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How to extract high-quality icons from Windows files

Icon images can be incredibly handy, but sometimes it's hard to track them down or extract their larger versions. BeCyIconGrabber is a free Windows app that makes it simple to find and store them.

Whether you need them to spruce up your presentation or you want to use them to help organize your files, large, colorful icon images can be handy tools. Many programs and files in Windows come packed with them, but it can be a pain to extract them -- especially the larger 256x256 size. BeCyIconGrabber is a free app that lets you pull them out of files and store them for later use. Here's how to use it: 

  1. Download the BeCyIconGrabber installer (or standalone portable app) here. It's about halfway down the page.
  2. Run the app when you want to extract or retrieve icons. It's pretty straightforward; just browse your directories for files you think may contain icons you want, then select each file to see what it contains. There should be several tabs in the display area for the various sizes of icons contained in your file.
  3. Step 2: View icons.
    Step 2: View icons. Rob Lightner/CNET
  4. Right-click an icon you want to save, then select Save... and select a directory to store your newly freed icon. The default is to save all icons contained within your file, so you may want to deselect the rest. 
  5. If you've got a file you want to come back to, just click Favorites beneath the directory listing to add it to your list. Select the Favorites tab near the top left to review them and grab more icons. 

That's it! The app is easy to use and makes large icons much easier to find and extract.