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How to change color and create folder icon on Mac

By default, all folders on a Mac are blue. If you have a lot of folders and subfolders, it can be difficult to find the one you want. Fortunately, Apple provides a way for you to customize your Mac’s desktop, including changing folder colors. It’s much easier than reading folder names and adding some fun to the Finder or home screen.

Changing folder colors on Mac also makes it easier to identify specific folders. For example, if you take a lot of screenshots, you can use red for that folder and purple for your images folder to easily distinguish between them.

How to change color and create folder icon on Mac

In this guide, we’ll show you how to change the color of folders on your Mac so you can organize, customize, and personalize your folders.

How to change folder color on Mac

You can change folder colors on your Mac using the built-in method or using third-party apps. 

Change folder colors on Mac manually

You don’t need a third-party tool to help you change folder colors on your Mac. You can use the built-in preview app to change the folder color. The process is quite lengthy but it is not difficult. Here’s how to do it. 

  • Right-click the folder whose color you want to change and select  Get Info  from the context menu.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Next, select the  Folder icon  at the top left of the folder information window to bookmark. 
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Choose  Command  +  C  to copy the folder.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Next, open the Preview app  . You can do this via the Trackpad or choose  Go  >  Applications  >  Preview .
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • In Preview, select  File  in the menu bar.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Next, select  New from Clipboard
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Select the  Markup tool .
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Next, select the Adjust Color icon  . On earlier versions of macOS, the icon looked like a prism with light shining through. If you’re using macOS Big Sur, the color adjustment icon appears as three sliders next to the sign icon.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Adjust the color slider until you find the color you want, then close the Color adjustment window. You can also adjust the saturation to fine-tune the color of the folder.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Select the highlighted folder and then press  Command  +  C  to copy the folder. 
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Go back to the folder info box you opened earlier, select the folder, and then press  Command  +  V  to paste the folder you copied. If you’ve closed the folder info box, you can reopen it by right-clicking the folder you’re trying to customize.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Next, close the folder info box and the folder will have the new color you selected. You can follow these steps for any other folders you want to customize.  
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac

Change folder colors on Mac with a third-party app

If the manual process of changing folder colors on a Mac seems lengthy, there are third-party apps that will help. Image2icon  is one of the best apps that you can use to automate the process. The tool makes it simple and easy to customize folders on your Mac by changing the folder’s icon, image, or color. 

Here’s how to use Image2icon for color-coded folders on a Mac.

  • Download and install   Image2icon  from the App Store on Mac.
  • Launch the Image2icon app from Launchpad in the Dock or choose  Go  >  Applications  >  Image2icon  .
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Chọn File > Use Blank Image
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Next, select a Folder template   from the right pane.

Note : Image2icon is free to use but comes with in-app purchases. If the folder template you want to use has a padlock icon next to it, you need to upgrade to the premium plan to use this feature.

How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Select the Settings icon   at the top right of the Image2icon window. 
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Check the box next to  Background  on the right.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • A color picker window will appear on the left side so you can choose the color you want for your folder. Here you can also adjust the intensity of the color until you get the color you want.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Close the color picker window and select  Export  and choose  Folder  from the drop-down menu.
How to change color and create folder icon on Mac
  • Save the folder and it will appear on the screen in the new color. You can repeat these steps for other folders on your Mac. 

Organize folders with new colors

Whether you want to efficiently manage and find your folders or personalize your workspace, changing folder colors is an intuitive solution to instantly finding what you need.

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