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How to Enable Google Chrome’s Secret Gold Icon

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You might not realize this, but there’s actually another icon hidden inside the Google Chrome executable file—and it’s a high-quality version of the same logo, but golden. Here’s how to use it.

If you’re wondering how we got the smooth icon you’re seeing above, it’s because the latest dev channel version switched the icon from the older style.

Enabling the Hidden Gold Icon

All you have to do is open up the shortcut Properties screen and head to Change Icon.

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Inside the Change Icon dialog you’ll find a bunch of icons—sadly, the other 3 are low-resolution icons, but you can switch to the gold one from here.

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The gold icon looks pretty sweet when you pin it to the Windows 7 taskbar as well…

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To pin yours, just un-pin the one you have now, and then swap out the icon in the shortcut, and right-click and choose Pin to Taskbar.

Update: yes, the gold icon is from the Canary build, but most people don’t realize that it’s stored in the executable file for the regular version too. If you want to download all of the icons, including the blue Chromium icon, you can do so from the following link. You’ll need to save them somewhere, and manually choose the icon path in the Change Icon screen.

Download the New Google Chrome Icons [deviantart]

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  • Published 03/16/11

Comments (28)

  1. R27

    That’s no secret icon :D it’s only Canary Build icon :D

  2. caribmike

    Is this not the one used for the canary build?

  3. The Geek

    Yeah… but most people don’t know it’s there =)

  4. kyle
  5. Britonius Maximus

    They need to make a Chrome colored icon for it’s namesake.

  6. The Geek

    @Kyle:

    Nice!

  7. KomanderKain
  8. Brandon

    Nice! Now if there was a way to change the icon in the browser, and rename the window title “Google Chrome: Gold Edition”, I can completely fake out all of my friends.

  9. carlosj

    download all the 3 new google chrome icons here:
    http://carlosjj.deviantart.com/art/new-google-chrome-icons-201136748

  10. The Geek

    @Carlosj

    Awesome – I’m gonna link to that from the post.

  11. zarnaik

    HEY GEEK!

    Don’t leave KomanderKain’s out! I think they’re looking awesome!!
    here:http://kobesozai.web.fc2.com/

    that is what chrome is ;)

  12. jbowe

    thanks guys
    sweet

  13. Ja5087

    I still didn’t get the new icon for canary?

  14. Miss. Andrea Borman.

    I have got Google Chrome Canary browser which I installed last week. And my icon is not like the new one. It is yellow with grey in the middle-the old icon.And when I looked at the change icon options the new icon is not there. Andrea Borman.

  15. bkj216

    Hmm this actually works on the Stable version of chrome as well, so I’d imagine this would work on all other versions too. (I’m running XP tho I’ll check the Win7 version later).

  16. sra

    can i do that in Ubuntu?

  17. veegee

    How about a skull and bone icon !!?

  18. Vivek

    Britonius Maximus “They need to make a Chrome colored icon for it’s namesake”

  19. BobbyPhoenix

    After doing so my pinned icon now shows “Google Chrome (2)” when I right click on it on the taskbar. Why? I figured it was because it is now a second shortcut, but it annoyed me, so I reverted back to the original, but the “(2)” is still there. I even un-installed Chrome (including all personal data), re-downloaded it, and the stupid “(2)” is still there! I thought starting fresh would fix it. HELP!

  20. luck

    I really liked the old Canary built icon , but google ruined it

  21. glowflu

    3 really “geek”

  22. Saket Jajodia

    Hey! Thanks I didn’t knew that they have kept both logo..

  23. chucknorrisfan

    they should make a gold and then a bronze one. or change the logo to crome icons. it then would be way cooler.

  24. kicky

    why would they do that its wierd

  25. chucknorrisefan

    not really when they made gold. silver goes with it . but bronze might be a bad idea :p

  26. kicky

    bronze is actully gold a little bit

  27. kicky

    boo for bronze

  28. elton

    elton

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