Change Lion Finder Sidebar icons to color version?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Revival Cr8tive, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Revival Cr8tive, Jul 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011

    Revival Cr8tive macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    Does anyone know how to get rid of the silhouetted icons in the sidebar of the Finder. Replacing them with the colour version? I can see the colour version when I right click the icon and click 'get info' - however there's no option to switch the finder side bar icon... grrr.... Can you help?

    I don't understand why Apple would use silhouettes of the icons here and then not follow the same standard throughout the Finder... Where's the consistency?

    Any help would be appreciated!

  2. niteshade macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    yes, this bugs me as well.

    With the Lion release, Apple has seen fit to reduce the color palette of Mac OSX, and in the process, has removed the ability to customize icons in the sidebar of Finder windows. More specifically, you can still customize icons in the Finder, but Lion overrides them in Finder sidebars, presumably for aesthetic reasons.

    To me this seems a backwards step for interface usability... I now find the icons in the sidebar pretty useless, as I can't recognize at a glance which I am looking for. What before was immediate recognition, now is four or five seconds of reading location names. It's pretty aggravating, and tears me out of my flow.

    If anybody has a fix for this, 3rd party or otherwise, I'm pretty interested.
  3. Supershuttle macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2010
    Maybe someone will make an application to do that.
  4. Kanunu macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2009
    Drive icons too

    In additions to the shading of the icons in Favorites, the icons that were next to my internal drive, external drives, and CD drive are gone too. While they could duplicate they were different enough to make finding the right drive a lot easier.

    I want them back and I want them in color.
  5. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Lion is almost half the size of SL because they cut out a lot of fat. Do you really need colored sidebar icons? I mean really?
  6. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    Does it really use up a lot of resources? Really?
  7. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Enough to really get cut out of 10.7.
  8. steve-p macrumors 68000


    Oct 14, 2008
    Newbury, UK
    Just so they could make space for gratuitous leather and wood look in address book and calendar? I'm sure that takes more space than coloured sidebar icons ever did.
  9. theverant macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    Yes, I really do need to use whatever icons I want. I don't need Teh Steve or anyone else telling me how to use my computer. Allowing for custom icons would not add noticeable space to the 10.7 installer. I want to use my own icons. Ubuntu has had the functionality of adding custom system icons sets since forever and their installer fits on a CD.

    Makes no sense that Apple is making their OS LESS customizable, not more, like they should. :confused:

    PS. I signed up to Macrumors just to reply to your asinine line of questioning. Aren't you special!
  10. theverant macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    It's a simple and core functionality that Apple should be able to handle on their own. I shouldn't need to go to a secondary developer just to make my OS whole. Or am I just crazy to expect this? :D

  11. tblrsa macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2010
    Next version of OSX will be fully monochrome. :)
  12. nicroma macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Midwest, USA
    I'm hoping for green monochrome for nostalgia. :D
  13. chrisjk macrumors newbie


    Jan 10, 2009
    I don't really NEED a Mac! If I wanted to be as pissed off as I am now, I would have had a PC running Windows.

    I am hating this abandonment of folk - who let's face it - have been by and large evangelists for the company because Apple was concerned about the user experience ON THE MAC. Sure the iPad and iPhone are great but they are different platforms.
  14. Mightee macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Yes. I do.
  15. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    You can have any color, as long as it's gray.
  16. r6girl Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    This bugs me too. With colored icons I was able to more quickly identify apps and folders and it takes me slightly longer to find what I'm looking for now. It sounds like a minor issue but it does make a difference in how easily I can get around in Lion.
  17. ViciousShadow21, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

    ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    LiteIcon has an option to change the sidebar icons. So if you can find the original or a set that you like you can easily change them.

    @chrisjk i do find it hard to believe that not having color sidebar icons is enough to drive you back to a PC. i mean thats just ridiculous.

    @theverant yes you are crazy to expect this. If you want the world to be perfect you should do something about it. Joining forums just to try and embarass someone is not a step in the right direction. You just end up sounding like a jerk
  18. fried-gold, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

    fried-gold macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2008
    Unfortunately I don't think its a simple case of swapping the icons out, the problem is the way the new cocoa sidebar handles the images themselves with hue shifting.

    For more information:

    If you want your colours back keep an on this thread ^^^, perhaps they'll figure something out.
  19. Revival Cr8tive thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    Responses - wow...

    Well I didn't know this was going to such a popular thread.... As the OP I'd like to take a few moments to respond to some of the comments...

    I'm not that bothered about the total size of the OS... I just downloaded it from MAS and installed it in about an hour. Plus I have probably the slowest internet connection on broadband possible! OS Size.. Who cares!

    All the icons are actually included in the OS... Right click on a grey icon in side bar and the Get Info box has the icon displayed in it - In colour... So clearly its their! They've just tried to be over slinky in my opinion... Plus the Air Drop Icon is awesome and I'd like to see it in colour in my Finder sidebar... Is that a big ask?

    That would be horrific ;-)

    Lol.. Clearly...

    So who knows any Mac Devs who can make the tweak required? You could probably resell it in the Mac App Store...

    Any thoughts/suggestions anyone?
  20. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2010
    My money is on Total Finder having an option for color.
  21. Revival Cr8tive, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

    Revival Cr8tive thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
  22. chrisjk macrumors newbie


    Jan 10, 2009
    Firstly, I didn't say that and secondly, there are many other issues which annoy me apart from the colors! I was referring to my general unhappiness with this release. It has brought me no discernible benefits, just a lot of pain.
  23. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    Bring back the color

    This is driving me nuts at work, and the grey sidebar icons are nearly bad enough to send me back to SL.
  24. codymac macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    I find it funny that they're in color under Finder's Go menu.
  25. Merkyworks, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

    Merkyworks macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
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    For all the people that are saying "who cares if the side bar has color" and "do you really need it".

    I would say that having a little color associated with an icon or folder makes it's much quicker to hone in on its location among the other icons or folders that surround it.

    Secondly what makes no since is that in previous versions of OS X this functionality was there and it would appear as though the icons and folder in Lion do in fact have color but the OS is making them grey while being displayed in finder. So the argument of larger OS size is irrelevant and actually making finder all grey is another level of change the OS has to make and as such means more code and a lager OS size

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