Where Do Favicons Show Up?

Some years ago favicons were only displayed in the address bar and bookmarks of your browser, but it has been showing up in more places, especially with the advent of start pages.

Here is a sample list of places where you will find favicons displayed next to your URL or page title (assuming your website has a favicon):

Next to your website’s URL in the address bar

Favicon home

This goes for Internet Explorer (IE 6,7), Firefox, Opera, and most other browsers

Favicon Internet Explorer

In your bookmarks (you usually have to visit the site from clicking the bookmark link once for it to show up properly)

Favicon bookmarks

Tabs when you’re “tabbed browsing”

Favicon in tabs

Favicons are also automatically used as visual cues in many start pages such as Netvibes and Protopage

Favicon in Netvibes

Favicons in Protopage

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea how important it is to have a favicon for your website these days. It’s an integral part of branding for your site and a pretty effective visual cue in your browser and numerous other places online.


  1. Faviconr Blog » What is a Favicon? Said,

    November 19, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    […] favicon is a small image that appears in your browser (and other places) used to identify your website. It’s a small visual cue that is associated with your website. […]

  2. Malliobiana Said,

    June 22, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

    It’s good to know, especially in the browsers where animated icons appear (Netscape and Firefox), as they may be animated in just those locations you indicate, while Internet Explorer remains static.

  3. Nicole Bravo Smart Phone Apps Said,

    November 10, 2012 @ 1:02 am

    I just made one for my business and it looks fantastic. :0)
    I’ve always wanted to know how to do one. This Favicon Maker is awesome.
    Well done guys. More businesses should get one. I’m going to tell everyone how easy and beneficial it is.

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