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ICO Converter

What is an ICO Converter Tool - A Comprehensive Guide

ICO converter is a simple online tool that converts an image like PNG, WEBP, SVG or JPG to ICO or Icon which is mostly used as a website favicon or for Windows applications.

ICO is an image file format that can contain image icons. As well as ICO is used in Microsoft Windows Operating systems to contain the icon files. It typically contains bitmap images. Moreover, ICO files are used on websites as a favicon, which supports 24-bit colour images.

 

What is an ICO file?

ICO files contain pixel-based images with up to 256 x 256 pixels, 24-bit colour, and 8-bit transparency. ICO files offer a convenient place to store and scale the images needed to display the icons so that Windows users can associate an image with an application.

 

How to Convert a File or Image to ICO file Step by Step by MiniTools.me?

To do this,

  1. Open the "ICO Converter" tool.
  2. Just click on the "choose file." 
  3. Choose your "file or image" from your PC.
  4. After that, click "open" or "upload the file."
  5. Then select/choose your ICO/file size by a minimum of 16x16 or a maximum of 256x256.
  6. Afterwards, click on the "convert button."
  7. Boom!💥 your "ICO file" is ready.
  8. Now click on the "download file button."
  9. Choose a location on your computer and store your ICO file. 

 

What is an Icon?

An icon is a file format that usually contains a small image icon of different resolutions (16x16, 32x32, 64x64 pixels) and various colour depths (16 colours, 32, 64, 128, 256, 16-bit, and so on). They are used to display files and folders in the graphical user interface (GUI) operating systems. You can open this format with the help of the ACDSee program.

 

How to Convert a File or Image to an ICO file by General Online Tools?

Most online converters use the same process to convert any image to ICO. 

Steps followed by,

  1. Browse and select the image you want to convert to a compatible Windows icon file.
  2. Drag and drop the image file.
  3. Paste the image from the clipboard (Ctrl-V or ⌘-V).

 

How to have a transparent icon background?

If you want to create an icon with a transparent background, then the selected image must be in PNG, WEBP, or SVG format and have some transparent backgrounds before converting.

 

Which sizes does an ICO have or support?

However, it is recommended to select all the standard icon sizes.

Moreover, you can choose or reduce the file size of the ICO file however you like it. But usually, the following icon resolutions are common and used by the majority in most of the scenarios: 

  • 16x16, 
  • 24x24, 
  • 32x32, 
  • 48x48, 
  • 64x64, 
  • 96x96, 
  • 128x128, 
  • 192x192, and 
  • 256x256.

 

What types of file conversions are currently supported?

These are the most used and standard files that are currently supported by ICO converter.

  • PNG to ICO 
  • JPEG to ICO 
  • WEBP to ICO 
  • SVG to ICO
  • HEIC to ICO 
  • BMP to ICO 
  • GIF to ICO 
  • TIFF to ICO

You can create an ICO from various file source formats with MiniTools online ICO converter. The maximum size for the ICO format is 256 pixels. So first, you need to select the file size before converting the image or file.

However, if you want to create a favicon.ico, you only have to set your desired size or by a minimum of 16x16 pixels with the MiniTools ICO converter.

MiniTools ICO converter currently supports the following sizes to convert your image to ICO. such as, 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64, 96x96, 128x128, 192x192, and 256x256.

 

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