Sometimes you’re working on a project and need access to a high quality version of a Windows 10 application icon, but you can’t find one on the internet. Fortunately, a free utility called IconViewer makes it easy to extract a high quality icon from an application̵
First, download and install IconViewer from the developer’s website. It is important to note that IconViewer does not run in a separate program window. Instead, a special tab is added to a file’s properties sheet that allows you to view and extract the icon of a program of your choice.
In order for IconViewer to work, you must have direct access to the exe file of the application from which you want to extract an icon. Here’s a quick way to do it: if you have access to a shortcut that points to the application, right-click it and choose Properties. Then click Open File Location on the Shortcut tab and you will be taken directly to the location of the EXE file in File Explorer.
Otherwise, an application’s .exe file can usually be found in subfolders of
C:Program Files or
C:Program Files (x86).
When you find the application’s exe file, right-click it and choose Properties.
In the Properties window, click the Symbols tab. This is a special tab that only appears when you install the IconViewer utility.
On the Symbols tab, you will see a box with all available symbols that are saved in the EXE file. Some symbols are saved in multiple sizes. In Windows 10, the largest available icon is usually listed as “256 × 256, 32-bit (PNG)” on the “Icons” tab.
Click the icon you want to extract and select the size of the icon in the Device Images field. Then click the Save icon, which looks like a 3.5-inch floppy disk.
When the “Save As” dialog box appears, select the location where you want to save it and enter a file name.
Next, choose the file format of the extracted symbol from the Files of Type drop-down menu. You can choose between “Symbol (* .ico)”, “Bitmap image (* .bmp)” or “PNG image (* .png)”. If you want to use the symbol with another program, select “Symbol (* .ico)”. If you’re using the icon in a graphic design project and want to keep the background transparency, select PNG Image (* .png).
Then click on “Save”.
After that, the icon will be extracted and saved in the location you selected. You can close the properties window of the EXE file or extract different symbols from the same file. Very convenient!