10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2013 5:20 AM by antoniobrandao
yardsale Level 1 (0 points)
My computer was just upgraded from Tiger to Leopard. In the change, the desktop icons I used to have turned into light blue folders, which look terrible on my light green desktop color, not enough contrast.
Please tell me how to change the light blue color of these desktop folders to some other color? thanks

IMac Intel, new in May 2006, Mac OS X (10.4.7), Leopard
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)
    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

  • yardsale Level 1 (0 points)
    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.
  • yardsale Level 1 (0 points)
    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 .
  • Susan Hull Level 1 (5 points)
    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.
  • ivan54 Level 3 (860 points)
    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.

  • yardsale Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

  • yardsale Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

  • yardsale Level 1 (0 points)

    The above reply from yardsale was directed to Ivan 54. 

  • antoniobrandao Level 1 (0 points)

    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

  • antoniobrandao Level 1 (0 points)

    sorry, false alarm, I solved my problem using Folder Teint thanks