Joined: 13 Feb 2012
|Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:27 pm Post subject: Customising Start Menu Icons
|With Windows 7 you need to drag or 'send to' all shortcuts to pin them to the Start Menu.
If you like to customise your icons its just a matter of right click on the pinned shortcut and select 'Properties' then under the 'Shortcut' tab click on 'Change Icon' and navigate to the icon you want to use then follow the prompts to save it.
But, some programs dont allow you to select the 'Change Icon' option, a good example is Microsoft Office.
This is a workaround so you can change the icon of 'awkward' programs. I will use MS Office for the tutorial but the procedure is the same for all apps/programs that have disabled the change icon option.
Right click on the desktop and select 'New' then 'Shortcut'.
Now click browse to navigate to the program you want to create a shortcut for.
In this case I will use 'One Note' as an example, which is located here for Office 2010: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ONENOTE.EXE.
Highlight the .exe file and click on 'OK' to add it to the location box.
Click 'Next' and change the shortcut name if you wish or just click 'Finish'.
You will now see the shortcut on your desktop.
Drag the shortcut onto your Start Button and you will see 'Pin to Start Menu' let go of the shortcut and it should be pinned to the Start Menu.
Right click the shortcut icon and select 'Properties' as outlined above.
Under the 'Sortcut Tab' you will find that you can now change the icon to what you want.
You will have to restart your computer or rebuild the icon cache for the change to take place.
You can now delete the shortcut that you created on your desktop should you want to.
Thats all there is to it!