Have you ever noticed that new folders that you create inside of your Home directory in Vista just look out of place? All the built-in folders have those stylish greenish icons, and your folders are ugly and yellow.

Fixing this is a really simple process… all we need is to know where to find the nice looking icons.


Changing Folder Icon to Match

The beauty of this tip is that you don’t need to download anything at all. Just right-click on the folder, choose Properties:


Choose the Customize tab, and then click on the Change Icon button:


Now here’s the trick… instead of the default shell32.dll file, we’ll change that to use the icons in imageres.dll. You can paste in the full path if you’d like (or just find the imageres.dll file with the Browse button)


Once you’ve changed the text in the box, use the Enter key to update the list, and then if you scroll all the way to the right you’ll find an empty green folder icon that matches perfectly.


And there we go… now we have nice matching folders:


Of course you could choose one of the other icons in the file if you want… it’s all up to you. You can even use the Restore Defaults button to switch it back to the ugly yellow folders.

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