Thanks for the great input!
The free version of FolderMarker definitely looked great! Unfortunately, it was anything but great. It just did not work right.
(The boring details:
I downloaded it, only to find I need at least 5 clicks to change one folder. (It's still an improvement over the 6 to 8 clicks needed to change one using Explorer.) Changing several folders at once requires each folder to be found through a directory and added to a list individually. The list must be populated one by one: there is no multiple picking using the mouse, Ctrl, or Shift. I began (thankfully) with a trial list of 7 folders. Only 5 changed icons successfully. Repeated attempts to get the other 2 to change failed. Of the 5 that did change, 4 did not change the icons displayed in the bottom pane of the window. After closing and re-opening the window, 3 had not changed icons in the bottom pane. So, I closed both Explorer and Foldermarker. The results remained the same; and those 2 folders that would not change before still would not. Also, the Help feature does not work in Windows 7, and Microsoft's solution — a download of WinHlp32.exe — is not available for x86.
Hey, it was free, right?)
Anyway, as the cow says, moooooving right along....
I moved on to Shedko FolderIco. (Thanks again, Sarah, for offering more than one solution.) I, too, like how it looks. But I've come to find out that the ability to change several folders at once is the most requested feature for a future version. (It does not yet do it. I'll watch for it.)
I also took a look at IcoFX, per your great suggestion. Nice! I had already found some good icons, but I could really made some great ones with IcoFX! Thanks! Too bad it won't change multiple folder icons....
I just have to laugh: In all this time and effort we have both spent looking for a shortcut, I could have them all changed by now, one by one. There is only 872 of them, with several hundred yet to come. LOL
It's ironic. I just changed my directory to get rid of "- Shortcut", and now I may end up adding "- Vinal", "- CD", and "- MP3" to my folder names! :D
My sincere thanks to you, Sarah. It sure was worth a shot!
P.S. I like your penguin.