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    Editing Icons (W2000)

    I have been trying to make some new icons by modifying the icons that MS supply. The folder C:WINNTSYSTEM32Shell32.dll contains over 100 icons when I look at it with MyProperties.exe. But if I open this file with IrfanView, only the first icon of the 100+ appears, can anyone help in accessing the other icons?

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    Re: Editing Icons (W2000)

    Have a look at Icon Collector, Icon Snatcher, and IconShop. One of them should get you under way. There may be better freebies available, but these have been enough for my needs.
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    Re: Editing Icons (W2000)

    They look excellent.

    Thanks Tim.

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    Re: Editing Icons (W2000)

    Michael--

    Actually that folder contains hundreds of icons if not over 1000 or 2000 you can find and modify; so do many folders in all your drives, as does the C:Windows folder the folders where you have your programs, and the folders where you have downloaded executables and zips. Even the zip folders have variations of program icons. You just have to troll them. A tip from Woody's XP Dummies book started me on this search and I thank him for that.

    Right click on an icon>properties>change icon . From that property box you can search a lot of places, and when you open these folders, you will see icons in many of them--some 5, some 20 or 30, some over 100. With some icons, you have to hit the "customize button" first. Many of the iconnettes in that shell32 folder have icons stashed in them, particularly the ones with icons instead of bland manilla folders and many more of the .dlls have them in that folder. When you get a minute search wherever you have some of your programs, search the Microsoft Word>Word> and Microsoft Word>Outlook for example folder or Win Media Player Folder or any Adobe program if you have one or any Program folder (using the Rt. Click Properties route to them) and using the "Look In" pull down at the top of the "Change Icons Properties Dialogue Box" to get to them.

    These programs Tim mentioned are very helpful; they do some of the extracting for you and some of them have design features/helpers as well. Icon Sucker 2 is free and Pro is worth having. Below are a couple examples from the Shell32.dll folder below and there are 50-100 of these dll folders in it that have icon stashes--and if you use the slider in these two boxes, you'll reveal twice as many as you see here. I haven't tried to count them--when I take a break I just open them up and then paste their path in a notepad with my own notation of the types of icons and my own rating system for future reference. And they stick--they're never wiped out by cleaning Temporary Internet Files.

    Another source of icons to modify and this is an unlimited source are the favicons from websites--you can pretty much find a favicon to symbolize what you want by just trying a few web sites. For example if you wanted a certain look icon, you can google for the type site, type in favicon.ico and then save it in a folder and rename it to preserve it from deletion on cleaning TIF or restarting. Sometimes if the favicon doesn't show up, you have to pull the "e" at the name bar and suspender-snap it back a couple times. An example of a favicon is at NY Giants Favicon or NFL Favicon
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    Re: Editing Icons (W2000)

    Hi, Michael ~

    You can view all the icons in 'Shell32.dll' w/ IrfanView by simply using the vertical back/forth arrow buttons as indicated below. That will cycle you through the 238 of so icons in that file. The horizontal arrows to the left of the circled arrows will cycle you through the next file in the same directory, so make sure you use the vertical arrows.
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    Re: Editing Icons (W2000)

    Irfranview is a terrific app--haven't used it to search for icons, but there are easily several hundred icons in that folder alone in all the .dll folders and other files or sub-folders call 'em what you like in 'Shell 32.dll.' And that's just 'Shell 32.' The other folders in XP, including the hidden folders all yield a number of colorful icons that you can then modify. The plus feature is that they always stick--you don't have to modify them to save them. When you add that free application often has 50-100 icons within its program folder, that gives you a lot of native icons to work with--either to use or modify--and you don't need any program to find any of these--not to mention favicons. Many of the free and other icon programs are worthwhile with extra features though.

    These are two examples of dlls that yield icons--1) From Windows Media Player Encoder folders 2) From Shell 32.dll folders--Trying many of these will yield icon stashs.

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    Re: Editing Icons (W2000)

    Hi Bruce:
    I didn't know that, so I tried it. However, I found it took about 1-2 seconds to load each icon, so it wasn't very practical. I prefer a utility that shows all the icons in a file. Unfortunately, I use two shareware programs whose authors don't even have web sites, ASFAIK so I don't even get updates. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Editing Icons (W2000)

    Thank Hieronymous, Bruce and Phil. I'm gobsmacked, and staggering under the weight of icons that poured out of my machine.

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