.ICO File Extension

File Type:
Icon File

Having trouble opening .ico extension? Don't panic! This page explains what ico files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open ico files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a ICO file?

Ico file extension has Icon file type, which is associated with the "system files" category.

ICO file is typically applied for saving icons that are used by different Windows programs, folders, and files. It usually provides AND and XOR bitmaps. Users can edit the file in case they want to add own customized icons.

ICO files are quite similar to .CUR files; however, they contain a different identification byte in their header.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

ico file icon
File Type:
Icon File
System Files

How to open ICO file?

Double click the ico file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .ico extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the ico extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the ico file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open ICO files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the ico file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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