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A favicon (short for "favorites icon"), also known as page icon or urlicon, is an icon associated with a particular website or webpage. Favicons are usually small square images about 16×16 pixels in size and are used by web browsers to show a graphical representation of the site being visited at the left side of the browser’s address bar. The original means of defining a favicon was by placing a file called favicon.ico in the root directory of a webserver. This would then automatically be used in Internet Explorer's favorites (bookmarks) display. Later, however, a more flexible system was created, using (X)HTML to indicate the location of an icon for any given page.

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