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FolderIco 4.0 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — FolderIco 4.0

Customize Folder Icon and Color in One Click with FolderIco!
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 315 (61%) 201 (39%) 35 comments

FolderIco 4.0 was available as a giveaway on September 10, 2015!

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Don't you know how to change standard yellow folder to a colourful and bright one? With FolderIco, give some color to Windows folders. With just a one click, colorize your folders, and discover a new intuitive way to classify your files. A quick look is now enough to identify the folder you are looking for!

FolderIco is a very light software, that doesn't stay in memory. It uses a native functionality of Windows to be more efficient. Discover its simplicity: with a single right-click on a folder you change it icon!

Please note: You can purchase a Personal license (with support and updates) with 50% discount!

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10; 1000 MHz processor; 128 MB RAM





File Size:

12.6 MB



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Comments on FolderIco 4.0

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1) Include Textures
2) Include Folder Shapes
3) Include Stripes... then a folder can be TWO colors. Like a Bookmark-Ribbon overlay over the folder. Folder might be green, and the vertical Ribbon/stripe might be red.
4) Option to auto- or manually sort the context-menu's listing of colored-folders
5) Option to only clutter/show in the context-menu when using shift-(right)click. [Also, it should only appear for folders]
6) Provide a portable version?

I didn't try out the software, so some of the suggestions may be redundant or not apply. Just wanted to support GOTD's goal of providing user-feedback.

PS - Thanks Jahid for providing a bunch of links to similar utilities. I like to do comparative reviews before jumping into a software! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Anonymous  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I'll give it a try. I've used Folder Marker, which is free, for some time, but I suspect it is spying on me. Maybe this one will be better.

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It works great but is there a way to get the folder icon bigger, like the size of my regular Windows folders? Thanks in advance if anyone knows.

Reply   |   Comment by Sandie C  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Strange! I barely register the icons, only the names. I guess this isn't for me.

Reply   |   Comment by AndyF  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Good program, works well, easy to use, but limit use of colors is a very good suggestion i think by ric @6.

A bit surprised by Idea Informer "change liked shotrtcut colors as well as folder; change folder from shortcut;change sub folder from parent. "

1. "change sub folder from parent."
Yes you can make the subfoldericon differ from parentfoldericon...

2. "change folder from shortcut;"
Change foldericon from shortcuticon. Why should you want too? The color of the folder is reflected in the shortcut to that folder, Is´nt that logical?

3. "change liked shotrtcut colors as well as folder;"
If you create a shortcut to a folder, the shortcut will include the icon of the folder it points too. That is allready happening... 2 versus 3? You can´t want both.

About the thumbs rating, we are heading again to 50-50. Perhaps it would be better that the thumbs up "awards" are limited in time. We have had better software since the current three; "Covert pro 3.0.9", "video to gif converter 5.2", and "hd video converter factory pro 9.1". Something strange is going on, best as well introduce a award of the month or something...

Reply   |   Comment by Lucky Luke  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

On there website they list several additional icon packs, but they are all designated V3. Will they work with V4?

Download FolderIco V3 Cats icon pack
Download FolderIco V3 Aqua icon pack
Download FolderIco V3 Leopard icon pack
Download FolderIco V3 Aeon icon pack

Reply   |   Comment by Waynomo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Are those icon packs specific to FolderIco, or can they be used by other similar programs?

Reply   |   Comment by bart  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Guys,

I installed FolderIco 4.0 on my Win 10 machine and went straight to work organizing folders and deleting the spent resources of no value. I suffer extreme OCD and keeping things organized and in their place is a major pastime for me because I have trouble finding things that are not where I left! Great program for my natural malfunction. I like the many Icons provided and their ease of use. The old fashioned way took a lot of time! I have spent a number of hours organizing and will image my SSD's where all my operational programs and data reside. I wouldn't want to lose my work! LOL

Thank You "FolderIco" and "GOTD" for this offering!

Rick Martin

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I used a previous version of this from Giveaway. Liked it a lot. Simple to use, and it helps me to quickly identify specific folders. And I have a lot of folders!

Reply   |   Comment by ekertin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I still have version 2,0 and I use it occasionally, but it's never really impressed me.
It comes in handy if I need to differentiate folders for sorting. The choices have
never impressed me that much.
How much of an improvement is version 4.0? Is it worth upgrading?

Reply   |   Comment by Buskieboy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

There is a diffidence between the old way and the new way.

You an use the old one with a newer Windows, if you make a change in the "dekstop.ini" of that folder
I sometimes use the Windows-way to change the look:
I put a ICO-file in that folder and point to it.
If you put the ICO-files on a server, it will slow down the process: for every map-icon it has to access the server and it will increase the time to build for example the desktop.
There test, that shows that 30 icon on a desktop will not slow down the windows-start. Above the 100 the Windows start-uptime can increase by 100 Seconds.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

I installed it on a Win8.1-64
A folder-view without and with the use of this program:

The program is quick in changing the color; just 3 click's
Rightclick on the icon
Select "Change Folder Icon"
And choose a color

Some of the icon's:

Also the option to use your own:

Also the option to make your own:

For this one a used a on-line service

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

# hits in a row, it must be Christmas early at the GOTD offices that they are providing us with these 3 nice software titles in a row. First Zoner, yesterday Zoon and today FoldrIco. Will it be homerun tomorrow? Thanks for offering this nice piece of software once again. I use it in my simulation to quickly find different folders for the various mods and addons. Lost my previous version after a system crash so I am very happy to see it back :) Thanks GOTD and Teorex for offering this again :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

3 hits.... 3 hits not # hits. That is what you get for automatically hitting Shift at the start of a line lol

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

various different shapes for the folder would be a nice addition

Reply   |   Comment by Leslie Gee  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I downloaded the previous offering of this software. Admittedly it will not change the world but it is real fun to use and experiment with thank yoou GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Leslie Gee  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

@Georg is correct. If the changed folders do not create an .ini file and are not "independent and portable", but rely on a collection of icons in the program folder, the next time you do a hard drive restore you will lose all of the work you put into changing your folders.

Reply   |   Comment by CJ Cotter  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

That´s not right! I had a HDD-Crash 3-4 months ago - after copying the backup on a new drive all icons were like they should. That is in version 3 stored in the .ini and they ARE portable.

Reply   |   Comment by Georg  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't get it. Let them be .ini or .ico, if you restore from scratch, the (usually hidden) files you created to modify your folders are lost anyhow. If you restore from a backup, they will still be there.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

"Restore from scratch" will I never do. All important files I have twice on different external HDD´s - when a drive crashes I´ll buy a new and copy all back on it - that´s all. By the prices and the size now...

Reply   |   Comment by Georg  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

@Georg I've tried quite a lengthy list of backup programs with mixed results. How the changed folders work on your computer or mine may not work on someone else's computer with a different backup program. "Portable" means that you can take the icon-changed folder and copy it to a different computer that doesn't have this program, yet the folder stays in it's changed state.

Reply   |   Comment by CJ Cotter  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

tried the program but I find the the Windows built-in folder customization is better for my personal use. a little more work is required true, but I can get exactly what I want and not compromise on the sets a made application provides. Also, installing the program or running it, takes resources I am not willing to spare for such a task.
What I do is download a free icon that suits exactly my needs (or any image and convert online to an .ico), right click the folder I wish to customize, choose properties>customize>change icon and browse to the image.ico I have chosen. free, no resources are spent and I get exactly the icon I wanted without compromising on what a program set offers.

Reply   |   Comment by Gordon  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Coloring, marking or decorating your folders is not just for fun and make your Explorer look pretty. Beside allowing you to identify their content more easily (the human brain perceives colors much faster than it can read, but ric is right, it should not be overused) it has many practical uses. For instance, on your brand new computer or just after reinstalling Windows, you can give a specific aspect to all folders in “Program files” and “Windows” directories so that you will always know which folders belong to your original installation and which were added afterwards. You can also do the same with subfolders in specific folders before specific restore points to know what will be affected if later on you decide to go back to that point etc.
I have tried many programs for that purpose, freeware or giveaways (Folderico, FolderMarker, IColorFolder etc.) and, in spite of its nightmarish interface (it took me some time to understand the logic behind it), imho, icomancer is by far the best one, and surely the richest in features:

The fully functional program, with already a lot of stuff, is free, but you can buy “premium content” (some extra textures etc.). It is windows 8 compatible. (I don’t know though for W10). It creates folders in all 6 dimensions, from 16X16 to 256X256, and they will stay the same when copied to a USB drive, SD card or another PC. You can just use the shapes, colors and textures of the program, or, if you are in a more creative mood, decorate your folders with your own photos, images, icons etc. And then you can share your creations on the site.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

This is not for XP. XP users can choose version 2.
The idea of colouring a folder should not be overdone.
In a large group of normal folders, a red folder stands out.
But if the large group of folders are individually coloured red, green blue, pink, black, etc... then all you got is a multi-coloured mess.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

Works well on a windows 7 ultimate system.

I used this program years ago, it does exactly what it claims. Its also fun.

The only downside is that with modern systems, you can customise the folders with a different icon anyhow, but not the colour... (well, not that easy if you wanted to do it.)

Its the best one out there, in my humble and slightly biased opinion. This is a trusted author who has been around for years.

Use it if you want, its your call, but you cannot go wrong with this unless you're an accident waiting to happen, and they don't survive long, so if you made it this far, you're probably safe.

Reply   |   Comment by kiwi1960  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

I already had the 3.0 version and I was very satisfied, when i saw the new version today, i thought I'll give it a try. I've downloaded it, installed it, no problem and works fine. I'm on windows 7. Thank you very much!

Reply   |   Comment by Darklady  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

The old version save the icon in a ini - this version save the icon in the folder - and that´s NOT what I need! I´ll stay on version 3.

Reply   |   Comment by Georg  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Can someone explain why it is better to save to an ,ini file rather than a folder?

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Do we need to uninstall version 3.0 before installing this? Or can we just install this to the same folder?

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Hey Dual boot here - Downloaded, installed & activated without a hitch - cool extra program works great in Win 10 - Thank you Teorex & GOTD for today's offering & c u tomorrow HAGD

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

'FolderIco' from TeoreX is undoubtedly one of the best in this category. Used it in past without any problems but right now my favourite is 'Shedko Folderico 4' ( http://eng.softq.org/folderico ) a freeware tool for private use. It operates in two ways- extracts icon from icl-theme and copy to customized folder or just makes a link to icl-theme without extracting icons. Note 'Shedko folderico' had some bug in integration to context menu on 64bit system . I use the portable version which can not create context menu entry but 'Filemenu Tools' helps to create an 'open with' entry in its menu so any folder can be opened with 'Shedko FolderIco' and the icon can be customized. For XP users there is different version available at http://eng.softq.org/folderico_xp .

'Shedko Folderico' uses special format SFT as themes (available at http://eng.softq.org/folderico/themes ) but it is just an archive. After manual extracting you will get the icon-library (icl) file which can also be used by 'Folder Marker' . While 'Folder Marker' charges for extra icon sets you can use those 'free to share' Shedko Folderico themes . Additionally Shedko folderico also supports 'iColorFolder' themes.

Few more considerable Programs :

*Folder iChanger - http://www.mohaned-b.com/FolderiChanger/Features.aspx

* iColorFolder with additional skinpack - http://icolorfolder.sourceforge.net/?page_id=33

* Rainbow Folder - http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancements/Rainbow-Folders.shtml

* IconTweaker - http://www.crystalxp.net/galerie/en.id.83-icontweaker.html ( personalize the appearance of icons and folders on Windows XP )

* Drive Icon Changer - http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-change-your-drive-icon-in-vista ( works on xp and vista )

* Drive Icon Changer by SHIM SOFTWARES - http://deepappsstore.weebly.com/drive-icon-changer.html ( for all windows )

* Hardrive Icon Changer by Vipul Thawre (Portable)- http://vipsoftwareszz.blogspot.in/2013/05/hardrive-icon-changer-10.html

Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+97)

To complete the colour changing of folders, how about some recommendations for colorizing FILES?

Reply   |   Comment by aetschmann  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

By far, the best, most versatile free folder icon changer is Icomancer, millions of combinations for folders.

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Hi Guys

Love your software. You are competing in a strong field where there is some great freeware. You need to show samples of your icons. when I look at your site and its lack of samples to view, and something like http://eng.softq.org/folderico/themes the choice is simple. I go with the second one.

Come on guys.

Reply   |   Comment by Janakee  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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