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Library Icons - Change in Windows 8

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    Library Icons - Change in Windows 8

    Library Icons - Change in Windows 8
    How to Change a Library Icon in Windows 8
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    03 Oct 2011
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    How to Change a Library Icon in Windows 8

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    This will show you how to change the icon of the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and any New Library libraries to a icon of your choice in Windows 8 and 8.1.


    EXAMPLE: Default Library Icons in Windows 8

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    OPTION ONE
    To Change a "New Library" Icon in Windows 8

    NOTE: This is the built-in feature included in Windows 8 So far this option is grayed out for the other libraries, and is only available for a New Library though. We shall see if it gets enabled for the other libraries in the next release.

    1. Open File Explorer, click/tap on Libraries in the navigation pane, and do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. Select a new library that you want to change the icon of, click/tap on the "Library Tools" Manage tab, click/tap on Change icon in the ribbon, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below step 3)

    3. Right click or press and hold on a new library that you want to change the icon of, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the Change library icon button. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Do either step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

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    6. To Restore or Change a "New Library" Icon with a Icon from within a DLL File
    NOTE:
    The default icon is available in the C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll file.

    A) Click/tap on the Browse button. (see screenshot below step 5)


    B) Navigate to and select another Windows 7 DLL file that contains the icon you would like to use, click/tap on Open, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. To Change a "New Library" Icon with a ICO File of Your Choice


    A) Click/tap on the Browse button. (see screenshot below step 5)

    B) Navigate to and select a .ico file that you want to use, click/tap on Open, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 6B)

    8. Select the icon you want to highlight it in blue, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

    9. If you did step 3, then click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 4)









    OPTION TWO
    To Change Any Library Icon in Windows 8

    1. If you have not already, then click/tap on the Download button below to download and save the ZIP file below to your desktop. Next, extract (drag and drop) and the LibraryIconChanger.exe file from within the ZIP file.


    Replace_Librarie_Icons_by_bluefisch200.zip



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    2. Run the LibraryIconChanger.exe file.
    NOTE: This is a standalone EXE file that only runs and does not install on your computer.


    3. In the right pane, select (highlight) the library that you want to change or restore the default icon of. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Do either step 5, 6, or 7 below for what you would like to do.


    5. To Change a Library Icon with a Icon from within a DLL File
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    A) In the right pane, select an available icon, and click/tap on the Select Icon from dll button. (see screenshot below step 3)


    B) Go to step 8.

    6. To Change a Library Icon with a ICO File of Your Choice


    A) Click/tap on the Select new Icon from file button. (see screenshot below step 3)


    B) Navigate to and select a .ico file that you want to use, then click/tap on Open.


    C) Go to step 8.

    7. To Restore the Default Icon of a Library


    A) Click/tap on the Restore default icon button. (see screenshot below step 3)


    B) Continue on to step 8.

    8. When finished, close the Libraries Icons program. (see screenshot below step 3)






    OPTION THREE
    To Manually Change Any Library Icon in Windows 8

    1. For how, see Option Two here: Libraries Icons - Change - Windows 7 Forums




    That's it,
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    Another great tutorial, Shawn.


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    Thank you Jaidyn.
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    I have already done this. But would like to know if its possible to use the same icon from the music as for the left side where it says music.

    If you view the image below you will see the documents icon. And a documents folder with kind of a image inside. I was wondering if its possible to change the folder to a icon for the music/videos/pictures/and documents.

    Weird question I know.

    The blue highlighted Music folder is a plain yellow folder with music note icon inside. I want to switch that folder for the Music icon I use on my library. Which is viewable 7 from the bottom in the image. I want to be able to find out which of the icons on the left side can and can not be changed. I am still new to things and don't want to spend hours trying to switch something someone else had already found out can not be switched. So please any help would be appreciated.

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    If you right click on the folder and select properties and then customize you can change the icon..
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    When I right click all it gives me is stuff for General with nothing about icons, Sharing with nothing about icons, Security nothing about icons, Location nothing about icons, Customize nothing about icons.

    In Customize it only have "What kind of folder do you want?" Optimize this folder for General items/Documents/Pictures/Movies/music sorry might be in wrong order.

    And then there's folder pictures "Chose a file to show on this folder icon.Chose file or default."

    I Don't want a folder icon or a image inside it I just want to know if I can replace that part and put the same icon as my libraries. Weird question I no. But I want the icons for my music fold to match my music libraries icon. And so on.
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    Hello Dawn,

    Please post a screenshot showing what icons you want to change highlighted.

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