iCloud Drive Custom Folder Icons?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jpsmith76, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. jpsmith76 macrumors newbie


    Jun 4, 2014
    I have decided to move all of my documents to iCloud Drive. Not only so that they are backed up off site, but also so that I can access them anywhere.

    I have also done the same on my wife's Windows 10 PC, moving all of her folders from her user profile into the iCloud Drive folder (Using the location of each folder's setting in Properties)

    This is working out great.

    That being said, does anyone know how to use custom folder icons on the iCloud.com interface? Apps that create their own folder (pages, iMovie, etc) all have a fancy looking folder with the app's icon on it, but any manually added folders to your iCloud Drive get just the standard blue folder.

    Is there a hidden file, or something you can put inside this folder to change the folder icon?
  2. AlexJJ010811 macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2015
    The short answer: no, you cannot.

    The medium answer: the folders that have the special logos are there to signify folders that are linked to a specific application. They do this so that when you open Pages (for example) it can immediately look into the iCloud Drive folder and bring those documents up as available documents to work on. Thus, you cannot put a Keynote document into the Pages folder.

    Long answer: If you'd really like to go all out, there is a way change the logo yourself (this change will only be visible in the iCloud Drive folder found on the Mac - you will not see this change reflect in iCloud Drive found on iOS or iCloud.com). But you can find a jpeg or png file that you would like to insert in the place of the blue folder. Open the image using Preview, Command-A to select the image, Command-C to copy. Then go to the folder in iCloud Drive, click once on it to highlight, then Command-I to open up the Get Info page. Click once on the blue folder in the upper left corner of the pop-up window. Then Command-V to paste the image into its place. Close the Get Info page and you should see your change take effect. Again, this change will only be reflected in the iCloud Drive folder on any Mac you are signed into, not at iCloud.com or in the iCloud Drive app on iOS.
  3. jpsmith76 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 4, 2014
    Thanks! I'd actually forgotten I posted this.

    I did the long method a few days ago, I just wish this was reflected on iCloud.com and iOS.

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