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How to change file type icons (no default program icon) ?

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  • In fact, that method opens a few questions. In my case the PDF files have the standard WIndows 7 icon instead of the Acrobat icon. When I navigate to the registry, neither do I have the UserChoice Key nor the 'pdffile' key. Creating it and double-clicking (Default) does not open an icon selection dialog. The method does not work.

    Sundance_Kid:

    That method changes the icon for a particular file type, but it does not open an icon selection dialog. The icon selection dialog screenshot appears in the article to show you how to visually choose an icon.

    I think you are asking for an easy-to-use graphical interface to change a file type icon in Windows 7. Take a look at these third party tools:

    File Type Doctor: http://www.creativelement.com/powertools/
    Default Programs Editor: http://defaultprogramseditor.com/


    Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, September 25, 2009 3:48 PM
    Answerer

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  • Hi,

    I would like to share the following website with you.

    How to Change the Icon for a File Type in Windows 7 and Vista

    Note: we provide this third party link for reference, there may be some changes without notice. Microsoft doesn't guarantee the security.

    Hope it helps.
    Dale  
    Friday, September 25, 2009 8:45 AM
    Moderator
  • this method not working
    Friday, September 25, 2009 10:19 AM
  • In fact, that method opens a few questions. In my case the PDF files have the standard WIndows 7 icon instead of the Acrobat icon. When I navigate to the registry, neither do I have the UserChoice Key nor the 'pdffile' key. Creating it and double-clicking (Default) does not open an icon selection dialog. The method does not work.
    Friday, September 25, 2009 2:37 PM
  • In fact, that method opens a few questions. In my case the PDF files have the standard WIndows 7 icon instead of the Acrobat icon. When I navigate to the registry, neither do I have the UserChoice Key nor the 'pdffile' key. Creating it and double-clicking (Default) does not open an icon selection dialog. The method does not work.

    Sundance_Kid:

    That method changes the icon for a particular file type, but it does not open an icon selection dialog. The icon selection dialog screenshot appears in the article to show you how to visually choose an icon.

    I think you are asking for an easy-to-use graphical interface to change a file type icon in Windows 7. Take a look at these third party tools:

    File Type Doctor: http://www.creativelement.com/powertools/
    Default Programs Editor: http://defaultprogramseditor.com/


    Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, September 25, 2009 3:48 PM
    Answerer
  • Thanks a bunch, Martin. The tools are great.
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 9:00 PM
  • Great tip about Default Programs Editor, been looking for a painless way off changing icons.
    Saturday, May 08, 2010 3:43 PM
  • Thanks for the default programs editor tip ! exactly what i wanted and is free :D
    Friday, December 17, 2010 11:54 PM