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How to Customize and Change Icons on Mac?

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a computer interior designer or just fancy putting your own stamp on your Mac icons by customising them, then you have come to the right Mac tutorial….

Customising and changing your Macs icons is surprisingly easy if you follow the steps correctly. Using the method listed bellow you will be able to change and set new icons for anything – Apps, Folders and even Files.

Simple steps to Change Mac icons…

 

1.) First you need to find a snazzy image you wish to replace the original icon. Once you have found this you will want to copy the image to your clipboard ready to paste over the original icon.

Note: Currently Apple will only allow you to select an existing icon image to be set for the new icon image. When I attempted to copy and paste a .jpg image the icon became the default Apple icon for .jpg images, not very attractive.

– Thankfully it is surprising simple to copy and existing icons image to your clipboard. Just open up your Finder window (Click desktop backdrop – from the Finder toolbar click on ‘File’ tab – from drop down menu select first option ‘New Finder Window’.)
– Click on the ‘Applications’ category on the left hand side and sieve through until you find a nice icon image you with to use.
– Click on it with your cursor to highlight it.
– Next we want to copy it to your clipboard. To do this you simply click on the ‘Edit’ tab in your desktops toolbar.
– Scroll through the list until you see the option ‘Copy’. Go ahead and click on this. Now you image is copied onto your clipboard and ready for pasting!

2.) Now we want to track down the Mac icon we wish to change. Do this by opening in up a new Finder window again.
3.) Once the window has opened up search for the icon you wish to change. You can search for it by typing the application or folders name into the search field on the top right, or using the categories on the left side to help narrow down your search.

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4.) Once locate click on the icon with your cursor to highlight it. The from the toolbar press the file File’ tab.
5.) From the menu select ‘Get info’.

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6.) A long skinny window displaying information about the icon you are about to change. Click on the icon on the original icon logo up in the top left hand corner.
7.) Finally click on the ‘Edit’ tab from the toolbar then select ‘Paste’.

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That’s it! Now the new icon should appear replacing the old one.

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)