Windows 11: guide to customize app icons

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Windows 11 : guide to customize app icons

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Although Windows 11 seemed Getting a complete UI overhaul, icons were one thing that didn't compromise the new design. Some people are no longer comfortable with always having the same ones, so they look for ways to deal with this fact.

A big question many users ask is whether you can officially change the Windows 11 icons, to which Infobae has the answer: yes, although it is not exactly an easy or intuitive process. Not all system apps allow you to change icons, but there is a trick to do it.

One ​​thing to be clear about before starting is that only some of the icons can be changed. If you want to change them all, it's best to use third-party tools (but this is not recommended).

Create a restore point

The first thing to do before changing each Windows 11 icon one by one is to create a system restore point as a precaution.

This will ensure that if something goes wrong, you can go back and everything works correctly. Making this copy allows you to restore the installation before changing the icons. Here's how to do it:

1. Open the magnifying glass next to the start button, Type “System Restore” and click Create a restore point in the search results.

2. Now tap on Create.

3. Type the name for the restore point (better to put one that is easy to remember).

4. Click Create.

5. The system will start generating a restore point. Wait for the process to complete and, once it has finished, click on Close.

6. You already have the restore point created in case you need to return to having the operating system as it was before making the changes to each icon.

Windows 11 : guide to customize app icons

Windows 11 restore point. (photo: See How It's Done)

Compatible apps

Now, we must mention the first method by which you can change the icons of Windows 11 and therefore the user interface. The first thing to do is find the element whose icon you want to change. Once found, do the following:

1. Click the right button of the mouse on the icon.

2. Then select Properties in the contextual menu.

3. Go to the Personalization tab which is located at the top of the screen.

4. Now click on Change Icon.

5. Select an icon from those that appear on the screen. If you have a custom icon, you just have to click on Browse, to go where it is and select it. Remember that it must be a .ico file.

6. At this moment click on Accept, twice in a row.

7. That way the icon that has been selected will have already been changed.

Windows 11 : guide to customize app icons

Windows 11 apps. (photo: GeekFire)

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Change system icons

If you want to change the basic elements of Windows 11, such as My Computer, Recycle Bin or Quick Access Icons, can also be achieved. The following steps must be followed:

1. Press the keys Windows + I at the same time, to then click on Personalization, option that is on the left of the screen.

2. That's when you should touch  Themes.

3. Now click on  Icon Settings on the desktop

4. Click on the one that the user wishes to change from those that appear at the bottom, although if more are desired, the options that are not already selected can be marked. These are usually User Files, Network, and Control Panel.

5. Select an icon from the list on the screen, but if you want to place one that is compatible (.ico), just click on Browse and mark the one you want from the internal storage.

6. Once it is marked and loaded, it is time to click on Accept.

7. Click again on OK, so that at that moment you can see how the icon has changed to the new one that was just selected from the computer.

Windows 11: guide to customize app icons apps

Windows 11 icons. (photo: Cinco Días)

Icons that are not natively supported

For those icons that theoretically cannot be changed, there is also a way to achieve it. Below, Infobae will show the following steps that must be completed:

1. Press the keys Windows + R on the keyboard to then type shell:AppsFolder and then press Enter.< /p>

2. You will now see a list of most system icons as well as user-installed applications on your PC.

3. Find the one you want to change and right click on it.

4. Select Create Shortcut.

5. The system will communicate that a shortcut cannot be created in the same location. Click Yes to produce the shortcut on the desktop.

6. Close the folder and select the new desktop icon that has been created. Press Alt + Enter on the keyboard once selected.

7. Click on Change icon and select the one you want to use from the list that appears on the screen. If you click on Browse you can select one that is saved in storage.

8. Click on OK twice and you will see how the icon of the selected element now appears changed by the one the user has selected.

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