Creating ICO (icon) files

Subject: Creating ICO (icon) files
From: "Antico, Tricia" <tricia -dot- antico -at- bain -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 10:15:14 -0500


I have recently encountered this issue for the first time myself. I ended

1) Creating the icon image in Fireworks (but you can use any graphics
progam, including the crappy but free MS Paint) and exporting it as a bitmap
(.BMP) file.

2) Downloading an icon-maker program (the one I used was Icon Forge
[], but there are many out there in
shareware land), and importing the bitmap (.BMP) graphic into it.

One thing I learned: Renaming a bitmap file with an .ICO extension DOES NOT
work!! You really need to bring it into a progam for converting files into

Hope this helps.
Tricia Antico, Online Course Developer
Bain & Co.
2 Copley Place
Boston, MA 02116
phone: 617.572.2703 fax: 617.880.0703

Dannette Thompson wrote:

Subject: creating icon files
From: Dannette Thompson <dthomps -at- foundationsoft -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 17:44:24 -0500
X-Message-Number: 33

I'd like to apply a custom icon to a little utility I've created, but I need
to create a graphic file with an .ICO extension (an icon file).

Does anyone know how to do that? I have Photoshop, which I've used to create
the graphic. But it doesn't allow me to just save it as an .ICO.


Dannette Thompson
Technical Writer
Foundation Software, Inc.
The #1 Accounting Software for Labor-Intensive Contractors
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