What is a .ICON File And How To Open It (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .icon extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .icon file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .ICON file?

The file extension .ICON stands for Icon Image File. The file is a raster related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .icon file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .ICON file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Adobe Photoshop and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ICON 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 right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

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”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .ICON file on Mac

The .icon file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Adobe Photoshop and GIMP software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ICON 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

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

How to open a .ICON file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .icon 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: GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .ICON 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .ICON file?

If you cannot open the .ICON file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .ICON file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .iconpackage – Stardock, .iconset – Apple, .icontainer – Panic, .icpr – Aha-Soft, .icr – Bolide Software. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .ICON file with the GIMP, Adobe Photoshop programs on Windows, GIMP, Adobe Photoshop programs on Mac and GIMP software on Linux.