Finder Icon Replacement Problems

A common problem people have when trying to use custom Finder icons is that they try to set the icon to a file, instead of the image in a file's contents. Instead of the icon image they want, they get a default image JPG or PNG icon. You can use a custom icon by copying the contents of an image, from an app like Preview.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Finder Icon Replacement Problems”

    6 years ago

    Maybe a little off topic, but related. I made up a bright red folder icon 'file' and assigned it to the icon of all my USB flash drives. It really stands out when on the desktop, and helps mitigate (but doesn't eliminate) the problem of leaving said drives behind.

    Mark D.
    6 years ago

    Thanks, I learned something new. I've always used the "Apple Icon Image" file type (.icns) for my custom icon needs. You can find some pretty cool icons (and icon sets) on, as well as some really nice desktop wallpapers.

    6 years ago

    Easy to do with google images. Just drag an image (like a Red Cross logo) to the desktop. Double click to open it in Preview, >Edit Select All > Edit Copy then paste it on a folder using File Get info to paste in the upper left of the folder.

    6 years ago

    Thanks, in addition to making a custom icon, was wondering if there’s a way to make an icon that is on the Desktop larger?

    6 years ago

    Gene: You can't make a single icon larger, but you can make them all larger. Just click on the Desktop background to make sure the Desktop is what is selected, then View, Show View Options and you can adjust the size.

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