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Is it possible to retrieve an Icon from and ActiveX DLL (I know its possible from an ActiveX EXE, but using the standard methods (see Q185883 on MSDN) using ExtractIcon API I cant get any icons. I have written an ActiveX Dll and specified an icon for it in the project properties page, but ExctactIcon draws a blank.
Anybody succesfully done this in the past, or is VB just conning me by letting me specify an icon for the DLL ?
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by:MTroutwine
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Go to vbAccelerator at http://www.vbaccelerator.com/ do a search on Icon Extractor.  You will find an Icon Extractor utility that will extract Icons from DLLs and EXEs.  It also comes with the source code!
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by:MTroutwine
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You can also just download the file directly from this URL.  By the way this is free the code and application are free!

vbaccelerator.com/codelib/gfx/iconex6.zip

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by:Erick37
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In order to add icons to a DLL, you must add a resource file to the project.  The Resource Editor Add-In will allow you to do this.  Once the resource file is part of the project, add as many icons as you wish.  ExtractIcon() will then work with your DLL.
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by:paulstamp
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The Icon Extractor program will not extract the icon from an ActiveX DLL, however Erick37's suggestion about using a resource file does solve the problem.

Cheers Erick
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olly_george earned 30 total points
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ExtractIcon will work with your DLL if the icons are part of a resource file, added to the project.
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by:paulstamp
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Thanks, although Erick37 also came up with the same solution
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by:Erick37
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That's funny.
Olly got the points.
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by:paulstamp
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Sorry... dont know how to give points except in response to a direct answer. Is there a way of doing that ?
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by:Erick37
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Not a problem.
I think there is an "Accept Comment as Answer" option on the comment bars.  But I think you have to reject any pending answers first.
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