How to Change Color of Folder on Mac Desktop

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to change the color of a folder on your Mac desktop. Changing the color of a folder can help you organize your files and make them visually appealing. Follow the steps below to customize the color of your folders.

Step 1: Select the Folder

First, locate the folder that you want to change the color of on your Mac desktop. You can select any folder you want to customize.

Step 2: Get Info

Next, right-click on the selected folder and choose “Get Info” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can also select the folder and press “Command + I” on your keyboard as a shortcut.

Step 3: Open Color Options

In the information window that opens up, click on the small triangle next to “Name & Extension” to expand that section. Then, click on the colored square next to “Icon” which will open up a color palette.

Step 4: Pick a Color

In the color palette, you have various options to choose from:

  • Bold Colors: These are vibrant colors such as red, blue, green, etc., which are easily distinguishable.
  • Pastel Colors: These are softer colors like light pink, baby blue, mint green, etc., which give a more subtle look.
  • Custom Colors: If none of the pre-defined colors suit your preferences, you can create your own custom color by clicking on “Other”.

Step 5: Apply Color

Select a color from the palette by clicking on it. Once you have chosen a color, you will see the folder’s icon change to the selected color in the information window.

Step 6: Close Information Window

Finally, close the information window by clicking on the red close button at the top left corner or by pressing “Command + W” on your keyboard.


The color change will be reflected in both the folder’s icon and its name text. However, this change will not affect the folder’s contents or their appearance.

With these simple steps, you can easily customize the color of your folders on your Mac desktop. This can help you visually organize your files and make them stand out.

Pro Tip: You can experiment with different colors for different types of folders to create a personalized and visually appealing desktop layout.

Now that you know how to change the color of a folder on your Mac desktop, go ahead and make your folders more vibrant and organized!

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