How to Individualize Folder Icons in Windows with Custom Images

Ben Stegner 28-10-2015

You can customize your computer in so many ways 8 Geeky Ways to Customize Windows to Your Needs Customizing Windows might help you navigate your computer and anyone can do it. That's right – even if you feel slightly tech illiterate, you should optimize your setup. We've covered your options right here. Read More , 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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  1. Anonymous
    October 28, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Does the folder icon exists even after deleting the icons (jpeg files)?

  2. Anonymous
    October 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    IrfanView (and, I expect, most similar image viewing/editing apps} can save any image as a .ICO file, so you can use almost any image you like for this customisation. Simply select ICO from the "Save As Type" dropdown menu in the Save As dialog box.

    I find resizing an image to 1024x1024 gives the best results.

  3. Anonymous
    October 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    A quicker way to do this is to save a JPEG image in the folder and rename it as FOLDER.JPG.

    Ideally, the JPEG image should not exceed 300 x 300 pixels, but I have see Windows 7 handle images as large as 1024 x 1024 pixels and resize them dynamically to generate a thumbnail that it uses for the folder image.

  4. Anonymous
    October 28, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I did this on my mac, it was fun, all my folders look awesome