How to change a shortcut icon

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lamina, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    From Canada, living in Seoul
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    The same way you change icons on other files. Select the image you want, copy it to the clipboard. Get Info (Command-I) on the shortcut, click the icon picture in the top left of the Info window, and Paste (Command-V) the new icon on top of the old one.
  3. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    From Canada, living in Seoul
  4. digitalformula macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2009
    Super old reply but still relevant and helpful. Thanks WildCowboy. :)
  5. trenchantly macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2011
  6. randallking macrumors member


    Sep 29, 2009
    Yeah, it doesn't work for me either in Yosemite. I'm trying to change the icon on a .vncloc shortcut, and it just changes it to a generic .png icon placeholder
  7. Schnapple macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2014
    I just did it in Yosemite successfully. Note that what the original answer is saying is basically:

    1. Find the image you want to use, and open it in Preview or something
    2. COPY the image to the clipboard (Command-A, then Command-C)
    3. CLICK on the small icon in the Get Info dialog (border should turn blue)
    4. PASTE the image from the clipboard (Command-V) to replace the icon

    If you're seeing the PNG or BMP icon, you're dragging an icon from a different Get Info dialog and yeah that seems to not work anymore, least when I tried.
  8. personguy macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2014
    Just in case this helps someone else:

    I was trying to change the icon of an alias (to a .jar file) to a 256x256 PNG, and dragging the image over the icon in the Get Info window didn't work, and neither did copying + pasting the image after highlighting the icon. At least, it did not seem to have worked, but experimentally I tried clicking the "Locked" checkbox in the General section of the Get Info screen (after trying the above steps) and voila! the icon changed. Unchecking the "Locked" checkbox returned the icon to its generic one.
    Then I noticed, while the "Locked" checkbox was unchecked (unlocked) I changed the name of the file, and again, voila!, the icon changed, and stayed changed, to the desired one.
    I've noticed several icon refresh issues similar to this in Mavericks.

    So for someone else experiencing this (at least on Mavericks 10.9.4):

    1. Follow the steps above given by Schnapple (drag or copy + paste the desired icon into the Get Info window).
    2. If the image doesn't change, try checking the "Locked" checkbox
    3. Alternatively, try changing the name of the file.
    4. Essentially, after applying the icon change, if you don't see it change, try altering another property of the file.

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