If you like to tweak the Windows interface, one option is to customize folders in Windows Explorer. Not only does it make for groovy eye candy, but it’s helpful in finding the folders you need quickly. Here’s how to do it in Windows XP and higher.
First, right-click the folder you want to change to a different icon and select Properties.
The folder Properties window comes up. Click the Customize tab, then Change Icon.
Now select a default icon that’s included in Windows if you find one that you like. Or, to change it to an icon you found on the web, click the Browse button.
Since this is my Star Trek folder, I found a Trek-themed icon – Isolinear Chips.ico – double click on it.
The new icon will appear in the change Icon screen. Click OK.
Under Folder Icons, the custom icon you selected will appear. Click OK again.
There you go! The folder will change to the icon you selected. In this example, I changed two folders to custom icons.
If the folder icon doesn’t change right away, right-click an empty area in Explorer and click Refresh.
Note: This process works in XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Here’s an example of changing the folder icons in XP Pro SP3.
That’s all there is to it. If you like to tweak and customize the Windows UI, changing folder icons give you a great start. Be creative and have a groovy time.