How to Make Your Own Icons
The easiest way to create your own icons is to use Irfanview, which is free from
+ How to Change a Folder's Icon
When you install Irfanview you'll be asked if you want to associate the program with certain image types, such asJPG, BMP, GIF and ICO.
Click on Yes.
If you have a favorite photo of someone whose face you would like to use as an icon, here's an example of how to do it:
1 Open the photo in Irfanview.
2 Then use your mouse pointer to draw a square around the part of the picture you want to be an icon.
3 Now crop the square selection with Edit>Copy
(or click the Copy toolbar button).
4 Then click your Desktop Irfanview Icon
to launch another instance of Irfanview.
5 Next, click the Paste toolbar button
(or use Edit>Paste) to insert the cropped face onto this second Irfanview "canvas."
Now you will click on Image>Resize/Resample and reduce the square to 32x32 pixels.
Then you will go to File>Save As and choose ICO (Windows Icon) from the
Save As Type list, thus turning the
graphic into a Windows Icon, with a name such as Granddaughter.ico.
Changing a Folder's Icon
Changing a folder's icon can be done by
right-clicking it and going to
This will bring up a large collection
of colorful images. Click on the one you like, click OK, and then click OK again.
A Sampling of Windows' Numerous Stock Icons:
Normally, a file name's icon is part of the program it's associated with, such as Microsoft Word's blue
However, many of these programs offer alternative
icons that can be found by right-clicking the current icon and choosing Properties>Change Icon.
Your homemade icons will likely be saved by default in your Documents or My Documents
folder. However, you can create a special folder for this purpose and name it
In addition to the Windows stock icons and the ones you create, there are hundreds of icons to be
found online. I found dozens online by typing FREE ICONS into
I also clicked on Images so that thumbnail views of many of the icons could be easily seen.