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Skype iconIn this article you will see how to change your desktop Skype icon with a new one that it much more fun. Keep in mind that this has nothing to do with emoticons. It is about the shortcut icon that you click in order to open the program.

But where can we get new cool icons? Don’t worry, I have prepared an archive with many Skype icons (I got all of them from the awesome website I have separated them into two folders – one for Windows XP and one for Windows 7. With default settings in XP the best icon size is 32×32 pixels. In Windows 7 the best size is 48×48 pixels. This is why there are two separate folders.

Follow the steps:

  1. Download the archive and extract it.
  2. Move the folder Skype Icons 32x32px (Windows XP) or the folder Skype Icons 48x48px (Windows 7) (depending on which Windows you’re using) to a safe place where it will not be deleted or moved.
  3. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer and navigate to the following location: C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone. If Skype is installed in another folder then go there.
  4. Right click on Skype.exe, choose Send to … and then Desktop. (Keep in mind that if you are using Skype Launcher then you will need to use its icon)
  5. Create a new Skype icon

  6. A new shortcut icon appears on the desktop. You can rename it by right clicking on it and then choosing Rename. Now you need to delete your old one because it does not allow its picture to be changed.
  7. Now do the following: right click on the new icon -> Properties -> Change Icon… -> Browse …
  8. Find the folder that we moved in step 2 and open it. Choose one of the files and click Open.
  9. Change Skype Icon

  10. Click OK and then OK again.

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15 responses on this post

    nonme says:

    I would recommend that you create a Mac version of this tutorial.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:

    Hi. I would love to, but I kind of want (and in most cases even I need) to test everything before I write for it. And I only have a PC. I could search for a way to install Mac OS on my PC and test things there. Good idea actually. I will write this down for future rethinking.

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    joddy466 says:

    Change icon cannot be selected

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:

    Hi. Is this some kind of error you are getting? If so please provide more information about the problem.

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    Skypemaster_Guest says:

    HI, i just wanted to add in something at the end: If you have the old skype icon pinned to the taskbar Pin the old one off and pin the new one in :D

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    dawid02 says:

    Where is the folder with skype icons…

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:

    Hi. Go step one from the instructions.

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    Whyevenuseit says:

    It seems Skype has recently been updated to no longer use the user designated shortcut icon.
    This is clearly the work of the devil or evil reptilians who feed on negative emotions of man!

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:

    You cannot change the default one that is created when installing the program, but this is why in step 3 and 4 of the article above, we create a new one, that we can change :).

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    Jack says:

    So I followed these steps, and it keeps opening Skype with the default icon on my task-bar, did I do something wrong?

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:

    Hi. The idea here is to change the icon on the desktop. The one in the program itself cannot be changed. Sorry.

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    kubix says:

    If it works on windows 8?

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:

    Yes, it works. Just use the icons for Win 7.
    But it works for the desktop I mean, not for the crazy new screen thing they added there.

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    samy says:

    I can’t change icon on skype

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:

    Hi. Did you make a new shortcut? Because the default one cannot be changed.

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