How to Convert a PNG to an ICO File

by Ben Lingenfelter

There are several methods that can be used to convert a PNG image file into an ICO image file. If you have commercial software that deals especially with icons, like IconWorkshop, IconFactory, or Microangelo, you could simply open the PNG and convert it, but if not, the easiest way is to use one of the many websites that will convert the image for you with a click of your mouse.

Open your Web browser and go to one of these sites:,, or

Click the "Browse" button, and navigate to the PNG image that you want to convert.

Click "OK" to select the image.

Click "Export" or "Convert" to begin the conversion. It takes about 10-15 seconds for the site to finish the conversion, at which point it gives you a download button or link.

Click "Download" to save the ICO image that has been created. Open it in an image viewer to test its veracity.

About the Author

Ben Lingenfelter is a teacher and writer. A graduate of Calvin College, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and has completed graduate work in leadership. Lingenfelter has taught English, computer applications, Web design and graphic design since 1996.

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