How to Change Folder Icon on Mac (Files & Apps Too)

Some people drag-drop various folders on Dock available on the Mac Desktop. It helps them in adding items to those folder quickly and easily. Cool right? But there’s a problem!

Before adding items to any of these folders, you need to identify the right folder by hovering the cursor over generic blue icons. Now that’s not cool at all.

What if you’re able to use your own picture for folders on Mac? That will not only help you in quickly identifying the right folder but add a personal touch to the desktop on Mac, right?

How to Change Mac Folder Icons

Fortunately, changing the desktop icon on Mac is super easy, it will take a few clicks if you have a picture or icon that you want to use. Let’s learn how change folder icons on a Mac.

1. First of all, you need a right-icon or picture that you want to use for a particular folder.

There are various icon download sites available on the internet from where you can download the right icon.

Note – Whatever picture or icon you want to use, it should be in .png file format and has a transparent background.

2. Locate the icon or folder and copy it to the clipboard. For that, double-click to open it in the Preview app and then select Edit > Copy or use Command + C

How to Change Folder Icon on Mac

Alternatively, you can also select ‘Select all or using Command + A’.

How to Change Folder Icon on Mac

3. Head over to the folder whose icon you want to replace, then right-click folder and select File > Get Info or use Command + I.

How to Change Folder Icon on Mac

4. In the folder Info window, you need to click folder icon and then select Edit > Paste. Alternatively, you can use Command + V to paste the icon or picture.

How to Change Folder Icon on Mac

Doing this will instantly replace folder generic blue icon with one of your choice.

Note – You can follow the same procedure to change App and File icons on a Mac

As simple as that!

At any point, you want to restore the original icon for the folder, then it’s also possible. Here’s how you can do that:

Right-click on the folder and then select File > Get Info.

Select the custom icon visible on the top of the Info window and then select Edit > Cut.

Doing this will instantly restore the default browser of the Folder, file, or App that comes out of the box.

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