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How can you create a file (.DLL or other) that contains multiple icons that you can call from other program?

The reason I'm asking is I know that Windows 95/98 has files like SHELL32.DLL that contains like 25 icon files that you can use to give generic files unique icons.  I'd like to make my own file that contains many icons like that... kinda like an icon storage bin.

Any suggestions ?

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Add a resource file. Put as many icons in the resource file as you want.
On the microsoft owners site there is a resource add-in for VB 5.
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Mirkwood,

I have no idea where to get it from that HUGE MESS of a web site, Microsoft.com.  Could you please include the URL and I'll look it up and see if it works?   Thanks.

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Mirkwood,

I don't have, and DON'T WANT Visual Basic 6.0 so I can not access that URL that you gave me.  Can you please send me the .HTML page via Email, or copy it's content and send it to me via Email.

Thanks,

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That's a littlebit hard without an email address :-)
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Mirkwood,

I thought I had my Email on Experts-Exchange.  Thought you could click on my name and get my Email, guess you can't.

KevinWilson1997@hotmail.com

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Mirkwood,

Please post that article here for mine, and other's benefit.  It's been a while and I've been waiting on an answer.  I'm going to reject your answer and open it back up for others if you can't post that article here soon.  Please let me know what's up.  Thanks.

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I'm sure I've send the resource editor to you.
How the hell can I post a resource editor here. It's not a article it's an add-in for VB.
BTW: If you have a legal license of VB you can just enter the premium site.
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Mirkwood,

I got the resource editor, and I see how to add icons to it.  As far as I can tell, it adds the icons, bitmaps, pictures, whatever to it and saves as a .RES file.  Can Windows 95/98 look inside of that to change the icon of say a ShortCut ?  That's really what I need.  

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Add the resource file to your project. Resource files are the way that icons are stored in a DLL
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Mirkwood,

Thank you very much for helping me on this!  I finally got it.  I had to create an ActiveX .DLL file, use the resource editor to drop Icon files into... it in return created a .RES file and when I compiled the .DLL file, it gave me exactly what I wanted.  Thanks for taking to time to explain how it works.

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