Windows 7 Introduced a great way to manage multiple files and folders from the same category – libraries. Although there are plenty of features in terms of file management in Windows 7 libraries, what is missing is a tint of customization. Let’s get that problem out-of-the-way by adding in a custom icon to one of our libraries.
Step 1 (Optional) – Creating a New Library
Although this works on the libraries built into windows too, you may want to create your own library, since the icons on the built-in libraries are pretty cool.
Start off by opening Libraries.
Now right-click and pick New > Library.
Name your library whatever you want and press Enter.
Step 2 – Finding an Appropriate Icon
Now you need to find an appropriate icon for your library. You can just Google yourself one like a few below…
…or you can get creative and make one yourself (just like I did).
Step 3 – Locating the .library-ms Configuration Files
We now need to open the explorer to locate the location of the .library-ms files that contain the information about the libraries, library contents and the icons to them.
Open up Explorer and navigate to:
where instead of “[Your Username]” you put, well, your username! 😀
Step 4 – Opening the .library-ms File in Notepad
Now open the Start Menu type Notepad and hit Enter to open up Notepad.
Now simply drag the .library-ms file with a filename according to the one you gave your new library earlier into Notepad.
Step 5 – Making the Necessary Modifications
Now you will need to add an <iconReference></iconReference> line right between <isLibraryPinned>true</isLibraryPinned> and <templateInfo>.
In between the ><’s you will need to add the location of the .ico file we prepared at step 2.
As the grand finally, press Ctrl+S to save the file, and then close Notepad.
You can now open up Libraries again and take a look at what you’ve achieved!