For Internet use, you want something cross-platform, not MS proprietary, In HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), the icons are officially handled in another way, happily compatible with the original. You embed the following tag in your html in the <head> section before the <body>:
<link rel=icon href=image/myicon.gif>
or for compatibility with buggy browsers like MSIE (Microsoft Internet Explorer) :
<link rel=shortcut icon href=image/myicon.gif>
This way you can have a different icon on every page, and you can use standard *.gif, *.png or *.jpg files for your icon. At least in Opera, the size restrictions appear relaxed. I successfully used a 23 × 21 and a 24 × 16 image. Opera uses the on the personal bar to help you keep track of what site you are visiting.
Ideally it should be an *.ico file which can contain multiple images at multiple resolutions, and color depth. Resolutions are typically 16x16, 32 × 32 and 48x48, 64 × 64 and 128 × 128 and color depth is from 16 colors to True Color. IE (Internet Explorer) 5 can only handle 16x16.
Unfortunately ordinary image producing tools like PaintShop Pro can’t deal with *.ico format, so you need a specialised icon editor. A cheaper, though more clumsy way to create *.ico files is:
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