How to change the Webloc Icon

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In the Windows XP days, changing the icon for a specific file type (such as TXT or PNG) was easy. But since Windows 7, you had to perform registry hacking to make it happen. Here is a great little freeware program that makes it a lot faster and easier.

For some reason, newer versions of Windows have developed a habit that we just can't customize icons for anything other than folders and shortcuts. We showed you how to change the icon for an EXE file and how to remove the arrows from the shortcut icons. Now is the time to turn your attention to file type icons.

The File Type Manager is a great little utility from NirSoft that lists all the file types and extensions on your PC and allows you to edit many properties of each file type - including its icon.It works great in Windows 7, 8 and 10. The user interface makes changing icons for file types so easy that you can instantly step through them if you need to.

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The first thing you need to do is download a copy of the File Type Manager. It works in almost every version of Windows, but be sure to see if you need the 32- or 64-bit version. If you're not sure, this is the place to find out if you're using a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

When the download is complete, extract the folder. It's a portable application so you don't have to install it - just double-click FileTypesMan.exe to begin.

Click on the "Standard Symbol" column heading to sort the list by the standard symbol. Note that we have hidden several columns for our screenshot to make it easier to visualize. You will find the "Default Icon" column further to the right. This summarizes all file extensions that already have the same symbol. This is useful when you want to change multiple related file types with the same icon. If you just want to change one file type, you can sort by extension name or type instead.

To scroll a bit, we'll use the search feature to get to the type of file we're looking for. Click the Find button on the toolbar (or press Ctrl + F). In the Find window, enter the extension for the type of file you want to change, and then click the Find Next button repeatedly until you get to the extension you want. You can then click Cancel to close the Find window.

Right-click the extension whose icon you want to change, then choose Edit Selected Files Of Type.

In the "Edit file type" window, click the "..." button to the right of the Default Icon text field.

The Change Icon window shows some basic icons, but click the Browse button to find your own icon files. The file type manager allows you to select EXE, DLL or ICO files.

After you have searched for the desired symbol file and selected it, the available symbols are displayed in the list. Select the icon you want from the list and click OK. In this example we are using icon files that we downloaded from IconArchive so that only one icon is displayed. If you're using an EXE or DLL file, you may see a lot more icons than you would with an ICO file.

If you need to change the icon for more than one file type, all you have to do is repeat these steps. And when you're done, you can close File Type Manager and open a File Explorer window to review your changes. In our example, we've changed the icons for GIF and PNG file types - two types of image files we use frequently - to make them easier to distinguish. Previously, all image files used the same icon - the default icon in our image viewer app.

Now it's much easier to see which file types are which at a glance! Of course, this process works for any file type, so customize the icons of your files as you like.


Here's how to check the remaining space on your Android Wear watch

Android Wear watches aren't exactly like your phone: they're more of an add-on device than a standalone unit, so most of the time you don't install a ton of things directly onto the watch itself (although you can do that with Android Wear 2.0). But you can store music for the freedom of the phone so sometimes you just need to know how much memory is on the watch so you don't run out.

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