Change finder icon

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  1. JDN macrumors 6502a

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    This may seem like a really silly question, but how do you change the icon for finder? I can't seem to get to the 'get info' bit to change it. I can do it for everything else, just not finder!
     
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  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Unfortunately, it's not an icon you can change using the normal cut and paste method. You'll either need to have a fiddle with some files hidden away in the dark recesses of our hard drive, or try an app like CandyBar.
     
  4. macravin macrumors newbie

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    Make Way 4 The Expert

    The Application Candy Bar Does Work, But For Those Who Like Me Like To Do Things For Themselves. You Can Also Go To "/System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/finder.png" There You Can Change The Finder Icon, The Trash Icon, And Even The Little Poof Thing When You Get Rid Of Dock Files, I Made Mine Black.
     
  5. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    LiteIcon is another alternative, gives you a whole selection of things you can change, including all types of documents, drives, etc, just by dragging and dropping, and then you can reset them to default really easily.
     
  6. chubbyman macrumors newbie

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    The Application Candy Bar Does Work, But For Those Who Like Me Like To Do Things For Themselves. You Can Also Go To "/System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/finder.png" There You Can Change The Finder Icon, The Trash Icon, And Even The Little Poof Thing When You Get Rid Of Dock Files, I Made Mine Black. >> I have done all of these steps but do not know what to do to actually change the picture could you please supply me with the next idiot proof steps

    thank you
     
  7. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    relaunch the Dock by typing "killall Dock" (without quotation marks) into Terminal and hitting enter.
     
  8. chubbyman macrumors newbie

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    after I've typed that into terminal where do I go from there
     
  9. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    it will relaunch the Dock and update the all the icons if you replaced the Finder icon in the system folder shown above.
     
  10. DaveSchneid macrumors newbie

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    I've been trying to do this, but it says the resources folder cant be modified. Any suggestions?

    Plus i really dont want to pay for candybar / or have extra apps that i dont really need
     
  11. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Well the program that someone mentioned above (LiteIcon) is free and is a whole lot safer to use than mucking about in the terminal unless you have pretty strong confidence in your Terminal knowledge/abilities! :)

    You can always just trash it after you use it too.
     
  12. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    On a related subject, I'm using some new icons from "Refresh Mac". They're cool, but it's a bit of a pain to have to change the folder icon on every new folder when you create it.

    Is here a way to change the default folder icons in the system? Without resorting to Candybar?
     
  13. Educ8r macrumors 6502a

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    Here is

    mine
     

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  14. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Changing the "generic" folder icon in the system (with the free LiteIcon) will avoid making you change each new folder you create, as well as making it simple to change all the other system folder variations (Applications, Home, Downloads, etc.).
    http://www.freemacsoft.net/LiteIcon/
     
  15. auhsoj macrumors newbie

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    I made my own stupid attempt to change the finder icon and I somehow deleted it. It still works, but shows as a blank space in the dock. I tried a few other attempts to change it back, but it still shows up as a blank space.

    Sometimes, it won't let my air even log out or shut down; it says, "failed to log out because the application "finder" failed to quit."

    I have no idea what to do ... :confused:
     
  16. kraxyk macrumors newbie

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    ok so the person above me...have you tried replacing it with another one?

    also I need help. I did everything but it still didn't change on my dock.
     
  17. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    So, have you actually just tried with the free LiteIcon that I mentioned above or were to you trying to hack the .icns file in the bundle directly?

    Using CandyBar or LiteIcon is always the safest way to change the icons of System files rather than changing the resources directly! ;)

    Here's my current Finder icon too for no particular reason....:D
     

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  18. elvybeauti macrumors newbie

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    blank space

    Do you have to download specific types of icons to work as the system file icons? I am using a set called KajubeesMac from interfacelift.com. I've changed many program icons such as iChat, Firefox, and others, using this icon set.
    I've also been able to "change" the finder icon and the dashboard icon as it appears in my Applications folder.
    However, these changes aren't reflected in the Dock, even if I restart, or type "killall Dock" into the Terminal. The finder icon stays the same in the dock, and when I drag the new Dashboard icon to the dock, it is a blank space (but still works)
    I used the method where I go to "/System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources" and manually change each icon.

    Any suggestions?
     
  19. elvybeauti macrumors newbie

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    update: I figured it out! For some reason, before I replaced the files, I had to delete the original ones, rather than just dragging the new ones in and saying 'yes' to "replace."
    Here it is! (just to show you the icons)
    [​IMG]
     
  20. BabyGrouch macrumors newbie

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    How did you do that? I have kaijubeesmac too, and the steps you did didn't work for me. Is there any easier way to change the finder, trash, and other icons without using those steps or anything you download off a website? :(
     
  21. elvybeauti macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, but I don't know any other way. I had to try it a few times too. But, if you start from scratch and follow that way, it should work...

    good luck!

    ~Sarah
     
  22. Joli macrumors newbie

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    Hi! Not sure if this will make sense, but I'm going to try. Can you give me the names of the other icons you are using? Like I know you are using Kaijubees for your finder, could you tell me the others? Please and thank you! :)
     
  23. elvybeauti macrumors newbie

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    I also use "LOTR - Armoury of the Third Age" - by Dave Brasgalla (http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/lotr), "Spring Festival," and "Litho System" - by Anthony Piraino (http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/lit0).
     
  24. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried manual steps outlined here, replacing the ".png" file, even making the image an .icns & .rsrc file.

    I went into Finder.app and changed it's icns & rsrc to the icon I wanted, typed "killall dock" and it still didn't change. Everything seems to work fine, but the Finder icon remains the same.


    When I check the dock.app files, the new icon is in there, same with finder.app. I don't understand why it won't show the change
     
  25. urvi macrumors newbie

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    I have tried all these steps and i still cant get the Finder icon to change.
     

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