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Creating Windows Icons using Paint
 
Q: I want to create some of my own icons for use on my Windows desktop. I know there are some icon editors out there that I can buy, but I don't want to spend any money. All of the "freeware" ones I've downloaded aren't really that good. What do you recommend? > Sissy, Tampa FL
A: Sissy, you have a great icon editor right in Windows, it's called Microsoft Paint. If you look in your accessories folder at Start > All Programs > Accessories you'll see Paint. Now, here's what you have to do. First, click on Image and the Attributes on the menu bar. Set the height and width to 32 pixels each. The picture has now shrunk to the size of an icon image. Zoom in using the Zoom Tool on the toolbar. I recommend zooming in to 8X. You can also turn on the gridlines by clicking on View > Zoom > Show Grid. This makes it easier to edit your icon's pixels (individual dots). You can also click on Show Thumbnail on that same menu to see your image as you're editing it. Now, go ahead and edit your image using the standard Paint tools. If you don't know how to use Paint, we cover it full in our Microsoft Windows 121 course. When you're done, you have to save your image with the .ICO file extension to tell Windows it's an icon file. If you don't know what file extensions, are, we cover those in our Microsoft Windows 120 course.

 

 

 


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