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What are custom icons used for exactly?

Custom icons are a visual way to quickly identify and locate various files and folders on your computer's desktop.

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Did the Iconfactory work on the Windows XP icon suite?

Yes, we worked closely with Microsoft to develop a suite of icons including the Recycle Bin, My Computer and others.

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What does the multi-celled grid on the left represent?

This grid is the Resource List and represents all the icon resources that can be compiled into a single icon.

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What resources are used when saving image formats?

IconBuilder uses 8-bit resources when saving BMPs and GIFs and 32-bit resources for saving TIFFs and PNGs.

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Any tips on building and saving icons with IconBuilder?

Yes, there are many good IconBuilder tips! See the full description for general tips on building and saving icons.

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I can't seem to paste a custom Mac icon. What's wrong?

Many factors can prevent custom icons from being applied to Mac files or folders including locked items and more.

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How do I build folder icons with Open / Drop states?

We recommend you consult the Tutorial that comes with the IconBuilder download to learn more about Open/Drop icons.

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How can I create toolbar icons for Windows?

Depending on your need, BMP and ICO toolbar icon files can be made using IconBuilder and Photoshop.

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What is the best way to create 16x16 (small) icons?

For the best results, we recommend designing 16x16 versions by hand in Photoshop with pixel-clicking.

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Any tips on saving time and effort with IconBuilder?

There are several helpful IconBuilder tips and tricks including modifier keys, checking the verify panel and more.

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The Iconfactory search engine is a great tool to help you find whatever you are looking for. We have associated keywords with all of the content available on the site. These keywords span icon sets, desktop pictures, iPulse Jackets, software products, support items, design services projects and even news page postings.

In order to make it easy for you to find what you are looking for, we have built some features into our search engine that allow you to customize your search:

  • car - Finds an exact match for the characters "car"
  • car* - Finds matches that begin with "car". Helpful for searches of singular and plural items (like "car" and "cars")
  • *car - Finds matches that end in "car"

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  • Use specific words: Stay away from common words and search for specific, unique terms like "galactica" or "halloween".
  • Don't use punctuation: Punctuation such as , . / ! ( ) is ignored by the search engine and is treated the same as a space.
  • Try different terms: There are many words to describe content. For example, television or TV. Try several different words and/or combinations, to vary the results.