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How to Make Your Own Icons
+ How to Change a Folder's Icon

The easiest way to create your own icons is to use Irfanview, which is free from

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."

6   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 Properties>Customize>Change Icon.
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:

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Normally, a file name's iconMSWord Logo icon is part of the program it's associated with, such as Microsoft Word's blue W. However, many of these programs offer alternative Word 2007 Logo icon 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 "Icons."

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 Google. I also clicked on Images so that thumbnail views of many of the icons could be easily seen.

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