Changing Icons on Snow Leopard OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Pennyiscute, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Pennyiscute macrumors newbie


    Mar 29, 2011
    perth, Western Australia
    Hi everyone,

    i have been searching the net and reading various MacRumor forums trying to find out how to change my app icons on my new imac with Snow Leopard OS X.

    So far i have worked out your open 'Get Info', then unlock settings with small padlock in bottom right corner and then drag new image into small icon on top left.

    So far it works for genertic icons, like folders & subfolders, but not for main apps like; Address book, Itunes, Finder, etc

    How do i change those icons?

    If someone has written instructions or a link, that would really help :)

    PS: this is my first post, so sorry if it's in the wrong forum :\
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany
  3. Sirobin macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2008
    Try right clicking on the application, and choosing show package contents. Then open the contents folder, then the resources folder. Look in there for the icon, and replace it with your own (I would suggest making a backup of the original though, just in case).
  4. Pennyiscute, Mar 31, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2011

    Pennyiscute thread starter macrumors newbie


    Mar 29, 2011
    perth, Western Australia
    Hey, i downloaded Candybar and it works great!

    I found that if the icons don't change right away you can do one of a few things:
    1) Remove, then re-add the icons onto your menu bar.
    *To remove; you just click & hold the icon, then drag onto the desktop. It should disappear with a cloud of smoke (this doesn't delete it it just removes it from your menu option). You can then re-add the icon from your Finder menu or the Application folder.

    2) Lauch the app. But just opening the app then closing it should update the icon picture.

    3)Restart you Mac. Just a quick refresh might update your new icon pictures.

    Also i found out that you can't change the Calendar icon. The icon tells you the date each day and does not suit a stanard picture like the others.

    Anyhoo, thanks for everyone help XD
  5. Elucidesign, May 13, 2011
    Last edited: May 13, 2011

    Elucidesign macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2011
    Finally got it.

    This isn't in response to Candybar... Apple already includes the ability to change an icon.

    According to Apple, roughly:

    1. Copy the image you want to use to the clipboard.
    2. Do a Get Info (Cmd+I) on the file whose icon you want to change.
    3. Click the little icon in upper left to activate it (frames blue). See the green oval in attached screen shot.
    4. Paste.

    I believe some folks (I did) will need to restart, and maybe even Kill Finder (Relaunch) before it will work. The first one I did didn't update until I restarted... but now it's immediate on any old file.

    Sef. Snow 10.6.7 on a 2011MBP

    Attached Files:

  6. dewjack macrumors member


    Jun 6, 2012
    I am trying to change the finder icon, and prefer to do it manually. I have followed the instructions below but still no change in the Dock, what can be missing?

    In Finder, open the System folder (under Macintosh HD), and click through to System > Library > CoreServices > Dock. Right-click the Dock, select Show Package Contents, and open the Resources folder. This time you’re looking for PNG files: finder.png, dashboard.png, ejectmedia.png, trashempty.png & trashfull.png. If you don’t already have PNG versions of each of the icons you want here, open their ICNS files in Preview and use Save As to create duplicates with the extension PNG. Once again, make absolutely sure your replacement icons have exactly the same filenames and extensions as the originals (and make backup copies of the originals), then delete the old image files and move your new ones in. Tada! Restart (or use that Terminal trick) to see your changes.

    yours dewjack

    p.s. Just for the fun of it, this the finder icon I prefer:

Share This Page