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Posted on 2000-04-07
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how can i get the icon that is associated with a file/file type?

ex: txt files have the icon
 shell32.dll -152

but i dont want that text i want the HICON

NOTE: only windows API please no MFC,OWL,ect..
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Question by:Redlord
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by:jhance
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The 152 is the INDEX of the icon from SHELL32.DLL.

See the ExtractIcon() Windows API function.

HICON ExtractIcon(
  HINSTANCE hInst,          // instance handle
  LPCTSTR lpszExeFileName,  // file name
  UINT nIconIndex           // icon index
);
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by:Redlord
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That would get the icon in the dll (or exe) with a specific index, NOT the icon that is acosiated with the file or file type.

what i want is a function that i can pass: "c:\windows\desktop\mytext.txt" and get back an HICON with the icon that is acosiated with txt files
the function would also have to get the first (index = 0) icon for an exe or dll and whatever icon a lnk file uses
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NickRepin earned 200 total points
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SHGetFileInfo(SHGFI_ICON)
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by:Redlord
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Not very indepth but works for me :)
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