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    Hello,

    I would like to change the icon for ZIP files because it looks too much like the icon for a 'normal' folder. I am not using any other ZIP software.

    But in Win 7:
    - There is no File Types tab
    - There is no option for icons at the properties tab

    I opened regedit and changed the icon location there, filled in something like:
    %windir%\explorer,1

    Where ,1 is the location of the icon in the explorer.exe file.
    But with no luck.

    Can anyone tell me how to change the ZIP file icon?

  • #2
    Re: [win7] Change icon for ZIP files

    Have a look in here. %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll

    Right click on the Zip shortcut;
    Properties
    Shortcut tab
    Change Icon
    Browse to where you installed Zip (Winzip)
    Left click on WINZIP32.EXE
    Choose an icon

    What version of Zip are you using? I don't see how the Icon can look like the folder one as the Zip or Winzip icons look like a filing cabinet with a clamp holding it together.
    1 1 was a racehorse.
    2 2 was 1 2.
    1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
    2 2 1 1 2

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    • #3
      Re: [win7] Change icon for ZIP files

      File types can be changed to a limited degree using the 'Default Programs, Associate a file type or protocol with a program' or Regedit (create a new key for .zip)'

      Alternatively you need a 3rd party program such as Creative Elements Power Tools to change icons etc:

      http://www.creativelement.com/powertools/

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      • #4
        Re: [win7] Change icon for ZIP files

        Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
        Have a look in here. %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll

        Right click on the Zip shortcut;
        Properties
        Shortcut tab
        Change Icon
        Browse to where you installed Zip (Winzip)
        Left click on WINZIP32.EXE
        Choose an icon

        What version of Zip are you using? I don't see how the Icon can look like the folder one as the Zip or Winzip icons look like a filing cabinet with a clamp holding it together.
        Thanks 4 your reply.

        This will change the icon for the shortcut but not for the .zip file itself.

        I am not using any 3th party software for compressing files so the icon is windows 7 default.

        I have added a screenshot for what I mean.
        The left icon is unpacked [a folder] and right icon is the zip file. They look very alike.

        Originally posted by pjhutch View Post
        File types can be changed to a limited degree using the 'Default Programs, Associate a file type or protocol with a program' or Regedit (create a new key for .zip)'

        Alternatively you need a 3rd party program such as Creative Elements Power Tools to change icons etc:

        http://www.creativelement.com/powertools/
        I tried adding this to the registry, no luck.
        Sure, a 3th party software can change the icon, but this is not the right way.
        Attached Files

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        • #5
          Re: [win7] Change icon for ZIP files

          Are you refering to the inbuilt Windows 7 compression program? If so, then this is TOTALLY to a Zip file.
          1 1 was a racehorse.
          2 2 was 1 2.
          1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
          2 2 1 1 2

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          • #6
            Re: [win7] Change icon for ZIP files

            Originally posted by RedCellNL View Post
            I opened regedit and changed the icon location there, filled in something like:
            %windir%\explorer,1
            Can you tell more about where/how you have tried doing this.

            The key is:
            HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CompressedFolder\DefaultIcon
            (Actualy, I wouldn't be surprised if there could also exist an optional user preferences key for this in Windows 7, although I don't know of such key).
            Edit the @default value in the key: Enter the path to the file containing the icon(s), don't use variables (like you did) or shortnames in the path.
            In Windows Vista the default path was: C:\Windows\system32\zipfldr.dll
            After you have made the changes and rebooted the system, can you check this key if the changes were persistent.


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            • #7
              Re: [win7] Change icon for ZIP files

              Originally posted by Rems View Post
              Can you tell more about where/how you have tried doing this.

              The key is:
              HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CompressedFolder\DefaultIcon
              (Actualy, I wouldn't be surprised if there could also exist an optional user preferences key for this in Windows 7, although I don't know of such key).
              Edit the @default value in the key: Enter the path to the file containing the icon(s), don't use variables (like you did) or shortnames in the path.
              In Windows Vista the default path was: C:\Windows\system32\zipfldr.dll
              After you have made the changes and rebooted the system, can you check this key if the changes were persistent.


              \Rems
              Thanks Rems, that works.
              I did not try the reboot and was looking at a different key.

              One thing is strange: when I install zip software the icon changes immediateley, and when I change the key manually it does not.

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              • #8
                Re: [win7] Change icon for ZIP files

                Originally posted by RedCellNL View Post
                One thing is strange: when I install zip software the icon changes immediateley, and when I change the key manually it does not.
                The software could be able to call somekind of refresh, OR... and most likely the setup un-register the current "zip".dll (zipfldr.dll) and after installation it re-register the same or another "zip".dll.

                \Rems

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