How to Change Icons on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Changing Icons on Mac

Icons on your Mac can add a personal touch and make it easier to identify specific files, folders, or applications. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of changing icons on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Find the Icon

Before you can change an icon, you need to find the one you want to use. You can search for icons online or create your own using graphic design software like Adobe Illustrator or Sketch. Make sure the icon file is in a format compatible with macOS, such as .icns or .png.

Step 2: Select the File or Folder

To change the icon of a file or folder, start by selecting it. You can do this by clicking once on the file or folder.

Step 3: Open the Get Info Window

To access the options for changing icons, right-click (or control-click) on the selected file or folder and choose “Get Info” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can select the item and press Command + I.

Step 4: Copy the Icon Image

In the Get Info window that appears, click once on the current icon in the top left corner. It will be highlighted with a blue outline. Next, press Command + C to copy it.

Step 5: Paste the New Icon Image

Navigate to where you have saved your new icon image file. Select it and press Command + C to copy it.

Then go back to the Get Info window and click once on its icon image in the top left corner again. Finally, press Command + V to paste your new icon image onto it.


If the icon doesn’t update immediately, you can try restarting Finder by right-clicking (or control-clicking) on the Finder icon in the Dock and selecting “Relaunch”.

Step 6: Enjoy Your New Icon

That’s it! You have successfully changed the icon of your file or folder. Take a moment to admire your customization skills and enjoy your new icon.

Additional Tips:

  • Creating Custom Icons: If you want to create your own custom icons, consider using software specifically designed for creating icons like IconJar or IconBuilder.
  • Icon Library: You can find a vast collection of free icons on websites like Flaticon or Icons8. Make sure to check the licensing terms before using them for commercial purposes.
  • Using Emoji as Icons: Another fun option is to use emojis as icons. To do this, simply copy an emoji from the Character Viewer (accessed through the Edit menu) and paste it as the icon image following the steps above.

Congratulations! You are now equipped with the knowledge to change icons on your Mac. Have fun exploring different icons and personalizing your Mac to reflect your unique style!

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