How to customize folder and application icons on our Mac

The operating system on our Mac offers several customization options. One of them is to change the icons of the folders or applications of our Mac to images, something that can help us recognize at a glance the folder we’re looking for among several or to personalize the look of the computer.

Customizing Icons

The first thing we have to do is locate the image we want to use for our folder or application. Then the steps are as follows:

  1. We open the image we want to use as an icon for our folder in the Preview app.
  2. Press Command (?) + A to select the entire image.
  3. Press Command (?) + C to copy the image.
  4. We closed Preview.
  5. Select the folder or application to which you want to change the icon.
  6. Press Command (?) + i to get information about it.
  7. At the top we click on the blue image of the folder, when doing so it will acquire a bluish glow.
  8. We pressed Command (?) + V to paste the image we had copied. If it’s an app we may have to enter the computer’s password.
  9. We closed the information window.
How to customize folder and application icons on our Mac
How to customize folder and application icons on our Mac

And just like that. The folder or application icon will change instantly and show the image you have chosen.

How to remove the custom icon

Later, if we want to leave the folder or application with its default icon again, the steps are as follows:

  1. Select the folder or application to which you want to remove the custom icon.
  2. Press Command (?) + i to get information about it.
  3. At the top we click on the image of the current icon, when doing so it will acquire a bluish glow.
  4. Press the Delete key (?). If it is an app we may have to enter the computer’s password.
  5. We closed the information window.

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Although following this tutorial we can customize the icon for folders, apps and files, in general, the recommendation is that we try to respect the consistency of the system . If we end up with a Pages document with a folder icon and vice versa it will be very difficult to recognize them. For this reason we have only exposed the change of icon to the folders and applications.

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