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 Advanced Topics - Customising Icons

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CoolMenu makes it quick and easy to create your own icons for applications and documents.

Options

  • Open Windows Paint and create an image 32x32 pixels using an unique colour for the background
    Logo
  • The colour for the pixel in the Top Left corner is used to determine the transparent background colour resulting in
    Transparent Logo
  • Save the image in My Documents as Logo.bmp

  • Right-click on the Item you are going to customise the icon for

  • Select Item Properties from the menu

  • Select Change Icon...

  • Click Graphics...

  • Locate and select Logo.bmp

  • Click Open

  • Click OK

  • Click OK

  • And that's it!

What if you want to alter the icon being used slightly to indicate a specific use? Well CoolMenu makes the task of getting the icon fairly easy.
  • Right-click on the Item you are going to alter the icon for.

  • Select Item Properties from the menu.

  • Select Change Icon...

  • If the Item is a shortcut no icons will appear in the scroll box! To fix this select Browse... and click OK. You should now see the icons of the associated application.

  • Select the icon you wish to alter

  • Click Copy to Clipboard Copy to Clipboard

  • Click Paint Open Paint

  • In Paint set the Image Attributes... to 32x32 pixels

  • From the Edit menu select Paste

  • Now cutomise the image remembering to set the transparent colour (top-left)

  • Save the image in My Documents

  • Close Paint and return to CoolMenu

  • Click Graphics...

  • Locate and select the newly created image

  • Click Open

  • Click OK

  • Click OK

  • The Item should now display your newly created icon

You could use an icon editor in place of Paint, just make sure it's able to handle 256 colours.

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