Here's how to download new icons from Windows 10 build 21343.
Microsoft is actively working on refining Windows 10 UI by bringing more Fluent Design elements. In build 21343, the company has added many fresh icons to File Explorer. Now, instead of simple yellow folders, we have plenty of rich, colorful variants, a brand-new Recycle Bin icon, and many more.
If you want to get your hands on the newest Fluent Design icons for File Explorer, there is no need to download Windows 10 preview builds. Enthusiasts have already extracted all the icons from build 21343, and you can download them to your device.
You do not need to manually extract new icons from Windows libraries. These icons are already conveniently put into a ZIP archive and ready for download as *.ico files.
Keep mind that these icons are pulled straight from a preview build. This means Microsoft may or may not change some icons before pushing them to the stable channel.
Download new icons from Windows build 21343
- To download fluent icons from Windows 10 build 21343, visit this page.
- Although unnecessary, you may need to unblock the file to prevent the "Windows Protected Your PC" message. If your computer opens the ZIP file with no warnings, skip this step.
- Extract the archive's contents to any folder on your computer.
You are done. Now, you can use fluent icons from Windows 10 build 21343, even on previous Windows versions, such as Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Do note that the archive contains icons from both shell32.dll and imagers.dll libraries.
To apply these icons, you need to follow the procedures described in the following tutorials.
- How to Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10
- Change Icons of Default Libraries in Windows 10
- How to Change Libraries Folder Icon in Windows 10
- Change Any Control Panel Item Icon in Windows 10 (Shell Folder)
- Change Control Panel Icon in Windows 10
- How to Change Folder Icon in Windows 10
That should be enough to customize the look of File Explorer and its folder locations.
The company plans to ship the next Windows version with significant UI refinements - including new fluent icons - in the second half of 2021. You can learn more about what this update is to bring to Windows 10 here.
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