How to Change Folder Color on Mac

Looking to change the folder color on your Mac? In this post, I'll show you how to do just that using a few simple steps.

macOS is very popular for its aesthetic look and feel. It's been a very simple and minimalistic operating system for many years. Besides that, there are many customization options that macOS provides. Changing the colors of folders is among one those options.

If you want to make your folders stand out or just want to change the color to match your wallpaper or theme, then read on!

Methods to Change Folder Icon Color

There's only one effective way to change the color of folders on macOS, and that is by using the Preview app.

Here's how you can do it:

  1. Choose a folder from the Finder app or Desktop that you want to change the color of.
  2. Right-click or Control-click on the folder, and then select "Get Info" from the pop-up menu that appears.
  3. In the "Get Info" window, find the "Small Folder Icon" in the top left corner.
  4. Click on that icon and press “CMD+C” to copy the folder icon.
  5. Now open the Preview app. Use this shortcut to open it quickly “CMD+Space,” then type Preview.
  6. Once it's launched, you'll see "Preview" written towards the right of the Apple logo. On the immediate right of Preview will be "File". Click on it and choose the “New from Clipboard” option or press "CMD+N" to open the copied icon image.
  7. Click on the "Show Markup Toolbar" button, which is located to the left of the Search icon and looks like a marker. If your window isn't big enough, you'll see it under >> instead.
  8. Choose the “Adjust Color” option from the drop-down menu. It looks like three sliders in macOS Big Sur and later. (In earlier macOS versions, it resembles a prism with light passing through it).
  9. There will be sliders in the new window from where you can adjust the Tint, Temperature, Saturation, Contrast, and more.

    Toggle these sliders until you get the desired results. Once you're satisfied with the final output, continue to step #10.

  10. Simply press "CMD+A" on the keyboard to select the entire image.
  11. Go back to the Get Info window of the folder > select the small folder icon > and hit "CMD+V."

There you have it! The color of your folder has been changed.

Note: If you want to revert the changes, press "CMD+Z" in the Get Info window after selecting the folder icon.

I hope this guide was helpful and you were able to change the color of your folders on macOS successfully. If you have additional queries or doubts, feel free to reach out in the comments below.

Mike Roberts

Hi, my name is Mike and I made this site to document all the helpful tips and tricks that I've discovered using various Apple Macs and other Apple products over the years, as well as to provide more general guides in relation to using the internet. I've been obsessed with Apple products ever since I could afford my first iPod, and am somewhat of a fanboy (you might have guessed). For me, the simply work without any fuss, issues or errors. I can rely on their products. The build quality is excellent and I even have several, several-year-old Macbooks in my wardrobe that are still humming along fine (just a bit slower). You can contact me personally using the form on this page.


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