SharePoint 2010 get automatically an icon for your file

Well, i used it for a result which comes from search, but you also can use it for every kind of stuff. Each time you have a file from SharePoint in your result set and you would like to provide an icon for the type of document, e.g. html, word, excel, pdf or something like this, you can use the built-in function of SharePoint. You do not need to code it from scratch.

It is really simple as you can see

[sourcecode language=”csharp”]

protected string getIconUrl(string itemUrl)
string iconUrl = string.Empty;

iconUrl = “/_layouts/images/” + SPUtility.MapToIcon(SPContext.Current.Web, itemUrl, string.Empty, IconSize.Size16);
return iconUrl;


The trick is done by SPUtility.MapToIcon

Try it and enjoy creating icons next to your files without having much to do.


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Consultant for Microsoft 365 Applications with a strong focus in Teams, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business as well as PowerPlatform with PowerApps, Flow and PowerBI. I provide Workshops for Governance & Security in Office 365 and Development of Solutions in the area of Collaboration and Teamwork based on Microsoft 365 and Azure Cloud Solutions. In his free time he tries to collect tipps and worthy experience in this blog.

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