Ribbon Icons Customizer – Change Windows 8 Explorer Ribbon Icons easily

Here is another new freeware from the TWC stables which is sure to interest customization enthusiasts. Ribbon Icons Customizer will let you change the icons on the Windows 8 explorer.

While there may be a few who do not like the new ribbon in Windows 8 Explorer, most simply love it for the value it adds. Now lovers of the Ribbon will be able to change even its default icons, with a click using our Ribbon Icons Customizer for Windows 8.

Ribbon Icons Customizer for Windows 8..1/8

Once you have downloaded the zip file, extract the contents.

From the RIC folder, first run the Resources.reg registry fix and add its contents to your Windows Registry. The .reg fix basically only  takes ownership of some registry key/s and does not add any new one’s.

Now run the Ribbon Icons Customizer .exe file as administrator.

Its UI will offer you options to change the icons of almost all the options offered on the explorer ribbon. These include options to change icons of Copy, Paste, Cut, Edit, Fax, Email, Eject, New Item and more! Ribbon Icons Customizer allows you to change icons of Home, Share, View and other icons.

To use the Ribbon Icons Customizer, click on the desired button and browse to the the icon on your computer, that you want to replace it with. In the first tab, you can click the respective button of icon which you want to change.

For example, if you want to change the icon of copy, click “Change ‘Copy’ Icon”. Select the desired icon from the dialog box and click ‘Open’ to change the icon.

Once the icon is changed, you will see a message Successfully changed. You may have to restart your explorer to see the changes.

Using Ribbon Icons Customizer, you will be able to get a cool looking customized ribbon for your Windows 8 explorer!

You can create your own icons or search for some free one’s on the Internet. The one’s we have used in the above image have been downloaded from here.

You can also easily restore the defaults back from the Restore Icons tab. In the second tab, for example, if you want to restore the copy icon, click “Restore ‘Copy’ Icon”. The third and fourth tabs have been created to change and restore icons of some other tabs in the explorer ribbon.


Ribbon Icons Customizer has been developed by TWC developer Paras Sidhu and has been tested on Windows 8 Consumer Preview – but should work with the RTM version too, once it is released. It is always a good idea to create a system restore point first, before making any changes to your system.

If you have any feedback to give or need help, you may comment below – and its developer will be happy to help you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. nice tool for customizers 😉

  2. Nicola Pizzamiglio

    Does not work on my 64bit

  3. ChicoThorn

    I tried this thinking it would be great to tweak the ribbon icons… what I got was a destroyed registry that even System Restore could not fix. First off the registry tweak did not write correctly because it said it didn’t have proper permissions to finish, but what it did do was change some of the registry entries. On reboot I got the new frowny-face 🙁 blue screen of death. I had to reinstall my entire Windows 8 Pro set up from scratch… NOT FUN. I highly DO NOT RECOMMEND this app… The Windows Club should take it down until its author can correct its compatibility problems with Windows 8 RTM so other people don’t trash their systems with this.

  4. Paras Sidhu

    Did you run the application as administrator?

  5. Angebabyvox1990

    dont change icon in my laptop… what a pitty!

  6. ChicoThorn

    Hi, yes, actually I did… no difference. The only way out at the time was to reinstall… of course I haven’t tried this app since. I decided having standard icons and a working OS wasn’t such a bad deal after all! LOL

  7. simobortolo

    DOES NOT WORK ON WINDOWS 8 RTM (build 9200) and ON WINDOWS BLUE (build 9364, 9369)

  8. Karan

    Not working on windows 8, 8.1

  9. Karan

    Cannot import reg files error

  10. Paras Sidhu

    I will be looking for a fix.

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