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If you have any other questions about icons or problems that aren't answered here don't email me, I don't know.

Using/changing icons on your PC
Using my icons on your web site, in your software, in a theme etc.
MobyDock, Y'z Dock etc.
PNG files
Converting icons to PNG files/PNG files to icons
Problems downloading & viewing images on this site
Using the icons on Win98/Me/Nt/2000 etc.

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Using icons on your PC (Windows XP)

All icons at 48x48 & larger:
You can display you’re Icons at 48x48 by right clicking on the desktop & selecting Properties, Appearance, Effects & select Use large Icons.
To see how to display your icons at 128x128 (& other larger sizes) check out this page. Don't send any questions about using them at sizes larger than 48x48. I don't know anything about it.

Changing Icons:
Here's some tips for if you've downloaded some icons & don't know what to do with them or how to change the existing icons of folders, drives, software etc.
You can also use software to change your icons such as IconWorkshop, IconPackager or Microangelo.

Desktop Icons:
To change the My Computer, My Documents, Recycle Bins etc. manually.
Right click on the desktop & select Properties . Click on the Desktop tab & click on Customise Desktop . Click on the icon you want to change & then browse to the new icon you want to change it to.

Shortcuts:
Creating a shortcut to a folder, drive, software etc. is one of the easiest ways to change the icon. Create a shortcut, right click on it & go to Properties, make sure your on the Shortcut tab then select Change Icon & then browse to wherever you have the new icons on your PC. Select the one you want & click on OK, then OK again.

Folders:
You can change most folder icons by right clicking on the one you want to change & clicking on Properties, go to the Customise tab then select Change Icon & then browse to wherever you have the new icons on your PC. Select the one you want & click on OK, then OK again.
To change any other folder that won't allow you to change it in the normal way you can use software like IconWorkshop, IconPackager or Microangelo.

File Types:
To change icon file types (e.g. wav, mp3, gif, jpg) you can do it in windows without using any other software. You can also do it with software. The advantage of using software in that you can save the changes you make as a theme.
To change file types in windows open a folder (any folder) & on the menu at the top select Tools, Folder Options & select the File Types tab. Select the file type you want to change (e.g. mp3) & click on Advanced then Change Icon. Then browse to wherever you have the new icons on your PC. Select the one you want & click on OK, then OK again.
You can also use IconPackager or Icon Phile to change the file type icons & save the changes as themes.

Drives:
You can change floppy drive, hard drive, CD drive icons using IconPackager. If you have SP1 for Windows XP installed you can use IconWorkshop. Using IconWorkshop you can change the icon more than 1 hard drive, it doesn't change the icon of every hard drive on your PC. For example, if you call one hard drive a backup drive you could just change the icon of that hard drive to the backup hard drive icon.

Start Menu & Others:
Use IconWorkshop, IconPackager , or Icon Phile to change those.

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PNG files:
PNG files are image files used in the dock programs such as MobyDock , Y'z Dock , Object Dock etc.
The dock programs can now use icons as well as PNGs, so I don't make PNGs as well as the icons (as I used to).


Converting icons to PNG files/PNG files to icons:
If you prefer to use PNGs you can convert any icon to PNG format using IconWorkshop.
(With IconWorkshop Corporate Edition you can batch convert whole folders full of icons/PNGs. You can only do this one by one with the Personal Edition).
You are free to convert my icons to PNG format for yourself but you are not allowed to redistribute those PNG files without my permission.

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