Change finder icon

JDN

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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!
 

macravin

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Aug 9, 2007
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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.
 

polycat33

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Jul 1, 2007
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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.
 

chubbyman

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Jul 21, 2008
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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
 

DaveSchneid

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Jul 14, 2008
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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.
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
 

sickmacdoc

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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
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.
 

dsnort

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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?
 

sickmacdoc

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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?
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/
 

auhsoj

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Sep 14, 2008
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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:
 

kraxyk

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Sep 16, 2008
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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.
 

sickmacdoc

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Jun 14, 2008
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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:
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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elvybeauti

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Sep 24, 2008
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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?
 

elvybeauti

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Sep 24, 2008
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Denver, Colorado
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)
 

BabyGrouch

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Dec 7, 2008
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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)
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? :(
 

elvybeauti

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Sep 24, 2008
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Denver, Colorado
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
 

Joli

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Dec 25, 2008
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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)
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! :)
 

elvybeauti

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Sep 24, 2008
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i.shaun

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May 1, 2008
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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
 

urvi

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Sep 2, 2009
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I have tried all these steps and i still cant get the Finder icon to change.
 
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