Batch convert icons between Macintosh and Windows

This article provides information on the following topics:

Select the icons you wish to convert

Convert the icons From Macintosh to Windows

Convert the icons From Windows to Macintosh

Using IconWorkshop you can Convert Several Icon from Macintosh to Windows and vice-versa in one operation. This is what we call a batch procedure. We'll perform this task using the built-in IconWorkshop explorer.

To get more info about Macintosh to Windows icon conversion see "Convert a Macintosh Icon to a Windows Icon" topic. In this topic we'll focus on how to convert several icons in one operation.  

Select the icons you wish to convert

1. Open a new Axialis Explorer window. Choose File/New/File Explorer...

2. When the window is opened, select the folder which contains the Macintosh icons using the tree in the left pane.

3. When done, the Macintosh icons appears (with preview) in the right pane. Select the icons you wish to convert. You can use Shift/Ctrl + Mouse to select several icons. Use Ctrl+A to select all. Use +/- to select/unselect by specifying filters.

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Convert the icons From Macintosh to Windows

4. Choose Explorer/Batch Convert Macintosh Icons To Windows (ICO) or Ctrl+Shift+W

5. A dialog box opens. You can choose to convert all the formats or only a selection. When done, click OK.

6. The batch operation starts. The hourglass mouse pointer is displayed during the conversion. When done the Windows icons are added to the folder contents.

The created icons have the same filenames as the original icon with ICO appended. A smart system has been added to index the files if necessary to avoid overwriting.

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Convert the icons From Windows to Macintosh

4. Choose Explorer/Batch Convert Windows Icons To Macintosh (ICNS, RSC, BIN) or Ctrl+Shift+M

5. A dialog box opens. First select the Macintosh file format you wish to create. 3 formats are available for Mac icons (see this topic to learn more about the file formats).

6. You can choose to convert all the formats or only a selection of them. When done, click OK.

7. The batch operation starts. The hourglass mouse pointer is displayed during the conversion. When done the Windows icons are added to the folder contents.

The created icons have the same filenames as the original icon with ICNS, RSC or BIN appended. A smart system has been added to index the files if necessary to avoid overwriting.

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