How to customize icons in Windows 10 or Windows 11 for a better visual experience

Shaant Minhas


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Updated December 27, 2022.

Do you know that you can change and customize icons in Windows 10 or Windows 11? It’s true. Microsoft has left some room for individuality and creativity for users to change how icons look.

Customize icons in Windows

Microsoft has given us plenty of ways to change the default icons in Windows. One of the most popular ones—and also the most straightforward one—is of tweaking your desktop icons. Here’s how:

  1. Head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘settings,’ and select the best match.
  2. From the Settings menu, select Personalization > Themes.
  3. From under the Related Settings, select Desktop icon settings.


The Desktop Icon Settings dialog box will be launched. Select the desktop icon you’d like to change and click on Change Icon. Now pick a new icon from the given list, or click on Browse to choose a manual icon.

Click on OK and your new icon will be set up.

Set a new folder icon

Microsoft has also given you the ability to tweak the icons in Windows for folders. It’s pretty simple too, here’s how.

Pick the folder whose icon you’d like to change and select Properties. Now head to the Customize tab, and select the Change Icon… button.


Again, just like you did above with the desktop icon; either choose a specific icon from the list or pick an icon manually that you’ve downloaded or created.


Finally, click on OK to finish saving your new icon.

Tweak the icon of a specific Windows program

Windows also lets you change the default icon of an app on your PC. However, the only caveat is that you can’t do it with the main .exe file extension. To have an app with a different icon, you’ll first have to create a shortcut for that specific app.

To do that, head to the app, right-click on it and select Create shortcut.

Now, the process of changing the icon is the same as the above methods. Right-click on the app and select Properties. In the new dialog box, select Shortcut and select the Change Icon… tab.


From the next dialog box, choose the icon you’d like your app to have and click on OK to change the icon.

Changing the driver’s icon on Windows

Interestingly, you can also change your PC’s driver icon. You know, the boring box-like thing in This PC? Yes, that driver.

However, you’ll need to use a third-party app for this. The best app for this job is the Driver Icon Changer. The app is free and light, so it won’t eat too much of your PC’s resources, either. Here’s how you can get started.

Firstly, get the app from here and then install it. Then, launch the app and select the diver whose icon you’d like to change. Choose the new icon by clicking on the search icon in red; then choose an icon from the variety of icons that come with the Driver Icon Changer, and click on OK.


Once you click OK, your driver’s icon will be changed.

Customizing icons in your Windows 10 or Windows 11

And that’s it, folks. These were some of the easiest ways to spice things up on your computer. Follow these methods and your icons in Windows will be changed without too much trouble.

Have a better suggestion for changing icons in Windows 10 or Windows 11? Let us know in the comments below.