When you bookmark a website, it’s saved with the page title and the a little icon called a favicon. The favicon in most cases is a smaller version, or an abridged version of a website’s logo that makes it easy to identify which website a page is from. It’s useful both when you’re browsing and opening bookmarks, and when you have multiple tabs open in your browser. When you visit a website, its favicon is fetched at that moment. The favicons for your bookmarks are fetched when you save them. If you want, you can change a bookmark favicon on Chrome to something else.
Change A Bookmark Favicon
In order to change a bookmark favicon in Chrome, you need two things; an extension called Bookmark Favicon Changer, and an image to replace the original favicon with. This image should be 16×16 in size, and in PNG format. You can use any image you want and resize and convert it with IrfanView.
Install the extension and right-click its icon next to the URL bar. From the context menu, select ‘Options’.
This will open a new tab listing all your bookmarks. Expand a folder of bookmarks, and select the bookmark you want to change the favicon for. Right-click the bookmark you want to change the favicon for, and from the context menu, select ‘Change Favicon’.
This will open a Select File dialog box. Select the favicon image file that you want to use. Another smaller window will open showing you progress. This window may take a little time to open, and likewise it will take a little time to complete as well. The extension has a built-in log viewer which will often report that a change has failed even when it hasn’t.
Once you get feedback in the log, check to see if the favicon has changed. It will change both on the extension’s control panel and on the bookmarks bar. In the screenshot below, you can see that the favicon for an Imgur link has been changed.
This extension works but it’s a bit buggy due to how it works. Favicons are basically stored in files when you save bookmarks. If you have the time and technical know-how for it, you can probably change it yourself using nothing more than Notepad to create and edit an HTML file. The extension does all of this for you but sometimes, it fails to read/write to the file. Other times, it fails to access it.
If the extension isn’t working, try two things; close your browser (all instances, windows, and tabs), and open it again. Use the extension’s built-in tool to reset the favicons for all your bookmarks, and then try changing it.