How to Change a Folder Icon in Windows

The folder principle widely used in most modern operating systems was borrowed from paper document works. However, computer systems offer much more flexibility to sort and arrange files, so why stick to the outdated approach of the pre-digital era?

Indeed, didn’t you ever wanted to make folder icons visually reflect the status of documents inside? Imagine, you look at the folder icon and immediately see if it holds important documents, files requiring urgent editing or high priority work. Changing the icon of a folder is possible using standard Windows capabilities, however there is a much simpler and flexible alternative.

Make folders icons look different

With FolderIco it takes merely three seconds bar installation time to assign an icon to the folder in Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8. In addition, you can change folder color as well. So how you can do this? After you download and install the application, it embeds to your Windows Explorer providing the quickest way to access folder icon adjustments via the right-click menu. Here is how it looks:

Make right click on folder

Changing a folder icon is a matter of two clicks now. FolderIco provides standard high-res icons for multiple statuses and conditions: approved, not finished, urgent and private file icons are easily available and can be quickly applied to any folder. Every icon naturally blends with the default folder icon, so the entire look retains the original style and spirit of the OS.

Make folders icons look different

Easily sort out documents and folders

Aside from instant assigning of icons to folders you can change folder colors the same way! Just right-click a folder you would like to colorize and select a color. Red could denote critically important folders, orange could indicate close deadline files, green – for those documents that can wait and so on.

Combination of color marks and assigned icons easily puts your folders in order allowing for more efficient and productive work. Mark folders with music files, or folders you are going to transfer to a USB stick, or folders containing files downloaded from the Internet with appropriate icons and never spend more than a few seconds on scouting for a given file or folder again!

Easily sort out documents and folders