As much as I love my Macbook Pro, one thing I dislike is the default folder icons when you create folders on your desktop or sub-folders. The first thing I did when I got my Mac was to learn how to change the default icons to something more “me” in which I’d be able to recognise the folders with greater ease, plus they look better!

Now you can too with my YouTube tutorial on how to change them as well as detailed instructions below. I get my icons from PixelGirlPresents or DeviantART. You can really get them from any website that designs icons as long as the file extension is .icns


  1. Open the folder where your icons are stored
  2. Right click on the folder whose icon you’d like to change, selecting Get Info
  3. Click on the upper-left icon until it highlights and drag & drop your preferred icon to the highlighted area to replace the default icon
  4. To remove the icon if you don’t like it, click on the upper-left icon within the Get Info window and press the backspace button.

A longer version without dragging & dropping icons is:

  1. Copy the icon you’d like (edit > copy)
  2. In the Finder window, select the item you want to have a different icon
  3. From the File menu, choose Get Info
  4. Click on the upper-left icon of the Get Info window to select it
  5. From the Edit menu, choose Paste to replace the default icon

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