Microsoft KB Archive/170341

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Article ID: 170341

Article Last Modified on 6/29/2004


  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Learning Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 4.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 4.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Enterprise Edition

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When using the LoadPicture Function to display a 16 x 16 icon in an Image control, or any other control that uses the LoadPicture function to store images into the Picture object, the icon will display at 32 x 32.


To work around this problem, use one of the following methods.

  • Use a 16 x 16 bitmap instead of an icon. -or-

  • Use an Image Control and set the Height and Width to be the same as the icons. For example:

          Image1.Picture = LoadPicture(<path to your icon>)
          Image1.Stretch = True 'Needed so the image does not get clipped
          'The next two lines assume that the form's ScaleMode is Twips
          'It changes the Image control to be 16 x 16 Pixels
          Image1.Width = (Screen.TwipsPerPixelX * 16)
          Image1.Height = (Screen.TwipsPerPixelY * 16)


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This bug has been fixed in Visual Basic 6.0.


LoadPicture always loads a 32 x 32 icon. If the icon file being loaded contains a single 16 x 16 image, LoadPicture stretches it to 32 x 32 before storing it in the Picture object of a control.

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

The steps below illustrate an example that displays a 16 x 16 icon in an Image control.

NOTE: You can use IMAGEDIT.EXE that ships on the Visual Basic 5.0 CD-ROM to create icons. This tool is located in the Tools\Imagedit directory on the Visual Basic 5.0 CD-ROM.

  1. Create a new project. Form1 is created by default.
  2. Place an Image control on Form1.
  3. Add the following code to Form1:

          Private Sub Form_Load()
              Image1.Picture = LoadPicture(<Path to your 16 x 16 icon>)
          End Sub
  4. Run the form by choosing Start from the Run menu. Note that the icon is displayed as a 32 x 32 icon.


"HardCore Visual Basic", Microsoft Press, pg. 535

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