I would like to change the Icon for Outlook 2013.

When I right-click and select Properties, 'Change Icon' is greyed out.

As a supplementary question, how can I 'Run As Administrator'? That option is greyed out too. Naturally, I am logged on as an Administrator.

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Extra Information Current Workaround: I went to the root file in

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 15\Outlook.exe

Right-Click Send to desktop, create shortcut. Eureka, ‘Change Icon’ is available.

Puzzle. Pin to Taskbar – Problem as described above.

More Puzzling: Pin to Menu – Eureka Change Icon button is alive.

To be clear, it’s Pin to Taskbar that causes the problem.

One more point, I get this behaviour on two machines, but both installed from same .iso file.

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    I checked my shortcut and I was able to change both the icon and set Outlook to always run as an administrator ( although thats not requuired and basically pointless ) sounds like you don't have the permissions on your user profile required to do either.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 5, 2013 at 11:33
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    I checked on a second machine, same problem for me. On both machines the user has Full Control on the security permissions tab. Additional information, these were updates rather than fresh installs.
    – Guy Thomas
    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:36
  • I don't know what to say. I am not even logged in as an Administrator account and was able to change the shortcut to Outlook 2013. The "Run As Administrator` is disabled for every shortcut I checked but checking on a computer where I was logged in as an Administrator I was able to do so.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:44
  • I am now wondering if its possible to change the icon of ANY program pinned to the taskbar.
    – Guy Thomas
    Jun 5, 2013 at 21:30
  • I selected a random shortcut on my desktop. I opened up the program and pinned it to my taskbar. I went to the shortcut and was able to change the icon for the shortcut.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 5, 2013 at 22:19

2 Answers 2


I don't know if you managed to sort the problem out but I might have a solution here. I had the same problem: I couldn't change the icon because that option was greyed out.

I right clicked on the desktop and created a new shortcut, pointed it to Outlook and named it (just go through the prompts).

A new shortcut appeared on the desktop pointing to Outlook and I was able to go into that shortcut's properties and change the icon to whatever I wanted it to be (not greyed out anymore). Afterwards I pinned that shortcut to the task bar and deleted it from the desktop.

  • Great, it worked. I wonder if a service pack or patch increased the capabilities, or perhaps I missed it the first time around. (And did not pay proper attention to Ramhound's comment).
    – Guy Thomas
    Oct 1, 2013 at 21:18
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    This works for me too. I believe that the reason there is a problem here is because Outlook changes the icon based on mail status. It uses the change in icon to notify the user of new mail, probably among other things. Once I set the icon to something else, this functionality is obviously lost. Nov 20, 2013 at 13:57

As a side note for all those that are curious, there is a program called windows enabler


When you run it as administrator, you will be able to click on the grayed out buttons, and make them active, thus being able to (in this example) choose a different icon from the screen that was provided in the OP


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