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How To Customize And Change Folder Icons In Windows XP

Windows XP allows us to not only add background pictures to any of our file folders, but it also allows us to change the icons of our folders as well. The new icons that we choose will be displayed when Windows Explorer or My Computer is set to view our files and folders in the Icons, List or Details View. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to customize the appearance of your folder icons in Windows XP.

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Changing The Folder Icons In Windows XP

  1. Double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop until it opens.
  2. Then double click on your (C:) drive until it opens up for you.
  3. Then navigate to a folder directory that you want to apply a different icon to.
  4. Right click on the folder and then click on Properties at the bottom of the menu that appears.
  5. Now click on Customize tab located at the top of the Properties window.
  6. Now click on the Change Icon... button located in the bottom area of the window screen.
  7. Windows will display a long list of icons for you to choose from or you can browse to find your own.
  8. Click on any one of these icons and then click on the OK button to select your new folder icon.
  9. Then click on the OK button to save your changes and close the folder icons properties windows.
  10. Now when you view your files and folders in icon, list or details view, your new icon will be visible.
  11. To activate these views, click the View Menu at the top of the screen and then select Icons etc.
  12. To restore the icon back to default settings, follow the steps above and choose Restore Defaults.

You Can Also Personalize Your Folders In Windows XP By Reading: How To Personalize XP Folders

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