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Is it possible to change mp3, AVI, WinRAR file icons?

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  • Started 5 years ago by tidus187
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tidus187
Posts: 3

Hey, does anyone know how to change mp3, mp4, AVI, mwa, wmv etc file icons from the default to a custom one? I have some print screens to show you what i mean...Any help would be appreciated!

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LH
LH
Posts: 20002

Another member (tealpear) just recently put this up,
http://thelivedemo.com/tools-g.....-its-free/
Might be worth a try.

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JonMCC33
JonMCC33
Posts: 266

They will change to whatever default application they are associated with.

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SarahJames
SarahJames
Posts: 6581

Hi Tidus, welcome at HTG!

There are several ways to change icons, mostly mentioned in the link LH put up:)
But if you want to change the icon of the filetype, you need to change the settings in the registry if you want to have control over the specific icon.

Like the article said (and mind you - working with the registry is always a risk, so do make a good backup before you start and also export any keys in the registry you want to change.
If you work often directly with the registry I can highly recommend Registry Workshop (not free unfortunately, but absolutely worths it's money).

I'll take mp3 for an example:

First you look up .mp3 in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
Then on the right side after (Default) you see a name.
In my case 0000.mp3 (in your case probably something like 'audiofile')
If you browse downwards you'll find a key called 0000.mp3 (or 'audiofile').

A subkey has the value DefaultIcon. On the right you can change the value to any icon you like. And voila, you're done.

However - if .mp3 refers to 'audiofile', chances are other audioextensions refer to that too.
Like .wav and .mid. The result is that if you change the icon, all audiofiles will get the same new icon.

Because I like every audiofile to have it's own icon, I came up with a simple solution.
In the key .mp3 I changed 'audiofile' to 0000.mp3
Then I copied the key audiofile and named it 0000.mp3
Then I changed the icon.
And I did the same for .wav
and for .mid
etc.

So now every soundfile has it's own icon, but they still get opened by the same program as before.

BTW. I renamed all extensions I edited to 0000 + the extension, so I can easily find them again, when I need to.

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SarahJames
SarahJames
Posts: 6581

But, there is more to it ...

Some icons won't change if you do this. A vista quirck:)
The trick is to rightclick on a file of that extension and choose another program as default to open it.
(That is √°fter you have changed the values in the registry). Then change it back again to the default program it was before and 9 times out of 10 the right icon pops up.

And another thing: sometimes the icons change in some folders, but not in all.
In that case run Disc Cleanup and be sure to select 'thumbnails' (miniatuurweergaven in my version - I'm Dutch;-D)

Have fun!
Sarah.

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tidus187
Posts: 3

Okay i'll give it a try! Thanks for your help! Your very kind to go into that description to help me!

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SarahJames
SarahJames
Posts: 6581

You're welcome:)
I like to make my computer "my own" too.

Cheers,
Sarah.

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jd2066
jd2066
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You can also use the program Types to easily change file type icons.

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