Icons are graphical representation of applications or software of a computer program. They are thumbnail size photos saved in .ico format. It was first introduced in Windows 1 in 1985 in monochrome. Then the colored icon was introduced in Windows 3.0 in 1990.

How to create your icon?

You can create your own icon. Create a picture and save it in ico format. There are different sizes for icon. They are 16 x 16, 24 x 2432×32, 48×48, and 256×256 pixels which are used according to application. eg.  Favicon is 16 x 16 size.

Remember that the icon should be clearly visible, it’s color should be different from the background color

How to save picture in ico format?

Open the website http://www.icoconverter.com/

Browse the picture which you want to convert in ico format.

Select the size for the icon 16, 32, 48 etc.

Select the color 8 bit or 32 bit and click on “Convert

How to download icons from the website?

Alternatively you can download icons from the internet.

You can download icons from the following website


Save the picture in different sizes and then change them in .ico format

How to change icon?

Right click on an application icon on the desktop and click on properties.

Click on “Change icon” button.

Browse and select the location of the icon.

Click on “OK”.

Then click on “Apply” and “OK

Now the icon for the program or application will be changed.