They ask me all sorts of tech support questions. Tops on the list is, “What kind of anti-virus app should I use on my Mac?” That’s followed up by, “Why don’t Windows apps run on my Mac?” Further down the list is a more esoteric question, “How can I change the color of my Mac’s awful folder icons?” You can.
Yes, They’re Awful
Apple’s Mac folder icons have changed through the years, going from bland to awful in the past decade. I don’t mind the embossed icon, but the new color and textures in OS X Yosemite are not for me.
Fortunately, Mac users have options to customize OS X folder icons and one of the easiest and fastest ways is with the Folder Color app.
A few bucks gets you a simple utility which lets you change the folder’s color, add a photo, drop in a different embedded icon, and adjust size, location, shadow, opacity, and do what Apple doesn’t make easy to do.
In fact, it’s almost too easy to do, though you’ll need a little trial and error.
Folder Color comes with a library of pleasant looking folder icons, but you can create your own and drop them into a folder.
Why bother to put some color or customize icons on a Mac’s folder?
Folders and groups of folders are more easily identified when the colors are different. Look at all the folders in your Documents folder. They’re all the same; same color, same size, and most devoid of an embedded icon, another good way to recognize a folder at a glance.
Folder Color just makes it easy to create a customized folder appearance, drop in embedded and embossed logos and icons, and, well, spruce up your Mac with a little of the color that Apple keeps taking away.
Get started by dragging and dropping a folder onto Folder Color, click the various tools to customize as needed, and you’re done. The library makes it easy to use the same color and icons on additional folders.
Nicely done, inexpensive, and a good way to add a little extra color and customization to your Mac so it’s a bit easier to use and doesn’t look exactly like every other Mac in the world.