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    windows 8 desktop icons


    Can you replace an existing desktop icon's picture with your own chosen picture? ??? Either using the snipping tool, or just a picture that you have copied and saved from the internet???? Or just one of your own photos that is in your picture library??? I like to match the icon picture with the content of the icon.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I do that all the time, or you can make your own using Microangelo.

    Actually I have a Trek Theme I created using images from all over, I just resized some images and made iCons. You can use Right-Click/Properties/Change iCon- Then pint it to the iCon you wanna use, sometimes they are in a DLL Library like Shell32.dll or they are mounted into a Program's EXE file. Sometimes there is an ICO file floating about you can use too.

    You can save them into a Theme, if you save the Theme for Sharing. Windows 7 Themes open in 8, but no 8 Themes will open in 7. At least with the Themes I tried. In "Personalization" you can tell the Themes to allow changing Icons.

    If you wanna explore this more, I can show you some things, maybe some other people can too. Welcome to Windows 8 Forums!
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I do that all the time, or you can make your own using Microangelo.

    Actually I have a Trek Theme I created using images from all over, I just resized some images and made iCons. You can use Right-Click/Properties/Change iCon- Then pint it to the iCon you wanna use, sometimes they are in a DLL Library like Shell32.dll or they are mounted into a Program's EXE file. Sometimes there is an ICO file floating about you can use too.

    You can save them into a Theme, if you save the Theme for Sharing. Windows 7 Themes open in 8, but no 8 Themes will open in 7. At least with the Themes I tried. In "Personalization" you can tell the Themes to allow changing Icons.

    If you wanna explore this more, I can show you some things, maybe some other people can too. Welcome to Windows 8 Forums!
    Thank you for your quick reply. However, I am not computer savvy enough to follow your directions for changing icons on my desktop. I did as you suggested: " Right-Click/Properties/Change iCon- Then pint it to the iCon you wanna use, sometimes they are in a DLL Library like Shell32.dll or they are mounted into a Program's EXE file. Sometimes there is an ICO file floating about you can use too. " After right clicking and clicking on properties, there was NO option for changing icons...... And, I have no idea where to find the DLL library, etc... or how to even follow the next steps if I could get that far along in your directions. I would really love it and appreciate more step by step directions. Thank you so much.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    A picture:

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    It takes a little while to get used to on Display & Irfanview.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ah, it was a Library iCon? Then do as David Suggests. Those are changed by a different method, and usually you cannot change them.

    David may be using Windows 8.1, I'm on 8, but there IS a "Change Library icon" selection that you can get to by right clicking and choosing "Properties" in Windows 8.

    I've got full Microangelo installed, and I don't have that popup. It's a shell extension you have to activate. Actually I can't see how to get that, but I have all this stuff, Librarian, Studio, Explorer, Animator - Don't know which one will give me that extra shell extension.
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    My house
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    If the OP doesn't want to use IrfanView, here is a website I use to convert my pictures to .ico files to be used as Icons.

    Link: ConvertIcon!

    Instructions:

    1. Simply browse for a image and select it, then click export and select an icon size (I use 128x128)
    2. click Save As and save it to a location of your choosing.
    3. Then when you go to change the icon of a file, simply find the location of the image you just converted to .ico and apply it for it to be your new icon for the specified File .

    IrfanView works wonder as well, just posting an alternative.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Ah, it was a Library iCon? Then do as David Suggests. Those are changed by a different method, and usually you cannot change them.

    David may be using Windows 8.1, I'm on 8, but there IS a "Change Library icon" selection that you can get to by right clicking and choosing "Properties" in Windows 8.

    I've got full Microangelo installed, and I don't have that popup. It's a shell extension you have to activate. Actually I can't see how to get that, but I have all this stuff, Librarian, Studio, Explorer, Animator - Don't know which one will give me that extra shell extension.
    I just used that icon because "Microangelo on Display" will change Any icon.

    I use 8 Pro with Media Center.

    You have Microangelo Toolset.

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