How to change the icon of any folder in Windows

One of our readers has asked us whether we know how to change the icon of any folder in Windows. Luckily we do and, in order to help him out, as well as other Windows users, we decided to publish this guide. It applies to any version of Windows and you can use it to change the icon of any folder. Let’s get started:

Step 1. Find or create the icon that you want to use for your folder

Before changing the default icon of a folder in Windows, you need the icon to change it to. Icons are stored in files with extensions like:.ico,.icl,.exe or.dll. If you don’t have an icon, you can download one you like from a website like Iconfinder. This website includes a very large collection of icons, including free ones that you can use at home.

If you have an image or a picture and you want to turn it into an icon, you can do that using a website like ICO convert. You can use any image as long as it has a maximum size of 10 MB and the extension.png,.jpg,.jpeg or.bmp. Choose your picture, upload it and convert it. Then, download the resulting.ico file on your Windows computer or device.

Once you have the icon that you want to use, move to the next step.

Step 2: Find the folder whose icon you want change and access its properties

Then, it is time to find the folder that you want to change. Open Windows Explorer in Windows 7 or File Explorer in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. Navigate to the folder that you want to edit and right-click it (or press and hold) and then choose Properties , in the contextual menu. If you prefer using the keyboard, select the folder with the mouse and then press ALT+Enter on your keyboard.

The Properties window is opened for the selected folder.

Step 3: Change the icon of the selected folder

In the Properties window, go to the Customize tab and find a section that is named “Folder icons”. There, click or tap the button that says “Change Icon”.

A new window is shown for changing the icon for the selected folder. By default, you are shown the current file containing the icon being used. To select another icon, press Browse.

Navigate to the file containing the new icon that you want to use for the selected folder. Then, select the file with the icon and click or tap Open. Please remember that the file with the icon must have one of the following file extensions:.ico,.icl,.exe or.dll.

You are shown the contents of the file with the icon. The file you selected may have one or more icons stored inside. Select the icon that you want to use and click or tap OK.

You are back to the folder Properties window, where you can see the new icon displayed, in the Folder icons section. Click or tap OK to apply your changes.

That’s it! The icon has been changed for the selected folder. Follow the same process for all the folders whose icon you want changed.

Enjoy the new icon for your folder!

As you can see, we managed to change the icon for the folder whose properties we have changed. The new icon looks like in the screenshot below.

Try our procedure on your own and let us know how well it works for you. If you know other methods for changing the icon of a folder, in Windows, let us know using the comments that are accessible below.