Previously we have published about how you can change the icons used by various folders in Windows. This way you can assign different icons for your folders containing different types of files. For example, you can change the icon of your folder containing MP3 files to a musical picture, or you can assign a picture as the icon for a folder containing all of your pictures. By setting a custom folder icon, you can make it very easy to identify a folder without even trying to look it up.
We have also reviewed a software FolderIco that can help you customize the folder icons in Windows. This software also helps you restore the folder icons to the default ones used by Windows. But you can also manually reset or restore the folder icons easily in just three steps. Here is how:
- Select the folder for which you want to reset the icon, right-click on it and choose Properties.
- In the properties window, select the Customize tab.
- Click on the button labeled Change Icon.
- In the new window that opens in which you can select an icon (ICO), icon library (ICL) file or a binary file (such as EXE or DLL) containing icons. But instead of selecting any icon file, just click on the Restore Defaults button and then click on the OK button.
- You have to repeat this for all the folders for which you want to restore the default icons.
If even after restoring the icon of a folder back to default does not change it, then you can try two things – clear icons cache and then restart Windows. These two steps can force Windows to load new settings. You should also ensure that there is no third-party software is set for changing the folder icons in the background.