Use Related Icons for any Folder Icon

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 9, 2008
Updated • Apr 10, 2012
Software, Windows

Icon Any Folder is another great application that I discovered at Donation Coder which is small, lightweight but oh so useful. There are numerous applications out there that let you pick a new icon for a folder that you specify. Most of the time though those icons are not really related and none of these tools offers a way to automatically add related folder icons to your folders.

This program does. The idea is to search for icons inside the folder and use one of those as the folder icon from now on. The application scans the files inside each folder for possible icons and picks the first icon it finds in an executable file. The user only has to select a directory that he wants processed, everything else is done by the tool.

Changes can be reverted as well by simply changing the option to Undo Icons instead of Finding Icons. I tested Icon Any Folder on my test folder that contains about one hundred applications and it tool only a few seconds to process all folders within and change the icons.

Before Screenshot:

After Screenshot:

Using Icon Any Folder could not be much easier. Just select a folder that you want to process and click on Start. Wait a few seconds until the folder is processed. To go back to the old folder icon structure select Undo Icons from the Mode menu, pick the same folder again and click on Start.


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  1. jojo said on February 10, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I’ve been setting icons on folders for a long time. I use this to distinguish one folder from another. It looks better also. I also use this to tell me when I have installed something. I set the icon when I have completed an install.

    Now, you can do this via the right-click properties in Windows Explorer. However, I have been using an app called Folder Tweaker (also from Donation Coder) here:

    The advantage of Icon Any Folder seems to be that it will run through a folder and all its sub-folders, which is useful.

  2. Jawwad said on February 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Very cool Martin! I will try this one. This is a new twist to the already available utilities that allow you to change the folder icons.

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