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How to Change Folder Icons in Windows 11 (2022)

How to Change Folder Icons in Windows 11 (2022)
How to Change Folder Icons in Windows 11 (2022)

How to Change Folder Icons in Windows 11 (2022)

How to Change Folder Icons in Windows 11 (2022)


Do you want to change folder icons on Windows 11? then this article is for you

This article describes how to alter the icon for hard drives, ordinary folders (such as Recycle Bin and This PC), and special desktop icon folders in Windows 11. Windows offers a pre-made set of icons, but you may also create your own folder icons.


There are three icon types we’ll look at: Standard ones using the default yellow folder icon; special folders like This PC, Network, and Recycle Bin displayed on the desktop (if you have them enabled); and hard drive icons visible on the This PC folder

How you edit these folder icons depends on the folder type:

Standard Folders:

The icon for regular folders is changed via the folder’s properties window.

  1. Right-click the folder and select Properties.

  2. Go into the Customize tab at the top of the window, and then choose Change Icon from the bottom.

  3. Scroll through the list to find an icon to use. Choose OK on a selection when you’ve decided.

    Note: Take note of the Restore Defaults button on this screen. It’s the one easy way to get the original icon back again in the future if you need to. Windows looks for icons in the System 32 folder by default, but you can choose to Browse to look elsewhere. See the directions at the bottom of this page for more on making and selecting custom folder icons.

  4. Select OK on the Properties window to save the changes and return to the folder in File Explorer.

    Note: The new folder icon is reflected immediately. If it isn’t, use the refresh button near the file path at the top of File Explorer to force it to change.

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Desktop Icons:

To change desktop icon folders for the Recycle Bin and other special folders, you’ll go to a dedicated section in Settings.

  1. Open Settings. One quick method is the WIN+i keyboard shortcut.

  2. Select Personalization from the left-side menu and then Themes from the right.

  3. Choose Desktop icon settings.

  4. Pick one of the desktop icons and then choose Change Icon to pick a new icon.

    Note: You can always return to this step, select the icon, and choose to Restore Default to change it back to the original without having to sift through the icons again.

  5. Select OK on the open windows to save.

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