Tips To Change Windows® 7 Default Icons
How could you change the default icons in Windows 7? Explain the different tips for changing them.
Windows 7 is the latest version of the Windows Operating Systems from Microsoft and it has many added features and functions to meet the requirements of the modern day user. Windows 7 has a richer graphical interface compared to its previous versions and it has lots of user configurable options that enable the users to personalize the system interface and looks. Windows 7 also has extensive support for system themes which allow the users to change the desktop background, palette color, Windows sound schemes etc. It also has options which enable the users to use and share custom set themes. Although Windows 7 has new system icon sets which are way better than the ones found in its older versions, the users might want to change the default icons displayed in the system taskbar or start menu due to several reasons. These include enhancing the looks, to go well with the newly installed themes, for grouping while using dual monitors/virtual desktops, or due to some minor issues with the icons. Changing the default icons in Windows 7 under proper guidance would help the users set up and use the new icons with minimal errors or glitches.
Discussed below are some points that would help users change the default icons in the 'Start' menu and 'Taskbar' of the Windows 7 system:
- Use system options
- Install themes/icon packs
- Use separate applications
Use system options
Windows 7 is provided with some options and features that enable the users to easily change the default icons of various functions and applications displayed in the system start menu and taskbar. The icons in the taskbar and start menu of Windows 7 can be changed by opening up the properties menu of the desired icon. Selecting the ‘Change icon’ option in the properties menu of the selected icon would open up a new window which would let the users browse through the icons in various locations on the system hard disk. Only those icon files supported by the Windows 7 system can be set as new icons and attempting to set unsupported files or the icon files that are already taken up by some other programs/applications might lead to shortcut or icon corruption.
Install themes/icon packs
The default icons of the Windows 7 system gets changed in some cases while setting up new supported themes in the system. This is because some themes for Windows 7 are integrated with the latest types of icons and they would temporarily replace the default icons with the new ones when they are set as the current theme in Windows 7. The users can also change the icons in taskbar and start menu by installing separate theme packs which are designed to replace most default icons with custom icon files without the need to manually choose new icons for all shortcuts in the taskbar and start menu.
The users who desire to replace or change the default icons in start menu and taskbar of the Windows 7 system can do so easily by making use of separate third party interface modification programs that are designed to modify the graphical interface of Windows 7. These kinds of applications have options that allow the users to customize the icons used in the system and they would enable the user to easily replace the default icons as batches or groups, thus eliminating the need to choose custom icon file for independent applications/programs. Some of these programs even have options to download the latest icon packs from supported websites for updating the custom icons set by the users. However, usage of these kinds of programs is not recommended and they should be installed/used at one's own risk, as over modification of the Windows 7 interface would lead to system instability which would cause greater complications.
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