Quick Any2Ico: Create icon from image; extract image from icon

Quick Any2Ico is a tiny portable freeware that lets you create ICO icon files for your programs, websites or for any other purposes, as well as extract images from icon resource files. It works very efficiently and is completely customizable. It features both command line as well graphical user interface and it can even automatically set your image according to a square icon file.

Quick Any2Ico Icon creator & converter

Quick Any2Ico Review

There are two options given in the program

  1. Convert From Any File or Folder
  2. Extract from Any File or Folder

The first one means it will create an icon file from any specified graphic image file. The second option means it will extract images or icons from a given DLL file.

Create icon from image file

First of all, you need to select the source image, you can either choose it from your computer or extract it from some binary resource. Remember if you are extracting from a binary source, you need to enter the icon index.

The second step is about choosing the destination file and format. You can save the file in ICO as well as PNG format. Both the formats are converted very efficiently and properly.

In the third step, you need to choose the size and some other options. You can save the ICO file in following different sizes:

  • 16×16
  • 24×24
  • 32×32
  • 48×48
  • 64×64
  • 72×72
  • 96×96
  • 128×128
  • 256×256
  • 512×512

But if you are saving it as PNG, then the largest size will  automatically be saved. Quick Any2Ico offers PNG compression of larger formats in order to decrease the size of the ICO files. You can enable this option while conversion in order to generate ICO files of least possible size.

Then comes the basic automatic editing done by the program. If your selected image is not properly squared (icons are always square), the program can automatically square them before conversion.

Under this feature you get three options:

  1. Centre: The selected file would be centred and then converted.
  2. Crop: Selected file would be cropped to a square and there is a tendency that you may lose some part of the image.
  3. Stretch: The image would be stretched to a square without losing any part of it.

Once you’ve chosen all these settings, you need to hit the ‘Convert It’ button and in a fraction of second the ICO file will be saved to the chosen location. The program is very easy to use and operate. The UI is very simple to understand and all the features are placed perfectly into it. You can even use the program from command line, you can know the commands from the program website.

Extract images or icons from DLL file

As mentioned earlier, his tool can help you in extracting icons from a DLL file. You can do one of the two following things:

  1. Create individual icon files for all files contained in a DLL file (this would be a waste of time as you can select the icon by right clicking a folder whose icon you want to change, selecting properties, and then selecting Change Icon.)
  2. Create image files in PNG format for the icon you select in the DLL file.

Overall, the software is useful and it was more than I expected in 230 KBs. The minor automation feature makes the process of making icons a breeze.

Click here to download Quick Any2Ico.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.