Go to your newly-iconized Web page using the newest version of Explorer
and add it to the Favorites list (CTRL + D does the trick). Now, sit back
and enjoy the view.
What? It's not showing up?
While there's no sure-fire way to make life in the icon lane traffic-free, there are a few things you can do to bring it up to speed. Here's a
list for you to print out and worship:
Make sure the file type, file name, total calculated file size, and
the directory it's in are appropriate based on what we've learned so far in
this lesson. If even one of those things is out of line, go back and fix
Try refreshing the page.
Close the browser, empty the cache, and try it again. Not sure how to
empty the cache? Go up to Tools > Internet Options, and within the
Temporary Internet Files area, click Delete Files. Click OK. Click Delete
Files again, this time making sure the Delete Offline Content box is
checked. Click OK, and then OK again. Refresh the page. Sometimes it really
does the trick think of it like evicting an old tenant so that the
new one, the prettier one, can feel at home.
Add the Link directive statement I provided on page 4 to your HTML,
upload both the revised page and the icon, then go back to your site. Add it
to your Favorites. Go ahead and overwrite any existing copies.
Delete that particular Favorite, close the browser window, open it
back up, and add it again. Don't ask, it just works.
Delete that oh-so-evil-and-dastardly Favorite, empty the browser
cache, close the browser, and restart Windows. Go bookmark your page again.
Hold down CTRL while dragging the shortcut to the Desktop, Quick
Launch toolbar, or any other places on your computer. This helps to sort of
reattach the icon to the URL.
Hold down SHIFT while simultaneously holding down the left mouse
button on the naughty shortcut. Maybe it will refresh, maybe it won't.
Get out from behind that firewall, even if it means you have to test
your page at Grandma's town cottage instead of paranoid Uncle Urvin's
backwoods barricaded garage. I've discovered that while you can bookmark
pages from behind a firewall, sometimes you can't see the custom icon
associated with it. Remember what we mentioned before, about security
issues? That may have something to do with it.
Finally, bookmark your page from anther computer on another day at
another time. Relax! Icons are fickle, and yours might just be having a bad
day. Who knows?
And now, on to some productive alternatives for those of you who enjoy
hanging out to the left of the mainstream, then a couple of what I deem the
greatest resources available out there on the Web.