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balintalovits Level 1 (0 points)



I've just upgraded to Lion and I'm kinda dissapointed of many reasons, like the grey aweful sidebar icons in the finder app.

Is there any solution to change it back to the normal like it was in Snow Leopard?

The other thing is the Mail app. The new surface looks horrible as well, even if I change it to "classical view".

I want the older back! It was good as it was!

  • Grant Greene Level 6 (14,745 points)

    There is no way of adding color unless there is a third party solution out there. Grey is the new color!

  • balintalovits Level 1 (0 points)

    There are some soutions turning back the itunes previous versions's sidebar to colorized.

    I hope someone will solve this as well.

  • Chee-Wui Chu Level 1 (0 points)

    Get info on the icons show colorful icon previews. Weird. Must be something wrong.

  • Grant Greene Level 6 (14,745 points)

    Nothing is wrong. It's by design(bad design IMO).

  • dpeam Level 1 (10 points)

    I liked it so much I reverted to SL and put Lion on an external. I will wait for some improvements and updates before I try it on my iMac again.

    Mail and iCal leaves much to be desired also.

  • Tidu Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree we should  have the option of colour icons. It hate that they change things without giving the options of keeping some characteristics of the previous version

    the grey icons are much less user friendly in all apps and in finder

  • ppallas Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a 3rd party app called CandyBar that allows you to change any icon in your system, I think is like 30 bucks and the only thing you have to do is look up in google for mac icons that you like or make your own if you want to. I used it to change the color of my folders from blue to black and it worked perfectly on Lion, but I think there is also an option to change the sidebar icons as well.

  • TheStich Level 1 (0 points)

    I have found that Lion will only show the default icons in the side-bar (as per Grant Greene's answer).


    All my custom-made icons for folders, etc show up in colour in their original format in the normal finder view.

    But as soon as I place them in the side bar, they switch to the default grey look (with no colour OR custom graphic!).


    This means I now have a big bunch of folder icons that all look the same in the sidebar! I thought these upgrades were all about creating more productive workflows? But this change is counter productive on quite a few levels.



  • w7ox Level 4 (2,385 points)

    TheStich wrote:



    Hey, sounds like a song title, perhaps even an Anthem



  • ppallas Level 1 (0 points)

    But there is an option in CandyBar to change the icons from the side bar, those are different ones than the folders in normal view, you have to change specifically the sidebar icons.Screen Shot 2011-07-22 at 11.26.37 PM.png

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  • Tidu Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi thanks for this but how do  Iactually do it - there is no explaination to change the finder icons and it's not really clear how  I do it?

  • ppallas Level 1 (0 points)

    After you downloaded and installed CandyBar you drag the icons from "my icons" to the dark place where the defaults icons are, you drop it on top of them and they will be replaced, after you are happy with your new selection of icons, a bar at the top of the app will pop up with a button for "change icons" and it will make you log out so the effect can be done. And that's pretty much it. Give it a try with the Candybar default icons, but you can find tons more out in the internet or you can make them yourself. I hope it helps, if not I'm pretty sure there are tutorials of Candybar in youtube.

  • MCPH Level 1 (0 points)

    And the groundhog, is he putting the chocolate in the tinfoil?

  • golf and fly Level 1 (0 points)

    Agree completely.  Where did the color go?  My wife and I bouth thought there was something wrong with the icons.  Unfortunately that was the design of the program with no way to turn on color if desired.  Very poor.  I would have thought that Apple had a Human Design engineer on their staff that would chime in when the very smart geeks decided on layout "enhancements".  All of the programs (iTunes, Finder, iCal,...) need to have color options restored.  As in anything humans communicate with, color is another one of those tools to communicate an action.  Grey communicates nothing.  Unless Apple was communicating a lack of that understanding.

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