c# - Setting Icon for wpf application (VS 08)


Before going much further i'll mention I have tried solutions in following:

How do I set the icon for my application in visual studio 2008?

Set application icon from resources in VS 05

I am trying to set an icon for my application.

AFAIK, I need potentially 3 images?

  • 1 image is the actual image in explorer when clicking on the .exe (thumbnail for the exe)
  • 1 image (tiny) in the top left corner (16 x 16? Not entirely sure)
  • 1 image in the start menu dock, to the left of the app (maybe 32x32? again not sure)

So thats fine.

Now I have selected an Icon. How do I use it in one of above situations?

I have tried adding it in resources, nothing seems to happen. Following that first SO solution,

"First go to Resource View (from menu: View --> Other Window --> Resource View). Then in Resource View navigate through resources, if any. If there is already a resource of Icon type, added by Visual Studio, then open and edit it. Otherwise right-click and select Add Resource, and then add a new icon."

The resource view is empty, and I cannot right click in this view.

If I right click on the solution > properties > resources > I can add the icon image, but it doesn't show in either of the locations listed above. (or anywhere that I can see)

1) How do I set the application icon for a WPF Application?

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    Assuming you use VS Express and C#. The icon is set in the project properties page. To open it right click on the project name in the solution explorer. in the page that opens, there is an Application tab, in this tab you can set the icon.

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    @742's answer works pretty well, but as outlined in the comments when running from the VS debugger the generic icon is still shown.

    If you want to have your icon even when you're pressing F5, you can add in the Main Window:

    <Window x:Class="myClass"

    where you indicate the path to your icon (the icon can be *.png, *.ico.)

    (Note you will still need to set the Application Icon or it'll still be the default in Explorer).

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    Note: (replace file.ico with your actual icon filename)

    1. Add the icon to the project with build action of "Resource".
    2. In the Project Properties, set the Application Icon to file.ico
    3. In the main Window XAML set: Icon=".\file.ico" on the Window

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    After getting a XamlParseException with message: 'Provide value on 'System.Windows.Baml2006.TypeConverterMarkupExtension' with the given solutions, setting the icon programmatically worked for me. This is how I did it:

    1. Put the icon in a folder <icon_path> in the project directory
    2. Mimic the folder path <icon_path> in the solution
    3. Add a new item (your icon) in the solution folder you created
    4. Add the following code in the WPF window's code behind:

    Icon = new BitmapImage(new Uri("<icon_path>", UriKind.Relative));

    Please inform me if you have any difficulties implementing this solution so I can help.

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    You can try this also:

    private void Page_Loaded_1(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            Uri iconUri = new Uri(@"C:\Apps\R&D\WPFNavigation\WPFNavigation\Images\airport.ico", UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute);
            (this.Parent as Window).Icon = BitmapFrame.Create(iconUri);