Senior Computer Tutor
Changing a Folder's Icon
+ Making Your Own Icons
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 any 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.
Make Your Own Icons - It's Fun!
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,
JPG, BMP, GIF and TIF.
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.
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