How to change folder icon on Mac explained

Mac OS allows you to store your data in whatever visual form you want. That’s important, as it allows you to find the information and files you need on your computer faster. Humans, for the most part, perceive visual information much faster. Agree that it’s much easier to find information by looking at a well-known picture than by reading the name of each file. For example, changing the folder icon to a graphical one allows you to find what you need right at a glance.

Another option is to change the color of these folders. Folder icons help identify the contents of a folder, and using a different color can help categorize a folder by type: music, movies, photos, etc. If you use them together, these possibilities are literally unlimited.

So, in this article, I’ll tell you how to change the folder icon and color on your Mac.

How to change folder icon on Mac

If you want to change the folder icon on your Mac, you have to follow these steps:

  • Right-click the folder for which you want to change the icon;
  • Click “Get Info” in the menu that opens;
  • After that, select the folder icon at the top-left corner in the Info dialogue box;
  • If the new icon you found has a .icn extension, drag it to the selected folder icon. If the icon has a .png, .jpg extension, double-click to open it in “Preview”;
  • Click or press “Command + A” to select an icon;
  • Select “Edit” in the “Preview” menu bar;
  • Then, click “Copy”;
  • Press “Command + V” to paste the new icon in the folder Info window. (Do it with the folder icon selected).

How to change folder color on Mac

If you want to change the folder color on your Mac, you have to follow these steps:

  • Right-click the folder for which you want to change the color;
  • Click “Get Info” in the menu that opens;
  • After that, select the folder icon at the top-left corner in the Info dialogue box;
  • Select “Edit” in the Finder menu bar;
  • Then, click “Copy”;
  • Type “Preview” using Spotlight Search;
  • Click “Preview” to open it;
  • Click “File” on the “Preview” menu bar;
  • In the drop-down menu click “New from Clipboard”, to open the icon copied before.
  • On the “Preview” menu bar, open the “Tools” menu.
  • Then, select “Adjust Color” and adjust the tint to get the color you want;
  • Again click “Edit” on the “Preview” menu bar and select “Copy”;
  • Select the folder icon in the folder “Info” window;
  • Click “Edit” on the Finder menu bar and click “Paste” in the drop-down menu.

Once you have completed these steps, your folder icon will be changed.

Featured image credit: Medium

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