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attaching an icon to my website

 6:50 pm on Aug 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

I know about favicon to attach an icon so that it shows up when users bookmark my site, but when a user wants to have a desktop link to my site, how do I have my icon shown instead of the generic one? The icon is larger than favicon and I cannot find out how to attach it.



 10:05 am on Aug 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

The user will need the graphic created as a .ico file. These are usually 32x32 or 48x48 pixels, so are larger than the favicon version, and they can have 32 bit colour depth as well.

There are plenty of free/cheap shareware icon editors around, and I think there's a Photoshop plugin available too.

Once your user has the icon, right click on the link on the desktop, select properties then change icon, and select the icon file. Simple as that.

This is for Windows - someone lese might be able to advise for Macs.


 1:57 pm on Aug 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm not concerned about creating the icon, just where to put it. Does it go in the root directory with a different name than favicon.ico? There should not be any right clicking to activate the icon; it should automatically be created when the user chooses "create shortcut" in Windows. That is the way it works now with any site that has created a desktop icon.


 2:42 pm on Aug 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ah, so as I understand it, you want to change the generic icon for Explorer/Firefox shortcut?

Um, not sure about that...

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