Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Changing the Revit 2018 Icon

Architect and Revit guru Brian Payne recently had a clever idea and created a custom Revit 2018 icon; here is the Twitter link. He did this because the icon is the same as the Revit 2017 icon, making it more difficult to quickly discern between the two on the desktop or task bar. Using the ICO file Brian provides in the link above and following the steps below you can swap out your icon as well.

As a side note on this topic, as an author I am happy when something superficial like an icon or the UI does not change. It makes updating my books easier. However, as a user, I like Brian's idea and have applied it to my computer.

The only drawback so far is the quality is a little lower than those provided by Autodesk. Plus, if I write any articles or do a webinar I might have to revert back so I don't add any unnecessary confusion:)

These first two images show the Revit Out Of The Box (OOTB) icons in context on the task bar and desktop.
Revit 2016, 2017 and 2018 icons on the task bar

Revit 2016, 2017 and 2018 icons on the desktop

Right-click on the Revit 2018 desktop icon and select Properties to access this dialog...
Desktop icon properties

Click the Change Icon... button to access this dialog... and then browse for the custom file you downloaded.
Change Icon dialog

These last two images show the new custom Revit 2018 icon in context on the task bar and desktop; notice "18" was added in the lower right. Thanks Brian!
Custom Revit 2018 icon on the task bar

Custom Revit 2018 icon on the desktop

Enjoy... if you so choose.


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  2. Do you have anything to change the Revit exe icon? I think that's the actual target for the shortcut. You can make the shortcut icon whatever you would like.
    The one in this location? C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2018
    For me (windows 10) that is what I pin to the task bar.

  3. Hi Jordan, As I understand it the icon is hardwired into the exe. There are "hacker" tools one could use to change the icon... but use at your own risk:)

  4. Haha, that's where I thought this might go.