How to put a real libraries icon on your windows 7 desktop

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We’re big fans of hidden registry hacks around here, so when our friend Justin showed how to put a real, working Libraries icon on the desktop, we figured it would make a perfect article for for a few extra geek points.

Yeah, you can always create a shortcut icon for anything on the desktop, but this one is the actual icon without the shortcut overlay. Plus it’s a geeky hidden trick—what’s not to like?

As mentioned, this article is courtesy of our geeky friend Justin, who figured out the registry hack.

Manual Registry Hack

Open up regedit.exe through the Start Menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following registry key:

Once you’re there, create a new 32-bit DWORD value on the right-hand side, and give it the name <031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5>and the value of 0.

You might not see it right away, but you can right-click on the desktop and choose Refresh to instantly have it show up.

If you put this one side-by-side with a regular shortcut, you’ll see the difference.

Yes, the one on the left is the registry hacked one

Downloadable Registry Hack

If you don’t feel like manually dealing with the registry hack, you can just download this one. There’s two files named appropriately—one adds the icon, the other one removes it.

Lowell is the founder and CEO of How-To Geek. He’s been running the show since creating the site back in 2006. Over the last decade, Lowell has personally written more than 1000 articles which have been viewed by over 250 million people. Prior to starting How-To Geek, Lowell spent 15 years working in IT doing consulting, cybersecurity, database management, and programming work. Read more.

Have you ever wanted to swap out the Windows default icons with something else? The new Windows 7 library icons can be changed with a hack to a text file, but there’s an easier way. We’ll explain both.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Open up Windows Explorer, and check out the Libraries.

For today’s lesson, we’ll teach you how to change those icons with something else. (It’ll also work for your own custom Libraries).

Change Library Icons the Easy Way

To change the icons out the easy way, we’ll use a tiny tool called Library Icon Changer from a user over at deviantART. Thanks to Pratik for pointing us towards this tool!

Once you’ve opened up the tool, you’ll be presented with list of icons and libraries… just click on the Library on the right-hand side, and then choose the icon on the left, and click “Select Icon from dll”. You can also use the Select new Icon from file instead, if you don’t want to use a default Windows icon.

Note that if you want to restore the icon to default, you have to click on the Library first on the right-hand side, and then click the Restore default icon button.

Another note is that if you want to change out the DLL, you’ll need to select it, and then hit the Enter key.

Once you’ve swapped out your icon, it usually shows up right away, or you can Refresh with F5 (though logging off or restarting explorer.exe might be required).

Change Libraries the Manual Way

Don’t feel like messing with a piece of software from some person somewhere? You can make these changes manually with nothing more than Notepad. Just paste the following into the start menu search box, or Explorer location bar:

Then drag one of the icons from Explorer over to a Notepad window to open up the file.

Inside the file, you’ll see an iconReference line, or if you don’t see it, you’ll want to add one like so:

The data in the middle is the path, either to the icon (.ico) file, or if you are referencing a DLL file, you’ll need to add the comma and number position of the icon in the file.

And now you’ve learned how to swap out the icons. Awesome, eh? Alright, well it’s not that awesome. But still fun geeky information to have.

The new libraries feature in Windows 7 makes it easier to manage your files and folders. Today we take a look at how to access libraries, how to use them, and how to include network locations to the libraries as well.

The libraries feature in Windows 7 provides a central place to manage files that are located in multiple locations throughout your computer. Instead of clicking through a bunch of directories to find the files you need, including them in a library makes for quicker access.

Access Libraries

To access the libraries in Windows 7, type libraries into the search box in the Start Menu and hit Enter.

The default libraries in Windows 7 will open up in Explorer which are Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos.

Anytime you’re in Windows Explorer, you’ll be able to access libraries from the Navigation Pane.

Using Libraries

In these examples we’ll take a look at the Documents Library, but the procedures will work for any library you want to add locations to. If you’ve been working in Windows 7 for a while and storing documents to the My Documents folder, when you open the Documents Library, you’ll see those documents. Some applications install folders in the My Documents folder by default and you’ll see those as well.

What if you have documents stored in a folder other than My Documents? You need to add it to the Documents Library. There are a couple of ways you can go about it. Right-click on a folder and select Include in library from the context menu, then choose the Documents Library. Keep in mind that when you add a folder to a library, that folder is still in it’s original location.

Or when you have the folder containing your documents open, select Include in library and choose the library to put them in from the dropdown.

Here we take a look at the Documents library that contains files that are located in different places throughout the hard drive, including some on another partition.

You can also remove items from libraries as well. When you’re in a library click on the locations link.

The Documents Library Locations window opens up and from here you can add or remove locations.

Create New Libraries

The default libraries are all well and good, but if you really want to take advantage of this feature, you’ll want to create your own. While in the libraries directory click on the New library button and give it a name.

In this example we made a new library called Work Projects. The first time you open it you’ll be prompted to include a folder.

Browse to the location with the files you want to add then click Include folder.

Now the files included in that folder will show up in the new library.

After you’ve created some libraries they’ll be added to the list to select from.

Add Network Locations

While libraries are a handy new feature, it’s not perfect. Not all folders can be added to libraries as Microsoft has stuck some rules on them. You can pretty much add anything from a local drive, including other volumes or partitions. External USB drives formatted as NTFS or Fat32 can be added as well. Things get kind of weird when you’re trying to add network and non-indexed locations.

Thankfully there’s a handy free utility you can use that makes adding network locations a lot easier. Win7 Library Tool is small and straight forward to use. Just click on the Create a new library button.

Then add the network location you want included in the library. Notice this tool will also allow you to easily change the library icon which is a neat additional feature.

In this example we’ve added a home network share that contains music files to a library named MP3 library.


This should help get you started using Libraries in Windows 7, which at first might take some getting used to. Once you understand how they work and start creating your own, you’ll find they’re actually pretty useful. Once you get going, you’ll find the Win7 Library Tool makes adding network locations a snap. How about you? Do you use libraries in Windows 7? Leave a comment and let us know what you like or don’t like about the feature.

Make Windows 10 look like Windows 11!

The previous month, Microsoft introduced its new desktop operating system – Windows 11 to the world. Compared to Windows 10, Windows 11 has more features, and it offers a complete design overhaul.

However, the problem with Windows 11 is that Microsoft has upped the system requirements to run the operating system. So, even if your PC supports Windows 10, it doesn’t mean it can run Windows 11.

Your PC needs to meet the minimum requirements to run Windows 11. Along with that, your PC also needs to have a TPM 2.0 chip to install Windows 11.

A few days ago, Microsoft rolled out its first preview of Windows 11, allowing Windows Insider users to test the new operating system. So, if your PC supports Windows 11, and if you have joined the Windows insider program, you can get the free upgrade right now.

However, if your PC can’t run Windows 11, you can apply themes, skins, and icons to make Windows 10 look like Windows 11. Hence, in this article, we will share a detailed guide on using the best Windows 11 themes, skins, Icons, and Wallpapers. Let’s check out.

Best Free Windows 11 Themes, Wallpapers, Skins & Icon Packs for Windows 10

As we all know, Microsoft introduced quite a few new wallpapers with Windows 11. Windows 11 Wallpapers is just a part of customization.

1) Download Windows 11 Wallpapers

You can download the new wallpapers on your existing Windows 10 PC or Laptop to make it look like Windows 11. So, make sure to download the new Windows 11 wallpapers on your PC.

Well, after downloading the Windows 11 wallpapers, you need to right-click on it and select the ‘Set as background’ option. This will set the wallpaper on your Windows 10 pc.

2) Apply Windows 11 Themes/Skins & Icons on Windows 10:

Once done with the wallpaper, you need to install the Windows 11 skin pack. However, before installing a skin pack, creating a system restore point is recommended because installing skin requires registry modification.

1. First of all, head to this link and download the latest SecureUxTheme on your PC.

2. Next, download the Windows 11 for Windows 10 theme on your PC. You might be asked to create a DeviantArt account to download the theme.

3. Next, download the Windows 11 Icon Theme from the same developer.

4. Now, place both theme and icon pack in the same folder and extract the files.

5. Next, right-click on the SecureUXTheme installer file and select the Run as administrator option. Complete the installation and then restart your PC.

6. Now, open the folder where you have stored the Theme and Icon pack. Inside the theme folder, locate Windows 10 themes sub-folder. Inside that, you will find two more sub-folders for taskbar sizes. Copy the size that you prefer.

7. Paste the folder to the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

8. Now, re-run the SecureUXTheme file, and you will notice a new theme. Select the new theme and click on the ‘Patch and Apply’ button.

To apply the Windows 11 icon pack, you need to download the 7TSP GUI from DeviantArt. It’s a tool that lets you apply custom icon packs on Windows 10.

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can use SecureUXtheme to change Windows 10’s look into Windows 11.

3) Easier Method to Change theme

Well, the above method is a bit complicated. So if you are looking for a more straightforward method to make Windows 10 look like Windows 11, you need to follow this method.

1. First of all, download the Windows 11 SkinPack on your Windows 10 PC.

2. Once downloaded, you will find Windows 11 SkinPack.sfx file. Right-click on the file and select the ‘Extract here’ option.

3. You will be prompted to enter the password. The password is

4. Once extracted, run the installer file. This will install the theme on your system.

5. Now head to the Settings > Personalization > Themes. Find the Windows 11 theme and apply it from there.

That’s it! You are done. This is a more straightforward method to make Windows 10 look like Windows 11.

Center Taskbar Icons

After applying the Windows 11 wallpapers, themes, and icon packs on your Windows 10 computer, your PC might look almost similar to Windows 11. However, if you want a more refined look, you can choose to center the taskbar icons.

To center the taskbar icons in Windows 10, follow the How to Center the Taskbar Icons in Windows 10. In that guide, we have shared a step-by-step tutorial on center taskbar icons in Windows 10.

So, this guide is all about the best Windows 11 themes, skins, and icon packs. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts related to this, let us know in the comment box below.

When no custom default icon is assigned to a file type, the desktop and Windows Explorer display all files of that type with a generic default icon. For example, the following screen shot shows this default icon used with the MyDocs4.myp file.

While all the files displayed in this screen shot are simple text files, only MyDocs4.myp displays the Windows default icon. This is because the .txt extension is a registered file type that has a custom default icon.

The following screen shot shows a custom icon that has been assigned to the .myp file type.

Icons can also be assigned on an application-specific basis.


Step 1:

Create a subkey named DefaultIcon in one of the following two locations:

  • For a file-type assignment, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.extension
  • For an application assignment, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ProgID

Step 2:

Assign the DefaultIcon subkey a default value of type REG_SZ that specifies the fully qualified path for the file that contains the icon.

Step 3:

Call the SHChangeNotify function to notify the Shell to update its icon cache.


The following example shows a detailed view of the registry entries that are required for a file-type icon assignment. The file name extension is associated with an application, but the icon assignment is to the file name extension itself so that the associated application does not dictate the default icon.

The following example shows a detailed view of the registry entries that are required for an application icon assignment. The .myp file name extension is first associated with the MyProgram.1 application. The MyProgram.1 ProgID subkey is then assigned the custom default icon.

Any file that contains an icon is acceptable, including .ico, .exe, and .dll files. If there is more than one icon in the file, the path should be followed by a comma, and then the index of the icon.


Bing Desktop is available for computers that are running Windows 7. Bing Desktop can be installed from the optional updates section in Windows Update. Bing Desktop provides an automatic update of the Windows Desktop background image to the Bing home page image each day. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easy to access yet unobtrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.

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Microsoft Update

Bing Desktop is available from the following Microsoft Update website:

How to obtain the latest version of Bing Desktop

You can also download Bing Desktop from the following Microsoft website:

How to install Bing Desktop

To install Bing Desktop from Windows Vista or from Windows 7, follow these steps:

Start Microsoft Update. To do this, click Start , type Microsoft Update in the Search programs and files box, and then click Check online for updates from Microsoft Update.

Click the # optional updates are available link.

Note The placeholder # represents the number of optional updates available for download.

Under the Bing category, select the Bing Desktop update.

Click OK, and then click Install updates to start the download and installation process.

How to uninstall Bing Desktop

To uninstall Bing Desktop from Windows Vista or from Windows 7, follow these steps:

Click Start , and then click Control Panel.

Click Programs and Features.

In the Uninstall or change program list, click Bing Desktop, and then click Uninstall.

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This library contains computer icons (.ico files) for Microsoft Windows systems. Each .ico file contains multiple images in various color depths and sized. Icons may be downloaded as .ico files or as indivifual .png images. Learn more about icons.

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Click on a number above to display page with 40 icon sets. The icon sets are sorted by date.

Icon junkyard

Not everybody uploads enough icons to create an icon sets. Such submitions end up on the icon junkyard. Despite the name, there are some worthy pieces. Check them out.

Adding your icons to the library

If you are an author of an icon or icon set, you may present your work to visitors of this web site. Authors of great icons will receive discounts or even a free licenses of our software. To add your icons to the library:

  • Get RealWorld Icon Editor (you may use it for 30 days for free).
  • Open an icon file, and click the command “Icon”->”Add to Online Library” from application menu.
    • When uploading, please use the same email address associated with your account on this server.
    • Carefully choose file name and fill in the description. This helps people to find your icon when using the search box.
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Important: Beginning January 1, 2022, we are ending support for selected OneDrive desktop apps running on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. Learn more.

If you’ve been using Windows 7 and you get a new PC, you probably have a lot of files that you want to move to the new PC–more than you can easily transfer on a USB thumb drive. By using OneDrive, you can quickly set up your new PC, so your files are organized like they were on your old PC and you can get right back to work.

Storing your files in OneDrive has other benefits, too:

You can get to your files from other devices. You can view and edit your files from the OneDrive mobile app for Android or OneDrive for iOS. You can also use any computer to go the OneDrive website and sign in to access your files.

Note: The Google Play store and the OneDrive app for Android aren’t available in China. Also, because is blocked in China by the government firewall, the OneDrive app won’t work in China when you sign in with a Microsoft account.

If your new PC is ever lost or damaged, your files will still be backed up and protected in the cloud.

Install and set up OneDrive on your Windows 7 PC

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Install the Windows version of the OneDrive sync app.

If you have Microsoft 365, or Office 2016, you already have the OneDrive sync app. To check if it’s installed, click the Start button and search for OneDrive.

Start OneDrive Setup.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account, sign up for one. It’s free, and gives you access to OneDrive, Skype, Office for the web, and more. You can use your current email address or phone number, or create a new email address. More info about Microsoft accounts

Follow the steps that appear on the screen until OneDrive Setup is finished.

Note: If you have a lot of large files on your Windows 7 PC, we recommend that you follow the next steps when you have the fastest possible internet connection. For example, connect to a wired connection instead of wireless if possible, and pick a time of day when other people in your household aren’t transferring a lot of data over your Internet connection.

In the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, right-click the OneDrive white cloud icon, and then click Settings.

(You might need to select the Show hidden icons arrow ( ) next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon.)

In the Back up your folders dialog box, select all the folders that have files you want to move to your new PC.

Select Start backup (or in older versions of OneDrive, select Start protection).

If you have files outside of your Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders that you want to move to your new PC, use Windows Explorer. Press Windows key +E to open Windows Explorer and browse to the folders you want to move. Drag them to OneDrive in the left pane.

In the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, hover over the OneDrive white cloud icon to check the status of the files uploading to OneDrive.

Make sure that you keep your PC connected to the Internet until all your files are finished uploading and the cloud icon says “Up to date.” If an error appears, click the cloud icon for more info about what went wrong and how to fix it.

If you plan to delete your files from your Windows 7 PC before you recycle it, make sure you unlink OneDrive first . Otherwise, you’ll be deleting your files from the cloud and all your devices as well, including your new Windows 10 PC.

Set up your new PC

If you haven’t yet set up your new PC, follow the steps that appear on the screens to complete Windows setup, making sure you connect the PC to the Internet during the process. When prompted, sign in with the same Microsoft account you used to set up OneDrive on your Windows 7 PC.

If you click Next all the way through Windows setup, including on the “Back up your files with OneDrive” screen, you’ll be able to browse your files in File Explorer after setup finishes. The files from your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders on your Windows 7 computer will appear automatically in those locations on your Windows 10 computer.

For more information about OneDrive in Windows Setup, see Files save to OneDrive by default in Windows 10.

Important: Before you recycle your old PC, use the new PC for a while to make sure you haven’t forgotten any files that you wanted to move.

If you don’t see your files in File Explorer on your Windows 10 computer, you might need to turn on PC folder backup.

Turn on PC folder backup

Follow these steps to make sure OneDrive is running and syncing your files.

Select the white OneDrive cloud icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

If you see a gray OneDrive cloud icon (instead of a white one), click the gray cloud and sign in to OneDrive with the same email address you used for OneDrive on your Windows 7 PC.

You might need to click the Show hidden icons arrow next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon. If the icon doesn’t appear in the notification area, OneDrive might not be running. Select Start, type OneDrive in the search box, and then select OneDrive in the search results.

Select Help & Settings > Settings.

In OneDrive Settings, select Backup > Manage backup.

In the Back up your folders dialog box, make sure the folders that you want to back up are selected.

Select Start backup.

You can close the dialog box while your files sync to OneDrive. Or, to watch your files sync, select View upload progress. If you already closed the dialog box, select the cloud in the notification area to open the OneDrive activity center.

OneDrive has a feature called Files On-Demand that lets you browse your OneDrive files in File Explorer without actually downloading them to your PC. If you want to make sure that a file or folder is available on your device even when you’re working offline, right-click it and select Always keep on this device. Learn about Files On-Demand.

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For other options to transfer files, see how to transfer files from PC to PC (scroll down past the OneDrive info at the top to the “Compare options. ” section).

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Learn how Creative Cloud Libraries help you keep project-specific design elements together so you and your team can access them from your Creative Cloud apps.

Creative Cloud Libraries let you gather design elements for specific projects, clients, or teams for use within any of your Creative Cloud apps. Libraries help ensure you and your team access the same elements for a project throughout its lifecycle – from creating initial imagery in Photoshop and Illustrator to mocking up website interactions in XD, or creating print collateral in InDesign.

Collect assets

Gather design assets created in various apps for a project or client – from color palettes, character styles, logos, mnemonics, or approved imagery. A library can contain up to 10,000 assets.

Organize and share

Organize design assets into groups or save them into separate libraries based on brands, projects, types of assets, or clients. Share the libraries with team members so everyone can access the approved design elements and assets.

Incorporate into designs

Create unified designs, websites, brochures, presentations, artwork, and more using the most up-to-date assets from your libraries.

Create and use libraries in Creative Cloud apps

You can view and use only the assets relevant to the app you are working in. For example, while you can add Photoshop layer styles to a library, those styles are relevant only to Photoshop.

Click the links below for details on how to create and use libraries in your Creative Cloud apps:

For step-by-step information on how to create and use Creative Cloud Libraries, see the style guide.

Use libraries in mobile apps

You can access Creative Cloud Libraries in all mobile apps such as Adobe Capture, Creative Cloud mobile app, and Adobe Fresco. Most mobile apps can use applicable library assets, but can’t save assets to a library. In contrast, you can’t use library assets in Adobe Capture, but you can save shapes, color themes, brushes, and patterns directly to a library.

Access libraries in your Creative Cloud desktop app

The Creative Cloud desktop app is a convenient place to manage and organize your assets in a workspace that provides more elbow room than the Libraries panel in applications. You can access Your libraries in the Files tab of the Creative Cloud desktop app.

You can also access and manage your Creative Cloud Libraries in the Creative Cloud website.

Add Adobe Stock images to libraries

Access Adobe Stock images from libraries in a Creative Cloud app

Search for an Adobe Stock image directly from the library in your Creative Cloud app. When you’ve found an image you like, you can do any of the following:

Drag the watermarked image from the Libraries panel to your creative project and use it as a placeholder.

License it directly in the Library panel using the cart icon.

Add the watermarked image to your library using the plus sign, then license it once you are sure it is the right image.

One set of fonts that can be used across all operating systems is from Google and there are hundreds, if not thousands of them. Here is how to download and install Google Fonts. Whether you’re using macOS, Windows, or Linux, there’s no need to limit your fonts thanks to another great Google function.

If you’re writing an essay, designing a new document, or developing a website, your choice of font goes a lot further than just appearance. Fonts form part of typography, which is part art and part science. Typography can influence time on page, how easy a document is to read, and even how your content will be received. If you want to exert a little more control over how you come across in a document, you need to consider your font carefully.

The Google Fonts website is a massive repository of almost universal fonts that can be used across mediums and systems. It is not the only collection of fonts online, but it has to be one of the most comprehensive. Google Fonts are primarily for use in website design but you can also use them on your computer if you like.

Finding the Perfect Font

Before we get into installing Google Fonts onto different computers, first we need to find a font and download it. There is a particular method you need to use on the Google Fonts website in order to download fonts locally. As the fonts are designed primarily for use online, local downloads are not the most intuitive.

Open the Google Fonts website

Select a font you want to download.

Choose to download the Family (all of the styles within that font), or to select only one style (italics, Bold, or regular) within that family.

Select ‘Download Family’

If you want to install multiple fonts, you can use Step 3 to add lots to your selection and download them all at once. Remember to not download and install too many at once unless you’re using a font manager as it can slow your computer down!

How to install Google Fonts in Windows 10

Installing Google Fonts in Windows 10 is very easy. All you need do is download, unzip, and install. Be careful when downloading fonts as installing too many can cause your computer to run slowly. If you find your applications begin stuttering or web pages take time to load, consider removing some of the ones you have installed but are unlikely to use.

To install Google Fonts in Windows 10:

  1. Download a font file to your computer.
  2. Unzip that file anywhere you like.
  3. Locate the file, right-click, and select Install.

There are three types of font file you can use with Windows, TrueType (.ttf), OpenType (.otf), and PostScript (.ps). Right-click the corresponding file to install it.

How to install Google Fonts in Mac OS

Mac OS tends to stick to a few fonts but can use multiple font types just like Windows. The process is similar too. Mac supports TrueType ‘.ttf’ files and OpenType ‘.otf’ files.

  1. Download a font file to your Mac.
  2. Unzip the font file somewhere.
  3. Double click a .ttf or .otf file to open Font Book.
  4. Preview the font to make sure it appears how you want it to.
  5. Select Install in Font Book.

Font Book is a new app that enables you to manage all the fonts within your Mac. You can remove as well as add so once you’re done with your new font, or don’t like it, you can remove it from within Font Book.

How to install Google Fonts in Linux

I use Ubuntu Linux so this will describe how to install Google Fonts with Ubuntu. Make the necessary adaptations as you see fit. I use the Type Catcher app as it comes very highly recommended.

Open a terminal and then:

  1. Type ‘sudo apt-get install typecatcher’ to download the latest version of Type Catcher.
  2. Launch Type Catcher.
  3. Navigate Google Fonts in the left pane and find one you want to use. It will preview in the center pane so you can see it in more detail. Change the type size at the top if you need to.
  4. Select Install at the top of Type Catcher to install your font of choice.

Type Catcher can also uninstall fonts if you want to keep a tidy OS. Just load it up and select the font you want to remove and then hit Uninstall.

Use a font manager to make life easier

Font managers are applications designed to keep font libraries tidy and enable you to select fonts on the fly. Originally used for graphic design and web development, they soon found favor with many computer users. Load it up, select a font, and away you go. When you want to change it up, select a different font and you’re golden.

FontBase is widely used because of its user-friendly interface. There are others out there that are just as good so search around and choose one that meets your needs. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux too.

Font managers take a lot of the work out of typography. They download the latest fonts, keep themselves updated, and can activate fonts for you on the fly. You can experiment with any number of fonts without having to slog through multiple downloads and installations. It works with Google Fonts too which is why I mention it here.

Typography is a huge subject and an important one for anybody who produces content for consumption either online or off. Font selection is an integral part of typography which is why due diligence needs to be applied to that selection. Google Fonts may be primarily for online work but you can use them in offline content too. Now you know how to install and use them whatever operating system you use.

Got a favorite font? Use something other than Google Fonts? Tell us about it below if you do!

A Quick & Easy guide to Microsoft Windows Icon Size

There is sometimes a little confusion over the different sizes required to create a Windows 7 Application Icon file. This is in some way brought about by the flexibility of the ICO format and its ability to ‘contain’ many image sizes and colour depths but is also not helped by Microsoft’s own quite poor documentation on Windows Icon Size, see here.

Standard Windows Icon Sizes shown in Axialis Icon Workshop

If you want to create an Windows 7 Compliant ‘Application Icon’, to be used as a short-cut, a file type, or embedded in an executable file, it must contain the minimum following icon sizes:

Standard Windows Icon Size for ICO format

  • 256 x 256 pixels – 32bit (24bit colour, 8bit transparency)
  • 48 x 48 pixels – 32bit (24bit colour, 8bit transparency)
  • 32 x 32 pixels – 32bit (24bit colour, 8bit transparency)
  • 16 x 16 pixels – 32bit (24bit colour, 8bit transparency)

To allow for backwards compatibility with Windows operating systems of software with a limited colour palette, you can also include the above icon sizes in 8bit (256 colours, 1bit colour transparency) and if you really wish to cover all eventualities in your icon design, 4bit (16 colours, 1bit transparency). This last colour depth is very rarely of use and as a rule I don’t tend to include it unless requested specifically by the client as it just uses up unnecessary space. In fact, more often than not, 32bit ICO files are fine for most projects but I recommend you test in the final application before making this decision.

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Additional Common Windows Icon Sizes

There are other additional Icon sizes supported by Windows Icons but they are rarely used. However, I will list them here for completion.

Extra Icon Sizes

  • 128 x 128 pixels
  • 96 x 96 pixels
  • 180 x 180 pixels
  • 72 x 72 pixels
  • 64 x 64 pixels
  • 24 x 24 pixels

The size most commonly used size on this list is ’24 x 24′ as it is a standard size for menus within Windows 7 and 3rd-party software. When creating ICO files specifically for menus, rather than app icons, 16 x 16, 24 x 24 & 32 x 32 are the three most common sizes used.

Testing your Windows 7 Icon

The easiest way to test the compatibility of your Windows 7 ICO files is in a standard ‘Window’.

Save your ICO files into a folder and then use the ‘View’ drop down to select the view or size of icon you wish to see.

Standard Windows Icon Sizes shown in Axialis Icon Workshop

Windows 7 automatically scales the icons as you move between the sizes you have created. You can test this by moving the slider up and down.

The actual sizes displayed at each of the headings are as follows:

  • Extra Large Icons – 256 x 256 pixels
  • Large Icons – 96 x 96 pixels (Automatically rendered by Windows from 256 version)
  • Medium Icons – 48 x 48 pixels
  • Small Icons – 16 x 16 pixels
  • List – 16 x 16 pixels
  • Details – 16 x 16 pixels
  • Tiles – 48 x 48 pixels
  • Content – 32 x 32 pixels

Windows Icon Size Oddities

ICO files can also be used as overlays within Windows 7, a prime example is the small curved arrow used as a short-cut symbol on ‘Shortcut’ icons. Windows overlays a transparent ICO file with a small offset graphic within the bottom left corner, on top of the standard Application ICO file. Annotations is another case applying to the bottom right hand side but I have never come across a request from a client to create icons of this description in the 15 or so years I have been an icon designer, so it is not something I would lose any sleep over.

I hope you found this overview useful.

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To open the real Desktop folder path in Windows 8.1, 10, 11 and Windows-7, please start the MS-Explorer!

The real desktop directory (folder) and the desktop you see are not on Windows and not the same, here is a simple example of how to open these folders, to clear the question of many users what is the path name of the desktop in windows an how to find Desktop background folder!

1.) . Opening the standard desktop under Windows!
2.) . Open another real desktop folder!
3.) . Tip: The Desktop background directory?

1.) Opening the standard desktop under Windows!

Run the Explorer via keyboard shortcut [Windows + E] and type in the address-bar the address:
is shell:UsersFilesFolder\Desktop and not %UserProfile%\Desktop (. see Image-1 Arrow-1)

Does not work on the Run-Command Dialog [Windows R], in Windows 8 / 8.1!

And other nice paths for MS-Explorer and . file manager Q-Dir in Windows 8/8.1:
shell:Libraries, shell:MusicLibrary, shell:VideosLibrary, shell:OtherUsersFolder, shell:Device Metadata Store,
shell:PublicSuggestedLocations, shell:DocumentsLibrary, shell:User Pinned, shell:UsersLibrariesFolder,
shell:PicturesLibrary, shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts, shell:Ringtones, shell:CommonRingtones . more shell:folders

Tip: Address-Bar-Focus: [F4]

The real Desktop folder path and directory in Windows 8

2.) Open another real desktop folder!

Each user has a private folder in which one is desktop folder is, quite simply can links between the user account from a desktop folder to another desktop folder to copy or move.

(Image-2) All Desktops folders path on all Windows!

The Default Desktop background directory on Windows 10/8.1/7!

Desktop Backgrounds folder location is in C:\Windows\Web!

Please start the File-Explorer for example via Keyboardshortcut [Windows-Logo]+[E] and open the

Default Wallpaper Folder: C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper or %windir%\Web\Wallpaper

Optional Keyboardshortcut [Windows-Logo]+[R] and (. see Image-3 Point 1 and 2)

As you use your Windows PC, you may start to notice you accrue many shortcut icons on the desktop. You can always delete them, but sometimes it is easier to hide icons temporarily so you can view them again later. To proceed, follow the instructions in the sections below.

Windows has default desktop icons built into the operating system. To hide or show desktop icons (e.g., Recycle Bin, My Computer, etc.), see: Missing My Computer, My Network Places, or My Documents icon.

To hide your desktop icons because there are too many, you can also create a new folder on your desktop to store icons. For example, you could divide your icons into groups (e.g., Programs, Games, Documents), then move each group into its own folder. See: How to create a directory or folder.

Show or hide all desktop shortcut icons

  1. Press the Windows key + D on your keyboard to display the Windows desktop.
  2. Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select View in the drop-down menu.
  1. Click Show desktop icons to uncheck the option and hide all desktop icons.

To show the desktop icons again, follow the same steps above to place a check next to the “Show desktop icons” option.

How to show or hide an individual shortcut icon

If you have previously set hidden files and folders to be visible, using the steps below results in the hidden shortcut icon being greyed out instead.

  1. Press the Windows key + D on your keyboard to display the Windows desktop.
  2. Right-click the desktop shortcut icon you’d like to hide.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Properties.
  1. On the General tab, locate the Attributes section.
  2. Check the box next to Hidden ( A), click Apply ( B), then click OK ( C).

To show the icon again, follow the same steps above, but uncheck the box next to “Hidden” in step 5.

To show icons, files, and folders you’ve marked as “hidden,” see: How do I view hidden files and folders in Windows?

– Last updated on June 26, 2008 by VG

A few people asked solution of this frequently occurring problem, so today I decided to post a simple and detailed solution of this problem.

As we all know about “Send To” menu which appears when we right-click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. It contains some useful items like “Desktop (create shortcut)” which can create a shortcut of the selected file/folder on Desktop within a few seconds. Its really a useful option.

But sometimes this item gets deleted from “Send To” menu accidentally or intentionally. Following tutorial will help you in restoring this useful item back in “Send To” menu:


1. Type “shell:sendto” in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It’ll open “Send To” folder.

2. Now right-click on blank area in the folder and select “New -> Text document“. It’ll create a text file with the name “New Text Document.txt“. Rename this file and set its name to “Desktop (create shortcut).DeskLink“.

3. That’s it. Now you’ll get “Desktop (create shortcut)” option back in “Send To” menu.

NOTE: Make sure “Hide extensions for known file types” option is disabled in “Folder Options“, otherwise the second step might not work and the text file will not convert in desktop shortcut item.


This method will only work in Windows XP. It’ll not work in Windows Vista and later:

1. Type following command in RUN dialog box:

2. It’ll re-create the missing “Desktop (create shortcut) option in “Send To” menu.


This is the simplest method and will work in all Windows versions.

Just download following zip file, extract it and copy the extracted file to “Send To” folder:

To open “Send To” folder, type “shell:sendto” in RUN dialog box and press Enter.

Also Check:

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About the author: Vishal Gupta (also known as VG) has been awarded with Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award. He holds Masters degree in Computer Applications (MCA). He has written several tech articles for popular newspapers and magazines and has also appeared in tech shows on various TV channels.


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So I tried opening the ‘Desktop (create shortcut)’ file in my /Windows/SendTo folder with notepad… and now the option is gone from my right-click -> Send To list (Win7). Is there any way to restore the file without having it associated with notepad? It’s still a .desklink file… but something went awry.

^^ Did you try to download the ready-made shortcut given at the end? Replace the shortcut present in your system with this new one.

I did, same result. I think I’ve traced it down to a registry issue and possibly permissions issue being on a network at work. Probably just resorting to getting our network guy to try to fix it. Ty though

Thank You! I so loved that feature and I missed it for 2 long months! Solution A work on the first try!

Very well explained, clear and simple for Ho doesn’t know or forgot.
5 out of 5 star excellent, well done

Fantastic description of what to do. I used method c and extracted desktop from rar file. Then I Type “shell:sendto” in RUN dialog box and open the send to folder and paste the desktop icon which I extracted. Thank You Sir.

Thank you.
Just FYI, creating the .DeskLink file did not work. Tried several times, and have tried it in the past since my Send To Desktop as Shortcut has been missing for 6 months.

But, Good News, your second suggestion of “regsvr32 sendmail.dll” DID WORK.

Method worked great. Instantly restored in Win XP
Thank you.

Genius! Many thanks. Solved a long-term, hair-tearing out problem.

i want sent to file to the desktop but it allow me only sent to document how can i do?

I like that method A. That’s very cunning. I set my computers to show file extensions because I like to see what everything is.

I learned something new today. Thanks!

Thanks a lot; the method 2 worked for my XP!

i tried but it is not associated with any program so it is not working please create a reg file
to repair it

Thanks so much for taking the time to explain this! It worked!

Thanks a lot, i have tried in both options; It is working perfectly.

Superb….it was a timely help…

On my Windows Vista, I’ll right-click an area and get a menu including ‘NEW’. When I put the arrow over ‘NEW’, I see the list box empty. How does one create a new folder, for instance?

^^ Try the solution given in following tutorial:

You can always create new folder using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N

why my laptop dosent work with screen but it work with projector in windows 8?

Thanks for your explanation…….it’s working…[email protected]

Thank you very much. This tip was mentioned on another but that didn’t help. It was the Note in method A that helped me.
It works!

method: C…..worked for me 🙂 win 7 64 bit, Thank you!

Many Thanks for this great tutorial. The first option worked for me.

i solved my problem with option C
thanks for useful post

Brilliant! I use this in Vista at home, but in Windows 7 at work, the option was not there. Thanks for the tip. First option works fine. Awesome.

Since I am running windows XP (SP 3) and Seamonkey that has both a browser and a mail client, I used “method B” as described above. I was able to restore the send by e-mail option in the send to menu. But for some reason it only opens the browser. How should I do for it to open te mail client with an e-mail almost ready to send ?
Tks for help / Rgds from France

Thank you for your explanation.

Thanks! I don’t know how it was deleted, this step by step worked great!

I have the “Desktop (create shortcut)” item in my SendTo menu, but it refuses to show. I’ve tried all the options above. I give up.

Packaging an electron app simply means creating a desktop installer (dmg, exe, deb, etc). Now if you decide to go around manually packaging your app, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Luckily there are modules, especially the two mentioned below which make the task easier.

We’ll be using electron-builder since it has built-in support for Code Signing/Auto Update etc.

  • Create a directory build in the root of the project and save a background.png (macOS DMG background), icon.icns (macOS app icon) and icon.ico (Windows app icon) into it. The Linux icon set will be generated automatically based on the macOS. Ex. zulip-electron/build
  • Add electron-builder to your app devDependencies by running:
  • In electron-builder you could use two package.json structures as well as single package.json. We’ll be using a single package.json structure since it’s easier to maintain.

Sample One package.json

On windows build you can also use NSIS target which is the default one and recommended by electron-builder.

That’s it. You’ve successfully configured electron-builder. Now let’s build the installers. To package your app into an installer use command:

It will create an installer in . /dist folder. By default build command will only generate the installer for current platform and current arch. For an ex. running it on OSX will create —

electron-builder is highly configurable. For complete usage check out its wiki. zulip-electron (two package.json) and onshape-desktop-shell (one package.json) are some real-world projects that use electron-builder for their packaging.

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Try using the best free icon maker software to customize the desktop interface of your operating system. If you’ve decided to customize Windows, creating new desktop shortcuts is a great way to go. You can find and download such icons on the Internet.

Top 5 Free Icon Maker Software

  1. Junior Icon Editor – 16+ million colors to be precise
  2. SimplyIcon – For creating .ICO files
  3. IconsFlow – With SVG, ICO & PNG export
  4. Iconion – With Icons Library
  5. IconDeveloper – Converts PNGs to icons

If you want to create custom icons, make sure to use the best free icon maker software that will help you cope with this task. You can create icons using various image editors, however, some programs are compatible only with Windows 10.

1. Junior Icon Editor – Our Choice

  • Good selection of tools
  • Suppor for transparency effects
  • 32-bit color depth
  • You still need good drawing skills

Verdict: Junior Icon Editor is an excellent icon maker software that is available at a reasonable price and also has an extensive database of free icons. This software can be used for creating icons in a variety of formats such as PICT, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP and JPG format. This software is easy to use and it has several options such as undo/redo, merge and delete tool, custom color palette, image checker, rotate and skew tools, resizing, text size adjustment and many others.

It comes with a simple yet elegant user interface which allows you to easily work with this software without any hassles. Moreover, the user interface is quite flexible so it can easily be customized according to the requirements of the individual user. In addition to being easy to use, it also has several advanced features that enable you to create professional looking icons quickly and easily.

2. SimplyIcon

  • Works by dragging and dropping the image
  • Creates an icon in various sizes
  • Creates an icon in 128×128
  • Only save in .ICO format

Verdict: SimplyIcon is one of the many icons software available online as a download. You can use it to create free Illustrator icons or your own personal ones. The best thing about this icon maker software is that it comes with tutorials that teach you how to do everything with simple step by step instructions.

One of the greatest features this icon maker software has is that you can change the shape, size and transparency of the icons. You can even choose between different file formats if you are going to create some text or graphics with it. It comes with an extensive library of over 400 icons to choose from so you will not run out of theme ideas when creating your icons.

3. IconsFlow

  • Customizes and edits icons
  • Automatically creates an icon of image file
  • Different backgrounds for your icons
  • No pro features

Verdict: IconsFlow provides several tools to create custom Icons in a snap. Icons are small graphical representations that can be used in websites, emails or any other applications. By simply downloading and running the software you will be able to create thousands of different Icons in a matter of minutes.

With high quality Icons you will be able to create professional looking designs that reflect your business, products or company. You will also be able to customize the colors and logos with ease.

4. Iconion

  • Icon Coloring feature
  • Pro additionaol functions
  • Doesn’t require installation
  • Outdated design

Verdict: Iconion can help you create a quality and professional looking icons every time. You will not have to pay any more than forty bucks for a single licensed download of Iconion, no strings attached. This is one of the best values for money that you can spend on an icon creation tool.

Even if you have never created icons before and used free stock icons, Iconion’s professional tutorials will walk you through the entire process step-by-step. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to create the perfect icon for your business within a matter of minutes from beginning to end.

5. IconDeveloper

  • Scales icons to different formats
  • Explorer and convert to icons
  • Easy to use
  • Interface could be better

Verdict: If you need a lot of icons for your site, or if you simply want to change the look of your site, you will want to download and try out Icon Developer. This is probably one of the best free icon makers on the Internet.

This icon designer program allows you to create professional looking icons quickly and easily. You can also edit different types of files, such as log files, PSD files, and SEO friendly web content such as blog posts. With this easy to use program, you will be able to create the best-looking icons for your website or your blog very quickly.