The Macosphere has plenty of utilities which can customize your Mac. Why? Necessity is the mother of invention, and Apple makes it a necessity for Mac users to customize their favorite PCs. Why? Because Apple doesn’t believe in personalization. And that from the world’s most personal of computers. We can rearrange the Dock. Change the Desktop wallpaper. Go light or dark theme. And that’s about it.
Nothing displays Apple’s penchant for minor customizations like the boring folders that permeate the Mac. Ho hum. Bah humbug.
Changing folder icons is easy enough, but Apple’s methodology is mired in multiple steps. Find an icon. Open Get Info on a folder. Paste in the icon.
Or, use the free Folder Icon Designer. What you get for free isn’t exactly a designer utility, but more of a replace folder icon utility. Maybe it should be called Folder Icon Replacer.
All Folder Icon Designer does is replace the folder icon of your choice (and restore it, if you need). Open the app. Click the Select Folder button. Select an icon you want to replace the default folder icon. Click the Apply button.
A little pop up window tells you that the icon has been changed and another click lets you view the changed icon in the Finder.
The lefthand sidebar displays the type of folder categories, while the main section displays the icons available in each category. The categories include:
- Android Lollipop
- Despicable Me 2
- iOS 7 Style
- iOS 8 Style
- Microsoft Office
- Orb OS X
- Yosemite Flat
Each one of those categories will display a few dozen colorful icons which can be used to replace the default folder icon.
Why bother with changing folder icons in the first place?
Apple’s default Mac folder icons look pretty much the same; flat, lifeless, colorless, and, importantly, not easy to differentiate one folder from another except for the few that have an embossed icon.
Folder Icon Designer lets you change those default icons with ease. And it’s free. Just remember that the app is free and doesn’t really design folder icons as much as it merely changes them.
Free is good and may be why the app developer’s website is an unreachable Facebook page.