Now and then you see the icon in the Internet Explorer
address bar change from icon like this to something else like this
This normally happens when you place a site into Favorites. Ever wonder how this happens?
Create a Web site icon
| Win, Mac
4 or higher
Follow these steps to assign an icon to a web site:
There is a another less-used method that allows you to assign an icon to a page. It requires IE 5.0 or
Konqueror for KDE 2.1 (yep, out of all browsers this would be the one that you would expect not to support a MS-proprietary feature). This icon
should be 16x16 or IE really will ignore it. Simply include the following inside your web page:
- Create a standard windows icon 16x16. If you have to have 32x32 - that will work too (even though
documentation says it won't), but 16x16 is better since this is how Internet Explorer displays them by default.
Basically, if you use a 32x32 icon, IE will have to scale them down, thereby losing resolution.
- Rename this icon to favicon.ico
- Copy favicon.ico to the root of your web site.
- Test this by placing www.vbrad.com on your Favorites list.
- Note: the website must be on your Favorites list for the icon to show up. It will not show up if you are just casually browsing the site.
<LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.vbrad.com/pageicon.ico">
Thanks to Dale Sampson
for pointing out the second method.
Update (11/18/2002). The second method has now become the actual preffered way of
displaying the page/site icon, even though it still is not supported by the dominant IE browser.
Browsing the major sites (even some microsoft ones) with a supported browser like Mozilla will prove showcase this.
Below is a partial list of browsers supporting the second method:
- Mozilla 1.0 or higher
- Phoenix (all versions)
- Opera 7.0 or higher
- Konqueror 2.0 or higher