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Anonymous
November 4, 2004 6:25:02 PM

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i want to set a picture as an icon, so i saved the icon as a .ico named it
filename.ico, cuz .ico was not available on teh pull down file type
selection. then i go to desktop, customize desktop, click an icon, change
icon, browse, select .ico file, and hit ok, says not a valid .ico file.
dirivingf em nuts cuz i did somethin to one of the pictures that lets it be
set as an icon, but the others wont work. someone help before i go insane.
the picture happens to be snoop dogg.
Anonymous
November 4, 2004 9:39:37 PM

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randolph1986 wrote:
> i want to set a picture as an icon, so i saved the icon as a .ico
> named it filename.ico, cuz .ico was not available on teh pull down
> file type selection. then i go to desktop, customize desktop, click
> an icon, change icon, browse, select .ico file, and hit ok, says not
> a valid .ico file. dirivingf em nuts cuz i did somethin to one of the
> pictures that lets it be set as an icon, but the others wont work.
> someone help before i go insane. the picture happens to be snoop dogg.

You cannot simply change a files extension and expect to get that new type
of file. The file has to be converted to the new file type using software
that is capable of performing this task.

A good program for converting just about any image file is the free
IrfanView image editor. Open your .jpg or .gif file in Irfanview and then
save it with the .ico file extension, it's that simple. For better results
you want to resize the image to something like 32x32 pixels first.

IrfanView free image editor:
http://www.irfanview.com/blank.htm

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Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Shell/User
November 4, 2004 10:37:05 PM

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Well, i can do you one better than all that just for an icon. Type Blaiz
Enterprises into your bowser which wil bring up a page of software.. near
the middle there is an application called CLIC which will make it possible
to use almost anything to create an icon.. i have used it for several years
with interesting results. read the instructions because you can do lots of
interesting things besides make icons of several sizes.. It is one of the
most interesting free tools i have ever found on the Web.
Your welcome.
"randolph1986" <randolph1986@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> i want to set a picture as an icon, so i saved the icon as a .ico named it
> filename.ico, cuz .ico was not available on teh pull down file type
> selection. then i go to desktop, customize desktop, click an icon, change
> icon, browse, select .ico file, and hit ok, says not a valid .ico file.
> dirivingf em nuts cuz i did somethin to one of the pictures that lets it
be
> set as an icon, but the others wont work. someone help before i go insane.
> the picture happens to be snoop dogg.
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Anonymous
November 6, 2004 9:40:03 AM

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a nonymous wrote:
> "Ronnie Vernon MVP" <ronv@mvps.org> wrote
> <snip>
>> IrfanView free image editor:
>> http://www.irfanview.com/blank.htm
>
> ... gives a blank page.
>
> A better link is http://www.irfanview.com/

Thanks. Not sure how that blank got in there.

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Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Shell/User
Anonymous
November 6, 2004 1:58:43 PM

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Changing the file name extension does not change the fact that the file is
NOT an icon file.

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Regards:

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)


"randolph1986" <randolph1986@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>i want to set a picture as an icon, so i saved the icon as a .ico named it
> filename.ico, cuz .ico was not available on teh pull down file type
> selection. then i go to desktop, customize desktop, click an icon, change
> icon, browse, select .ico file, and hit ok, says not a valid .ico file.
> dirivingf em nuts cuz i did somethin to one of the pictures that lets it
> be
> set as an icon, but the others wont work. someone help before i go insane.
> the picture happens to be snoop dogg.
November 6, 2004 3:15:56 PM

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Richard Urban wrote:
> Changing the file name extension does not change the fact that the file is
> NOT an icon file.
>
But.. changing a bmp extension to ico does make that an icon file. Try
it, this does not work with jpg or gif though.
Anonymous
November 8, 2004 9:06:44 AM

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"David" <Davidirock@comcast.net> wrote
| Richard Urban wrote:
| > Changing the file name extension does not change the fact that the file is
| > NOT an icon file.
| >
| But.. changing a bmp extension to ico does make that an icon file. Try
| it, this does not work with jpg or gif though.

But it does not always behave as a .ICO
November 8, 2004 2:05:31 PM

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Hello,
If my memory has not failed, I believe that you have to save the bmp as
a 16 color bmp and then you will be able to change the extension to .ico and
it will work.. I just tried it and it worked. Nowthen, also you must keep
the size at no more than 32 x 32 pix. I have experimented with this size
thing in the past and Windows does not display them correctly if they are
any larger in most cases..
Also, there is a program that is free to try called Microangelo.
On the link below you will find all you really need to do what you want.
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid...
I have had a lot of fun with the Microangelo program. Try it and see.
There is also a free converter on down the page a little on that link.
HTH,
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Burt
The Old Alaskan
MVP's listed on TECKPAGE
http://www.cvinternet.net/~smokydog
http://www.cvinternet.net/~smokydog/teckpage.htm

"a nonymous" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>
> "David" <Davidirock@comcast.net> wrote
> | Richard Urban wrote:
> | > Changing the file name extension does not change the fact that the
file is
> | > NOT an icon file.
> | >
> | But.. changing a bmp extension to ico does make that an icon file. Try
> | it, this does not work with jpg or gif though.
>
> But it does not always behave as a .ICO
>
>
November 9, 2004 6:41:59 AM

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in MS paint, create a 32x32 bmp...then in explorer, change the bmp extension
to ico, and you have an icon! You don't need any special programs!
!