I want pictures instead of folder icons

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fstfrwrd, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. fstfrwrd macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2008
  2. immortalgeek macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2008
    Stoke on Trent, UK

    go to the icon you want to change.
    click more info
    look athe top and you will see a small pic of that icon
    drag the new pic to that

    if you want to change back repeat the steps above but dont drag the pic instead click once on the icon you changed and click delete

  3. i.shaun macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    to swap icons from another file/app

    -Click "get info" on the folder or app you want to steal the icon from
    -click the top left corner of the "get info" window, to highlight the icon
    -select Edit>>copy

    -now select "get info" from the file/folder you wish to change the icon for
    -select the icon in the top left corner
    -select edit>>paste.

    The icon should copy.

    To take any picture, or custom icon not already in use, it's a little more complicated.

    -Install Apple Developer Tools from the OS X install disc
    -Install "icns2rsrc" From here
    -It is a .SIT file, if you cannot open it, Install stuffit expander here

    Now to Begin.
    -look for Icon Composer App in /developer/applications/utilities/
    -Open icon composer, and drag your image into all the blank fields
    -Select "use scaled version" and "Extract Mask" each time it tells you
    -once all filed out, select file>save as
    -put it someplace such as home/documents (create a folder for all your custom icons)
    -now you have a good .icns file ! however, it's not useable yet.

    -Open "Icns2Rsrc" and load the .icns file you created.
    -save it in the same location.
    -Now you're ready

    -Use the copy/paste method I mentioned at the beginning of my post


    It is a tested method, and works fine. I did it for a folder in the finder side bar I call "applications". It now stands out really well. All it is, is a folder full of aliases pointing to the programs I use the most (including system profiler, disk utility, icon composer, etc..)

    I like it that way, rather than looking through the real app folder trying to find poop.

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