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Creating a favicon for Internet Explorer 5 and above
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    2003-08-09

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    Creating a favicon

    This tutorial will teach you how to create a favicon. Favicons are small icons that you can use instead of default favourite icons. When someone adds your site to their favourites your icon will appear next to it.

    Example of stickysauce`s favicon in a browsers address bar.

    See how it works below.

    This is what a user who adds your site in their favourites will see.

    To create your favicon you will need a image editing tool such as adobe photoshop paintshop or similar. Lets pretend were working with adobe photoshop. To start go to file new in adobes tool bar.

    Your new image should be 16 X 16 pixels and transparent, name your new file favicon like the example shown below.

    Now you have to create your own design, try to keep the design visually appealing and understandable, look at our favicon below.


    Notice how you immediatley recognise it as a tick, where as the favicon below we cant make out what it is meant to be.

    When your finally happy with your design you should then save your file as favicon.ico
    If your image editor does not support this .ico format, dont worry simply save your image as gif or a bmp image.

    To convert your gifs or bmp files to .ico you will need a editing tool such as Icon Maker from Irfanview, its a free program and only takes five minutes to download.
    Another great free resource is ICO Lab, they have a easy to use online icon creator, you can create an icon and have it e-mailed to you.
    Alternativley do a search on download.com for icon editing.

    Now you finally have your favicon.ico you will want to save it into your root directory usually where index or your home page is, its also advised to save it in all your folders containing html pages.

    Once you have uploaded your favicon to your root folder give it a test, dont worry if its not there as you will probably need to delete the favourite listing and add it again before you can view your own Favicon. Either refresh your browser window or open a new one and hey presto your favicon should now be visible.

    All the best Irv webmaster@stickysauce.com

     

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