Where are the desktop icons stored?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stringtheorist, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. stringtheorist macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2008
    I want to customize some of my desktop icons but I don't want to lose the originals. Where are they stored? I have tried searching my system for "icons" but I can't find any of the artwork for the folder icons such as Movies, Downloads, etc.
  2. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    You can pretty easily copy-paste icons onto files and folders in the Info window (Cmd-I), then revert back to the original simply by pressing the backspace key.
  3. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    A lot of the generic system icons are in the /Contents/Resources folder of the /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle package (to view the contents of a package, right-click on it and select Show Package Contents from the contextual menu). Icons specific to an application can be found inside the application package.
  5. stringtheorist thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2008
    Many thanks. :)

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