Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm designing an icon. I want to copy the style of the default notification area icons in Windows: Volume, Network, Action Center, Battery, etc.

screen shot of notification area and volume slider

What is the file path of the default Windows notification area icons? I assume they're in a DLL or EXE somewhere.

share|improve this question

Some of the DLLs you can check out:



share|improve this answer

I think you should find some of them here.

%windir%\system32\compstui.dll (Com­mon Prop­erty Sheet User Interface)

%windir%\system32\ddores.dll (Device Cat­egory Inform­a­tion and Resources)

%windir%\system32\ieframe.dll (Inter­net Explorer)

%windir%\system32\imageres.dll (Win­dows Image Resource)

%windir%\system32\netshell.dll (Net­work Con­nec­tions Shell)

%windir%\system32\pnidui.dll (Net­work Sys­tem Icons)

%windir%\system32\shell32.dll (Win­dows Shell Common)

%windir%\system32\wpdshext.dll (Port­able Devices Shell Extension)

%windir%\system32\mmcndmgr.dll (Microsoft Man­age­ment Con­sole Node Manager)

share|improve this answer
Note: ddores.dll has several of the icons seen in the "Playback devices" and "Recording devices" menus. – telmer6 Jul 27 '15 at 1:55

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.