How to Chang Symbolic Link Icon?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nonamelive, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. nonamelive macrumors member


    Aug 7, 2009
    San Francisco

    Is there a way to change symbolic link icon? (remove the arrow, and change the folder to the Documents icon)

  2. tvick47 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009

    I would also like to know if there is a solution
  3. pm99 macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2012
    ...I would just add that I'm guessing there's more to it than just the 'icon'? i.e. mac likely treat that folder special (including all the other 'system' folders like those under the home directory)?

    For example, first thing that happened when I moved the 'downloads' folder off my hdd to my NAS (and created a symbolic link to it - getting the new arrow icon that @nonamelive mentions), is that the lower right tray downloads folder no longer housed my downloads/showed my contents (although the symbolic link worked correctly in moving the download off to my NAS).... so presumably a link in the tray there is broken.

    I've been scouring the net for answers but there seems to be little documentation on how folders in the home directory behave and function.

    Here's my post for reference:

  4. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
  5. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Reviving this older thread... I would LOVE to be able to change this default icon...
  6. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Why? Why do you NOT want to know that a file is an alias?

    If you need to have a file in two separate organisational structure, then consider using tags instead of folder hierarchies as your sorting method.
  7. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I use a network attached storage device to run a service that syncs certain folders to a certain folder on the NAS, which is replicated to my local machines. One of those is a "Desktop" folder. I like having my desktop unified on all my computers. No matter where I add or remove a file, it appears on all of them. There are other ways than just looking at an icon to see whether or not something is a symbolic link. I can manage this. I'd just like to change the icon so it looks right in my sidebar in Finder.

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