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Change File Explorer Icon

  1. #1


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    Win 8.1 Update 1, 64 Bit

    Change File Explorer Icon


    Hello, long time user of the many awesome tutorials on here. I can't for the life of me (searching on here and google) find out how to change the File Explorer Icon in Win 8/8.1 - I want to be able to use my custom icon so that it matches the rest of my desktop. I've tried many things including the tutorial of changing what opens with FE, customizing that shortcut works and I can pin it to my taskbar, but when I open downloads/documents or whatever it brings up the old default FE icon on my taskbar. Thanks for any help that can be given!

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    you mean this icon
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    Posts : 28
    Win 8.1 Update 1, 64 Bit


    Yeah, that's the one, I have the icon I want to use just don't know how to change it. Want it to match the rest of my desktop like this.

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    Thanks for any help!
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    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    I use Classic Shell so it was an easy fix for me. Here's an idea, navigate to C:\Windows and find Explorer.exe, right click and then click "create shortcut". Windows won't allow you to create the shortcut in the Windows folder. It will ask if you want to place the shortcut on the desktop instead. You can do that, then go to the desktop and cut the shortcut and put it in your C:\Program Files folder.

    Then you can right click the shortcut, rename and change the icon. You can then pin to your taskbar. Here's how my File Explorer looks on the taskbar.

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    I use Classic Shell so I went up the Start Menu and found the link for File Explorer there. I changed the shortcut link there and then pinned the shortcut to my taskbar.

    HTH
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    Win 8.1 Update 1, 64 Bit


    I was able to change the shortcut using your steps, however, (probably my ocd kicking in) when I click the shortcut it brings up the original explorer icon when it's in use. I don't reckon there's any chance of changing that? If not, that's cool as long as it matches now - thanks again. Here's a screen since it's hard to describe.

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    Posts : 28
    Win 8.1 Update 1, 64 Bit


    Thank you! I swear I've tried that a million times and never changes. Cheers!
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  8. #8


    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Thanks, learn something new all the time.
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