In Windows 11, you can change and customize the icon of any folder, file or app. By default, there is only a limited number of icons you can choose from the generic icons set provided by Windows. However, you can actually turn any picture you want into an icon and then use it as the app, file or folder icon in Windows 11.
There is a standard in which Windows recognize a picture as an icon. If a picture or image is not properly converted as an icon, Windows will not be able to use the picture as an icon, and you will not be able to select the picture when choosing an icon for a shortcut, file, folder or app.
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How to turn a picture into an icon in Windows 11
In this guide, we will show you a detailed instruction on how to make a picture into an icon and set the picture as file or folder icon in Windows 11.
Step 1: Convert the picture to icon
The first step is to convert the image or picture you want to use as folder icon into an ICO file – a standard icon file format. The quickest method would be to use an online tool to do so. There are plenty of sites that can help you convert a picture into ICO.You can use the following website or Google search yourself for another tool using the keyword “convert image to ICO” if the following doesn’t work for you.
Visit the website and drop the picture you want to convert as icon to the area where it says “Drop Files here”. Once your picture is uploaded, click the Start button.
Step 2: Set the picture as file or folder icon
Now that you have the converted picture ready to be selected as the file or folder icon, you can head back to the customize icon section to change the icon for any file, folder, app or shortcut to the converted picture icon in Windows 11. Here’s how to do it.Right-click the file or folder that you want to change the icon for, and select Properties.
You can use the same steps above to make any picture to icon and then use the picture as the icon for any file, folder, app or desktop shortcut in Windows 11.