How to Change Taskbar Icons for Programs in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 20-10-2017

You’ve decked out your Windows 10 Taskbar Windows 10 Taskbar Customization: The Complete Guide Here's how to customize the Windows 10 taskbar with built-in settings, handy tricks, and third-party software. Read More exactly the way you want it, but something’s not perfect yet: the icons on your Taskbar need some sprucing up. Whether one of them is ugly and outdated, or you’d rather set them all to one theme, know that it’s definitely possible.


Note that these instructions only work for traditional desktop programs, not apps from the Windows Store!

  1. Pin the program to your Taskbar. To do this, search for it using the Start Menu, then right-click it and choose Pin to Taskbar.
  2. Right-click the new icon in your Taskbar. You’ll see the program name above Unpin from Taskbar. Right-click on this name again and choose Properties.
  3. You’ll see the properties window. Switch to the Shortcut tab if you’re not already there, and click the Change Icon button.
  4. Click the Browse button and browse to the new icon file on your PC. If you don’t have any, check out some slick icon packs 7 Icon Packs for Windows 10 for Every Taste Custom icon packs will give your Windows 10 system a unique feel. You can choose from hundreds of styles. We have picked several beautiful and unusual icon packs to customize Windows. Which one do you... Read More or follow the procedure for creating custom folder icons How to Individualize Folder Icons in Windows with Custom Images Have you ever thought about changing the icons for individual folders on Windows? Here's a simple way to do it. Read More to make them.
  5. Click OK twice to save the new icon. If you don’t see the change on your Taskbar, log out and back into Windows.
  6. If you ever want to remove the custom icon, just right-click the program on your Taskbar and select Unpin from Taskbar. Re-pinning it will restore the original icon.

How to Change Taskbar Icons for Programs in Windows 10 Change Taskbar Icon Windows

See our guide to customizing any icon in Windows How to Customize Any Icon in Windows 10 Here's how to change icons on Windows 10, including program shortcuts, folders, file types, and much more. Read More for more icons you can change.

What program’s icon needs a fresh look? Where did you grab new icons from? Let us know how you’ve customized by leaving a comment!

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Customization, Windows Taskbar.

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  1. Deya
    February 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    What is the exact size of Windows 10 icons? I'm trying to recreate some on Illustrator and then convert them to .ico files but somehow the image gets resized horizontally and not vertically. I've tried 60x60px.

  2. Dougie
    July 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    And what do I do, Ben, if the Change Icon button is greyed out?

  3. Homer
    October 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Step 6: Don't install the update.

    Build 1607 is still the best