Community Newsletter: Q&A forum: 7/1/05 Creating and storing icons for Internet Explorer Favorites

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) June 30, 2005 11:18 AM PDT

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7/1/05 Creating and storing icons for Internet Explorer Favorites

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 6/30/05 11:18 AM

Many thanks to all those who participated in this week's topic. I encourage all of you who have more tips, software utility recommendations, methods, or questions regarding this topic to post below. The more ideas that we share, the more we can all learn from each other as a community. Take care and have a great weekend! For those in the United States--Happy 4th of July!

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Question:

I've noticed that when I save pages to my IE Favorites,
certain sites have unique icons next to them. This is helpful
for identifying sites, since I have a lot of bookmarks. But
now they are disappearing and being replaced by the standard
IE icon. What is happening? Is there any way to keep the
unique icons that were originally attached? Is it possible to
customize the icon for each bookmark in my Favorites list?

Submitted by: Marc B. of Covington, Indiana



Answer:

The unique icons are stored in the TIF (Temporary Internet Files) cache. When you empty the cache, the unique icons are deleted, and the default IE icon automatically replaces them.

Depending on your version of Windows, and the options selected, the TIF can be emptied by:

1. Rebooting or logging off
2. Clicking Internet Options> General > Delete Files
3. Using third-party software, such as Webroot's Window Washer.

In order to keep the unique icons that were originally attached, you would have to move the icon into a permanent folder:

1. Locate the icon by clicking Start > Find (or Search) > Files > fav*.ico.
2. Copy and paste the icon file to another folder, such as C:\my icons.
3. If you wish, rename the icon file to something meaningful. The extension should remain .ico.
4. Follow the instructions below to point the bookmark to the permanent icon file.

It is possible to customize the icon for any bookmark that you wish:

1. Right-click the bookmark, click Properties > Change Icon
2. Select an Icon from those displayed, or
3. Change the filename to another icon file and select an icon from those displayed, or
4. Click the Browse button, select another icon file, and select an icon from those displayed.
5. Click OK.

There is also a program that will allow you to save the favicons.ico (Favorite Icons) permanently in a different folder and reassociate your favorites with the stored icons:

FavOrg - Restore and Save Favorite Icons (Line 108)
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Submitted by: Carl G.

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