ICON File Extension

ICON file icon
Icon Image Format

What is ICON file?

Full format name of files that use ICON extension is Icon Image Format. ICON file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Linux, Mac OS, Windows system platform. ICON file belongs to the Raster Image Files category just like 363 other filename extensions listed in our database. IconoMaker supports ICON files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 11 other tools may also be used.

Programs which support ICON file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support ICON files. Files with ICON suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with ICON extension?

Being unable to open files with ICON extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with ICON files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the IconoMaker

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening ICON files is that no program that can handle ICON files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install IconoMaker or one to the listed programs: Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Perfect Icon. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download IconoMaker installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of IconoMaker and update if needed

If the problems with opening ICON files still occur even after installing IconoMaker, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of IconoMaker is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of IconoMaker installed, it may not support ICON format. The latest version of IconoMaker should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Icon Image Format files with IconoMaker

After installing IconoMaker (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open ICON files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the ICON with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where IconoMaker is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open ICON files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected ICON file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with ICON extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the ICON is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the ICON file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the ICON file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the ICON is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the ICON file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the ICON file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with ICON extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the ICON file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with ICON extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open IconoMaker

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with ICON extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Icon Image Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the ICON files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a ICON file

File Conversions from ICON extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to ICON file
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