How do I change/restore app icons?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Peaceful, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Peaceful macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2005
    I acquired an old iMac G3 from someone who changed a bunch of the app icons. I'd like to reset them to defaults, or at least to something that looks nice.

    How do I reset app icons to default, or change them to something else?
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    To return to the basic, default icon all you need to do is click on the app or file, press Command-I to bring up the information window, click on the small icon up in the top left hand corner, and press delete.

    When you want to customise individual icons yourself, the easiest way is to...

    1. Select the icon you want to change your folder, app or file to.
    2. Choose "Get Info" from the File Menu, or click Command-I.
    3. Click the icon in the upper left of the info window.
    4. Choose "Copy" from the Edit menu (or type Command-C).
    5. Select your folder, app or file on the desktop and "Get Info" for it.
    6. Click the icon in the upper left of the info window.
    7. Select "Paste" (Command-V) from the Edit Menu.

    For system wide changes and to change icons like the Trash and Finder, you might like to take a look at CandyBar.
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    In many cases, going to the Info window for an app (or any file), selecting that top icon, and hitting delete will revert it to the original icon.

    Not all cases, but possibly in yours - and it's easier (though still a one-at-a-time approach).

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