What is a .ICO File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .ico extension, but you have never seen this extension before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .ico file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .ICO file?

The file extension .ICO stands for Icon File. The creator of this file extension is Microsoft. The format of this file is binary, and it is a system related files.

What to know

There are currently 11 software that can open the .ico file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .ICO file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .ICO file on your operating system/device.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Paint 3D, Axialis IconWorkshop, Inkscape, IvanView, GIMP and IrfanView software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ICO file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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 Microsoft Paint software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .ICO file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .ico file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Preview, Lemkesoft GraphicConverter, Inkscape, GIMP and Snap Converter.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ICO 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .ICO file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .ico file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Inkscape and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .ICO file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

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

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

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

How to open a .ICO file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Drive. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .ICO file?

If you cannot open the .ICO file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .ICO file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .icon – Icon Image File, .iconpackage – Stardock, .iconset – Apple, .icontainer – Panic, .icpr – Aha-Soft. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .ICO file with the Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Paint 3D, Axialis IconWorkshop, Inkscape, IvanView, GIMP, IrfanView programs on Windows, GIMP, Apple Preview, Lemkesoft GraphicConverter, Inkscape, Snap Converter programs on Mac, GIMP, Inkscape software on Linux and Google Drive program in the Browser.