The Secret To Custom Desktop Icons

Dear Computer Lady,

How can I change my desktop icons so that they reflect what they are about, a picture of an envelope, a picture of a crochet hook, a planet etc.

Thank you, Juliet

Dear Juliet,

It is actually quite easy to change the image of icons on your desktop.

1. Right click on the icon, and click, “Properties” from the context menu that appears.

2. Click on the, “Change Icon” button. Different types of links have that button in different places, but it is usually on the tab that is first displayed.

3. The, “Change Icon” dialog box will appear. Again, depending on the type of link you are working with, there might be a collection of icons displayed in the window, or you might need to use the, “Browse…” button to find them.

4. Click on the icon you want to use, then click the, “OK” button to close the dialog box and save your changes.

There are several files in Windows that contain icons, one is shell32.dll, another is imagferes.dll and pifmgr.dll. They are located in C:\Windows\System32\



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