How to put icon images in your folders in Windows 10

Windows is one of Microsoft’s greatest creations . Several versions of the system have been created and in each one of them you can see obvious improvements in its operation. The look and functions of Windows File Explorer have also improved a lot to the point where you can now do things by changing the icon for folders .

Maybe for a long time you wanted to change the icon to your Windows 10 folders , but you didn’t know how. Well this time you will learn to do such a thing. Shortly we will explain what are the requirements that an image must meet to be able to place it as a folder icon, how to change the icon of a folder and other things.

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  1. What are the requirements that your image must meet to use it as an icon?
    1. Dimensions and size
    2. Picture format
  2. What should you do to customize your folder icon in Windows 10?
  3. How can you use an image of your PC as your folder icon?
  4. How to use a PNG image as a folder icon in Windows 10?

What are the requirements that your image must meet to use it as an icon?

So that you can place a certain image as an icon in a folder, it is important that it meets certain requirements . In case the image does not have these types of adequate characteristics, you should not worry, since at least you will know what to correct.

Dimensions and size

This image that you will place as the icon of that folder, must have a dimension of 32 pixels by 32. Regarding the weight of the image, it is not something that matters much, since the system will not hinder you with respect to the size of the picture. In addition to using folder icon change, you can use Windows 10’s specific folder order .

Picture format

Earlier we mentioned that the size of the image did not matter much, which is very true. However, to be able to place that image as the icon of any folder it is important that you place the image in ‘ICO’ format. This is the format that all icons have, including the one used by Windows programs.

The format of the image that you have at your fingertips should surely be PNG or JPG. To convert that image into an ‘ICO’ format, you can use a program called ‘IrfanView’, which can be downloaded from the program’s official website . Once you have the program, you just have to put the image in it and convert it.

What should you do to customize your folder icon in Windows 10?

Once you have the icon ready, you just need to learn how to attach it to the folders. First, we will explain how to change the icon to your Windows 10 personal folder .

  • Position yourself on your computer desk.
  • Press your personal Windows 10 folder.
  • Since you have the folder selected, right click on it.
  • Then, click on the ‘Properties’ option.
  • Within the properties of that folder you will enter the ‘Customize’ section.
  • Then, choose the option ‘Change icon’.
  • In the new window that will appear, click where it says ‘Browse’.
  • Find the icon that you have created with the help of IrfanView within the file explorer.
  • Select it and then click on accept within the ‘Properties’ window so that the changes are saved.

How can you use an image of your PC as your folder icon?

The only way to put an image in JPG or PNG format as a folder icon is to transform it into ‘ICO’ format and then place it in the folder. The previous paragraphs explained how to change the icon for your  Windows folder on the desktop. Now, see how this is done from the file explorer:

  • Take the folder you want to change the icon to and move it to the ‘Downloads’ library.
  • There, right click on that folder to select the ‘Properties’ option.
  • Within the properties you will enter the ‘Customize’ section.
  • The next thing is to look for an option called ‘Change icon’ to press it.
  • In the new box choose the option that says ‘Browse’.
  • Right in the Windows explorer window that will appear, select the icon that you will place in the folderand click on ‘OK’.
  • In the ‘Properties’ box, click on the apply option and then ‘OK’.

How to use a PNG image as a folder icon in Windows 10?

The only way to use a PNG image as a folder icon within Windows 10 is by placing it as a folder preview. In part, this would not be to put an image as an icon, but instead would display the image in the folder . See how to put an image in the preview of a folder:

  • Find the folder you want to preview the image to.
  • Right click on it and click on ‘ Properties‘.
  • Then, enter the ‘Customize’ section.
  • Click on the ‘ Choose file’option .
  • Choose the image and click on ‘OK’.
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