When you open My Computer or Windows Explorer, you’ll notice that all the folders have the same icon. Kind of boring and drab! Furthermore, for any folders you create, the only way to determine the specific contents in a folder is by the folder name (hopefully you’ve used descriptive folder names so you can easily identify what’s inside each one).

So many questions! So many answers!
Photo by Jared Tarbell

So, to spice up your folders and make it easier to know what’s within each one, you can use pictures. You can change the standard folder picture to one that is more exciting and representative of the folder contents. Note: when you switch to Thumbnail view, the folders are represented by the pictures you selected.

To change the default folder picture in Windows 7:

  1. Open Windows Explorer (you can open Windows Explorer from the Start menu).
  2. Right click the folder for which you want to change the picture. Click Properties from the menu.
  3. From the properties window, click the Customize tab.
  4. Under Folder Pictures, click the Choose File button.
  5. Locate and select the picture you want to use and click Open.
  6. Click OK.

Once you complete the steps above, the folder picture is changed to the picture you selected in step 5.