How To Change The Icon Of An Executable File

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We all love some applications but hate to see in with ugly icons. We can do something to change the ugly icons of our loved applications to something that is more pleasing and better suited. Here is how we do it.

Editor’s Note: You should make sure to back up the application .exe file before you modify the icon, just in case.

Changing the Icon for an Application

The first thing that you will have to do is download yourself a free copy of Resource Hacker. Once installed it adds an option to the context menu. So let’s get hacking!

Now you need to locate the executable of the program that you want to change the icon for. If you have a shortcut in the start menu, you can right-click on it and select the Open file location… option.

 

 

Once you have located the executable, right click on it, and choose the “Open using Resource Hacker” option.

Click on the Action menu and click on the Replace Icon link.

When the dialogue pops-up click on the button to locate a new icon, this can either be a *.exe, *.dll, *.res or *.ico file.

Once you have selected your icon, hit the replace button in the bottom right-hand corner. Now select the File menu, and save the file.

And that’s its folks, all done.

If you have any problems opening the application after, you can restore it from the original file – or that backup you created, right?

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