How to Change the Color of a Folder on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the Color of a Folder on Mac

Have you ever wanted to customize the appearance of your folders on your Mac? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to change the color of a folder on your Mac, adding a touch of personalization to your desktop.

Step 1: Select the Folder

The first step is to select the folder that you want to change the color of. To do this, simply locate the folder on your desktop or within Finder and single-click on it. The folder should now be highlighted.

Step 2: Get Info

Once you have selected the desired folder, right-click on it and choose “Get Info” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can press Command + I as a shortcut.

Step 3: Open the Folder’s Info Window

A new window will appear, displaying information about the selected folder. This window is called the “Info” window. To proceed with changing its color, locate and click on the small icon at the top left corner of this window.

Note: Make sure that you have clicked on the small icon itself and not anywhere else in this window.

Step 4: Choose a Color

A dropdown menu will appear when you click on the small icon. From this menu, select “Color” to open up a color picker dialog box.

The color picker dialog box provides various options to choose from. You can either select one of the predefined colors or create a custom color using the available tools.


  • You can use sliders to adjust hue, saturation, and brightness.
  • If you know a specific color’s hexadecimal code, enter it in the text field labeled “Color code”.
  • Use the color wheel to select a color visually.

Step 5: Apply the Color

Once you have chosen your desired color, click on the “Choose” button in the color picker dialog box. The selected color will now be applied to your folder.

Close the “Info” window by clicking on the red close button at the top left corner of the window.


The color change will be instantly visible on your desktop or within Finder.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Customized Folder

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the color of a folder on your Mac. Now you can easily locate and identify this folder amongst others on your desktop or within Finder.

If you ever wish to revert to the default blue folder color, simply right-click on it, choose “Get Info”, click on the small icon, and select “Default” from the dropdown menu. The folder will revert to its original appearance.

Customizing the colors of folders can not only help you stay organized but also add a fun personal touch to your Mac experience. Experiment with different colors and make your desktop truly yours!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in teaching you how to change the color of a folder on your Mac. Happy customizing!

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