The Evolution of Windows Icons

The Evolution of Windows Icons

As the Windows operating system has evolved, so too have many of its icons. As Windows 7 comes on to the scene with new user interface features, I recently began looking back at the changes in the icons that we all click on every day. While I discovered that many icons have changed with each new version of Windows, I also discovered that many stayed the same over several different versions.

In this gallery, I’ll take a look at some of the Windows icons that have evolved over the years.

Keep in mind that rather than show every icon for each version, I’ll only show an icon when it changes. For example, the Calculator icon changed slightly from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95, but then remained the same until Windows XP. As such, I won’t include the Calculator icons for Windows 98 thru Windows ME. Likewise, if the Windows 7 icon is the same as the Windows Vista icon, I’ll only show the Vista icon.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.