The operating system that lives on our Mac offers us several customization options. One of them is change icons for folders or apps of our Mac by images, something that can help us recognize at a glance the folder we are looking for among several or customize the appearance of the computer.

How to customize the icons

Icons

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

We open the image that we want to use as an icon for our folder in the Preview app. We press Command (⌘) + A to select the entire image. We press Command (⌘) + C to copy the image. We close Preview. We select the folder or application to which we want to change the icon. We press Command (⌘) + i to get information from it. At the top we click on the blue image of the folder, when doing so it will acquire a bluish glow. Press Command (⌘) + V to paste the image that we had copied. If it is an app, we may have to enter the computer password. We close the information window.

And it’s that easy. The icon of the folder or application will change instantly and will show the image that we have chosen.

How to remove the custom icon

Later, if we want leave the folder or app again With its default icon, the steps are as follows:

We select the folder or application to which we want to delete the custom icon. We press Command (⌘) + i to get information from it. At the top we click on the image of the current icon, when doing so it will acquire a bluish glow. We press the Delete key (←). If it is an app, we may have to enter the computer password. We close the information window.

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Although following this tutorial we can customize the icon of folders, apps and files, in general, the recommendation is that we try to respect the coherence 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 icon change to folders and applications.

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