Selecting the size of a System.Drawing.Icon?

I have a icon which has a few different sizes (16px, 32px, 64px). I am calling ToBitmap() on it, but it is always returning the 32px image. How do I retrieve the 64px one?


This is a fairly painful limitation in the ResourceManager class. Its GetObject() method doesn't provide a way to pass extra arguments that would allow selecting the returned icon by size. A workaround is to add the icon to the project instead. Use Project + Add Existing Item, select your .ico file. Select the added icon and change the Build Action property to "Embedded Resource".

You can now retrieve the desired icon with code like this:

    public static Icon GetIconFromEmbeddedResource(string name, Size size) {
        var asm = System.Reflection.Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly();
        var rnames = asm.GetManifestResourceNames();
        var tofind = "." + name + ".ICO";
        foreach (string rname in rnames) {
            if (rname.EndsWith(tofind, StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase)) {
                using (var stream = asm.GetManifestResourceStream(rname)) {
                    return new Icon(stream, size);
        throw new ArgumentException("Icon not found");

Sample usage:

        var icon1 = GetIconFromEmbeddedResource("ARW04LT", new Size(16, 16));
        var icon2 = GetIconFromEmbeddedResource("ARW04LT", new Size(32, 32));

Beware one possible failure mode: this code assumes that the icon was added to the same assembly that contains the method.

Does this help?

Icon sizedIcon = new Icon(Resources.ResourceIcon, new Size(64,64));

For anyone else stumbling upon the same problem, I've found a nice little solution.

Image img = new Icon(Properties.Resources.myIcon, width, height).ToBitmap()

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