How to Change the Icon of MFC application?

5 04 2009


When you create an MFC application, did you notice the icon of executable? Yes! its that same old icon. But I’ve seen other application with different icon. Well, how to set the icon of executable to give a new face for it? 😉

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The secret is, windows will choose the first icon present in executable as exe icon. By default for an MFC application, IDR_MAINFRAME will be the icon resource name and it have the lowest resource value – 128. Follow the steps to add an icon and make set it the first one in executable.

1. Import a new icon by using resource editor.

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2. Let the icon be IDR_ICON1.
3. Now open resource.h and you can see, IDR_MAINFRAME which is the mfc icon, have lowest resource id.

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4. Now edit the resource.h to make IDI_ICON1 as lowest resource id.

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5. Now clean and build your application and check the application icon. Wow! its changed!!!


The point is, the icon should be the first icon in executable. You can set icon value even to zero. It will work!


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