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How To Change The Desktop System Icons

You are familiar with the default Desktop Icons such as My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places and the Recycle Bin and their color scheme that goes along with them. If you are becoming tired of their default appearance, then you can change the Icons and have them display in a different manner to your liking. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to change the Default System Icons in Windows.

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For Windows XP

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now double click on the Display icon to open up the Display Properties window.
  6. Then click on the Desktop tab located at the top of the Display Properties window.
  7. Now click on the Customize Desktop button located at the bottom of the screen.
  8. Highlight any of the Desktop Icons in the center of the screen such as My Computer.
  9. Then click on the Change Icon button to have Windows display list of Icons for you to select.
  10. You can highlight any of these newly displayed icons and then click on the OK button to select it.
  11. You can also click on the Browse button and navigate to .exe files that contain additional icons.
  12. For instance, selecting Notepad.exe in the Windows folder will display its icon as a choice for you.
  13. After you have changed the My Computer icon, you can highlight and change the remaining ones.
  14. Then click on the OK button to close the Desktop Items Properties window.
  15. And then click on the OK button to close the Display Properties window.
  16. The icon changes that you made will now be visible on your Desktop.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Control Panel icon.
  3. Double click on the Display icon to open up the Display Properties window.
  4. Then click on the Effects tab located at the top of the Display Properties window.
  5. Highlight any of the Desktop Icons in the center of the screen such as My Computer.
  6. Then click on the Change Icon button to have Windows display list of Icons for you to select.
  7. You can highlight any of these newly displayed icons and then click on the OK button to select it.
  8. You can also click on the Browse button and navigate to .exe files that contain additional icons.
  9. For instance, selecting Notepad.exe in the Windows folder will display its icon as a choice for you.
  10. After you have changed the My Computer icon, you can highlight and change the remaining ones.
  11. Then click on the OK button to close the Display Properties window.
  12. The icon changes that you made will now be visible on your Desktop.

You Can Also Remove Desktop Icons By Reading: Removing Desktop Icons And Shortcuts

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