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There is no topic for IE exclusively so I post this here.

When you save web sites in your favorites, sometimes you see an ICON of the web site you saved.

I know there is a setting to turn this on or off but I can't find it.

Anyone know where the setting is?

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Question by:Blashy
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by:GUEEN
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There is no setting that you turn on/off - it comes from the server end as IE will look for an icon named 'favicon.ico'
See below:

The following is extracted from the newsletter of 15seconds.com (see
http:www.15seconds.com)

"TRICK AND TIPS

Usually we focus the editorial on 15 Seconds towards server-side technology
however I find this little tidbit too interesting to overlook.  If you have
looked at your log files lately you might have noticed that there are a lot
of people with failed requests for file called "favicon.ico".  This is very
odd since this graphic isn't referenced by any of your pages.

What is favicon.ico? It is the graphic that Internet Explorer 5.0 uses next
to your link when a user puts your web site into their favorites.  In other
words, when a user adds your web site to their favorites, the browser calls
your web site looking for a file called favicon.ico in the directory that
the link that is being added is in.  If it finds this file, then the
favorite drop-down list will contain the icon that is in favicon.ico and it
will also show up in the address bar.  This means that you can customize the
favorite's drop-down list to make your web site stand apart from the rest.
That is if you can create a .ico file.

.ico files are icon files and you will need an icon editor to create one.
An editor comes with Visual Studio, it can be found in C++ and Visual Basic.
Before you get too excited, you should know that the icon is limited to the
system palette and must be 16x16 pixels.  I always find that the less
pixels, the harder the graphic is to create so I wish you the best of luck.

Once you have the icon created, drop it in every directory on your web site
-- thanks to Microsoft.  Give it a test run by adding the web site you are
in to your favorites using IE 5.0.  If you want to test 15 Seconds icon,
just add us to your favorites.

>Bev
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by:GUEEN
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Then the HTML page itself should include a reference to the icon file in the header:

<head>
<LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://id.mind.net/~robb/favicon.ico">
<TITLE>My Title</TITLE>
</HEAD>
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GUEEN earned 205 total points
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I did a test page for you - go to the link below and save it to your favorites in the links folder (you should see an eyeball now:)
http://id.mind.net/~robb/
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by:Blashy
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Well that was pretty thourough and adding the test link, well I figured I'd add a bonus 100 points (even if it's pretty easy to do, you took the time).

Was sure it was a user setting, maybe in some TweakUI type software I once had...
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by:GUEEN
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Blashy - thank you very much!
In regards to adding a different icon to the links bar - you can do that yourself.  All you do is right-click on the item on the links bar of the icon you would like to change and select --> properties --> then select  change icon.

>Bev
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