Libraries are one of the new features added to Windows 7. We have covered a in depth tutorial on how to use and manage libraries. In this tutorial we will cover on simple steps to change the default icons of libraries. Libraries are in fact collection of (or a pointer to) folders and files from different locations for better file management. You can create your own libraries and add location to it. You can also change the default icon assigned to the libraries.
1. First step is to create your own library and add all the index locations. Now navigate to this location, C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsLibraries. Change the USERNAME to the actual user name on your PC.
2. In the next step, open notepad and drag and drop the library icon on to notepad. Drag and drop the library for which you want to change the icon.
Notepad will contain text similar to the one shown below.
3. Now go the folder where you have the new icons saved. Make sure that you use only .ico files, no other format will be supported. Hold the shift key and right click and select the option “Copy as Path”. Alternatively you can also copy the path of the file from the explorer navigation bar.
4. In the file opened in notepad, paste this line of code, <iconReference>ICON PATH HERE</iconReference>. Replace ICON PATH HERE with the path of the icon file copied. Paste this just below </isLibraryPinned> tag.
5. Save and close the file and now you can see the new icon in effect on the library.
Related: Windows 7 Libraries complete Guide