Replacing dock icons

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macstatic, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

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    Oct 21, 2005
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    My mother (a Mac newbie) is confused about the two "Address book" icons in the MacOS 10.5.4 dock (the "Applications" folder in the dock is a blue folder almost fully covered with a brown "Address book" icon), so I thought I'd replace the "Applications" folder icon with something else.

    Tough luck! It turns out that this isn't as easy as doing a "Show info" for the "Applications" folder in the Finder, then pasting a new icon in its place. Nope!
    First of all, the icon doesn't show up in the dock at all (not even when I click on it in the dock, which is the case with MacOS 10.4), so I trew away (poof!) the Applications folder in the dock, then dragged the Applications folder from a Finder window (which now has a new icon on it) over to the dock.
    Bingo!!! New icon. Everything's perfect, life's good and all that I thought to myself.

    I spoke too soon, because a second later the dock folder icon changes back to the original icon :eek:
    Aaaaaaargh!!!! :confused:

    I would also like to change the "Documents" and "Downloads" folder icons on the dock, and like the "Applications" folder icon in the dock they can't be changed either (although I have no problem changing them in the Finder).
    Frustrating!!!!! Any solution to this?
     
  2. dantherevelator macrumors regular

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    Oct 8, 2007
    #2
    Right click on the stack. Choose Display As >> Folder.
     
  3. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oct 21, 2005
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    Thanks! :)
    Just another proof that there's no need to search in vein for complicated solutions when things are (often) super-simple on the Mac in comparison to another well known computer platform :p

    Now, if I could only find an equally simple solution for changing the tiny icons in Finder windows' sidebars to larger ones I'd be one happy camper ;)
     

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