IE 9: Change Website Icons Pinned to Taskbar

   Posted February 21, 2011 by Lê Hoàng in Browsers

With the new IE 9, users can pin websites to the taskbar. However, a website’s default favicon may not blend well with other icons in your theme. This tech-recipe will show you how to customize these icons.

UPDATE: Method that works with the final build.

Display beautiful, informative website icons like these…

Instead of the default pinned icons which look like this…

Here is how to change them:

1. Right click on your desktop -> New -> Shortcut.

2. In the Create Shorcut window, “%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” (Change to your favourite website) and hit Next.

3. Type in the name of the website and hit Finish.

4. Right click on the new shortcut -> Properties.

5. Hit Change Icon…

6. You can choose icon from the Change Icon window. If you don’t like them, click on Browse and point to your own icon.

7. When you have done, click on OK->OK to save the setting.

Some examples:


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  • Bayoujohnny

    Website does not appear as an option under properties.

  • Ramsubra

    The website option does not appear for me also

  • Anonymous

    This method does’nt work with the final RTW version of IE9

  • mon_mon

    sorry,, what is RTW vesion ??
    thank you,, 🙂

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    The final non developer build of IE9! 

    Its the basically the version you get when you try and download IE today from Microsoft. 

  • Michael

    Works like a charm on the new release. Have been going crazy for two days trying to figure this out.

    Thanks again!

  • D.Cue

    Much easier method. Get to your command prompt by hitting start, and entering CMD in your all programs search, then select CMD.

    Get to the folder with your pinned websites:

    %appdata%\microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\Taskbar

    If you don’t know how to get there, you need to use “cd” (change directory) command. So “cd \appdata\microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\Taskbar”

    Once there, type “dir” to get list of all pinned sites. Then use rename command to change the extension to .url instead of .website.

    If you don’t know how to do this, follow this example for google: “rename google.url” . If the original pinned website has spaces in the name, easiest to change the name to remove the spaces in windows explorer. Spaces are a pain in CMD.

    After the change, in windows explorer, right click the item, hit properties, and then you can customize the icon as normal. Hit apply to preview in taskbar. Once you got what you like, go back to the CMD window and change it back to .website from .url. ( “rename google.url” )