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Replace Icons in Program (notepad++)

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I consider myself a ‘power user’ which really just means I have a ton of windows open in my taskbar throughout the day…  Which makes it really hard to find the app you’re looking for if the icon that happens to be camoflauged by the Windows theme you’re running.

It seems like I’m always fishing for my most used app, Notepadd++, that I use for coding because the green/white icon seems to always be hiding.  I Googled for a way to replace the icon and with a little hunting I came up on this thread, which not only provided a replacement icon, but also a hint as to the program I could use to make this happen:

Resource Hacker!

  • I had to copy the notepad++.exe to my desktop before it would allow me to save (one of those Win7 things)
  • I think I used the 101 resource to replace the icon (comment if I forgot)

Finished product:

  1. October 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I also consider my self a power user, still on XP though. I just installed Notepad++ and went to a php file. Right clicked open with and checked off Always open using this program etc selecting Notepad++. The php file still has a regular notepad .txt file icon. Any idea how I can change this? I used to have Aptana installed and removed it, it was way too much for what I needed a simple source editor. Notepad++ is a lot faster too.

    • Nick Skitch
      October 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Well as a ‘power user’ I would edit this setting right in the registry 😉 HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ FileExts \ .php \ OpenWithList

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