for it to continue to display properly.
    Active Navigation Folder Icon - Change-modify.jpg
    8. Close Regedit.

    9. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 3
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       #1

    Active Navigation


    This key does not appear within the registry of my retail version of Win7. Anyone else "create" this registry entry with any success?

    I do not have the "Shell Icons" folder.
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  2. Posts : 71,731
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       #2

    Hello Lavardo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    If you do not have the "Shell Icons" key, then you can just create it without a problem, or use the download to have it all done automatically for you. :)
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  3. Posts : 3
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       #3

    Yea, I actually did create it after the posting and it worked perfectly. Not exactly 100% as I expected but I do like for me and my users will be less confused.
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  4. Posts : 71,731
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    That's good news. I'm happy that you like it. :)
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