You can customize your computer in so many ways, but are you still using the same old boring Windows folder icons? Here’s a way to spice up individual folders with custom images that you provide.
First, you’ll have to find an image online to use for your folder. People have created hundreds of these, so it should be no trouble to find one for your favorite TV shows, movies, video games, or even just categories like “work”.
For this tutorial, we’ll make a Zelda-themed folder using Google Images. Search for <topic> Icon Folder and you should find a few relevant choices. In this case, we’re searching for “Zelda Icon Folder”:
Ensure the image is a square size (e.g. 256×256, 512×512, etc.) and that it’s in .ICO format. Most folders you’ll find will be in .PNG format, though, so use this online ICO converter to convert formats. (You should check all boxes under Sizes to ensure your folder looks good at any size, and be sure to select 32-bit depth for best quality.)
Save the new .ICO file somewhere (it’s a good idea to make a dedicated folder where you can store all of your folder .ICO files) and navigate to the folder you want to change. Right-click it, choose Properties, and click the Customize tab. Choose Change Icon…, click Browse to your icon’s location, and click OK.
Your folder will now be customized with your image!
What folders will you customize on your PC? What’s the coolest icon image you’ve found online? Give this method a try and let us know what you think!
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