Windows® XP Icons
Get to know about Windows XP® Icons
The Windows XP® operating system was released by Microsoft® in the year 2001. It was the next perating system after the Windows® Millennium Edition. The Windows XP® came in two major platforms- they were the Windows XP® Home Edition for the Home users and the Windows XP® Professional for office use. The operating systems differed from each other in their functions as the Windows XP® Professional came with additional features for IIS operations and network assistance. The Windows XP® brought a new interface. The system only requires light hardware configuration for its setup and installation. An icon in the operating system can be used to represent a property, an entity or an executable function to a given program.
The following description would give a better understanding on the characteristics of icons and the various tools that are available in the market to help a user design an icon in XP:
- Image Representation
- Structure of the Icon
- Tools and Utilities
The icon in the perating system is an image that has been saved. The icon can be termed to be an image; an image is one which is composed of both pixels and vectors. The pixels and vectors can be better explained as a raster and vector respectively. The icon can be known to be a composition of a number of images. The composition helps a Windows® Icon to appear neatly both on the latest hardware output screens as well as older monochromatic ones. Each pixel on an icon can be marked to be transparent or opaque as defined by the user.
Structure of the Icon
The structure of the icon plays an important role as to where it would be used in the Operating System. The icons can be classified based on their size as well as their color depth. The size varies as 16X16, 32X32 and 48X48. The first size is used in the taskbar, window’s upper left corner icons as well as in detailed lists. The 32X32 is the standard sized icons used for desktop icons and the 48X48 is used in the Windows® Explorer as well as System lists. The colors used to represent the icons vary depending on the system used; the colors are classified into 16, 256 colors and 16.8 million colors. The Windows XP® uses the 16.8 million color depth for its icons.
There are a number of software tools that are present in the market that can be used to develop the icons that are needed by the user. The tips to create the icons can be downloaded via the Internet. There are a number of freeware software such as Easy Icon maker, Axialis Software that is available on the Internet that the user can easily download and use to customize the icons in the operating system. The icons can be created and saved as .ico files. The user can then change the icons as needed by opening the properties and browsing to the location where it is saved. The icons once saved can be loaded to provide a new appearance to the operating system.