About all we can do to personalize our favorite personal computers is Desktop wallpaper, re-arranged app icons in the Dock, and, well, that’s pretty much the end of it. There are advantages, though, to customizing folder and file icons, and there’s an easier way than Apple’s convoluted method. Here it is.
Finder, Meet Contextual Icon Menu
The Mac’s Finder has a few built-in secrets, some of which are intuitive to use, but with options to add utility or additional functionality.
Think right-click. Select a file or folder in the Finder and right-click. What do you get?
Right-click gets you a pop up menu with a few more options; compressing a file or folder, for example.
The contextual menu has been around awhile, so lets take a walk back to 1998, and look at the iconXprit app for the Mac. This clever little utility works in the Finder’s context menu and gives you options customize or personalize folder and file icons.
It’s like an icon designer app inside the Finder’s contextual menu.
Why put an app to customize icons in the Finder’s contextual menu? I got nothin. But it works.
Right-click on a folder and you get a pop up window with self explanatory tools to add text, change folder color, attach an icon and a few other Finder-specific options. iconXprit is an odd duck, doesn’t cost much, but gives Mac users just a bit more control over folder customization (along with a few other useful tools, including keyboard shortcuts to invoke the popup).
Why the trip back to 1998? The iconXprit website is a blast from the past, circa the 1990s, including the use of tables and table borders. I haven’t seen that in awhile. What I’d like to see is a way to change the Finder’s sidebar icon colors, but that’s a minor nit.