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Can you take an icon from an existing file?

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    Can you take an icon from an existing file?


    Is there any way to take the icon from one file and use it for another? For example, if I create a "File Explorer" shortcut to a PDF file so I can pin it to the taskbar or start screen, I'd like to remove the File Explorer icon from it and use the PDF icon that Adobe Reader uses. But I don't think it's included in the icon files available.

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    Right click on the shortcut->Properties->Change Icon then click on browse. Browse to the folder where the Acrobat Reader is located and select the executable file then click OK
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    The "Change Icon" dialog box won't let me browse in a folder. I can only browse in an "icon file" such as
    C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.dll
    or
    C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
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    Try extracting the .ico you want from acrobat executable.

    Then see if you can browse to it.
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    I assume you mean the C:\Program Files(x86)\Adobe folder? There are almost 200 files in it, including a lot of .dll files. One of them may contain the .ico file, but I can't find it. What do you mean by "extract"?
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    ...the .exe file that starts the program, also has icons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon Drop View Post
    The "Change Icon" dialog box won't let me browse in a folder. I can only browse in an "icon file" such as
    C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.dll
    or
    C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
    With the open dialog, you should be able to browse the following file types: .ico, .dll, .exe, .icl

    The executable of Adobe Reader should be in folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 11.0\Acrobat

    First you have to browse to the folder above and look for a file that has an icon shown and select that file. It can be .dll or ,exe file.
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    Thanks. The icon I wanted was actually a different one. I found it by searching drive C for all .ico files.
    It's called "PDFFile_8.ico" and it's in a folder called
    C:\Windows\Installer\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AB0000000001}
    Maybe the guys at Adobe are trying to make sure nobody will ever find it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon Drop View Post
    Thanks. The icon I wanted was actually a different one. I found it by searching drive C for all .ico files.
    It's called "PDFFile_8.ico" and it's in a folder called
    C:\Windows\Installer\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AB0000000001}
    Maybe the guys at Adobe are trying to make sure nobody will ever find it!

    Here are lots of adobe reader icons---

    https://www.google.com/search?q=PDFF...w=1366&bih=643

    Attached 2 more in zip file.
    icon resource & icon library.
    Used Microangelo to find them.

    See picture--

    Click image for larger version

    They both contain various sizes.
    As long as they are for your own personal use it's ok.
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    Last edited by David Bailey; 12 Jan 2013 at 01:16.
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    Thanks. What I wanted was not the Adobe Acrobat icon, but the PDF File icon. I found it, but I can't attach it here because I can't find any way to convert it to a .png or .jpg or any format that can be attached.
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