How to Make Picture Icons


Even though picture icons are often used as graphic symbols to identify software, they can also help you further personalize your computer. Use them as symbols to quickly identify contents without the need for lengthy descriptive text. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to take a .JPEG picture file and then convert it over to the .ICO, icon extension file type.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Paint software, version 5.1 or later
  • Microsoft Windows XP or Vista
  • Open Microsoft Paint and go to the toolbar menu and click "File" and then choose "Open."

  • Use the drop-down menu beside the "Look in" file directory drop-down list box to locate the picture you would like to convert into an icon. Next, click "Open."

  • Go to the toolbar menu and select "File" and then choose "Save As."

  • Go to the "File Name" drop-down list box and name the file and give it an ".ICO" extension. (NOTE: You must actually type in ".ICO" at the end of the file name.)

  • Go to the "Save As Type" and select ".JPEG" file type and then press "Save." (NOTE: Even though the file type is saved as ".JPEG", the icon conversion process will be activated.)

  • Verify the success of the conversion by choosing "File" from the toolbar menu.

  • Select "Open" and then go to the "File As Type" drop-down list box and select the ".ICO" extension file type.

Tips & Warnings

  • Due to the small size inherent to icons, keep the original picture selected for conversion simple in its complexity. For example, a picture of a single object or simple shapes works better than a collage. Focus on creating icons that are crisp and clear.


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