IconViewer: easily view or save icons in libraries or executables, straight from Windows Explorer


Have you ever wished there was an easy way to view and/or copy and save icons that reside in libraries or executable files? With IconViewer you can do this straight from Windows Explorer, by right-clicking properties on a file that contains icons (e.g. DLL, Exe, or ICO files) then going to the new “Icon” tab that IconViewer inserts in the file properties dialog.


IconViewer enables you to preview all icons contained in your files for all their different sizes, and to easily save individual icons to your desktop. IconViewer is free and works on both 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows.

To use: simply right click on your file then select the “Icons” tab. Scroll through your icons and use the buttons on the bottom left to save, copy, or change some options.

Supported filetypes: tested it successfully with DLL files, EXE, and ICO. Strangely, ICL files do not seem to be supported, which seems a very strange omission.

Wish list: support for ICL files, please.

The verdict: this program is great, whether you constantly work with icons or only occasionally. Makes me wonder why something like this isn’t built into Windows. I especially like that it works with 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows. The program can be made even better, however, if it also supported .ICL files.

Note, however, that IconViewer is geared more towards working with individual icons; if you need a tool that can handle icons in batch, you might want to check out previously mentioned BeCyIconGrabber, which I also like.

Version Tested: 3.02

Compatibility: Windows 95, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7; 32 bit and 64 bit.

Please note: download the correct file for your system. The program website seems to erroneously identify 64 bit systems as 32 bit systems, so make sure you find the 64 bit version if you have a 64 bit OS .

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 990K).