7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2008 7:07 AM by V.K.
Ishtanzar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello people,

I'm trying to have some of my folders look like the "system folders": nice blue folder and an inlaid picture and just a icon for the sidebar.

The thing is: I managed to get the nice blue folder with the picture in it but can someone explain me how can I have an icon in the sidebar without the blue folder ?

In Mac OS X Tiger, it was a special size of the icns that was used. Now the system folders have a MovieFolderIcon.icns AND a ToolbarMovieFolderIcon.icns but how can I do with my own folders that are not system ones ?

Thanks for the help and please forgive my english.

MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • DrKimmMD Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Try this:

    1. Copy the icon you wish to use ( + C)
    2. Right Click (Ctrl + Click) on the folder you wish to change
    3. Get Info
    4. Highlight (or just click) on the Top left corner on the folder
    5. Paste the icon you wish to use ( + V)

    And then drag it to the side bar

    Message was edited by: DrKimmMD
  • Joseph Kriz Level 5 Level 5 (5,050 points)
    DrKimmMD wrote:
    Try this:

    1. Copy the icon you wish to use ( + C)
    2. Right Click (Ctrl + Click) on the folder you wish to change
    3. Get Info
    4. Highlight (or just click) on the Top left corner on the folder
    5. Paste the icon you wish to use ( + V)


    For many people with newer computers and possibly buying the newer keyboards,
    The  is NO longer on the keyboards.
    Therefore you need to use the "command" key.
  • Ishtanzar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for this guys but I already know about that.
    As I tried to explained in my main post, I used this in order to have the nice Leopard blus folder with an inlaid logo.

    But when I drag the folder onto the sidebar the icon that appear is the small size of the icon, the same that is used for the list view and small icon size.

    What I'm looking for is a way to have a different icon for the sidebar. Like the Leopard system folders.
  • shaolex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've been trying to figure this out as well. Did you ever figure out how to accomplish this?

    For anyone unclear on what we are trying to accomplish... Take the Downloads folder as an example. In your home directory (or the dock if you have it said to display as a folder), the Downloads directory is displayed as a blue folder with the inlayed download icon. However, the icon is different in the sidebar -- it is a small green circle with a white arrow.

    So the question is, does anyone know how to create the separate icon for a folder in the sidebar?
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    make an alias of your folder and put any custom icon you want on it. Drag the alias to the sidebar.
  • shaolex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Unless I didn't do it right, this didn't work. Here are the steps I followed:

    1. I removed the Downloads folder from my sidebar.
    2. I created an alias to the Downloads folder on the desktop.
    3. I changed the icon of the alias (on the Desktop) to a different icon from my Downloads folder.
    4. I drug the alias into the sidebar, only to see a Downloads entry with my "original" icon, not the one I had just created on the alias.

    Does anyone else have any other ideas?
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    ok, you are right. I should have checked. The alias trick works with normal folders but not with system-created folders like the downloads folder.
    You can do what you want by using Candybar http://www.panic.com/candybar/ (it's not free though).

    It allows you to set different desktop, sidebar and dock items for system folders. This is a very cool program and I highly recommend it.

    It should be possible to do it by hand but I wouldn't want to try myself.
    I believe the relevant file is /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/ToolbarDownloa dsFolderIcon.icns

    However, this is a system file so if you want to mess with it, on your head be it.