I love that the latest few versions of Windows show you a preview of the contents of folders on the icon. Cool. Except when it’s not. How do I change which image or images are shown on the folder icon in Win10?
You’re paying close attention to the nuances and details of your Windows system if you are not just aware of the tiny photo thumbnails integrated into the Windows folder icons, but realize that you can change them if it’s information you don’t want to have in the icon itself. I’m impressed! Since you’re clearly a detail oriented person, I will tell you up front that while the default preview images on the folder icons in Win10 let you sneak a peak at two images from the folder, if you change or specify what you want shown, it’ll only be one image, not two. Why? Probably for simplicity.
Thing of it is, I bet that if Microsoft collected user behavior and analyzed millions of PC computers, they’d find that maybe a half-dozen out of those million tweaked or changed this setting. So you’re definitely not asking about a mainstream Win feature. But hey, we can handle this level of obscurity!
Turns out that it’s pretty straightforward to change the graphic image, so let’s start by simply looking at a folder icon that has the preview images included:
Camera Roll and Screenshots are empty, so they’re shown as such in the icon. Appropriate. Meanwhile, Saved Pictures has all sorts of strange images, including, yes, that’s a unicorn!
So let’s change Saved Pictures to use a different image entirely. That’s done by right-clicking on the folder icon to bring up the context menu:
The choice you want is at the very bottom: Properties. Click on that and a window will pop up:
Notice that there are no less than six tabs on this window, and that we’ve chosen “Customize” to get to this set of options. Apparently we see a folder icon, but Microsoft sees a world of things you can analyze and tweak. Cool, really.
The middle section of this particular window is the key: Folder pictures. To change the image, have a new image or picture file ready to go and click on “Choose File…” to select it. I have a cool Dia de la Muertas-style skull image I’m going to use, so I just find it in the subsequent Browse window:
There it is, “black skull”. Cool image, eh? I choose it, click on “Open” and…
Done. Notice how this shows a different – albeit single – preview image in the folder while the screen capture immediately above it still shows the unicorn and shamrock graphic.
That’s it. Now you know. How often you’ll use this information I can’t imagine, but now you know!