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Applying New Theme Changes Custom Icons

Windows 7 provides many great customization features which allow you to truly make your computer your own. Windows 7 comes with a variety of visual themes and there are many more available online, some of which you can download from Microsoft's website itself. Themes change not only the desktop background image; they can also change the colour scheme of windows and borders, the sound scheme, screensaver and certain icons. However, if you've gone to the trouble of configuring your own custom icons for various desktop shortcuts or you just want to keep the default ones, it can be very annoying if, every time you change the theme, the icons change as well. If this happens, you'll have to manually change each icon back one-by-one. To ensure that icons do not change when you change your Windows theme, follow the steps below.

Right-click on an unoccupied area of your desktop and click "Personalize." The personalization control panel section will appear. This is where you will normally choose your preferred theme simply by clicking on its thumbnail preview. Doing so will cause the theme to change after a few moments, changing anything else associated with that theme in the process. In the left-hand pane of the Personalization window, click the link "Change desktop icons." Check the box beside "Allow themes to check desktop icons" and click "OK" to save your changes. The desktop icons should no longer change every time you change the desktop theme and instead, you'll be able to retain the default icons or even choose your own icons.

To choose your own icons again, simply return to this window and click to highlight the icon you want to change and click "Change icon." Browse to the icon which you want to use and click "OK" to save your changes.

If you change your mind later and you decide you want a new theme to also apply its own custom icons, return to the "Show desktop icons" window and ensure that the box is checked before clicking "OK." For the new icons to be displayed, you'll need to temporarily select a different theme before choosing the one with the custom icons. The changes will then take effect.


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