.ICL File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .ICL file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

ICL File Recovery

What is a .ICL file?

Contains a collections of icons that can be used to replace existing icons; may be applied to Windows shortcuts (such as .LNK files), but not to actual program files.

What Are Common Causes of ".ICL" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes of ".ICL" file loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".ICL" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer.
  2. Software or system errors: Errors within the operating system or software applications can lead to file corruption or loss.
  3. Virus or malware infections: Malicious software can infect and damage ".ICL" files, making them inaccessible or causing them to be deleted.
  4. Hardware failure: Hard drive failures, power outages, or other hardware issues can result in the loss or corruption of ".ICL" files.
  5. Improper file handling: Improperly shutting down the computer or removing external storage devices without safely ejecting them can lead to file system errors and file loss.
  6. Software conflicts: Conflicts between different software applications or incompatible software versions can cause ".ICL" files to become inaccessible or fail to open.
  7. File system errors: File system errors, such as disk fragmentation or file system corruption, can lead to the loss or failure of ".ICL" files.
  8. Human error: Human mistakes, such as accidentally formatting the wrong drive or overwriting files, can result in the loss of ".ICL" files.

It is important to regularly back up important files, including ".ICL" files, to prevent permanent loss in case of any of these causes.

How to recover lost ".ICL" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".ICL" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".ICL" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".ICL" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".ICL" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

Partition Recovery™ 4.9
The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".ICL" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".ICL" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo windows Icon Library File image file file?

Programs that open ".ICL" files

Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019 ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
Axialis IconWorkshop Axialis IconWorkshop
Impact Microangelo Toolset Impact Microangelo Toolset
Aha-Soft IconUtils Aha-Soft IconUtils

Additional Information

  • File type: Windows Icon Library File

  • File extension: .ICL

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: System Files

  • Format: Binary

  • HEX: 4D 5A



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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

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Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is a .ICL file extension and what does it stand for?

    The .ICL file extension stands for "Icon Library." It is a file format used for storing multiple icons in a single file. These icon libraries are commonly used in Windows operating systems to provide a collection of icons that can be used for various purposes, such as customizing the appearance of folders, files, shortcuts, or applications. The .ICL file format allows for easy organization, storage, and distribution of icons.

  • How can I open a .ICL file on my computer?

    To open a .ICL file on your computer, you can follow these steps:

    1. Right-click on the .ICL file you want to open.
    2. From the context menu, select "Open with" and then choose a program to open the file. If you see an option for "Choose another app," click on it.
    3. If you already have a program installed on your computer that can open .ICL files, select it from the list of available programs. If not, continue to the next step.
    4. If you don't have a specific program to open .ICL files, you can try using software like "IconCool Manager" or "Axialis IconWorkshop" which are designed for managing icon libraries. These programs can open, view, and edit .ICL files.
    5. If you choose one of the recommended programs, select it from the list or click on the "More apps" button to search for additional programs in the Microsoft Store or on your computer.
    6. Once you have selected the program, ensure that the "Always use this app to open .ICL files" checkbox is checked, and then click on the "OK" or "Open" button.
    7. The .ICL file should now open in the selected program, allowing you to view its contents or perform any desired actions.

    Note: The availability of programs to open .ICL files may vary depending on your operating system and the software installed on your computer.

  • Are there any specific software programs or applications required to access and view the content of a .ICL file?

    Yes, there are specific software programs or applications required to access and view the content of a .ICL file.

    .ICL files are icon library files used by Windows operating systems to store multiple icons in a single file. To view the icons contained in a .ICL file, you can use the following software programs:

    1. Windows Explorer: Windows operating systems have built-in support for viewing .ICL files. You can simply double-click on a .ICL file in Windows Explorer, and it will open a window displaying all the icons contained in the library.
    2. IconViewer: IconViewer is a standalone software program specifically designed to view and extract icons from .ICL files. It provides a user-friendly interface to browse and extract individual icons from the library.
    3. IconWorkshop: IconWorkshop is a professional icon editor software that also supports viewing .ICL files. It allows you to open .ICL files, extract icons, edit them, and save them in various formats.
    4. IrfanView: IrfanView is a versatile image viewer and converter that can also open .ICL files. It supports various image formats, including .ICL, and allows you to view and extract icons from the library.

    These are just a few examples of software programs that can access and view .ICL files. There may be other applications available as well, depending on your specific needs and preferences.

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