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Choose Your Own Desktop IconsThere are many ways to customize the appearance of Windows XP to suit your own tastes. One simple way to customize your computer is to choose your own desktop icons.
Windows XP ships with quite a good collection of icons you can use for your customization. However, to get a truly individual "look" for your desktop, you'll probably want to establish your own library of icons. The good news is that there are many websites that provide free icon collections suitable for Windows XP. With a bit of research, you should be able to locate and download hundreds of icons that are visually attractive and well suited for a variety of desktop needs.
Part One of this tip discusses how to create your personal icon library. Part Two explains how to use your new icons.
Part One - Create a Personal Icon Library:
As with any Internet download, caution is required. Check that the icon collection is available in a format that is suitable for your computer. All downloads should be checked for viruses and spyware.
Part Two - Using Your Icons:
Now that you have some suitable icons to use, you can begin changing your desktop icons at will. There are likely to be three main kinds of icons on your desktop, namely default desktop icons such as "My Computer" and the Recycle Bin, shortcut icons that open files or applications, and folder icons. Each of these has a different procedure for changing icons as outlined below:
Default desktop icons:
Your chosen icon should now be displayed on the desktop. To easily change back to the original icon, click "Restore Default" in the "Desktop Items" window.
Simple customizations such as choosing your own desktop icons can help make your computer more accurately reflect your personal tastes and preferences.
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