How to Get High-Quality Icons Using Visual Studio Image Library

How to Get High-Quality Icons Using Visual Studio Image Library

StatCounter for article about Visual Studio Image Library 2012Almost all UI applications need icons and bitmaps. However, it's not an easy task to create or find icons which match the Windows style, look like well known Microsoft icons and are royalty-free ... unless you use the Visual Studio Image Library which contains over 7750 high quality icons and bitmaps from Visual Studio, Office, Windows and other Microsoft applications.




Visual Studio Image Library

The images are packaged in a zip file. The table summarizes the main facts.

Formats (and number of files) bmp (3,434), icon (549), png (3,786) and xaml (13)
Resolutions 16x16, 24x24, 32x32
Colors 24 bit, 32 bit
Categories Common Elements, Actions, Annotation, Objects
(and an archive folder with VS 2010 icons and bitmaps).
Icons come from... Office, Visual Studio, Windows 8, 7, XP and other apps.

The screenshot shows some icons from the category Common Elements / png in the style of Windows 8.

Samples of Visual Studio Image Library icons of category Common Elements

The library also contains icons in the old , more colorful Windows Vista style. You find them in an archive subfolder. A pdf document explains the icon-mapping between both styles.


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Download

The Visual Studio Image Library is available since VS 2005. Old versions were bundled with Visual Studio. Since VS 2012 it's only available as a separated download. See the table for details.

Version How to get it Documentation
Visual Studio 2005 ...\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\VS2005ImageLibrary\VS2005ImageLibrary.zip MSDN Library
Visual Studio 2008 ...\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\VS2008ImageLibrary\1033\VS2008ImageLibrary.zip MSDN Library
Visual Studio 2010 …\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\VS2010ImageLibrary\1033\VS2010ImageLibrary.zip MSDN Library
Visual Studio 2012 Download Visual Studio Image Library 2012Download from Microsoft Download Center License Terms
MSDN Library

Installation
  • Get the zip file
  • Unzip the image library zip in folder

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