How to customize icons in Windows 10

 There are several ways to customize an icon in Windows without needing to use any third-party software. You can change an app icon on your Start menu or taskbar by changing its shortcut icon, apply custom folder icons, change icons on your desktop, and more.

How to customize icons in Windows 10 or Windows 11


We’ll be walking through doing all of these things and more today, starting with where to get icons from in the first place. 

How to show legacy desktop icons on Windows 11

To bring back the legacy system icons to the desktop, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Themes page on the right side.

  • Under the "Related settings" section, click the Desktop icon settings option.

Check the icons to appear on the desktop:

  • Computer.
  • User's Files.
  • Network.
  • Recycle Bin.
  • Control Panel.


  • Click the Apply button.
  • Click the OK button.
Once you complete these steps, the icons will appear on the Windows 11 desktop.

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