I've been Googling changing icons for Java programs in Windows and all I've found is how to change the title-bar icon in a swing program. I've got a desktop shortcut which executes a Java program via javaw.exe and I want to create a new icon for it. I know you can right-click on the shortcut and select "change icon", but it appears that you can only change the icon to another icon found in another .exe file. I want to create my own icon from scratch. This is either dirt simple and I'm missing it or Windows won't let me do it. Ideas anyone?
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I know that on my desktop on my home computer, there's a shortcut which runs a Java program and which displays an icon which I'm pretty sure wasn't in any executable. But I created that shortcut several years ago so I don't remember the details. I'm pretty sure it was dirt simple though. I will have a look when I get home.
Anyway this isn't a Java question ("How do I configure a Windows shortcut to have an icon of my choice") so I'm going to move it to a more suitable forum.
There is a bunch of nice icons to be found in some DLLs, like "%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll"
You can also generate a .ico file yourself. That can be used a a pictogram too.
Free .ico generators and converters are available on the web.
Paul Clapham wrote:I know that on my desktop on my home computer, there's a shortcut which runs a Java program and which displays an icon which I'm pretty sure wasn't in any executable.
Yes, it's as I suspected. The shortcut I was talking about just contains a reference to an ordinary icon file (an image file with extension .ICO). So I guess it is dirt simple after all. Although you do have to have an icon file to point at. I don't believe you can use a GIF or a PNG or anything like that.