You have come to the right place if you are a Mac user and want to personalize your desktop. Mac lets you customize your folder icons by replacing them with images, icons you’ve downloaded, or icons from other file folders. You can even change the color of your folder icons.
This guide will show you different ways to customize folder icons on a Mac. We will also answer some frequently asked questions on the subject.
How to Change the Folder Icon on a Mac to a Picture
Whenever you create a new folder on your Mac, it automatically has a blue file folder icon. If your desktop is full of generic file folders, it might take you a long time to find the right file. It can be frustrating, especially if you’re in a rush.
There are several ways to change your folder icon on your Mac. You can technically use an image for your folder icon. It can be any image you want, whether you downloaded it from your browser or took it with your camera.
To change the folder icon on a Mac to an image, follow the steps below:
- Open Finder and locate the image you want to use for the folder icon.
- Double-click the image to open it in the Preview app.
- Press Command + A to select the image.
- Note: Crop the photo here if necessary.
- Click on the Edit tab in the top menu bar.
- Choose Copy from the drop-down menu.
- Note: You can also press Command + C keys of the same type to copy the image.
- Locate the folder you want to customize. You can find this folder on your desktop or in the Finder.
- Right-click on the folder and choose Get Info from the drop-down menu. This will open a new window.
- Click the Folder icon in the upper left corner of the window.
- Go to the “Edit” tab in the menu bar.
- Choose Paste.
- Select the red traffic light in the upper left corner to exit the window.
Note: To speed up this process, press the “Command” and “V” keys simultaneously to paste the image into the folder’s “Info” window.
The image you copied will automatically replace the folder icon. If nothing has changed, make sure you have selected the folder icon before hitting the Paste command. The icon will be surrounded by a thin blue line when selected.
Besides using your own images, you can also use folder icons that you have downloaded from your browser. Remember that the image must be in .jpeg or .png format. If the photo you want to use has a different format, you’ll need to convert it before doing so. You can easily reformat it using the screenshot feature. Just click Command + Shift + 4 to outline the parts of the image you want to keep.
How to use an icon from another folder
If you don’t want to search and download icons from the web, you can use an icon from another folder or file. Here’s how:
- Find the folder or file with an icon you want to use.
- Right-click on it and choose Get Info from the drop-down menu.
- Note: Another quick way to open the “Info” box is to right-click on the folder. Next, press the Command + I keys simultaneously.
- Click the folder icon in the upper left corner of the window.
- Go to Edit, then Copy. You can also select the folder icon and press Command + V keys together to copy the folder icon.
- Close the window.
- Locate the folder you want to customize.
- Right-click on it and select Get Info.
- Select the folder icon in the new window.
- Go to Edit again and choose Paste from the drop-down menu.
That’s all we can say about it. Once you close the folder’s “Info” window, you will notice that your folder’s icon has changed. This method is much faster than the others because you won’t have to customize or adjust the icon to make it compatible with your folder.
How to Change the Folder Color on a Mac
Another option you have is to change the color of the folder icon on your Mac. Changing the color of a folder icon is done with the Preview app. To do this on your Mac, follow the steps below:
- Locate and right-click on the folder you want to customize.
- Select Get Info from the drop-down menu.
- Click the folder icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
- Go to Edit on the top toolbar.
- Choose the Copy option from the drop-down menu.
- Close the folder information window.
Now is the time to use the Preview app to change the color of your folder icon. Here’s how it’s done:
- Launch the Preview app on your Mac.
- Go to File in the top menu bar.
- Select New from Clipboard at the top of the drop-down menu. This will open the folder icon you copied.
- Switch to the Tools tab in the top menu bar.
- Click on the Adjust Color… option.
- Go to Tint in the new window to change the color.
- Click the slider and drag it to the left or right of the scale to adjust the color. You can also adjust saturation, exposure, contrast, temperature, and other color settings to change your icon to a specific color.
- Close this window when you are done.
- Go to Edit in the top menu bar and select Copy.
- Close the Preview app.
- Go back to the info window of the folder you want to customize.
- Go to Edit and then to Paste.
- Close the information box.
The folder icon color will change instantly. Although this process may take slightly longer, you can create any color you want for your Mac file folders. It’s a great way to organize all your file folders on your desktop. Not only will they be more accessible, but the entire desktop will also be visually pleasing.
Keep reading for more answers to your questions about folders in macOS.
How can I restore the original folder icon on a Mac?
If you change your mind about a particular folder icon, you can always restore the default icon. It will only take you a few moments. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Locate the folder you want to customize.
2. Right-click on the folder and choose “Get Info” from the drop-down menu.
3. Click the icon in the upper right corner of the window.
4. Navigate to the “Edit” tab in the menu bar.
5. Choose “Cut” from the drop-down list.
This will automatically return the folder to its default icon, which is the blue file folder.
How to create a custom folder icon on a Mac?
If you want to be more creative, you can create your own custom icons for all file folders on your Mac. Keep in mind that you will need a third-party app to do this. You can use Illustrator, Procreate, Photoshop and various other photo editing applications.
Whichever third-party app you choose, you can select the dimensions for each custom icon. Square images are usually the best option for creating folder icons. You can also create your own design. Try to keep it fairly simple, as adding too much detail will make it blurry once it’s minimized.
Once you’ve created your design in one of these apps, all you need to do is export it to your device. Here’s what you can do next:
1. Open your custom icon.
2. Press “Command” and “A” at the same time to select it.
3. Press “Command” and “C” at the same time to copy it.
4. Find the folder where you want to use the custom icon.
5. Right-click on it and choose “Get Info” from the drop-down list of options.
6. Click on the folder in the upper right corner of your screen.
7. Go to “Edit” then “Paste”.
8. Close the “Info” window.
Your folder will now have a custom icon. You can do this for all your folders on your Mac.
How do I create my own MacBook folder icons?
If you’re looking for something specifically designed to match your aesthetic, you can create your own folders. You may notice that the macOS folder looks like a folder. So it will take some work to get the perfect look. You can purchase folder skins on Etsy and other websites.
But if you want to make your own, you can use creative software like Adobe Illustrator or Gimp to create a folder icon. When you’ve perfected your image, use the tutorials above to put it to work.
Personalize your Mac desktop
Changing folder icons on your Mac will allow you to create a visually pleasing desktop, as well as organize all your folders and files. Besides making your folder icon an image, you can also change the color of the folder icon. You can create your own custom folder icons to go further. There’s no limit to what you can do to personalize your Mac desktop.
Have you ever changed a folder icon on your Mac before? Have you used any of the methods described in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.