How to customize your drive icons in Windows Explorer

People love to customize their puters. You want a certain color, a certain background wallpaper, and some people go so far as to use a theme that will even change icons.

You may know about changing your removable drive icons, especially if you read my ancient article Autorun Fun: Customize or Repair Autoplay for an External Drive.

What you may not know is that the same simple technique can be used on fixed drives.

You can customize the icons for all of your drives – even internal hard drives – in just a few easy steps!


My Desktop Disappeared from Explorer: Quick Fix!

Where's my Desktop?!So, one day you’re just minding your own business, and all is well.

Then, before you know it, your Desktop link under “Favorites” in Explorer has gone bye-bye.

It just got up and walked out the door.


Whatever shall you do?

Not to worry, it’s pretty easy to restore your missing Desktop link in Explorer in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8…


Add Your Own Program to the Windows Explorer Right Click Context Menu

One of the most handy features in Windows is the ability to right-click on a file, and select an option to edit that file in a particular program, like so:

Right-Click Context Menu

The big problem is that sometimes, your favorite program doesn’t come with a right-click context menu option. Or, maybe it does come with such an option, but it doesn’t work for some reason.

Whatever the case, you can very quickly and easily add whatever program you want to the right-click menu in about 30 seconds.