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Hello all,

Just a rather embarrasing question I have to get answered. How in the world do you get a little custom icon to show up in the address bar? I know Paul's got one and, though I fear it's vanity, I confess I want one too... /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

Got through some really good posts tonight...way over my head...

God bless you - Doug

New Brothers Fellowship

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you know what...i have always

you know what...
i have always wondered about that too...but never bothered doing the research...i'm sure i'll look up that somewhere...but it's doubtful that i'll find the answer before Paul gets his answer here.
You're talking about the one's that replace the "E" ...or if you bookmarked the page it shows up in your favorites list too...
is that the one?

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Yes, that's the one...I

Yes, that's the one...I confess I didn't really try to find an answer either...I suppose I should have, but I'm trying to boost my posting numbers... /baaasmiley.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":baa:" border="0" alt="baaasmiley.gif" />

New Brothers Fellowship

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ok..i figured it out....you

ok..
i figured it out....

you put this in your Header:

<LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.your-domain.com/image.ico">

replace "your-domain" "image" respectively.

If you're unsure on how to make an .ico file...you might be able to just make a .bmp file and then upload it...then rename it....
but i am unsure...

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Well...that makes perfect

Well...that makes perfect sense. Very nice...thanks, Dustin.

That's cool...not something to try at home, but I'm gonna build the .ico tomorrow and check it out. I suppose the challenge now, is to build an aesthetically pleasing icon that small...hmmm.

Thanks again Dustin. God bless you....it's 2am man...gotta go to bed.

- Doug

New Brothers Fellowship

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dgregan @ Sep 9 2003,
QUOTE(dgregan @ Sep 9 2003, 08:59 AM)
That's cool...not something to try at home, but I'm gonna build the .ico tomorrow and check it out. I suppose the challenge now, is to build an aesthetically pleasing icon that small...hmmm.

I'm not 100% sure, but it either has to be 16x16 or 32x32. You'll just have to expariment (or look ip up on the net), but there is a size limit. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

I asked this same question a few months back -- I just haven't gotten around to adding on to my site yet!! LOL Actually last Friday I tried to make a 16x16 with the continent of Africa (for an Christian mission in Africa) -- but somehow at 16x16, entire countries were smuged away. hehe)

Good luck! I'll be interested to see what you come up with /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
-Luke

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iLuke

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Hi DougHow did I do it?

Hi Doug

How did I do it? well, for IE, all you need to do is put an icon called favicon.ico in the root directory of your site. I actually did it to prevent me getting 404 errors in my logs!

Paul Davey
Whitford Church
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified

Joined: 11/28/2008
Here is a nifty little

Here is a nifty little resource site for you folks:

http://www.favicon.com/

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Thanks, everyone for that

Thanks, everyone for that info...good stuff. I just quickly did a search and found this that was pertinent to me relative to the Mac.

Favicons on a Mac.

Hopefully I'll get a chance soon to give this a whirl.

Thanks all and God bless you - Doug

New Brothers Fellowship

Joined: 11/28/2008
great thread guys. I've

great thread guys. I've wondered about this myself. Something to look into.

"I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am." - John Newton (1725-1807)

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yea...this was on that

yea...
this was on that page...

QUOTE
Isn't an ICO file just a renamed BMP?
NO. Although some people have said an ico is a BMP, this is not true. Think of an ICO file as a repository of BMP images. It has its own format. If you have a 16x16 bmp you want to convert, use a program designed for the creation of favicons, or hire us to do it for you!

this proves my theory wrong..
now all we need is a program that converts it for you...also your host needs to allow .ico file exts. most likely it probably does....but that might be one factor if you've done everything and it still doesn't work...

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polvero @ Sep 9 2003,
QUOTE(polvero @ Sep 9 2003, 01:11 PM)
yea...
this was on that page...
QUOTE
Isn't an ICO file just a renamed BMP?
NO. Although some people have said an ico is a BMP, this is not true. Think of an ICO file as a repository of BMP images. It has its own format. If you have a 16x16 bmp you want to convert, use a program designed for the creation of favicons, or hire us to do it for you!

this proves my theory wrong..
now all we need is a program that converts it for you...also your host needs to allow .ico file exts. most likely it probably does....but that might be one factor if you've done everything and it still doesn't work...

Check out http://www.irfanview.com

I LOVE THAT LITTLE APP!

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ok i got it...!!!make it in a

ok i got it...!!!

make it in a Bitmap format. make sure it's 16x16
then you'll need this program to convert it called Irfanview

open up your .bmp icon with the Irfanview program, and choose "Save As" from the file menu.
save it as .ico
I think that should get you set...
make sure you reset your internet options....clearing cookies, delete files & offline content, and clear your history....
You might even need to restart your computer...i don't know....
but i'm sure this should work.
Post again if there are any problems.

I found most of this info here.

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One thing to add is that you

One thing to add is that you should use a fairly low color depth

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Favicon Followup:Well...I got

Favicon Followup:

Well...I got mine made and unfortunately, in Safari anyway, it is not clean. This kind of stuff just makes me nuts. /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" /> I followed all steps (at the link I posted earlier for Macs) and I know the color depth and file format are right...

If anyone has a second, could you let me know how it looks for you?

http://www.livingartsministries.org

Thanks - Doug

New Brothers Fellowship

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Doug,I got it to clean up a

Doug,

I got it to clean up a bit through some file conversions via Irfanview.

How does this work out on your end?

(old link)

I always have the same trouble as you were having but have learned how to get around it (somtimes)

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Well...I'll be...

Well...I'll be... /specool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":specool:" border="0" alt="specool.gif" />

So...I gotta know...can you tell me what conversions you went through to get there? I used Graphic Converter on the Mac, which is supposed to handle everything...

Anyway, maybe I would be able to replicate your process with what I have, since I don't have access to the other.

Very nice of you to take the time to fix that up. I really appreciate it.
God bless you - Doug

New Brothers Fellowship

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Oh my, lets see...I make it

Oh my, lets see...

I make it in Paint and save as a .bmp

I open it with Irfanview and save as .gif

I close Irfanview.

I open the .gif with Irfanview and save as .ico

I close Irfanview.

All is (usually) good.

I don't know why, but that's the way it goes.

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Ah Ha! - The old

Ah Ha! - The old "change-it-to-a-gif-before-you-make-it-an-ico" trick...I should have known...

/tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":lol:" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

You're the best! - Doug

New Brothers Fellowship

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you did it the hard waycreate

you did it the hard way
create the .bmp with paint or photoshop (PS preferable)
then open up Infr....and convert to .ico...
no need for the .gif middle man...
you wasted your time.
I promise...i just tried it and it worx the way I explained.

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Dustin,I understand that is

Dustin,

I understand that is the way it is supposed to work. However, it doesn't always end up that way. It often get's "dirty" in the conversion from BMP to ICO. That is exactly what happened to Doug--there were little white spots all over the icon. I performed the exact procedure above on it and cleaned it right up.

I don't know why, but it's the truth.

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Just yesterday I was reminded

Just yesterday I was reminded of another program you can use to make icons - free as well. It's called Icon Studio and you can download it here:

http://www.html-helper.com/

It allows you to put different sized icons in one file.

Paul Davey
Whitford Church
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified

Joined: 11/28/2008
bobbymac @ Sep 13 2003,
QUOTE(bobbymac @ Sep 13 2003, 01:29 AM)
It allows you to put different sized icons in one file.

Yes! Very cool. That's exactly what an icon file is--several versions of the same image for use in different places through out a GUI.

Thanks for that link!