How to customize folder icons in Windows 7

Is your Windows 7 system a sea of bland yellow folders? We'll show you how to customize folder icons to make them look better and easier to find.

Is your Windows 7 system a sea of bland yellow folders? Custom folder icons can make folders easier to find and they're prettier to look at too. Here's how to customize your Windows 7 folder icons:

Step 1: Right-click on a folder you want to customize and select "Properties."

Step 2: In the "Customize" tab, go to the "Folder icons" section and click the "Change Icon" button.

Change icon
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Step 3: Choose one of the many icons listed in the box then click OK. These icons are located in C:\Windows\system32\SHELL32.dll.

shell32.dll icon file
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Step 4: For more icon choices, browse to C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll.

imageres.dll icon file
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. Now you can browse through your Windows folders with a little style. They're not only pretty to look at it, but easier to find too.

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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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