icon problem

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by wonderworm2000, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. wonderworm2000

    wonderworm2000 OSNN Addict

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    I used to could copy and paste a picture to my desktop that was say a .gif or .bmp image and then change the extension to .ico and it would convert to an icon. Now it does not convert to the image anymore just stays as a file. Can you help me with this? Has something gone missing that I might have had before?

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  2. MdSalih

    MdSalih The Boss

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    I don't believe this is an inbuilt feature of Windows XP... haven't come across it before while doing my errands.

    Quite possibly a 3rd party application I'm guessing.

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  3. wonderworm2000

    wonderworm2000 OSNN Addict

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    I'm not sure it is either. It used to work that way, but it might have been because of a program I had installed. If anyone is aware of an icon program that might get this feature back please let me know.

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  4. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    Hmmm, odd. I looked around abit. There are many many icon convertors that change pictures to icons but can't find one that converts it on renaming though. Sounds pretty good if its out there
     
  5. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    On second checking. I do belive it does work but only on bitmap files
     
  6. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I wouldn't be surprised it it works on BMPs, but I'd really be surprised if there was a program that converted on-the-fly when you changed the extension.
     
  7. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Only works on bitmaps (.bmp) I remember doing it on Windows 95 (You could open .ico's in paint back then..), but it wouldn't look too nice on Windows XP's Alpha Blended Icons, and I don't think it even works anymore?
     
  8. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    It does work, i said i worked, i tried it. it works :rolleyes: They never listen :)
     
  9. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Shaddap you! :p Do they need to be proportional size though? 128/64/32/16 ?
     
  10. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    windows will resize them to 16x16. when you use it (not when you change the ext)
    of course they won't be the groovy funky ones, liek you said
     
  11. wonderworm2000

    wonderworm2000 OSNN Addict

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    Now that everyone has found out that it works can you tell me if you are only getting it to work with .bmp files. That maybe my problem and I just forgot that it won't convert .gif files.

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  12. wonderworm2000

    wonderworm2000 OSNN Addict

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    Never mind everyone I got enough from what you've said to remember now.
    I change the file extension of any image I drag to the desktop to a .bmp first. Then open it in paint, (with edit), and save it back to it's original location on the desktop with the drop down menu for file types to save when I go to "save as", still as a .bmp again. This time when you change the file ext. on the desktop to .ico it turns into the icon image I want. I presume you could shoreten all this by saying if it's saved in paint as a .bmp to the desktop it will then convert to an icon image simply by changing the file extension to .ico .

    Thanks again everyone
     
  13. Optikal

    Optikal your long lost brother

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    Maybe send something to Microstiff and suggest it as a feature in Windows Longhorn? :D
     
  14. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    Yeah I too remember being able to create .ico files using Paint on Win 95/98. Haven't really felt the need to use Paint to make icons on XP though, as there are other apps that make that easier.