How to change the icon of a folder in Windows

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
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Folders are a great way to organize programs, files, and web page shortcuts. If you have many folders on your desktop, they can begin to look bland or it may be hard to locate a specific one. Luckily, Windows offers a solution to this issue in the form of allowing its users to customize the appearance of their folders. To proceed, follow the steps below.


These steps also work for folders that are not on the Windows desktop.

How to change the icon of a folder in Windows

  1. Locate the folder whose icon you'd like to change. Or, create a new folder.
  1. Right-click the folder, and select Properties from the bottom of the drop-down menu.

Selector for the properties menu.

  1. In the folder properties menu, select the Customize tab (A), and then the Change Icon... (B) button.

Customize tab in Windows properties.

  1. In the Change Icon window, make your selection (A) and click OK (B).

Change icon folder in Windows.


To add a custom icon, click Browse button in Windows. and locate the file.

  1. Back on the Properties window, click Apply (A) and then OK (B).

Final steps in changing the icon.

  1. Your folder should now display its new icon.

Changed icon for Computer Hope folder.


To undo the changes you made to a folder icon, click the Restore default button in Windows. button in the Properties window.