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Customizing the Icons
I created a green arrow that I like to use as my shortcut icon overlay. You
can grab it from the Windows 8 Tweaks website at tweaks.com/340859 . Use the
following steps to change the icon shortcut overlay:
1. Open the Start screen, type regedit , and then press Enter to start Registry
Editor.
2. After Registry Editor has started, navigate through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.
3. Right-click the Explorer folder, expand New, and select Key. Type Shell
Icons as the name of the new key.
4. Right-click the new Shell Icons key, expand New, and select String Value.
Type as the name of the new string value. 29
5. Right-click the new string you just created and select Modify. Set the value
to the icon path, a comma, and the icon index number that starts at 0. For
example, I use C:\icons\myshortcut.ico,0 as shown in Figure 7-5. The
icon index number specifies which icon you want to use in the file. (Some
files can contain multiple icons, such as the shell32.dll file.) Click OK
when you are finished.
6. Log off and back on, and you should see your new shortcut overlay.
Figure 7-5: Set the shell icon path and index.
Customizing the Icons
Are you starting to get tired of the default icons in Windows 8? After a while
they can get old and dull. If you are a hardcore desktop customizer, which you
probably are if you have this topic, then it is time to customize the Windows icons
on the desktop.
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