Microsoft Access Icons: How To Build Your Own Application Access Icon

Microsoft Access Icons: How To Build Your Own Application Access Icon

Before you distribute your pride and joy Access database, there a few final properties to consider one being the Application Access icon which replaces the standard Microsoft Access icons.

The first thing to know about uploading and setting the Access icon is that it will take either a bitmap (.bmp) or icons (.ico) file formats. So if you have a .png or a .jpg then what?

The other question is if don’t have an icon and want to build your own then breathe a sigh of relief as I will now show you how you can easily build your Access icon for free!

Microsoft Access Icons: How To Build Your Own Application Access Icon – The Steps

Let’s assume you do not have or can find a personalised icon for your database but you have an image you would like to adapt as the Access icon.

Here’s a great free resource that will let you build icons: http://www.favicon.co.uk/

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  1. Get your image (most graphic formats are good) ready
  2. Go to the website where you will clear see the area to browse for your image file.
  3. Personally, I would choose the icon size 32 x 32 though you can play with this.
  4. Click the ‘Generate FavIcon’ button and you will a link to ‘Download Your Favicon Here’
  5. Now in Microsoft Access, open your database and navigate to the Options screen choosing the ‘Current Database’ section.
  6. Browse for you new .ico file and click OK.

There you have it, a professional touch to your Microsoft Access database which can make the difference between sloppiness and perfectionism and I think Access icons is a step closer to the latter.

If you are looking to build an Access database whether you are a beginner or wish to extend your knowledge, then my online coaching may be the answer – give it a try :)

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3 Responses to Microsoft Access Icons: How To Build Your Own Application Access Icon

  1. Ben says:

    Please provide the steps you took. It worked for me. Thanks.

  2. roger says:

    When I try to use the file it say it is not a valid ico file an can not be used

  3. Ben Beitler says:

    Make sure your umage which will a medium to large graphic file is not to detailed or busy looking as it will be reduced to a small icon size and still needs to be easy and visually easy to see. Keep the colours basic and rich too.

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