Make Your Personalized Windows Desktop Icons

Get one step closer to your personalized Windows computer by using your own desktop icons.

Today's operating systems provide us with many customization options. This allows users to configure and personalize almost anything. For example, they can create their own icons and personalize their desktops. In this article, we will explain how to do it simply. Achieve a completely personalized Windows computer by turning any image you want into a desktop icon.

What is the ICO file?

An ICO file contains an icon commonly used for a Windows program, file, or folder. It stores one or more images in different sizes so that they can be scaled appropriately depending on their use. ICO files are similar to .CUR files, also used in Windows, and .ICNS files used in macOS.

All Windows (executable) icons are saved in ICO format. They are used for all kinds of computer icons like shortcuts, programs, directories, or the items in the Start menu. ICO icons can contain 8-bit transparency and color up to 32-bit.

What images are suitable for icons?

Note that icons are square images of distinct dimensions. Windows ICO files typically store images ranging from 16x16 to 256x256. Older ICO files only capture images up to 48x48, which were previously the recommended Windows dimensions. However, most newer icons include images up to 256x256. It is recommended to store your icons in the largest possible size, that is 256×256 pixels. That way, zooming in and out on your desktop will always result in the icons being displayed with maximum quality.

Create Your Own Icons

To personalize your desktop, you can create your very own icons for different shortcuts and items displayed on your desktop. Here is what you need:

  • A PNG image (square)
  • An ICO converter

There is no need to download any additional software to your computer. We will explain how to easily do it by using Img2Go's - PNG to ICO converter.

PNG to ICO Converter
  1. Go to Img2Go's – PNG to ICO file converter.
  2. Upload your image, or if you found one on the web, enter the URL.
  3. Specify the icon size (Width, Height). Optionally, apply a color filter to your image, change the DPI value, etc.
  4. Click on "START".

After a few moments, your image will be converted and downloaded automatically. That is all you have to do. Just four easy steps. No installation and no complicated settings.


You can always use Img2Go's versatile and easy-to-use online image converter to convert your file into PNG image.

  1. Go to the image conversion tool from Img2Go.
  2. Drag and drop your file(s) into the upload area. Alternatively, use the respective buttons to browse your device, specify a link, or use files stored on Dropbox or Google Drive.
  3. Select the output image format for the file conversion and image editing options.
  4. Once you are done, click on the "Start" button. Img2Go will take care of the image conversion for you!

How To Change Windows Desktop Icons

The process of changing the default desktop icons of Windows and other programs is the same throughout Windows 7, 8, and 10. We will explain how it is done on Windows 10.

Change Basic Windows Icons

  1. Right-click somewhere on the desktop and choose "Personalize".
  2. In the personalization window, go to "Themes" and then to "Desktop icon settings".
  3. Here you can choose a basic windows desktop icon and change it via "Change icon…". Either choose one from the existing list of icons available in Windows or use your own by searching it via the "Browse…" button.

Change Program Shortcut Icons

Changing a program shortcut's icon is even easier. All you need is the shortcut on your desktop.

  1. Right-click on the shortcut and go to "Properties".
  2. Go to the "Shortcut" tab.
  3. Choose "Change Icon…" and either select one from Windows or use one of your own via "Browse…".

Now that you know how to change desktop icons to your own icons, get creative and personalize your desktop!

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