How do you make a icon (.ico) file have a transparent background. I'm using Visual Studio 2005 to make my windows form project. I have created my icon with a transparent background in Macromedia Fireworks, and saved it as a .gif file. Then I used an online converter to convert it to a .ico file. However, when I load the .ico file to the form window I see a white background. So the result is my icon looks like a white square with my symbol on it. I see icons with transparent backgrounds on windows forms all over the place: IE7 and Visual Studio to name a few have them.....how is it done?