How To Change Folder Colour On Mac: Step-By-Step Guide (2024)

If you have a copious number of folders stored on your desktop, it can certainly be difficult to find the ones you need. To combat the problem and personalize your computer, according to your taste the best solution is to color-code your folders. Yes, you have the option to customize your Mac’s color screen with some fun colors.

To customize folder colors & icons on Mac, follow the guide below:

Change Folder Colours Of Mac – Step By Step Guide

To organize your folders with new colors and icons, all you have to do is:

PART 1 – To Change The Folder Colour On Mac:

STEP 1- Simply right-click on the folder, you would like to change the color for.

Change Folder Colours Of Mac

STEP 2- From the context menu that appears on your screen, hit the option Get Info.

Change Folder Colours Of Mac

STEP 3- From the next window that appears on your screen, click on the Folder icon that appears on the top of the screen. (Refer to the screenshot below)

click on the Folder icon

STEP 4- Now navigate to the Finder menu and click the Edit option from the top menu bar.

Now navigate to the Finder

STEP 5- From the drop-down menu, you need to hit the Copy button.

need to hit the Copy button

STEP 6- Now head towards the Spotlight and search for the Preview tool. Using the built-in tool Preview App, you can color-code your folders to any hue in the rainbow and replace the default folder icons with any image of your choice.

head towards the Spotlight

STEP 7- Once the Preview window appears on your screen, click the File option. You need to select the very first result that appears on your screen – New from Clipboard. This will open the icon you copied in the above STEP 5.

New from Clipboard

STEP 8- You need to click on the Show Markup Toolbar button. This will open the set of editing options. Select Adjust Color option from the same. Use the sliders to tweak the colors according to how you want to change the folder on Mac.

Show Markup Toolbar button

STEP 9- Once you are done, go to the Edit menu again from the Preview window. Make sure you click on the Select All option from the menu bar after clicking on the image.

go to the Edit menu again

STEP 10 – Now head back to the Get Info tab, you’ve opened earlier and clicked on the Folder icon next to the Folder name, and Paste the newly colored folder icon over the old one. (Shortcut is Command +V)

This is how you have successfully changed the color of the folder on Mac. If you want to learn the straightforward way to change the folder icon, walk through the steps mentioned below.

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PART 2 – To Change The Folder Icon On Mac:

STEP 1- Create a folder in any location of your choice to change its icon or you can use an existing folder to customize it.

STEP 2- Right-click on the folder you wish to change the icon for on your Mac.

To Change The Folder Icon On Mac: 

STEP 3: From the pop-up menu, you need to click on the Get Info button.

To Change The Folder Icon On Mac

STEP 4: As soon as the Info Window appears on your screen, choose the folder icon located at the top-left corner of the screen. (Like the way you did for the previous steps to change the folder color on Mac)

change folder colour on Mac

STEP 5: If the new icon you see is ending with a .icn extension, simply drag the icon and drop it on the selected folder icon.

drag the icon and drop it


If the icon is ending with .png or .jpeg extension, you need to double-click on the same and open in the Preview window.

open in the Preview window

STEP 6 – Click Command + A keys to select the icon.

Click Command + A

STEP 7- Navigate to the Edit option from the top menu bar in the Preview window and hit the Copy button.

need to hit the Copy button

STEP 8- While the folder icon is selected in STEP 3, you simply need to press the Command + V shortcut here to paste the new icon in the folder Info.

Your folder icon will be changed into the desired icon of your choice.

Apart from this manual method, you can rely on a third-party application like Folder Color to change the colors. You can buy the application from the official App Store. It can automate the entire process and help you change folder colors in bulk.

Video Walkthrough – How To Change Folder Color On Mac?


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