Changing Icons In Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by geltab, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. geltab macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2007
    I have tried to change icons with jpeg, png, etc. images on folder, the sidebar icons, etc.. I go through the standard steps: get info on folder, drop the image on the smaller icon in the upper left. What I get is a new icon but it is a generic "jpeg image" or "png image" logo that replaces the icon, not the actual image.

    Anyone else having this problem?

  2. kaws macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2011
    you can always use candybar...

    there is a free trial then you can buy license.

  3. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
  4. M-B-P macrumors regular

    May 15, 2010
    I actually had the same problem that you described and even posted it a few hours before you did.

    I found an alternative method for changing the icon. If you open up the icon file in preview you will get the icon with some thumbnails of the icon in different sizes. Click on the actual image of the icon (not the thumbnail on the sidebar) in preview and do a select all (command + a), and a copy. Then paste that into the icon on the top left corner of the get info window of the desired app/folder.

    Let me know if that did the job.
  5. geltab thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2007
    M-B-P, that worked, but it doesn't work in the "Favorites Sidebar". It shows the icon changed to the image I cut and pasted, but when I look at the side bar it hasn't changed from the folder image. I tried it on a new folder I made on the desktop and it worked on that. I know I could do this in SL on the sidebar favorites. Thanks for the help
  6. M-B-P macrumors regular

    May 15, 2010
    Glad to hear that worked. There are a few threads on attempting to change the sidebar icons, but as far as I know no one has been able to change them successfully. If you find any way to change them please let me know.
  7. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Open image in Preview. Press Cmd + A to select all. Press Cmd + C to copy image area. Then go to the "Get Info" window of your folder and click the top left icon as you say. Press Cmd + V.
  8. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Awesome that worked for me thanx buddy. Now I have my MBA USB thumb drive with the right icon! :apple:
  9. gonrivas macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2011

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