How to change and restore folders and files icons on Mac

Updated : Dec 11, 2021

I will introduce how to change and restore the icons of folders and files on your Mac from the standard state to your favorite icon.

No special app is required, and settings can be made using only Mac standard functions.

① How to change icons on Mac

The general flow of work is as follows.

①-1 Copy the image for the icon to the clipboard

▶ Prepare the image to be used for the changed icon and open it with Mac genuine app “Preview.app”.

Mac Finder

Regarding the size of the image, most Mac icon images are 512px square by default, so it is best if you can prepare it, but it does not matter if the size is different.

Here, as an example, the following cloud image is opened in “Preview.app”.

Mac Preview.app

▶ After opening the image in Preview.app, press command ⌘ + C on your keyboard to copy it to the clipboard.

There is no change on your Mac screen after copying, but there is no problem.

After copying, proceed to “①-2 Paste the contents of the clipboard to the icon information“.

Mac US Keyboard

①-2 Paste the contents of the clipboard to the icon information

▶ Right-click the folder or file whose icon you want to change and select “Get Info”.

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▶ When the information window is displayed as shown below, click the icon displayed in the upper left.

It may be a little confusing in the figure below, but after clicking, the icon will change to a bordered state.

【Before clicking】

Mac Finder Info
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【After clicking】

Mac Finder Info
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▶ Press command ⌘ + V on your keyboard to paste the contents of the clipboard.

Mac US Keyboard

▶ It is OK if the icon on the upper left is changed as shown in the screen below.

Click the red x marked round icon in the upper left to close the info window.

Mac Finder Info
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This is the end of the explanation, “① How to change icons on Mac”.

② How to restore icons on Mac

▶ Right-click on the folder or file and select “Get Info”, just as you did when you changed the icon.

Mac Finder
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▶ When the information window is displayed as shown below, click the icon displayed in the upper left.

It may be a little confusing in the figure below, but after clicking, the icon will change to a bordered state.

【Before clicking】

Mac Finder Info
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【After clicking】

Mac Finder Info
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▶ Press delete on your keyboard to delete the changed icon.

Mac US Keyboard

▶ It is OK if the icon on the upper left is changed as shown in the screen below.

Click the red x marked round icon in the upper left to close the info window.

Mac Finder Info
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This is the end of the explanation, “② How to restore icons on Mac”.

Reference information

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