Change Icon For Mac Application

macOS provides a lot of customization options and one of them is to change apps and folder icons. There isn’t any desperate need to do so, but it’s good to keep things the way we like. It also serves the purpose of confusing people, in case you have colleagues or friends using your Mac without your permission. Here we’ve explained detailed guide on how you can change app and folder icons on Mac with ease.

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On your Mac, click the Finder icon in the Dock to open a Finder window. Do any of the following: Hide or show the sidebar: Choose View Hide Sidebar or View Show Sidebar.(If Show Sidebar is dimmed, choose View Show Toolbar.) Resize the sidebar: Drag the right side of the divider bar to the right or left. Change what’s in the sidebar: Choose Finder Preferences, click Sidebar, then. 1) Right-click the app you would like to change the icon for. 2) In the menu that opens, click Get Info. (Image credit: Laptop Mag) 3) Drag the icon and drop it on the folder icon in the app Info. After the script has been created do the following: Find the source app with the icon you want. Get Info of the source app (cmd-i). Click on the icon inside the source app's info window (Not the one in the big Preview section at the bottom, if you have one of those; the little one in the top-left corner.). Copy it (cmd-c)Get Info of the automator script (i.e., the destination app) (cmd-i). Get free icons of Mac app in iOS, Material, Windows and other design styles for web, mobile, and graphic design projects. The free images are pixel perfect to fit your design and available in both png and vector. Download icons in all formats or edit them for your designs.

How to Change App and Folder Icons in macOS

Choose an Image. Choose an image you would like to use. When searching the image in Google.

As far as this guide is concerned, we will use the Desktop folder as an example but don’t worry as the process remains the same for any other folder, app, or even website bookmark.

Step #1. Very first thing you’ll need to do is select any image of your choice and copy it to the clipboard by double clicking thepicture to open it in Preview. Now click on EditSelect All. Next, press Command + C to copy the image to clipboard.

Step #2. To locate the Desktop folder, ensure you are in Finder and press Shift + Command + H. Alternatively, you may also click on Go from top bar and then click on Home.

Step #3. Right click on the Desktop folder icon/name and select “Get Info“.

Step #4. On the info panel of the folder, click on the folder icon located at the upper-left corner.

Step #5. All you need to do now is to paste the image we copied in the first step by pressing Command + V.

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You can repeat the same process for any folder. To restore the original image follow Step #3, Step #4 and now press Command + X to cut the image and it will automatically restore the original default image.

For changing app icon on Mac, you’ll need to access Application folder by looking for it in Finder and then select any App for which you wish to customize the icon. Thereafter, follow on from Step #3.

Note: For changing the icon of an in-built app (like Safari), you will need to enter your Mac’s password.

Wrapping up…

There are many websites which let you download icons and icon packs for Mac; search for them. If you are changing website shortcut icon, one good idea is to download the website’s logo and use that.

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