TechSpot: How to change your Windows 7 Library icons

In order to address the disorderly way most people catalogue their data, Windows 7 introduced a new system that let's users point a Library to various folders (Pictures or Documents, for example). All of the included folders can then be accessed in one uniform location. This methodology displaces the older and rigid folder structure, which made it difficult to index files that were scattered throughout your drives.

As handy as the new functionality of the libraries are, there's one glaring omission: we can't find an easy built-in way to change the Library icons. Granted, this isn't a major deal for some people because the four default Libraries (Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos) are sufficient for the average person's data and they have nice looking icons. However, if you add a new Library, you're stuck with a generic Windows 7-style documents icon, and that just won't fly with us perfectionists, will it?

Fret not. If you have five minutes and a shred of fortitude, we'll show you how to ditch that lame default icon. For now, decide whether you want to get your hands dirty or if you'd rather save a couple of minutes using a GUI to help you as we are about to show you both.

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Don't get me wrong, I like that this got wrote up, but you know, shouldn't this have been posted back last June, when 7 came out, and other sites had this same how-to ?

Ryoken said,
Don't get me wrong, I like that this got wrote up, but you know, shouldn't this have been posted back last June, when 7 came out, and other sites had this same how-to ?

Eh, who really cares? I just added a new library this past week and am happy to see this now as the stock icons are pretty bland.

.Neo said,
Ah yes, the user-friendlyness of Windows demonstrated once again.

This is not a feature, it is a "tweak".
I've yet to come across a single person who figured out how to change a folder/file/shortcut icon in OS X without looking it up.

edit: not to mention I had to pay for PathFinder to get even semi-decent file navigation features in OS X.

Edited by virtorio, Jun 25 2010, 1:41pm :

virtorio said,
This is not a feature, it is a "tweak".
I've yet to come across a single person who figured out how to change a folder/file/shortcut icon in OS X without looking it up.

Looking something up is pretty easy. It's the execution of changing icons on Mac OS X that is much simpler. Simply copy-paste job which works with pretty much every file, applications, folder and drive you have access too. No need to resort to tweaking files like that.

virtorio said,
edit: not to mention I had to pay for PathFinder to get even semi-decent file navigation features in OS X.

Finder works just fine for most people needs. If you personally need more advanced features so be it.

.Neo said,

Finder works just fine for most people needs. If you personally need more advanced features so be it.

Having seen people attempt to merge folders and override them instead, and attempt to calculate the size of multiple selected items and find it can't, on countless occasions, I'm going to have to dispute that.

.Neo said,

Looking something up is pretty easy. It's the execution of changing icons on Mac OS X that is much simpler. Simply copy-paste job which works with pretty much every file, applications, folder and drive you have access too. No need to resort to tweaking files like that.

And? Most people on both operating systems don't bother changing icons. Non-issue.

If you really care about it so much, I'm sure tweaking a few files won't be a problem. And if thats too hard for you, go on deviantart where theres tons of icon packs with installers.

.Neo said,
Ah yes, the user-friendlyness of Windows demonstrated once again.

Another pointless post that turned a helpful and informative thread into a Mac vs Windows war, once again. Sometimes I really wonder if some of our members are on Apple's payroll.

Subject Delta said,

Another pointless post that turned a helpful and informative thread into a Mac vs Windows war, once again. Sometimes I really wonder if some of our members are on Apple's payroll.


That's a "Big 10-4."

.Neo said,
Ah yes, the user-friendlyness of Windows demonstrated once again.

It was easy and user-friendly for me. It took me all of 2 minutes to figure out how to add an icon to my Reason Refill library. So ya, thanks for the ease of use, Microsoft, I guess?

Is there any way to disable the libraries in Windows 7? To me, they're bloody annoying. I keep my pictures, music, and videos in the eponymous folders, so I have no use for them.

MightyJordan said,
Is there any way to disable the libraries in Windows 7? To me, they're bloody annoying. I keep my pictures, music, and videos in the eponymous folders, so I have no use for them.

You could delete them and I think there is also a way to hide the library-Part of the sidebar. You will also have to face the consequences - WMP, Media Center, Live Photo,... depend on the libraries

Changing Library Icons is actually a 3 second process; Since I've been using Windows 7, I've found the library feature to be extremely useful. Although, I wont simply scatter my folders everywhere and then use folders to link to them, Ill put all my folders in my C:/Users/root_folder and then link it there, makes for an easy backup. Although, Library in W7 is simply a neater way of shortcuts, just with easier and a bit added functionality, from what I've seen in past Windows OS's.

petrossa said,
I'm lazy and can't be bothered to fiddle, still i want to change the icons so i use Iconpackager.

+1. . .easiest way

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