Sometimes you’re working on a project and need access to high-quality versions of the Windows 10 app icons, but you can’t find them on the internet. Luckily, a free utility called IconViewer makes it easy to extract high-quality icons from the app’s EXE file. Here’s how.
First, download IconViewer from the developer’s website and install it. It is important to note that IconViewer does not run in a standalone program window. Instead, it adds a special tab to the file’s Properties window that lets you view and extract the icon of your program of choice.
For IconViewer to work, you need to have direct access to the EXE file of the app you want to extract the icon from. Here’s a quick way to do it: If you have access to a shortcut leading to an application, right-click it and select “Properties.” Then click “Open File Location” in the “Shortcuts” tab, and you will be taken directly to the EXE location in File Explorer.
Otherwise, you can usually find the application’s EXE file in the C: \ Program Files or C: \ Program Files (x86) sub-folder.
Once you find the application’s EXE file, right-click it and select “Properties.”
In the Properties window, click the “Icons” tab. This is a special tab that only appears if you install the IconViewer utility.
In the Icons tab, you will see a box listing all the available icons saved in the EXE file. Several icons will be saved in various sizes. In Windows 10, the largest icon available is usually listed as “256 × 256, 32-bit (PNG)” in the Icons tab.
Click the icon you want to extract, and select the icon size in the “Device image” box. Then click the “Save” icon, which looks like an antique 3.5-inch floppy disk.
When the “Save As” dialog appears, select the location where you want to save it, then type a file name.
Next, select the extracted icon file format in the “Save As Type” drop-down menu. You can select “Icon (* .ico)”, “Bitmap Image (* .bmp),” or “PNG Image (* .png)”. If you will be using the icon with another program, select “Icons (* .ico).” If you are going to use the icon in a graphic design project and want to keep the background transparent, select “PNG Image (* .png)”.
Then click “Save”.