Personalizing the icons of your shortcuts can be a great way to make your PC look better. You can replace the icons for those boring folders you have seen for so many years, and others are going to admire how well organized and good looking your desktop is. However, where do you find good looking icon sets? There are a staggering number of websites that offer free icons for download, but many of them are rather dodgy. To help you, we have checked several locations, and now we are ready to share the best websites where you can download icons safely, and for free:
Deviantart.com is the largest online art community with over 47 million members, both artists and art enthusiasts, registered. It has a large number of beautiful and well-crafted icons from artists all over the world. The community constantly adds new content, and we are sure that you can find something that suits you.
IconArchive.com is one of our favorite sources for icons. They have over 600,000 icons, most of them look great, and many are free even for commercial use. They also offer sets that group icons with the same style for a uniform look. All you have to do is to type what kind of icon you want in the search bar. Here is what we got when we typed multimedia.
Findicons.com is another reliable source where you can find great icons: over 470,000 of them. All you have to do is type the keywords that describe the icon you want and download it.
Alternatively, you can also browse through the 2,600+ icon packs available and choose the one you like best.
Dryicons.com features one of the largest collections of unique, professionally designed icons. They offer over 6700 icons and vector graphics with free, regular or extended licenses for a great variety of styles, themes, and colors.
iconmonstr.com is a little bit different from other websites. First, they offer a large number of icons, and they are all black and white. You can use them as icons on your desktop, on your websites or as graphics in your presentations, for a greater visual impact. Secondly, they offer all their icons in the .svg, .eps, .psd and .png formats. This means that you have to convert them to the .ico format if you want to use them as icons for the files and folders on your Windows device.
6. Material Design icons from Google
If you like Android and its icons, Google offers them all on its Material Design website. They are all simple and follow Google’s guidelines for simplicity and usability.
You can get any of the Google icons you like but take notice that they were designed to be used on Android, iOS and the web, so they are available only in .png and .svg formats. That means that you must first convert the icons you download into .ico format if you want to use them in Windows 10.
GraphicBurger.com is a great place if you want to download very high quality, pixel perfect icons. It is run by a Romanian designer (Raul Taciu) and all the icons, and other design resources he offers are free to use by anyone. However, you must know that icons are available in .png, .svg, .eps, and Sketch formats, so you need to convert them to .ico file format if you want to use them in Windows 10.
How to change the icons of your shortcuts and folders
Changing the icons of your shortcuts and folders is a simple procedure, and it should not take long. If you do not know how to do it, read this guide: How to change the icon of any shortcut in Windows.
Do you know any other great websites for downloading Windows icons?
The websites that we presented are reliable sources where you can find plenty of great looking icons. We are sure that in only a couple of minutes you are going to find some good looking icon sets that help you transform the looks of your Windows desktop. If you know other great sources for free desktop icons, please share them with us, in the comments section below.