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A favicon.ico file is a small graphic file (16 pixels by 16 pixels and usually under 1k) that you place on the root directory of your web site. When a visitor bookmarks your site in their favorites list their browser looks for a favicon.ico file on the web site's root directory. If the visitors browser finds an icon file it will load it and use the icon graphic at the beginning of the that web site's URL in the browsers address bar and in the list of favorites instead of the browser default icon.

You cannot just take a gif or jpeg image and make it 16 x 16 pixels and save it with the *.ico extension. You need to create it in a graphic editor that is set up to save files in the icon format or use a program like IrfanView to convert your gif or jpg to the ICO format.

When you bookmark this site you will see the favicon that was made for the GotFusion site.

I will not go into the exact details of how to make a favicon.ico icon image but list several sites where you can find icon editors and information about icons, why they are not permanent, which browsers they work with, and how browsers deal with them, etc.


General icon information sites:

http://www.favicon.com/

http://www.uuism.net/uuwiki/index.php/Icon_Support

http://wdvl.internet.com/Authoring/Design/Images/Favicon/index.html

http://www.egovision.com/htmlresources/articles/favicon.html

http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol3/server_no1.htm

http://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/favicon.shtml

http://www.howstuffworks.com/question496.htm

http://www.chami.com/tips/internet/110599I.html

http://hshelp.com/favicon.html


Commercial Icon editing programs:

Icon Forge - they have a 30 day trial version for download..... take a look

Use IrfanView to create a favicon or to convert a gif into the ico format to use as a favicon

GoldIcon is a free incon editing program that works very well

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