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How do I change a folder icon on Mac?

When I attempt to replace the old folder icon with a new png or jpeg image in the “Get Info” popup, the icon displayed remains the default file type icon for png and jpeg, rather than showing the actual image.

To address this issue, open the image using Preview, then navigate to Edit > Select All, followed by Copy. Afterward, paste the copied image into the highlighted icon section within the Info window. This should properly update the folder icon.

  1. Open the Image with Preview Application
    • Launch the image you wish to use as the new folder icon in the Preview application.
  2. Select All
    • Inside Preview, go to the “Edit” menu at the top of the screen and choose “Select All.” This will highlight the entire image.
  3. Copy the Image
    • After selecting the image, proceed to the “Edit” menu once more and select “Copy.” This action will copy the entire image to your clipboard.
  4. Access “Get Info”
    • Locate the folder for which you want to change the icon. Right-click (or Ctrl-click) on the folder and choose “Get Info” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can select the folder and press “Command + I” as a shortcut to open the Info window.
  5. Icon Highlight
    • Within the Info window, you’ll notice the current folder icon at the top left. Click on this icon to highlight it. A faint border will indicate that it’s selected.
  6. Paste the Image
    • With the folder icon highlighted, go to the “Edit” menu again and select “Paste.” This will replace the old folder icon with the new image you copied from Preview.
  7. Confirm the Change
    • Close the Info window and observe the folder icon. It should now display the image you copied, rather than the default icon.

By following these steps, you should be able to successfully change the folder icon using the image you prefer.

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