How would I change the Taskbar icon for Microsoft Edge. Note that the Edge exe is not double-clickable, so creating a shortcut and changing the icon didn't seem to work for me.

Edit: I created shortcut with this path: %windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge and changed the icon. However, when clicking on my icon (white) in Taskbar, it switches to the default icon:

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  • Same way you would for anything, a resource hacker. – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 15:06
  • The way you would normally change a Taskbar icon does not require a resource hacker. It is built-in functionality. – Joel Christophel Aug 3 '15 at 15:15
  • How would you usually do it? I'm not sure what the built-in functionality is other than creating your own shortcut. – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 15:20
  • That's the functionality to which I'm referring. Create a shortcut. Change the icon. No need for a resource hacker. – Joel Christophel Aug 3 '15 at 15:28
  • Edge does not open like other programs, for reasons unknown to me yet. Like you said, the exe is not openable by double clicking. Therefore the shortcut created is not directly linked to the exe. I don't think you will be able to change the shortcut icon in the normal way. – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 15:40


There is a


directory that contains images used by Edge. You can replace the blue ones with the black/white ones, or bring your own. After changing the files, you need to restart the computer. Also unpin and repin Microsoft Edge in the taskbar.

They do require permission to modify so you would need something like Take Ownership.

If you do this, you don't need to follow the original answer below.

Original Answer

Create a shortcut on the Desktop and set the address to:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge and name it Edge or whatever

Change the icon of the shortcut and then drag the new shortcut to Edge onto your taskbar.

Edge shortcut

  • Take a look at my edit. – Joel Christophel Aug 3 '15 at 15:29
  • There is a resources.pri and it references the Assets directory. Perhaps you could change the icons in that folder and that will do what you want. – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 15:57
  • What's the path to the Assets directory? – Joel Christophel Aug 3 '15 at 16:07
  • It's inside the Edge directory. – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 16:09
  • I don't have an assets folder here: C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-microsoftedge_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.10240.16397_none_19381f0c8accd5dd However, I have a bunch of edge icon pngs in that directory. I changed the blue pngs to their white counterparts, but this didn't change the task bar. Where else could it be? – Joel Christophel Aug 3 '15 at 17:36

There is a simple solution for this that doesn't require any gp edits or some stuff.

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder
  1. Paste This in the File Explorer address bar, a window will open with a list of apps

  2. Search for MS EDGE (With the Default Logo) and Pin it to your taskbar

  3. Right Click on the pinned icon on your taskbar

  4. Right Click again on "Microsoft Edge"

  5. Click on "Properties"

And then Change Icon to any desired icon you want, doing this won't open a new instance like it did when you might've used a/the solution listed on this website.... if you have any issues with this feel free to reach out to me on Reddit. Reddit: u/therapistofaliens

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