Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2011 6:05 AM (in response to yardsale)The OS software only changes the name of the folder to a color you select. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoHhtS169nM
If you want to change the name & folder color, try Colored Folders http://177aharba.deviantart.com/#/d156vuu
Cheers, Tom G4 1.5GHz 12" PB, G4 1.25GHz MDD, G3 400 FW Pismo,, Mac OS X (10.5.6), OS 10.4.11/9.2.2, Canon LiDE30 Scanner, Canon i960 Printer, Belkin UPS
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2011 11:03 PM (in response to Texas Mac Man)Thanks, Tom. I followed the link you suggested about colored folders, but sadly learned that these folders do not click open . Appreciate your effort though.IMac Intel, new in May 2006, Mac OS X (10.4.7), Leopard
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2011 2:47 PM (in response to yardsale)I was unable to find the answer how to change folder icon color on desktop. HOWEVER, I now know how to replace any folder icon or document icon on the desktop with another icon of your choice. The directions are a bit long, but they work. If anyone is interested, I would be happy to email those directions .IMac Intel, new in May 2006, Mac OS X (10.4.7), Leopard
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2011 4:33 PM (in response to yardsale)I'd like to know an alternative way to change icons. Using the usual Get Info>copy/paste in upper left, I can change all apps except Mail. It just will not accept a new icon in any format I've tried (6 total formats, incl .icns). If you know another way, please tell! Thanks.iMac 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 duo w 4GB, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2011 1:21 PM (in response to yardsale)Hi yardsale,
I was wanting to do this as well so I played around a bit. Not sure if this will help you though as this worked with Mac OS X 10.6.6 and Preview 5.0.3 but didn't work with Mac OS X 10.5.8 and Preview 4.2.
I was able to change the folder color with Preview.
Basically, copy the icon and change it in Preview, then paste it back in. It takes longer to describe than to do it
1) Get Info on the icon (like a folder)
2) Click on the icon to select it.
3) Edit (menu) > Copy
4) Open Preview
5) File > New From Clipboard
6) Tools > Adjust Color > Tint (and whatever else you want. Do this for all sizes)
7) Edit > Select All
8) Edit > Copy
9) Go back to the original Folder Get Info Window
10) Select the icon and Paste.
(You can also Save As to use the colored icon again)
I also couldn't change the Mail icon even after unlocking it and giving myself read/write access.
Folders and documents seemed fine.
Now my green folders have a green name and icon.
ivanMac OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 11:20 PM (in response to Susan Hull)
Hi Susan, sorry there was a long delay before I got back to you. I had other computer problems. You said you would be interested in an alternative way to change desktop icons. Here is what worked for me:
You can, change folder icons one at a time. To do this, first find a file with an icon you'd like to use for the folder, select it, and choose File --> Get Info. Click on the icon in the Get Info window and choose Edit-->Copy.
Now select the folder you wish to change and choose File-->Get Info for it. Click on the folder icon and choose Edit-->Paste.
Your folder will now be visible with your chosen new icon
Now select the folder you wish to change (Zippy on a folder above and below) and choose File-->Get Info for it. Click on the folder icon as shown below and choose Edit-->Paste.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 11:25 PM (in response to ivan54)
Thanks for your advice but it did not work on my computer. But see my reply above to Susan Hull for a method which did work for me....changing the icon.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 11:27 PM (in response to yardsale)
The above reply from yardsale was directed to Ivan 54.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 5:08 AM (in response to yardsale)
hello yardsale, if you'd be so kind to share that method to change the default icon for folders I would be so thankful ! greetings
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 5:20 AM (in response to yardsale)
sorry, false alarm, I solved my problem using Folder Teint thanks