Using favicon.ico

An .ico file is a visual representation of something else, usually another file. Web pages can be linked to icons, which will then represent the page in visual contexts. This page is represented by this icon: favicon.ico Where the icon is present, the file will be easier to see and easier to recognize. See Microsoft's favicon page.

Favorites in Internet Explorer

Pages defined as Favorites in Internet Explorer will show their icons like this:

Icons in IE Favorites

Hoppa.com (R.I.P.) and other search engines

hoppa.com/eu/nor/Banks/index.en.pl.gz displayed favicons from the pages listed. My educated guess is that google.com and the others will soon follow.

Mozilla Navigation Toolbar

The favicon is shown in the navigation toolbar of the Mozilla browser:

favicon in the Mozilla toolbar

Title bars in the Opera browser

This is what Opera looks like; first 3 "anonymous" pages, then 3 with favicons:

favicons in Opera title bars

Hoppa.com (R.I.P.) Directory

In modern directories, like hoppa.com/eu/nor/fo/index.en.pl.gz, the favicons are shown, increasing the visibility of their sites

screenshot from hoppa.com/eu/nor/Banks/index.en.pl.gz?

Some examples

All browsers I test, seem to use the same image for all sizes of an icon. The smallest image in the icon file, or simply the first? IE does the better resizing job here, but displaying a 16x16 resized to 48x48 is a waste, when a 48x48 original is available.

Åge Utnes
Atlantstøkni
The B-52's
Bikez [A single resolution (32x32) icon, causing IE to miscolor the background]
Smyril Line
Drekkedagsnatta
Body World
Dumdum Boys
Farodane
Filadelfia
Faroe Islands
Føroya Banki
Gríma
Byens lys
Måne
Norway
Stavkirke
Arthur's Round Table
Hearse
Mortal Love
NATO
Red Cross
Føroya Sparikassi
Heimagreiðslan
Jarðfrøðissavnið
Havnar Sjónleikarfelag
ICI
Sansir
Tryggingarfelagið Føroyar
Føroya Lív
Heckler und Koch

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