How to change shortcut icon for folder?

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FredVN

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I've created a shortcut to a folder that contains data files used by a particular program. I would like to change the shortcut icon for that folder to the icon used by the program. Program icons do not appear in the shortcut|properties|change icon list. Is there a way to make the icon replacement?
 
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Make a shortcut for that program you're using, right-click on it, select "Properties", enter the full path to the folder you want in the "Target" field, click "Apply" and then "OK".

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First you will need to locate an .ico file for the image of the program you want to reference. That is it hard part. I would look in the applications folder under "Program Files" where it is installed. Maybe online at the site. It must be an .ico file that you use. Some photo apps have conversion abilities. Google for that.

Once you have located the correct .ico file on your computer, right click the folder and choose "Properties." In the dialog box select the "Customize" tab and at the bottom click "Change Icon." Windows will offer its built-in icons, but by using the "Browse" you can navigate to your .ico file and select that. <OK> <Apply> <OK> and it's done.

Fun tip: Make an "Invisible" folder. The bottom row of icons that Windows offers has a padlock just a short scroll in. To the right is a blank space. If you select that, your folder will become invisible. There is supposed to be a trick to get rid of the name as well, but that has never worked for me. I just us a + or ~ or some other allowed symbol. Hardly shows up on my wallpaper.
 

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Most programs store the icons in the .exe file for the program. To change the folder icon to the program icon, right click the folder, Properties>Customize>Change Icon>Browse. Find the Program folder ( C:\Program Files\your program) and type the name of the .exe in the file name line. Example: Paint Shop Pro is psp.exe. Click Open and the program icons should be available for selection. Hope that helps.
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FredVN

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OK, thanks very much. Using the .exe file worked. Before that, I couldn't find the icon, but also couldn't believe is wasn't store somewhere on the local machine. Hiding it in the .exe file is a neat trick (maybe to keep others from using it!??)
 

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You're welcome. The main reason for the icons being in the .exe file is to keep them associated with the program. If they were stored elsewhere, you might have the program but the icons could be lost or deleted.
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