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How do I get my site's icon to appear in the navigation window of MSIE 5?


A while back I noticed in my error logs a lot of requests for a file called "favicon.ico". I noticed that it only occured with Microsoft IE 5.0. At first glance I thought it might be some strangeness on the part of the browser.

So, I made up a little icon with the likeness of our favorite bird, stuck it in my main HTML directory, and got a copy of MSIE 5. When I visited the site, magically the icon appeared in the address line next to the URL- as well as on the bookmarks page.

If you don't have an icon editor, IconForge by Cursor Arts, Inc. Stop by http://www.cursorarts.com/ca_if.html to pick up your copy.

Make a small graphic, save it as "favicon.ico" and FTP it up to your main HTML directory. Your error log will be smaller and your readers will see your icon instead of the "web page icon".



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