Can't change folder icons back to default...

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  1. raechelli macrumors newbie

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    I changed the folder icons for my Applications and Downloads folder, but now I want to change them back to default. I tried clicking "Get Info," highlighting the icon, and deleting. I also tried pressing "command+x"/cutting. Neither worked.

    Does anyone know how I can fix this?
    Or, where I can find the default icons so I can change them back? Tried searching everywhere for an answer to both, but couldn't find a solution.

    Thanks.
     
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Go to get info, then click on the folder icon on top, then click delete.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Where are the icons located that you're trying to change? On the Dock? Desktop? Finder sidebar? Or in Finder?
     
  4. raechelli thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

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    Create new folder, copy the default icon, paste the icon in the same way you got the custom icon.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's one way to do it, but if a custom icon was already added, you should be able to revert to the default icon by simply deleting the custom icon, as ECUpirate44 posted. raechelli, I'd try that again, making sure that after you click on the custom icon, it has the blue "halo" around it before you press the delete key.
     
  7. raechelli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have a copy of the default icon. Where can I get it?

    I tried highlighting it and deleting it. Nothing happens.

    Thanks for your help, everyone.
     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    You shouldn't need a copy of the default icon. It defaults to the default. Delete the custom one.
     
  9. raechelli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried deleting the custom Applications icon, but the Applications folder icon didn't revert back to the default folder icon. It's still the same.
    When you change icons, does the new/custom icon get saved somewhere else?
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    You "tried" to delete it. How?

    Get Info, highlight icon in that window, hit the delete key on your keyboard.
    (Sorry if you already knew that, just read the last post this time.)
     
  11. raechelli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did that. Get Info, clicked on icon so the blue halo was around it, pressed delete. When I pressed delete there was an 'error sound.'

    I also tried deleting the original .icns file of the custom icon, hoping that the folder icon would revert to the default icon. Didn't help.
     
  12. mccad macrumors newbie

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    Check if your account has "read and write" privileges at the bottom of the get info window.

    If it says read only you cant delete the icon.
    Change it read and write and it should be sweet.
     
  13. raechelli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My account says I can read & write :/ Not sure why it's not allowing me to make changes...
     
  14. mccad macrumors newbie

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    Try unlocking the padlock at bottom of get info window.
    Make changes and then re lock it.
     
  15. raechelli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ahh I tried it. Clicked padlock, typed in my password, padlock was unlocked, clicked icon, blue halo appeared, pressed "delete," and the error sound came again.
     
  16. Z.A. macrumors newbie

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    If you have not already found a solution yet, click on the icon then press command+delete. It worked for me :)
     

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