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Icon Tools

PixelToolbox is the complete solution for designing desktop graphics for the Windows.

DIManagerX (last freeware version) is a small, practical tool to quickly save and restore the position of desktop icons.

Rainbow Folders
Rainbow Folders is a unique application that allows you to change color of any icon representing any folder.

ÜberIcon creates a more customizable atmosphere on your desktop by extending Windows to perform new effects when you launch your icons and folders.

The icon converter is a program to create an icon or cursor from all or part of an image. It can also save an icon as an image. The program can handle JPG, PNG, GIF and BMP.

Save and restore the positions of icons. DesktopOK is a small but effective solution for user that have to change the screen resolution often. DesktopOK does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop.

IcoFX is a free icon editor used to create icons with transparency for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Macintosh.

Pixelformer is an advanced icon editor which is designed to give you full control over every pixel of your images.

FolderIcons is an MS Windows customizing tool, that helps you change the icons of your file system's folders. It works by simply adding a desktop.ini file in a folder, then changes the folder's attributes.
FolderIcons automates this process making it very easy to change your folders' iconds, revert them back to original, recursively asign the same icon to a whole folder tree, etc. Compatible with icons in DLLs, EXEs, ICLs and literaly any file that contains icons.

XP Icon Raider
The XP Icon Raider is a simple utility that allows you to replace the existing Windows 95, 98, or ME shell icons with the Windows XP icons.
Local Download (134 kB)

A fully featured icon editor that can handle anything from 1 to 32 bit icons. iICO is an extremely versatile free icon editor for Windows. It is capable of handling both icon and cursor files, plus the semitransparent icons in Windows XP. It can accept input from a wide variety of formats, converting them smoothly to icon size with very little loss of clarity. Many Mintra Systems product icons (including the one for iICO) were made using this program. This is in our opinion one of the best (and certainly the best you can get for free) icon editors currently available on the internet. A full set of help pages is included with the product.

LiquidIcon XP
LiquidIcon XP is an icon editor for creating and editing 16x16, 32x32, and 64x64 icons. It comes with an integrated icon browser for icon extraction, and is capable of creating multi-icon resource files. It supports standard image manipulation functions such as flip, rotate, and reflect, full gray scale, color and gradient palates, transparency support, as well as image effects such as capture, text and buttonize. Note that the application needs MSVBVM60.DLL to run.
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Icon Phile
Icon Phile is a small program for customizing windows's system icons. Using IconPhile you can change the standard Desktop icons (MY Computer, Recycle Bin, Network Neighborhood, etc..), drive icons (Hard drive, Floppy drives, external drives), folder icons (Open and Closed Folders, Printers, DialUp, Tasks.. or any individual folder) and more.
Icon Phile's main feature is document icon customization. Using iconphile you can change the icon for any File Type on your computer. Icon Phile provides a faster and simpler interface for changing these icons. Moreover, Icon Phile lets you change File Type icons by extension. The file list is totally user configurable, making the process of finding the file you want to change faster and much more powerful.
IconPhile's interface fully supports drag and drop, meaning you can drag icon files straight from you computer onto the icon you want to change in IconPhile. Icon Customization has never been faster.
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RealWorld Cursor Editor
RealWorld Cursor Editor can create and edit static and animated Windows cursors. Cursors are created from images using a simple wizard. Images in cursors can be modified by drawing tools such as Lines, Curves, Rectangles, or Ellipses. A drag-and-drop based interface allows users to easily reorder, duplicate, or append frames to animated cursors. Application contains several predefined filters covering color corrections, sharpening, softening, motion blur, and other effects. Selected filters (for example drop shadow) can be applied on multiple images at once.
A windows blue-silver cursor set is bundled with the editor.
The application installer does not require administrator rights and a native 64-bit edition is available as a separate download.

IconTweaker is a free tool to customize Windows icons.
Changing the default icons gives your desktop a personal look and customizing icons of individual drives and folders can make it easier for you to recognize them.
The themes systems let's you apply a set of icons with a single click and allows designers to share their icons with other people. Many themes with beautiful icons are already included and ready to use.
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C'S Wizard Icon
C'S Wizard Icon 1.3.1 (last freeware version) is tool useful for viewing; creating; and editing a variety of file formats including ICO; BMP; WMF; GIF; EXE; DLL; and ICL. It includes tools for pulling (freeform caresses; lines; rectangles; and circles); filling; moving; rotating; painting with any color; and a zoom command that allows you to edit each pixel of the icon. You can see increased and decreased current size versions of the icon you are working with and also scan your PC for icons in .DLL; .EXE; .ICO; .ICL and .BMP files.
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