Ways to change icons for files on Windows® 7
What are the ways to change icons for files on Windows 7?
Icons are pictorial representation of objects, not only for aesthetic reasons also for visual identity of the program. Icons are also used as short hand so that users are able to conceive everything almost instantaneously. It brings a high level of explanation and sophistication to Windows. Various types of icons are found as a part of an Operating Systems desktop environment like Windows XP, Macintosh or Linux KDE. It also specifies a computer application within software toolbars like Microsoft Word, websites or other online applications which include website interfaces, blogs, bulletin boards, forums and Internet chat applications like AOL Instant Messenger. A mix of icon types is also found within a same environment in some cases.
Importance of icons and ways to change icons for files on Windows 7:
- Using icons on Windows desktop
- Ways to change icons
- Methods to change the size of icons
Using icons on Windows desktop
Using desktop icons, you will be able to access required programs easily and faster. You can create icons for any programs installed on your computer. For that, right-click on the desktop and from the pop-up menu choose ‘New/Shortcut’ and select the object. Then, the default icon of the object will appear on the desktop. This can be changed by right-clicking on it and again choosing the 'Properties' from the pop-up menu. Then press the ‘Change Icon’ button. Then select the icon that you need and press ‘Ok’.
Ways to change icons
File Types Manager is used to change icons on Windows 7. Open this utility and sort the list by clicking on the 'Default' icon. All file extensions with the same icon will then be grouped together. Click the 'Find' button on the toolbar and type in the file type to be changed. Select the first extension to be changed, press the 'F2' key and then the “…” button that is found next to the 'Default' icon text field. Select the required icon by clicking on the 'Browse' button and then click 'Ok'. The icons for any file extensions can be changed by repeating this process. This makes visual scanning through directories an easy process.
The size of icons can be altered by suspending the mouse pointer on the desktop, holding down the 'Ctrl' key and then scroll down using the mouse wheel. Thus you can scale down the desktop icons until they are almost non-existent. In most applications including browsers, Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer, ‘Ctrl + scroll wheel’ works to zoom. Still, if you do not find the size of the icons as desired then hold down 'Ctrl' and scroll the wheel to change it to the required size.
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