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 September 11, 2014  Posted by at 1:55 pm DIY, Random  Add comments

Again another tip of the day that wont fit into a tweet ๐Ÿ™‚

Somebody noticed that I had ‘Modern UI’ icons for all my icons on the desktop, including the Recycle Bin icon and asked how I had done that. It was easier to just write it up, so here it is ๐Ÿ™‚

Before and after

Before and after

Create icons, one for full and one for empty. Metro Studio lets you export nice icons as png.


Changing the Recycle Bin icon on Windows to a custom icon3

Use an online converter to convert the image to an icon file with the extension .ico

Create a folder to place them in, for example C:/Windows/Icons

Right click on the desktop, select Personalize.

Select change Desktop Icons

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Select the recycling bin and Change Icon, then Browse. Go to the folder with the icons

Select the icon you created earlier. Apply. Do the same for the full icon. A restart might be needed afterwards.

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The full icon in explorer

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The empty icon, as seen on my desktop

 

If the Empty or Full doesnโ€™t show up among the icon options after you have changed the icon you can change the value manually in the key registry (be careful when you do anything there as you might cause serious damage. Always do a backup first, and know what you are doing).

Open the command prompt by Windowskey + R, type cmd.

Run regedit command.

The path for the keys that store the icon path is:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\DefaultIcon

Set the values for empty and full

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