Posts Tagged: icofx

31Windows Icons: Full list with details, locations & images

Good quality icons and images, especially ones with an alpha transparency can be time consuming to make, and are often also hard to find.  One source of lots of high quality icons in a range of sizes is Windows.  Windows 7 includes lots of icons which can be useful as the majority are available in sizes from 16×16 up to 256×256, and come with alpha transparency.  You may have noticed that we use some on our downloads page – they’re handy to quickly indicate file type. Windows stores most of its icons inside exe and dll files which makes them inaccessible to standard image manipulation applications like Photoshop.  However, once they have been located they can easily be extracted with the freeware utility IcoFX. Tracking some of them down seems to be the trickier part. Below is a quick reference for the locations of many of the icons available on Windows 7. I will periodically add more details and any extra icon libraries I discover to this list.
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0IcoFX LogoExcellent free icon utility

Just a very quick post to recommend the utility IcoFX.  In a nutshell IcoFX is a free icon extractor and editor.  I was impressed with it because the other free icon editors I tried were unable to support full alpha transparency, Windows 7 x64, or 256 x 256 icons.  IcoFX worked flawlessly in all respects.