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Customize Your Windows 7 Taskbar Icons the Easy Way

Would you like to fully customize your Windows 7 icons without having to manually change out every icon?  Here’s how you can switch to an entire new set of icons in only a couple clicks.


Recently we showed you how you can Customize your Windows 7 taskbar icons for any app manually, but it required changing each of your apps’ icons by hand.  Although it’s not too hard, it can take some time if you want to customize a number of apps.  Thankfully, there’s now a better way to change out all your icons.

7Conifier is a new free app for Windows 7 that can customize all of your taskbar and start menu icons in only a couple clicks.  Download the zip file from the link below, then unzip the contents of the folder so you can get started customizing your taskbar.


Once it’s unzipped, run the 7CONIFIER.exe program.  Since this is the first time you’re running the app, you’ll be asked if you want to backup your existing icons in a Default package.  This is a good idea so you can quickly restore your icons if you don’t like the changes, so click Yes to continue.


Now, simply select one of the available icon packs, and click Apply to change your icons to the new set.


By default, the icons will be applied to the taskbar and start menu, and Explorer will automatically be restarted to apply the changes.  You can change these settings if you wish, or just click Apply to change your icons.


After a few seconds, your taskbar will disappear then come back with your new icons.  That’s easy!


If you’re running some less common programs, you may notice that their icons do not get changed.  To fix this, go back to 7Conifier, select the icon package you want, and click the pencil icon to edit the icons.


Select the Icons tab, and here you can change the icon settings for all the default programs included with the set.  You can also add your own application settings, or automatically import all pinned applications so you can easily customize their icons.  If you have another set of icons you wish to use, you can swap to it here as well.  Once you’re finished, click Save, then apply the icon theme again to get your other icons customized.


7Conifier definitely makes it much easier to customize the icons for all your favorite programs.  It worked very good in our tests, and the icon sets included look sharp as well.  If you’d like to customize your desktop even more, here’s how you can Change your Windows 7 Start orb and Organize your programs into groups on your Windows 7 taskbar.

Download 7Conifier to Customize Your Windows 7 Icons

Hat-tip to AskVG for the tip!

Matthew digs up tasty bytes about Windows, Virtualization, and the cloud, and serves them up for all to enjoy!

  • Published 10/13/10

Comments (10)

  1. Abhishek K. Pandey

    Thats nice !
    I always love icons, cause they make an eye candy. Till now I am using Tune Up Styler to do that.
    Will check 7conifer too. Can you please tell me if we can further add icons package to it or not and do the icons package of Tune up styler will work here too?

  2. Terry Dunn

    A little originality goes a long way. I like to experiment with my desktop and windows layout and styles and this looks like a neat way to customise your windows experience. I like it.


  3. GilTempleton

    I love foolin’ around with my themes and backgrounds with Win7, but must admit, I grimace every time I hit Apply or Finish. What’s my Grimace Factor on this?

  4. Matthew Guay

    @GilTempleton – :) … I defiantly understand. The grimace factor on this should be next to zero, as you can always roll back to your previous icon set. Plus, it doesn’t actually change anything system level, nor does it hack Explorer.exe. It’s simply swapping out your icons, so you could always revert to the original icons manually if you really had to (but that would take some time!). But restoring the original icons with the app worked good in our tests.

    Hey, if you’d like, you could always make a virtual machine with a test install of Windows 7 (you don’t need to activate for 30 days ;) ), and try it out. If you feel good with it, then run it on your main system. That’s how we usually test new apps.

  5. GilTempleton

    Thanks, Matt. I think i’ll just go for it. I’ll let you know if a GF was warranted.

  6. ajah moshea

    i want to be receiving lecture online on how to operate ubuntu

  7. Andrej

    I tried this and then I couldn’t get the original icon for Outlook back on the taskbar. It showed ‘My Computer’ icon, so I had to rebuld the icon cache and now it’s OK again.

  8. Matthew Guay

    @Andrej – Sorry to hear about that. You can always switch the icon manually back to the original one; just open the icon properties, then browse to the program itself and select the icon from that file.

  9. DarylArnold

    im just looking to remove the arrows on the bottem left of each icon on my desktop,same as i used to do in xp smoker, but i want to do it in windows 7 now, thankyou.

  10. eXplorer

    If it had more icons, I would have used it. Doesn’t have the icon for the maximum things I have pinned.

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