Drag and drop icons with GConvert

Icons may be dragged from GConvert and dropped directly onto external applications like Windows Explorer, Microsoft Word, image processing tools...

Several possibilities:

To drag/drop an icon image, first select it in the Image Viewer and then double-click on it, or press CTRL+R. This will open the Icon Preview window as shown below:

The icon image is displayed like if it was already converted. You can then drag this image from this window to the target application and then drop it. When a drag operation is started, the cursor automatically changes.

GConvert supports two kinds of drag/drop: bitmap & file. The majority of applications only support file drag/drop; in that case you should use "Export file". This means GConvert must first save the icon as a file to a temporary location in the specified format. Then it passes the filename to the target application which will open the file.

You have to specify the format of the temporary file: it's the same list as when you click the Save button in GConvert.

You can also specify the filename for the output file by clicking on the small left button near "Temporary file only". You will be prompted to enter a new base name. This base name should not contain any extension and must contain the %u parameter. This parameter is automatically replaced by a number. Each time a new temporary file is created, this number is increased, so each new file does not overwrite a previous one.

Finally the second button (on the right) lets you configure the properties for the selected format, provided that this format supports additional conversion properties.

If your target application supports bitmap drag/drops (like Microsoft Word), then you can use "Export bitmap data". In this case, no temporary file is created. The icon image is converted in a bitmap and this bitmap data is passed to the target application.


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