On your Apple Mac every volume (i.e discs) and every file, folder and application is represented by a shiny Mac graphic icon.
Even you User Account has an icon attached. As your personal Mac user account icon may be seen by all your family, friends and work colleague. It is vital we pick the correct one, an icon that represents you!
Your user account icon will appear every time to go to log into your Mac account (that is if your Mac isn’t set to automatically log you in of course). When you first set up your beloved Mac or open a personal user account, you would have had the opportunity to select a picture to use as your personal icon. This would have been a standard image Apple provides for new users or you could have taken one there and then with your built in camera. But what if you weren’t ready, had no make up on or had forgotten to shave?
If you are currently embarrassed by your Mac user icon image and wish to change it then listen up – follow the simple steps bellow and get the user icon you have always dreamed of!
There are three types of image you can pick from to change your Mac user icon…
- Select one of the included mac icons.
- Take a snapshot with your Macs built in camera (this time just make sure your’e ready and don’t have bed head)
- Or better still you can drag in a custom image. Perhaps a groovy one off the internet or a flattering image of yourself from your iPhotos.
How to Change User Account Icon on Mac
1.) The first step is to click on the mini Apple icon nestled in the top left hand corner of your toolbar.
2.) From the drop down menu select the option titled ‘System Preferences‘.
3.) Under the ‘Systems‘ section click on the icon titled ‘Users & Groups‘. If you are on an older version such as Mac OS X v10.6 and under, this icon that looks a silhouette of a head and shoulders, will be called ‘Accounts‘ instead.
4.) The Users & Groups window will pop up. Next to the button marked ‘Change Password’ you will see a preview of your current account icon. Simply click on it to change it using one of the three options above (a pre-installed image, snapshot, or drag and drop a new image over.)
5.) If you like you can even crop and reposition your new image to form your perfect Mac user icon.
6.) Finally, if you are happy with the new user icon click the ‘Done‘ button to cement the changes.
Amazingly you can also change the icon of a Mac Item, such as a file. Click the link to learn ‘How to change the icon of an item on mac’.