Why can't I see
my favicon in the address/location bar?
In Internet Explorer, click the icon in the address bar. Hold
down the button and move the icon a tiny bit to the right and
let go. Try this two or three times. Usually that is all you need
What if I want different icons
for different pages?
You can use the following LINK tag in the HEAD section of the
page to specify a relative or absolute path to the Favicon:
<LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.mydomain.com/myicon.ico">
Of course, don't copy above exactly, you need to replace the path
with one that is relevant for your site. It can be a relative
path. If you are using https, you should replace the http with
Where will my logo be seen?
The logo will appear in multiple places and will help you gain
name and logo recognition. Currently, we know of six places. (We
don't think you can see them on a Mac yet) Let us know if you
are a mac user and see favicons.
1. In the favorites directory in your web browser.
2. In the favorites directory located off the Windows(tm) Start
3. In the location bar.
4. On the desktop.
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5. On the taskbar.
If the visitor bookmarks the site, holds down the control key,
then right clicks on the bookmark then drags it to the desktop,
it copys the icon as a short cut.
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6. On the links bar.
If the visitor bookmarks the site, holds down control key, then
right clicks on the bookmark and drags it to the task bar, it
copys the icon there.
the visitor bookmarks the site, holds down the control key, then
right clicks on the bookmark and then drags and it to the Links
Toolbar, it copys the icon and title there.
I used to see favicons,
but now they've all disappeared. What happened?
Favicons are cached similarly to html documents. When they are deleted
from the cache, they revert to the standard IE icon. If you want
to prevent the icon from disappearing:
Another temporary solution is to hold down the
mouse button while holding shift over the default IE icon in the
address bar and then let go of the mouse button anywhere in the
address bar. This seems to 'update' the favicon.
- Create a local directory (e.g., c:\favicons)
- Copy the desired favicon into the directory
- Right click the mouse over the favorite/bookmark
and select properties.
- Enter the path (or use the 'browse' feature)
to the favicon you want for that bookmark.
I have a favicon.ico file,
but I don't see it in my favorites folder when I bookmark or rebookmark
my site. What's wrong?
If you didn't make your Icon using our applet, it may not be a true
ICO file and you need to make a favicon.ico file using our program.
If you create a favicon.ico file at favicon.com and are having trouble
seeing your new icon, it is probably because you had an existing
bookmark for that page already. IT IS HARD TO CHANGE EXISTING BOOKMARKS.
Rest assured, however, your new bookmark is visible to the rest
of the world and any new bookmarks will be seen with that logo.
If you want to see the new logo, we have 2 possible remedies (Thanks
On rare occassions, we have seen discount/free
ISPs add their advertising in such a way that disallows the use
of Favicons. In addition, sometimes you have to SELECT THE BOOKMARK
TO SEE IT - rather than typing in the URL - in order to see the
icon in the address bar.
- VISUAL CHECK (RECOMMENDED) - Enter the URL of
your favicon (ie http://www.favicon.com/favicon.ico) into your
browser. Is your updated icon displayed or downloaded?
- RENAME FAVICON - When using the <link>
tag method for specifying the location your favicon, change
the HREF (the URL) value specifying the location of your favicon.
This is usually done by renaming your favicon.ico (ie newfavicon.ico)
and updating the link tag. IE.
<LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.mydomain.com/newicon.ico">
Rebookmarking forces IE to download the new icon as it doesn't
have the newicon.ico file in cache. It is also good habit to
check the link used in the above tag (ie http://www.mydomain.com/newicon.ico).
Always check your favorites folder to see if the change is reflected
correctly. Do not judge by the address bar, since icons in the
address bar are less reliable. We are not sure why.
- DELETE CACHE - Go to Tools Menu and select Internet
Options. Then make sure you select the General Tab. There you
will click Settings under Temporary Internet Files. You can
then delete the offending file there. When you reboot the machine
now, the shortcuts will revert to IE's standard icon. Simply
clearing the cache doesn't delete icons, just as it doesn't
delete cookies. Adding the site to favorites again now will
force IE to download the new icon. Earlier we had recommended,
deleting the existing bookmark(s), clear all your cache, reset
your computer, return to page and bookmark, however, users said
they got mixed results. Let us know if you have any more information