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Tech Tip 22: How to Convert Image files into Icons!

Posted on: February 17, 2009

Icons are good to have to represent your program or folder. They are used on the desktop to represent the different file types or program types. It is good to have an icon to associate with a file type because it gives you information such as which program can be used to open that particular file. For instance, the MS Word files have a blue ‘W’ written in a blue square as their icon.

Often for your personal folders or programs you might need to create an icon of your own. Icon files have the .ico extension. You can easily convert normal image files like .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png or .bmp files into icons, i.e. put them in .ico format. There is lots of free software on the Interent which allow users to convert files. One of them is: Image 2 Icon Converter 2.2, which can be downloaded free from here. It is a fairly small download and the software is easy to use.

Another great option (if you do not want to download anything) is to have your icons created for you online. The Free Online Favicon Icon Generator does just that. If you get to this link, you’ll see that the Icon generator will first ask you to upload an image file. On doing so, it goes to step 2 in which you have to select the size of the Icon you want to create. Once that’s done, you just have to generate it, download it and use it as you please. It’s quite simple.

Why don’t you head over to this online icon generator and give it a shot? Lets see if it’s able to produce quality icons from your image files! Let us know what happened and if you were able to get your .ico files…hope this tip was helpful! Nice day!

– Millie


2 Responses to "Tech Tip 22: How to Convert Image files into Icons!"

Sheesh Mills … I am def very impressed .. finally got a chance to read all your posts!

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