How to change icon for single file?


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I want to do this for just one file, not an entire type of file extensions, there are lots of explanations online for folders, etc., but there is no Customize tab in the Properties for files as opposed to folders...what is the easiest way to do this? (I already have an .ico file ready to go). Thanks
 
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As I see the issue, it may be difficult as files are associated with the program used to create them or maybe set in File Associations, take on the icon of the program. Changing a file association to a different program such as from Word to WordPerfect or to LibreOffice Writer also changes that file's icon.
 
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It does seem extremely difficult; it's just weird to me because it's easy to do with folders (also on Macs).
 
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Looking in Settings, Search for file associations does not show a None choice for any particular file type but maybe a Registry change would be necessary but that can be dangerous to the point of killing Windows, necessitate a re-install.

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It would be possible to create a new folder, change the icon for it then move desired files into it.
 
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Looking in Settings, Search for file associations does not show a None choice for any particular file type but maybe a Registry change would be necessary but that can be dangerous to the point of killing Windows, necessitate a re-install.

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It would be possible to create a new folder, change the icon for it then move desired files into it.

Yes it seems like a registry edit is the preferred way to do it but I don't want to mess with that.

Or also yes, simply creating a folder with that icon and then moving the file into it.
 
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It can depend on the type of file.

I have always done it this way, for cosmetic reasons only.
Right click the file and select properties.

At the botoom right, there is an option to change the icon.

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If you select that, you will be offered only the few chosen by M in that folder. But, again, it offers to allow you to browse.
 
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