XDA Basics: How to change a folder’s icon on a Mac

XDA Basics: How to change a folder’s icon on a Mac

Macs are Apple’s personal computer lineup — iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and more. They offer great capabilities that rivals, in some cases, find hard to catch up with. Protecting your MacBook Pro with a case will only make it last longer, so make sure to buy one if you haven’t yet. One of the handy features of macOS is customizing the look of a folder. Here’s how to change a folder’s icon on a Mac.

How to change a folder’s icon on a Mac

  • Launch Finder from your Dock, Launcher, or Spotlight Search.

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  • Navigate to the folder you want to change the icon of.
  • Right click with a mouse or tap with two fingers using the trackpad on the folder.

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  • Click on Get Info.

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  • Drag the photo you want to set as an icon to the folder icon in the top left corner.
  • Alternatively, you can copy a photo, click on the folder icon in the top left corner, then hit Command + V to paste it.

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  • Either way, you will end up with the custom image as the new folder icon.

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  • If you change your mind and want to restore the original icon, click on the folder icon in the top left corner then hit the Delete button on your keyboard.
  • Once you’re done with customizing it, you may close the folder info window.

Changing a folder’s icon can help us identify what’s in it faster than reading its name. For example, you can set the icon of a cat photos folder as a picture of a cat. This way you can visually recognize it without needing to focus on reading its label. Another use is giving your folders’ library a more vibrant look, instead of having the same dull-looking blue folders everywhere.

What will you be using this feature for? Let us know in the comments section below.

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