Sometimes you are working on a project and need access to a high quality version of a Windows 10 application icon, but you can not find one on the internet. Fortunately, a free tool called IconViewer makes it easy to extract a high quality icon from an application̵7;s EXE file. Here’s how.
First, download IconViewer from the developer’s website and install it. It is important to note that IconViewer does not run in a standalone application window. Instead, it adds a special tab to a file’s Properties window that allows you to view and extract an application’s icon of your choice.
For IconViewer to work, you must have direct access to the EXE file for the program you want to extract an icon from. Here’s a quick way to do it: If you have access to a shortcut that points to the application, right-click on it and select Properties. Then click on “Open file location” on the “Shortcut” tab and you will be taken directly to the EXE location in File Explorer.
Otherwise, you can usually find a program’s EXE file in subfolders to
C:Program Files or
C:Program Files (x86).
Once you have found the program’s EXE file, right-click on it and select “Properties”.
Click the “Icons” tab in the Properties window. This is a special tab that only appears if you install the IconViewer tool.
On the Icons tab, you will see a box that shows all the available icons stored in the EXE file. Some icons are stored in several sizes. In Windows 10, the largest available icon is usually listed as “256 × 256, 32-bit (PNG)” on the Icons tab.
Click on the icon you want to extract and select the size of the icon in the “Device Images” box. Then click on the “Save” icon, which looks like a vintage 3.5 ″ floppy disk.
When the “Save As” dialog box appears, select the location where you want to save it, and then enter a file name.
Then select the file format of the extracted icon in the “Save as type” drop-down menu. You can select “Icon (* .ico),” “Bitmap Image (* .bmp)” or “PNG Image (* .png).” To use the icon with another application, select “Icon (* .ico).” If you use the icon in a graphic design project and want to preserve background transparency, select “PNG image (* .png).”
Then click “Save”.
The icon is then extracted and saved to the location you selected. You can close the properties of the EXE file, or extract different icons from the same file. Very handy!