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Some time ago you recommended a means of extracting a file's icon with SHGetFileInfo.  Can you recommend a means of extracting an file's icon simply based on it's file extension.  Since I am creating an FTP client program and using a treeview and listview control, I would like to represent the remote files with their corresponding images and cannot use SHGetFileInfo for this task.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks, John
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You can maintain an image list that has icons for the files that you want to support.  However, there are a lot of file extension combinations out there.  Also, you will not be able to show the individual icons for executable programs, normally the program's icon.
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hozempa,

I'm sorry because of my late response.

zsi is correct, it is better to create an image list for the supported extensions and it is usually a binary file icon and a text file icon. And regarding SHGetFileInfo it won't work because it's require the file to be exist in the client machine to be able to extract the icon. And in your case you just have the name of the file so you need to download the whole file first in order to use this function which is not practical.

Anyway if you need any further information, check the article Q175179 at http://support.microsoft.com 


Best regards
Bin Huwairib
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Bin Huwairib, thanks for the information.  I didn't think there was a way to do it aside from transferring the files onto the local system.   Still, I appreciate the response.  If you would still like the points, please send any answer to this question.
Thanks, hozempa
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hozempa,

I will be glad if you give the points to szi because he had respond before me, beside my comment was not so far from his that's why he deserve it.

zsi, please lock the question to get the points.


Best regards
Bin Huwairib
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That's fine with me, if it's agreeable with you.  Zsi, please post any response and I'll award you the points.
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Of course, this question *was* directed to Bin.  I was just adding a comment.  Didn't mean to snag the points from ya, Bin. :)
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