How to Customize Mac’s Folder Icon With Any Image [Quicktip]

[Mac only] The folder icons on your Mac have been in use for ages, and it doesn’t help with searches if you have many folders in your Finder, especially when you have forgotten the folder name. There are a number of ways to view folders in Finder: you can sort and show item by icons, list, column and cover folder, but we have another idea.

Mac icon set

There is a simple action you can do on your Mac to change the image of your Folder icon. Instead of looking at the same boring blue folder icons, you can select any of your favorite images to turn it into your folder icon. This way, it will be way easier to tell your folders apart. Lets find out how to start customizing your folder icons.

Replace Folder Icon with image

There are only three simple steps to changing your folder icon to any of your favorite images.

  1. Select any folder of choice and press Cmd + I to open the folder info panel. You can also open the info panel by option-clicking on the selected folder and selecting Get Info.

    Info Folder

  2. Now open any images you want to use; you can open it with Preview, then press Cmd + A to select and Cmd + C to copy the image.

    Image Preview

  3. Point your cursor and click on the folder image at the top left corner of the folder info panel you open earlier, then press Cmd + V to paste the image.

    Paste Image

    Once you have, your folder icon will now change to the image you pasted earlier.

    Folder with Image

Now you already have a new look for your folder icon. To remove this image, simply click on the image at the top left corner of the info panel and press Delete


With this simple trick, you can start reorganizing your folders on your Mac so it’s easier for you to spot which folder to look into when you are looking for something.

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