What is a .ICL File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Guide)


Have you came across a file with the .icl extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. In this article we will explain what .icl file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .ICL file?

The .ICL file extension is Windows Icon Library File. It was developed by Microsoft. The file has the binary format, and it is a system related files.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .icl file on 1 platform.

How to open a .ICL file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .ICL file on various operating systems.

How to open a .ICL file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .icl file on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Aha-Soft IconUtils software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Microsoft Windows, Axialis IconWorkshop, Impact Microangelo Toolset and Aha-Soft IconUtils software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ICL file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Aha-Soft IconUtils software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .ICL file?

If you are still unable to open the .ICL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .ICL file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .icm – Image Color Matching Profile, .icma – Adobe Systems, .icml – Adobe Systems, .icmod – Zheka Smirnov, .icmt – Adobe Systems. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .ICL file with the Aha-Soft IconUtils, Microsoft Windows, Axialis IconWorkshop, Impact Microangelo Toolset programs on Windows.