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How to change system icons on Windows 10

You can change the icon for a file or folder, or even an app’s EXE on Windows 10 fairly easily. What’s more difficult to do is change system icons on Windows 10. System icons appear all through the OS; in Quick Access, on the Taskbar, in the System Tray, on the Start Menu, and in all the stock apps. Changing these icons isn’t as easy as changing the icon for a file however, if you want to change system icons, you can use CustomizerGod to do so.

Change system icons

You will have to find an icon file to use for the ones you want to replace. Use IcoConverter to convert PNG files into the correct size to use for Windows 10. You don’t have to worry about backing up the system icons as the app doesn’t delete or overwrite them. In fact, it has a built-in restore feature that resets the icons back to normal.

For this post, I’m going to change the default WiFi symbol to an orange one.

Download CustomizerGod, and run it. The app groups icons into various categories and you can go through them all to select the icon you want to change. There are two categories of icons that the app cannot change;Taskbar and Action Center icons which is why their tabs are Read-Only.

Select the icon you want to change and then click the Change button at the bottom right. Select the new icon you want to use and the app will take care of the rest. It will restart Explorer.exe in order to apply the change so don’t worry if your background, taskbar, and system tray disappear for a few seconds.

If you’re looking to customize a lot of icons, it’s going to take time. Icons on any OS are not just one image. They are a set of images that reflect the different states that the icon represents e.g., the WiFi icon alone has quite a few different variations for the WiFi signal strength, the connectivity status, and much more.

To restore an icon, select it and click the Restore button at the bottom right.

In some cases, CustomizerGod may not be able to find, or change some of the system icons. This likely has to do with Windows 10 updating often and the app not keeping up with all its changes. It might also be something to do exclusively with your OS’ installation. For the most part, this app is a simple, and effective way to change system icons on Windows 10.

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