Customize the Ribbon Icons in Windows 8 Explorer

When Microsoft released Windows 8, it came with a ton of new features. It may not have been the most popular version of Windows but there is no doubt that the features made it a whole lot better and one of the most popular features is definitely the Ribbon Explorer. This gives users easy access to explorer options and functions, making navigation a whole lot easier. By default, the Ribbon has been minimized but it can easily be accessed through the down-arrow in the top-right of the Explorer Window.


But what if you don’t like the default icons on the Ribbon? Well, there is a little tool called the Ribbons Icon Customizer; this allows you to change those icons from default to custom ones. The icons that you can change are:

  • Burn to Disc
  • Copy
  • Copy To
  • Cut
  • Delete
  • Email
  • Invert Selection
  • Move To
  • Navigation Pane
  • New Folder
  • Paste
  • Permanently Delete
  • Preview Pane
  • Print
  • Recycle
  • Recycle Bin
  • Rename
  • Zip

These icons can all be found under three tabs – Home, View, and Share.

You can also use the Ribbon Customizer Tool to change the menu icons for Explorer, including:

  • Opening a new window
  • Opening a new process
  • Opening Command Prompt
  • Opening Windows PowerShell

You also have options for restoring icons on an individual basis. So, if you changed the default Cut or Paste icons, you could restore them back to their defaults, one at a time, without affecting any other changes you made.

How to Use the Ribbon Customizer Tool

  1. Before you can use this tool, you need to run a file that is included in the zip file. This is called Resources.reg and it is a “fix” file. This will take over ownership of a some of your registry files, that’s all. Once you have run this file, you can launch the tool Right-click on Ribbon Icons Customizer and choose Run as Administrator – if you try to run it as a normal user you won’t be able to change any of the icons.
  2. Once the tool is launched, choose from the choices at the top:
  • Change Icons (Home, Share, and View)
  • Restore Icons (Home, Share, and View)
  • Change Other Icons
  • Restore Other Icons
  1. Choose the button you want to change, click it and then find the replacement icon. The icon file has got to be in .ico format.
  2. Click the icon you want and then click on Open – this will replace the default with your chosen new icon. You will see a message that says Successfully Changed when it is done

Do set a new system restore point before you do any of this, just in case something goes wrong. The tool supports the X64 and X86 Windows versions.


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