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Change the Icon On a File

Discussion in 'General Programming Chat' started by laffe, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. laffe

    laffe Regular Member

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    Hi all.
    Im trying to change the icon on a file.
    But I cant figure out how its down.
    Anyone know how to do th?

    I have done it years ago, and just went to properties, and changed it.
    But its not there anymore.

    Laffe
     
  2. delmages

    delmages Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It depends on what operating system you are using. You should be able to right click on the icon that you want to change, go to properties, and then click "change icon". If this method yields you no results, I included a tutorial courtesy of the ic0n fact0ry.

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    The following sections describe how to set the icons using Windows XP and Windows Vista.
    
    [B]Using Windows XP[/B]
    
    Changing icons on XP can be done in many different ways. The two easiest, and most common methods, are described below.
    
    To change the My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places (also called the Network Neighborhood), or Recycle Bin icons, follow these steps:
    
       1. Right click the desktop.
       2. Choose Properties from the menu.
       3. In the properties dialog, select the "Desktop" tab and then click on "Customize Desktop..."
       4. Select the icon you wish to change.
       5. Press the "Change Icon" button to open the icon selection window.
       6. In the icon selection window, press the "Browse" button.
       7. Use the file selection dialog to locate to the folder that contains the icons you downloaded.
       8. Choose the ICO file you want to use as a replacement and press "Open".
       9. Press "OK" in the icon selection window and on the properties dialog.
    
    You can also change the icon for a shortcut using these steps:
    
       1. Right click the shortcut.
       2. Choose Properties from the menu.
       3. In the properties dialog, select the "Customize" tab.
       4. Press the "Change Icon" button to open the icon selection window.
       5. In the icon selection window, press the "Browse" button.
       6. Use the file selection dialog to locate to the folder that contains the icons you downloaded.
       7. Choose the ICO file you want to use as a replacement and press "Open".
       8. Press "OK" in the icon selection window and on the properties dialog.
    
    [B]Using Windows Vista[/B]
    
    Changing icons on Vista can be done in many different ways. The two easiest, and most common methods, are described below.
    
    To change the Computer, User folder, Network, or Recycle Bin icons, follow these steps:
    
       1. Right click the desktop.
       2. Choose Personalize from the menu.
       3. In the window that opens, click on "Change desktop icons" in the upper-left corner.
       4. Select the icon you wish to change.
       5. Press the "Change Icon" button to open the icon selection window.
       6. In the icon selection window, press the "Browse" button.
       7. Use the file selection dialog to locate to the folder that contains the icons you downloaded.
       8. Choose the ICO file you want to use as a replacement and press "Open".
       9. Press "OK" in the icon selection window and on the properties dialog.
    
    You can also change the icon for a folder using these steps:
    
       1. Right click the folder.
       2. Choose Properties from the menu.
       3. In the properties dialog, select the "Customize" tab.
       4. Press the "Change Icon" button to open the icon selection window.
       5. In the icon selection window, press the "Browse" button.
       6. Use the file selection dialog to locate to the folder that contains the icons you downloaded.
       7. Choose the ICO file you want to use as a replacement and press "Open".
       8. Press "OK" in the icon selection window and on the properties dialog.
    
    [B]Registry Tweaks[/B]
    
    There are many other ways to change icons by editing the Registry. These techniques are more complex and potentially dangerous to your system, but they do allow you to completely customize your computer. 
     
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  3. laffe

    laffe Regular Member

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    im looking to change the icon on an exe file

    And my system is xp :)
     
  4. bhnoobz

    bhnoobz BANNED BANNED

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    Use a resource editor to add icon to exe file...
     
  5. r-webb-k

    r-webb-k BANNED BANNED

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    trying to sell someone's program hu? lol
     
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    sidddd Power Member

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  7. Prideoflion

    Prideoflion Registered Member Premium Member

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    Cool Man, Thanks For The Info. This Is Something That I've Wanted To Do For Lord Knows How Long, Now I Finally Can lol
     
  8. laffe

    laffe Regular Member

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