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Why do the Address bar icons for popular websites (yahoo, Citibank, New York University) display when I use Netscape, but not when I use Internet Explorer?  Is this a setting that needs to be changed?
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by:Barthax
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With IE, it only appears to use the icon image if you have accessed the page through your Favorites... otherwise, it's lazy. :)
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even when I do that, no icon.  
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IE relies on the favicon.ico to reside at the root of the web server.

Yahoo has this:
http://www.yahoo.com/favicon.ico

NY Uni and Citibank produce a 404:
http://www.nyu.edu/favicon.ico
http://www.citibank.com/favicon.ico

IE doesn't support the meta tag for linking to a shortcut icon, so it won't show NYU's icon as other browsers do.  NYU's homepage has the tag near the top:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/v45/images/favicon.gif" type="image/x-icon" />

As for Citibank, I can't get an icon for it in IE or Firefox (don't have Netscape).  You should be getting an icon for Yahoo! (in the end).
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Here on EE, the pages have the link and also the favicon.ico exists at the root... Bookmarking any page will then force IE to download the favicon.ico - it doesn't bother until the bookmark is looked at through the Favourites menu. :(
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