In today’s world, people want to add a personal touch to their computer. Some change the wallpaper, some play with the Windows theme, some add all kinds of gadgets and apps. You might have done all that, but you might be craving for more. Maybe some of your programs have some ugly icons or you don’t want to see those boring folders anymore.
Even if you are not a technical person, it might be worth your efforts to change the default icon that is assigned to a text document or to some other file type. This really customizes the look and feel of Windows to your liking. In Windows XP, changing a file type’s icon was very simple and could be done easily. Unfortunately, the process is a bit complicated in Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10. Thankfully, there are a couple of freeware programs out there that get the job done without all the mess. For the same, I’ll let you know the easiest way to Change the Icon of a File Type in Windows:
Change the Icon of a File Type in Windows With FileTypesMan:
FileTypesMan is an alternative to the ‘File Types‘ tab in the ‘Folder Options‘ of Windows. It displays the list of all file extensions and types registered on your computer. This utility works on any version of Windows from Windows 98 to Windows 10. For using this utility under Windows 98/ME, you must download the non-Unicode version. For using this utility under the x64 system, you should download the x64 version. The following steps must be followed to Change the Icon of a File Type in Windows:
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Step 1: Foremost step is to download the FileTypesMan extension in your Windows from here.
Step 2: After you have finished downloading, run the application and click on the Find button at the top of the navigation bar.
Step 3: As soon as you click on the search button, a pop-up menu appears. Now you have to just enter the file extension type and then just click on the Find Next button. For example, I’m searching for the .exe file type.
Step 4: Once you find the target file type, you have to right-click on it and select the “Edit Selected File Type” option.
Step 5: Next, it will open the Edit File Type window. The first thing you need to do is copy the default icon path and save it somewhere, just in case you wish to revert back to old icon. Once you’ve done that, click on the “Browse” button appearing next to the Default Icon field.
Step 6: As soon as you click on the button, it will show you all the available system icons. If you like one of the listed icons, then select it. Otherwise, click on the Browse button to select your own custom icon.
Step 7: The selected icon will be listed in the Change Icon window. Again, select it and click on the OK button. In the main window click on the OK button to save the changes.
Step 8: Finally, as soon as you save the changes, the file type icon will be changed instantly.
This is how you can easily Change the Icon of a File Type in Windows. In case of queries or doubts, don’t forget to comment down below. I’ll try to get back asap.