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How to Change Icon for Any Desktop Shortcut in Windows 10

This guide shows you how to change icon for any desktop shortcut in Windows 10.

How to change icon for desktop shortcut in Windows 10

I will use a "Show Desktop" shortcut as an example for demonstrating the steps.

Step 1: Right-click on the target desktop shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.

Select Properties

Step 2: After the shortcut's Properties dialog opens, select the Shortcut tab, and then click the "Change Icon" button.

Click Change Icon

Step 3: By default, Windows looks for some icons from the location "%windir%\explorer.exe", and show them in the list. Select your desired icon from the list, and click OK to confirm that.

Select icon from the list

If you can't find your desired icon, you can type %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll in the field under "Look for icons in this file" and hit Enter so that it will show a large number of icons in the list for you to choose from. Select your desired icon and click OK.

show more icons in the list

Step 4: Click Apply followed by OK. Then the icon of the selected desktop shortcut is changed.