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Follow up from our Icons and Shortcut article, July 2017 newsletter. So you want some locations of icons you can assign to shortcuts?
Try searching your computer's C:\Windows and C:\Program Files (folders) for *.ico and when the list is complete, note the folder. But be sure it's not in a temporary folder such as the Internet cache as that list changes a lot.
We'll save you some searching, these files contain icons you can use to assign to a shortcut:
You could also download the Icon Extractor from:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/iconsext.html - Slick!
As of 6/10/17 it scanned clean and safe using Symantec's Endpoint protection.
We used it to "searched for" icons with the criteria: C:\Windows\*.* to include subfolders, which resulted in 18,000+ icons. Many duplicates, many progressive icons, e.g., no WIFI signal to strong WIFI signal. In hindsight, C:\Windows to include subfolders pulled icons from temporary folders as well, hence the overwhelming number.
We've posted some, you are welcome to browse through, open and download. http://www.bergesch.com/icons