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Changing Bookmark Icon

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I have noticed that some of the pages I bookmark (Favorites in IE, which I use) The icons have changed from the regular IE-html icon to whatever.
How do you do that?

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 You have to make an icon, graphic format is .ico, there are several programmes you can use to do this, the best is MicroAngelo, can download a 30 day trial...

  What you have to do is name the file you create, favicon.ico and put it in the root folder of your website...

  IE 5 will look for the file named "favicon.ico" in the root of a site, whenever you try to bookmark that site... (it may do it at other times to?)  ...and if it finds it, it will download it and save it as part of your favoutrites information...

  IMPORTANT POINT... this quiality of the icon will depend on the users screen resolution, so I recommend that the .ico file contains 3 copies of your logo...

16x16 pixels
32x32 pixels
48x48 pixels

  This will cover almost all of your visitors  :o)

  Hope this helps
  Regards
  Me


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N.B.

The file MUST be named:

  favicon.ico

anything else will not work  :o)


Regards
JavaBloggs...

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Since I have not used this before I am unsure if it is correct, but an article I was reading suggesting putting the icon in all folders on your directory.   Apparently some servers can find it in the root folder occasionally.

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 Well its IE that does the looking... im not sure how far back it looks though!

  You could put it in every folder though I have put it in the root on other sites and it works fine...

  see for example:

  http://www.mercedes-benz.co.uk/

  The entry page of the mercedes site is actually:

  http://www.mercedes-benz.co.uk/mbuk/index.html

which is one level up, it still finds the favicon though! I have never trsted how far down it will go to find it, but I assume it will just look in the root and only the root... put it to the test, if you find anything interesting ide love to know...

 
 
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Thanks for the expanded info, I looked this am in the book where i thought this was mentioned, but to no avail.

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Are you sure I dont have to add a javascript or something? I have tried just uploading favicon.ico to every folder and it just isnt working.
Does it also depend on the server you are using? www.webresumes.cx


 
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I have tried what was sugested and it did not seem to work.
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Well some searching gave me the following info:
1) favicon.ico must be 16x16 only otherwise IE will ignore it.
2) place it in root directory, no specfic server requirements
3) Can link to a graphic not named favicon.ico by including this statement in the head section, above the title:
   <LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.mydomain.com/mygraphic.ico">

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