Icon Instructions

Mac OS X

To customise a desktop icon manually in Mac OS X, you need to access the Finder's "Inspector". The inspector is shown or hidden when you press Command-Option-I with an item selected. Opening the Inspector for an item reveals various types of information including what the current icon is set to.

Here is a step-by-step guide for setting a folder icon:

  1. Select a file or folder that has the icon you want to use.
  2. Press Command-Option-I to bring up the Inspector panel.
  3. Click on the icon once. You should see a highlighted border around the icon.
  4. Press Command-C to copy the icon. Do NOT close the inspector panel.
  5. Select the file or folder that you want to customise.
  6. Click on the icon in the Inspector panel again and press Command-V to paste the icon.

That's it! If you don't see the icon immediately update, you may need to log out and back into Mac OS X for the change to take effect. You can now close the Inspector panel safe in the knowledge that your icon has been customised. If you ever want to clear any custom icon you've applied, just open the inspector for that item, select it and press the "Delete" key or Command-X to cut it.

If you run Mac OS X and you like to tinker with your icons, I recommend CandyBar by the Icon Factory (see below).

iContainers

iContainers are pre-saved sets of icons bundled into a convenient single file for use on the Macintosh platform. When you download and import icons stored in an iContainer from The Iconfactory or a third party, you get a great deal of additional information associated with the icons that it holds. This information can include the author's name, comments, copyright and URL links, but most importantly, keywords. Keywords make searching a snap once you've imported the iContainer into Panic's and The Iconfactory's application - CandyBar. Visit the CandyBar home page for more information.

iContainers can hold various types of resources including, but not limited to, standard desktop icons, system replacement icons and Leopard Dock replacement resources. Selecting any icon in CandyBar and getting information on it will reveal all of the various forms of meta data associated with it. From there you can edit, append or delete keywords, adjust copyright information and even assign icons as system replacements such as the default folder, trash can and others.

Using iContainers

To use an iContainer, simply double-click it in the Finder. If it is not already running, CandyBar will launch and automatically create a new collection in your icon library. You can also import iContainers by simply dragging and dropping the iContainer directly into CandyBar's List Pane. If you would like to view the contents of an iContainer before importing it into CandyBar, and you are running Mac OS X 10.5 or later, simply select the iContainer in the Finder and press the spacebar. This will activate OS X's Quicklook feature and you can browse the icons within the iContainer quickly and easily.

Windows

Changing icons depends on which version of the operating system you are using. The following sections describe how to set the icons using Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Using Windows XP

Changing icons on XP can be done in many different ways. The two easiest, and most common methods, are described below.

To change the My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places (also called the Network Neighborhood), or Recycle Bin icons, follow these steps:

  1. Right click the desktop.
  2. Choose Properties from the menu.
  3. In the properties dialogue, select the "Desktop" tab and then click on "Customise Desktop..."
  4. Select the icon you wish to change.
  5. Press the "Change Icon" button to open the icon selection window.
  6. In the icon selection window, press the "Browse" button.
  7. Use the file selection dialogue to locate to the folder that contains the icons you downloaded.
  8. Choose the ICO file you want to use as a replacement and press "Open".
  9. Press "OK" in the icon selection window and on the properties dialogue.

You can also change the icon for a shortcut using these steps:

  1. Right click the shortcut.
  2. Choose Properties from the menu.
  3. In the properties dialogue, select the "Customise" tab.
  4. Press the "Change Icon" button to open the icon selection window.
  5. In the icon selection window, press the "Browse" button.
  6. Use the file selection dialogue to locate to the folder that contains the icons you downloaded.
  7. Choose the ICO file you want to use as a replacement and press "Open".
  8. Press "OK" in the icon selection window and on the properties dialogue.

Using Windows Vista

Changing icons on Vista can be done in many different ways. The two easiest, and most common methods, are described below.

To change the Computer, User folder, Network, or Recycle Bin icons, follow these steps:

  1. Right click the desktop.
  2. Choose Personalise from the menu.
  3. In the window that opens, click on "Change desktop icons" in the upperleft corner.
  4. Select the icon you wish to change.
  5. Press the "Change Icon" button to open the icon selection window.
  6. In the icon selection window, press the "Browse" button.
  7. Use the file selection dialogue to locate to the folder that contains the icons you downloaded.
  8. Choose the ICO file you want to use as a replacement and press "Open".
  9. Press "OK" in the icon selection window and on the properties dialogue.

You can also change the icon for a folder using these steps:

  1. Right click the folder.
  2. Choose Properties from the menu.
  3. In the properties dialogue, select the "Customise" tab.
  4. Press the "Change Icon" button to open the icon selection window.
  5. In the icon selection window, press the "Browse" button.
  6. Use the file selection dialogue to locate to the folder that contains the icons you downloaded.
  7. Choose the ICO file you want to use as a replacement and press "Open".
  8. Press "OK" in the icon selection window and on the properties dialogue.

Registry Tweaks

There are many other ways to change icons by editing the Registry. These techniques are more complex and potentially dangerous to your system, but they do allow you to completely customise your computer.

Licence Agreement

These icons are Copyright ©Philippe Le Fevre of Frozen Wheatgrass . These icons are intended for personal desktop use ONLY. These icons may not be re-used in other works (in part or in whole) or otherwise manipulated. By opening any of these electronic files you agree to be bound by the terms of this license. These files may not be sold or exchanged for any goods or services whatsoever.

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