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How do I create an icon in Visual Studio 2005?

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I'm trying to create an icon using Visual Studio 2005 following these instructions http://www.codeproject.com/KB/graphics/HowToIcon.aspx.

I'm not a Visual Studio programmer.  I use Access VBA and PHP.  However it seems pretty straight forward.  I created a Windows Application project then selected Project>Add new item and selected the icon template.  I selected New Image Type and 32x32 and 256 colors.  I drew a squiggle on the icon canvas and saved the icon.  Icon1.ico appears in my project folder.  If I preview it it looks OK, but it doesn't show itself s its icon in the Windows Explorer detail view and it doesn't work as an icon for a shortcut.

Any ideas?  I attached the file as Icon1.txt since this system does not allow .ico extensions.
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There are size issues for a icon. To make a good icon should create Windows icons48 × 48, 32 × 32, 24 × 24, and 16 × 16 pixels versions of same icon in a icon file. Missing one size causes rough icon to be shown.

More info about Creating Windows XP Icons (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms997636.aspx)

The link above gives default color palette used in windows icons and guidelines for icon creation.

I hope it helps.
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Thank you, Valkoturkki.  That was the problem.  And thanks for the link.
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