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News hardware & software 25 March 2021, 17:11

author: Bart Swiatek

Windows 10 Will Get a Major Icon Overhaul

Microsoft has announced that File Explorer, the app familiar to all users of the Windows 10 OS, will undergo a slight visual facelift - we will get new icons.


  1. File Explorer in Windows 10 will get new icons;
  2. The changes are intended to provide greater consistency between different apps and the operating system.

It looks like File Explorer will get a new look with the next major update to Windows 10 - icons representing drives and folders will change. In some cases the differences are large, in others quite marginal (limited to a slight modification of perspective). Below are some examples of the appearance of the old (left) and new (right) interface elements.

Windows 10 Will Get a Major Icon Overhaul - picture #1
Windows 10 - disk and trash icons. Source:
Windows 10 Will Get a Major Icon Overhaul - picture #2
Windows 10 - icons for folders and some apps. Source:

As noted by the head of the Windows Insider program - Amanda Langowski - the purpose of the changes is to provide more visual consistency between interface elements and applications.

"Several changes, such as the orientation of the folder icons and the default file type icons, have been made for greater consistency across Microsoft products that show files. Notably, the top-level user folders such as Desktop, Documents, Downloads, and Pictures have a new design that should make it a little easier to tell them apart at a glance," the note reads.

It is worth noting that this is not the first announcement of changes in the appearance of Windows 10 in recent times - earlier we received information about a fairly thorough facelift of the Start menu and system icons. At least some of these novelties will hit users in the second half of 2021.

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