Re: Good Source of Task-Bar-sized icons?

Subject: Re: Good Source of Task-Bar-sized icons?
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:14:43 -0600

I've been using IcoFX ( for several years now. It's free and very easy to use.

However, if you just want to change the icon, there are a number of system files that contain icons you can browse when you use the Change Icon button. system32\SHELL32.dll has a boatload of 'em.

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On 3/9/2011 9:25 AM, Nancy Allison wrote:

Hi, all.

I have Windows 7 and I repeatedly confuse the Outlook and Windows Explorers icons in the task bar. They use similar shades of yellow and I have to really stare at them to recognize which is which.

I know HOW to replace the icon, but I don't like the alternate icons Windows provides.

I see plenty of icon libraries online, but I am hesitant to download any -- they seem like prime sources of malware. Although my system is protected, I still don't want to make an unwise move.

Can you recommend a safe source of free icons? Or, can you recommend a Windows 7-compatible icon editor? I see some on CNET and will go this route if I have to.

But one good, non-yellow, free icon will solve my problem . . .

Since I can see how some might consider this post to be off topic , I hereby make the case that this post IS on topic because these tools are central to my existence as a tech writer. And I can't write well when I am constantly ticked off when I open the wrong application because I can't tell the icons apart.

Thanks for all suggestions!


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