Have you ever noticed and wanted to change the Windows default Library icons with something else? The Windows 7 or 8 library icons can be changed with a hack to a text file, but there’s an easier way to get it done. We will mention both in this article.
Not sure what we’re talking about? Open up Windows Explorer, and check out the Libraries and their icons.
To change the icons out the easy way, we’ll use a tiny standalone tool called 'Library Icon Changer'. You can download the tool here. Just extract the zip file and click on it and its ready to use.
Once you’ve opened up the tool, you’ll be presented with list of icons and libraries, just click on the Library on the right-hand side, and then choose the icon on the left, and click 'Select Icon from dll'. You can also use the Select new Icon from file instead, if you don’t want to use a default Windows icon.
Note: that if you want to restore the icon to default, you have to click on the Library first on the right-hand side, and then click the Restore default icon button.
Another note: is that if you want to change out the DLL, you’ll need to select it, and then hit the Enter key for it to load.
Once you’ve swapped out your icon, it usually shows up right away, or you can Refresh with F5 though logging off or restarting explorer.exe might be required for the icon to show in all views.
Change Library Icons Manually:
If you don't want to use the piece of software, and you want to learn more, you can go for the manual icon change. You can make this change with nothing more than notepad.
Just paste the following into the start menu search box, or the Explorer location bar:
Then drag one of the icons from Explorer over to a Notepad window to open up the file.
Once the file is in notepad look at the file, you’ll see an iconReference line, or if you don’t see it, you’ll want to add one like so:
The data in the middle is the path, either to the icon (.ico) file, or if you are referencing a DLL file, you’ll need to add the comma and number position of the icon in the file.
Once you have made your changes to the file, save and your done!
Now you’ve learned how to swap out the icons for the Libraries, have fun!
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