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Change Icons for Certain File Types on Windows | How to do it is easy.

How to Change Icons for Certain File Types on Windows

 In Windows XP, changing the icon for a specific file type like TXT or PNG is quite easy. But after Windows 7 onwards, you need to do some Registry hacking to do it. But for those of you who don't want to edit the Registry, there is a simple way to do it, namely by downloading the File Types Manager.


File Types Manager is a small utility from NirSoft that lists all the file types and extensions used on your PC and helps you to edit the properties of each type, including the associated file icon. The utility works on Windows 7, 8, and 10, and the interface for changing icons for certain file types is easy enough that you can do it in a group at once if you need to.


The first thing you have to do is download the File Types Manager. Note you need a 32 or 64-bit version.


Once the download is complete, unzip the folder. This is a portable application, so you don't need to install it. Just double click “FileTypesMan.exe” to get started.


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Click “Default Icon” to sort through the list of Default Icons. This will collect all file extensions that have the same icon. This is very handy if you want to change several types of related files that use the same icon. If you only intend to change one type of file, you can sort by extension or just type the file name instead.


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Use the find function to find the file type you want. Click the “Find” button on the toolbar (or press Ctrl+F). In the “Find” window, type the extension for the file type you want to change and then click the “Find Next” button repeatedly until you find the extension you want. You can click “Cancel” to close the “Find” window.


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Right-click the extension for which you want to change the icon and then select “Edit Selected File Type.”


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In the “Edit File Type” window, click the “…” button to the right of the Default Icon text field.


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The “Change Icon” window will show some basic icons, click the “Browse” button to find your own icon file. In the File Types Manager, you can choose an EXE, DLL, or ICO file.


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Select the icon you want from the list and then click “OK.”


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If you need to change the icon for more than one file type, you will need to repeat the steps above. And once you're done, you can close the File Type Manager and open a File Explorer Window to check for these changes.


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