After I create a shortcut link, how do I give it an icon?
For programs, there may be one “built-into” the exe
file. If so can use that. Some programs with have an associated “*.ico” file to use.
One great FREE source for icons is http://www.iconarchive.com/ (TIP-
when saving, also save the gif picture, useful if you create documentation or
email about the new shortcut). I will
save the icons to a local folder on the computer, example c:\programs
files\icons. I found that if save to
server, like in W:, sometimes the icons won’t
show. Also do NOT put into C:\windows
as a 2000 computer will have Winnt instead and who
knows what they call it in
You can also Create
Your Own icons. There are many
software programs to do this but
I find the easiest is the free graphics program Irfanview
You can load any photo, crop, add effects or whatever, and when you save change to .ICON Window icon which
creates a small file. Be sure to check
as sometimes the resizing makes the picture look poor. Also crop the image into a square for
Another technique I use is Print Screen to copy and paste
Example: Icon for shortcut
to Weekly Reader site. When you go to http://www.weeklyreader.com/kids/index.asp you notice the logo loads as two images so you can not just save picture. You
can use the Print Screen key to
capture the desktop or minimize to the area you want and use Alt and Print Screen keys together to capture just
that area this is active.
Now open IrfanView and paste the
capture from the clipboard.
Crop to and save as ICO-
Windows Icon for a perfect icon for a desktop shortcut.
Assign an Icon to a Shortcut
Right click on the desktop shortcut. Depending on the type two different yet similar
From a Program
From an Internet Shortcut
Under the tabs in these two you find a button for
Click them for the next requester.
It will be the same, except for paths, for both.
Just use the Browse button to go to the
folder where you saved the icon. Ok
them Apply or Ok at the previous box.
Note that for shortcuts, especially the one sending
out through rips, the icon file has to be where you
told it to browse to, like on the local hard drive in a folder common
to all computers.