Changing the icon of a folder

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  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    So, I got my mom to switch, but she has some problems, so I'm compiling some SOS documents to help her with difficult tasks (or at least in her mind). I want to put them all into a folder in her Dock, but I want it to be a different color, preferrably red, than the one already in it. Is there any way I can do this?

    (BTW, this is Panther.)
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Does changing the label colour not change the icon colour anymore?
    It did in OS 9. Did OS X lose that ability?
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Never tried it on Panther, but...

    Select the folder and get info (Cmd+i). Now, select the new icon and copy it (Cmd+c). Finally, go over to the original folder's info, and select the icon in the upper-left corner. Now paste (Cmd+v).

    You can get plenty of icons here: http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/
     
  4. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes, sadly. You can add a color label, but the folder's icon still stays blue.
     
  5. bartelby macrumors Core

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    That's a pain.
    Looks like EricNau's suggestion then.
     
  6. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thank you! You wouldn't happen to know where the folder icon in the Library is, or the same one, only red, would you?
     
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    No, I don't. ...But you might want to look through their selection - you might find something even more fun! :p
     
  8. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I found just what I wanted -- thanks!
     
  9. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    If you change the app's icon it will (should*) change in the dock next time you launch the app.

    * - In some cases you may need to "poof" the icon out of the dock and re-insert it for changes to take effect.
     
  11. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    I thought it wasn't going to work but discovered that i needed to drag the original icon off the dock and then drag the new one onto the dock.
    Thanks this is a very useful tip :)

    FJ
     

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