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Easily Change Desktop Shortcuts To Icons Included In XP

Unhappy with the way the shortcut icons on your desktop look?  Here is a quick way to change them to a different icon included in XP.

Here I have a shortcut to a folder of batch files boring old shortcut. 

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Now right click the shortcut folder icon and choose Properties.  In the Shortcut Properties window select the Shortcut tab and the Change Icon button.

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You can scroll through the included icons in XP and select the one you want to use.  I try to select one that I will remember what it is for.  It seems to make navigating through tons of folders easier.  Especially if there are a few I use a lot.  In this example I made it a star … no reason other than to demonstrate.

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In my next post I will show you how to customize the desktop icons to your liking.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/11/08

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