Icons were invented as a quick way to visually identify information on a computer, but sometimes a Windows 10 shortcut icon is so generic that it does not feel useful. In that case, Windows makes it easy to customize the icon. How to use.
First, locate the shortcut with the icon you want to change in File Explorer or on the desktop. Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.
In Properties, make sure you are on the Shortcut tab and then click the “Change Icon” button.
A “Change Icon” window will appear containing a field of icons that you can use with the shortcut. By default, these are provided by a Windows system file called “imageres.dll.”
If you want to use an icon other than the one specified by default, you can click “Browse” and select either an EXE file, a DLL file, or an ICO file. (You can use any image you want – you just need to convert it to ICO format first.) Once the file is loaded, you will see the possible icons you can use in the box below.
Whether you are using the default selection or a custom file, select one of the icons and click “OK”.
In the Properties window, you will notice that the icon has changed to the one you selected. Click “OK” to close Properties and to save the settings.
Congratulations – your shortcut has a brand new icon! Feel free to customize which shortcut icon you want. It’s a great way to add personality to your Windows installation.