A Custom Entity Icons solution for CRM 2011, free to download and use

In your quest for CRM customization glory, there are times when you need the perfect icon graphic for your brand new custom entity.  The normal procedure for custom entity icons is time consuming, and requires some graphic editing skill.

  1. Browse open source icon galleries online for the appropriate icon (preferably in PNG or GIF format)
  2. Edit the icon in an image editor to resize it in 3 separate files:
    1. For image editing I recommend the free Paint .NET software
    2. Small:  16 x 16 pixels
    3. Medium:  32 x 32 pixels
    4. Large:  66 x 48 pixels
  3. Upload the 3 files to a new or existing solution in CRM 2011 as a web resource
  4. Open the custom entity in the Settings > Customizations section (or solution)
  5. Click on the “Update Icons” button
  6. Apply your icon web resources to the custom entity
  7. Publish your customizations
  8. Clear your browser cache and refresh CRM to see the new icons

I’ve been there and felt your pain.  Rather than using precious consulting time on image editing, I decided to group 22 of my custom open sourced icons in a solution file and share it with you.  Feel free to download it below!

Please note this is an managed solution file, meaning that you can’t modify it.  If you want to add your own custom icons, I suggest you create a new unmanaged solution.
The included icons are in PNG format, and were procured from free and open source websites.  I included a variety that will hopefully address different industries and needs.
With this solution file, the new procedure is easier!
  1. Upload the managed solution file to CRM 2011
  2. Open the custom entity in the Settings > Customizations section (or solution)
  3. Click on the “Update Icons” button
  4. Select and apply your icon web resources to the custom entity
  5. Publish your customizations
  6. Clear your browser cache and refresh CRM to see the new icons
I hope this free custom icons solution proves valuable to you in the future.  Be sure to drop a comment if you have some feedback.

16 Responses to A Custom Entity Icons solution for CRM 2011, free to download and use

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    Very useful, many thanks!

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    Cool. Will you publish more icons in the future ?

  7. If there’s a demand for it, I’ll definitely put out a second revision with a greater variety. Glad you liked it!

     
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    Thank you! Brilliant. Would love to see more if you’ve got a 2nd pack in mind!

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    Thank you for this! Very, very helpful! Used the calculator!

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  13. Kendrick, sorry to hear about that. Hope you’ve been lucky since then!

    I tried to keep a complex password and update wordpress + plugins whenever there’s a new version. I think I’ve been lucky. Make sure you can trust your hosting as well.

     
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    Hi,
    I actually searched such icons to get a hierarchy in my relation ships and leads.
    I cannot fint the function: Upload the managed solution file to CRM 2011.
    Does somebody know the right way to manage that?

    kind regards

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    This is awesome, thank you. #MyHero

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