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How can I change the icon for a folder with contents?

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    How can I change the icon for a folder with contents?


    Hey guys,

    So I've managed to change the icons for both Open and Closed states for the default Windows folders (following the method described here: change default icons), but this wasn't able to explain how to change the icon for a folder containing files. So all of my folders which contain files still show the default icon, which sucks even more than it did originally!

    Is anyone able to help?

    Cheers,
    Narpstar

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hi 'Narpstar', welcome to EightForums!

    Obtain or create an image you want to represent the folder, convert it to a .ico (icon) file, (500x500 is a good size); place that ico in the folder if possible then choose properties/customize/change icon, navigate to the folder and choose the ico file, click apply and ok.
    Make sure you don't change the file or folder path or it may revert to the default again.

    Click image for larger version
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Hey thanks for the reply Edwin! That worked for the folder I applied the change to, but I'm trying to get ALL folders to reflect the same change (sorry, should have specified that).

    Is that possible?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Narpstar View Post
    Hey thanks for the reply Edwin! That worked for the folder I applied the change to, but I'm trying to get ALL folders to reflect the same change (sorry, should have specified that).

    Is that possible?
    Do you mean ALL folders, system wide?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Narpstar View Post
    Hey thanks for the reply Edwin! That worked for the folder I applied the change to, but I'm trying to get ALL folders to reflect the same change (sorry, should have specified that).

    Is that possible?
    Do you mean ALL folders, system wide?
    Yes. That's what I've done, through regedit, for both "open" and "closed" states. The only state I haven't done it for (that I know of) is the "containing files" state.

    Here's a pic - I'm talking about the state on the right: http://res2.windows.microsoft.com/re...38c8de0_47.jpg
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Here's an example of what I've done in the past.
    If that's what you're after, I'll look for the instructions.

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    There will still remain some system folders you won't be able to change though!
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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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  8. #8


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Here is what I have done with Microangelo on Display---

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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Awesome, thanks for that! i had actually already followed most of those steps. my only issue was that i hadn't turned thumbnails off! all sorted now. thanks very much for your help.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Good to hear! Glad to help!
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