How to Create Custom Windows Desktop Icons With Rainmeter

You think the default Windows icons are underwhelming and you long for something more unique?

Rainmeter, arguably the best customization tool for Windows A Simple Guide to Rainmeter: The Windows Desktop Customization Tool Rainmeter is the ultimate tool for customizing your Windows desktop with interactive wallpapers, desktop widgets, and more. Our simple guide will help you create your own personal desktop experience in no time. Read More , is great for creating custom icons. Rainmeter icons range from immersive to regular. What you can do with these icons is really only limited by your imagination and experience with the software.

The best part about Rainmeter icons? Whether you’d like to use the fantastic fan-made icons already at your disposal or want to create custom icons yourself, everyone can experience the satisfaction of custom desktop icons with Rainmeter. Here’s how!

Creating Rainmeter Icons

Rainmeter icons How to Create Custom Rainmeter Icons and Application Launchers Rainmeter is a Windows desktop customization tool with countless applications. Follow our step-by-step guide to create an interactive desktop icon and application launcher. Read More are some of the simplest skins to make, but can also have the most substantial impact on your desktop. No more would you need to search for programs, which may not appear using default Windows search options.

Yet, it’s often best to learn how to create an icon before beginning to download and install icon sets. Since Rainmeter skin settings are text-based, learning your way around Rainmeter skins will help you get the most out of your skins. That way, you can download and edit skins at your leisure instead of relying on already-made ones. Rainmeter has a very active user base, after all!

Creating Your Icon

You’ll need two items to create a Rainmeter skin The Best Rainmeter Skins for a Minimalist Desktop Want to customize Windows with Rainmeter? Here are the best Rainmeter skins for a clean and minimalist Windows desktop. Read More : an image file and a Rainmeter (INI) skin file. Head to the Rainmeter folder within your Documents folder, which is created by default when you install Rainmeter. Then, create a folder within this directory to hold your icons. Name it whatever you’d like.

You’ll need to place your two files within this folder. Double-click your newly created folder, right-click an empty space within this directory, and select New, then Text Document. Input the following:

ImageName=[image file name].png

Save this document with the INI extension (for example, muologo.ini) and not with the usual TXT extension. This will allow Rainmeter to recognize your skin. You’ll have to replace the three bold parameters above.

  • [address] — Place the address of your choice here, within the two quotation marks. The LeftMouseUpAction parameter signifies the action is committed whenever the user left-mouse clicks the icon.
  • [image file name] — Place the name of your image file, which should be in the same directory as your INI file, here. This will allow Rainmeter to call the image for your icon.
  • [width] — Place your width, measured in pixels by default, next to your W parameter. Since our PreserveAspectRatio parameter is set to 1, your width will determine both the width and height of your icon. If you leave width blank, your image will appear as its native resolution.

Your Rainmeter folder should look something like the following.

rainmeter icon setup

Icons can, of course, be considerably more complex (especially if they provide a large icon library and additional functions). What’s been presented, however, is the basic format by which Rainmeter icons are created.

Placing Your Icon

Now that you’ve created your icon, it’s time to place it. First, ensure that you have your INI and image file in the same place. Next, click Refresh All in the lower left-hand side of your Manage Rainmeter window.

Then, find your newly created icons folder. This folder should be located under the Active skins selection in your Rainmeter window.

locate icon skin

Click on the drop-down menu beside MUO Icon, as written in the example above, and you should see your INI skin file.

enable icon skin

If you don’t see this file, ensure you’ve added the INI extension to your file. Once you’ve found your INI file, double-click the file or select Load from the Rainmeter window. You should now see your skin on the desktop: if not, remember to ensure your files are both placed and configured correctly.

makeuseof rainmeter icon example

That’s how to create icons in Rainmeter!

Ready-Made Icon Sets

While it’s great to know how to create icons, you don’t have to create them all from scratch. This is a list of the top icons sets available online for Rainmeter.


For the beginner Rainmeter guru, Honeycomb is a must. Honeycomb provides stylish, high-quality hexagonal icons for various programs, folders, and websites.

honeycomb icons for rainmeter

The library is extensive and is continually being refined to create more complex and feature-packed icons. Additionally, Honeycomb + GGL will provide users with similar, custom Rainmeter icons with an additional mouse-over effect. The mouse-over effect will add a background to your desktop reflecting the icon you choose.

honeycomb plus ggl for rainmeter

If you need a few Rainmeter icons to spice up your desktop, Honeycomb is a great way to go.

Circle Launcher

Another fantastic, simple icon is Circle Launcher. If you don’t appreciate the definite line aspect of Honeycomb, Circle Launcher should definitely be your go-to icon set.

circle launcher icons for rainmeter

It does everything you’d want from a beginner icon set, and nothing you don’t.

Silmeria Dock — Honeymoon

A simple-yet-sophisticated drawer icon set, Silmeria Dock — Honeymoon provides a simple interface for users to add, take away, and rearrange their icons.

silmeria dock icons for rainmeter

Remember, you can then change whatever aspect of these icons/icon docks you prefer.

Vivid Launcher

A magnificent new addition to the Rainmeter folds, Vivid Launcher is a highly customizable icon launcher with a neat mouse-over effect to boot.

vivid launcher icons for rainmeter

Vivid Launcher’s icons, along with its mouse-over feature, are easy to change as well. Simply right-click the skin and select SETTINGS to modify.

Icon Image Sets

The following are not Rainmeter skins. At least, not yet. When you begin creating your own custom icons, you’ll need plenty of icon images. That’s where websites like Flaticon come into play.

flaticon icons for rainmeter

Flaticon provides users with beautiful, often free, icon images of all shapes and sizes. Best of all, they provide multiple image formats for any and all icon projects you take up.

Rainmeter, the Iconoclast

Rainmeter allows for users to create and customize their icons, offering endless possibilities. That includes options for laymen and code-monkeys alike. Create your own icon and share it, or use someone else’s: that’s what makes Rainmeter fantastic. You’ll also find using icons is only half the battle: implementing skins How to Create a Custom Rainmeter Theme for Your Windows Desktop Rainmeter can help you create a truly spectacular desktop with just a few clicks. We'll show how you. Read More in unique ways is what makes a desktop really shine.

We’ve previously shown you how to use Rainmeter to create a Parallax desktop How to Create a Parallax Desktop Background With Rainmeter If you desire a live animated desktop wallpaper, look into Rainmeter! Here we'll show you how to create a unique parallax effect for your Windows desktop background. Read More , a 3D hologram Project a 3D Hologram on Your Desktop Using Rainmeter Still looking for the perfect wallpaper? Let us show you how to add an impressive and moving 3D hologram to your desktop background. Read More , and an interactive live wallpaper Make Your Desktop Stunning With an Interactive Live Wallpaper Nothing makes your desktop stand out like a live interactive background. It's also one of the greatest exercises in customizing your Windows setup. We'll show you how to do it easily with Rainmeter. Read More .

Which other Rainmeter features or applications would you like to explore? Let us know in the comments below!

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