How to change Mac dock icons
Macs are incredible machines. The usability on them (especially the latest line of MacBooks) is nothing short of revolutionary. Two finger swipe for scroll? Three finger swipe to flip a page or go to the next picture in a gallery? Four finger swipe to see which applications are open? Come on… who needs a mouse with features like that? Not to mention the huge uber sensitive glass touchpad. So maybe I’m a Mac fanboy… but it is for good reason. Apple simply makes great products that have robust features and are easy to use. And on top of all of that, the hardware and software both look awesome!
As great OS X Leopard looks, there is always room for improvement by personal taste. I mean, you paid a good deal of cash (or credit =) for your computer… It’s your property now. Why not customize it to your liking? Today I am going to show you how to change the icons on your Mac, including the icons on your dock. I will also be showing you how to change the icons back to factory settings in case you want to revert back to to the default icon down the line. I’m quite sure this will prove to be useful for some of you, as i was once searching for information on this very subject.
Change your Mac Dock Icons In 7 Easy Steps
First things first… find your icons. This shouldn’t be hard to do. Just type “Mac icons” into the search on our site, and download the icon/s of your liking =).
You may want to quit the program that you are updating the icon for. Just right click it, or hold “control” and click it, then select “quit”.
Locate the new icon/s you downloaded, and open the information window for it by clicking it, then hitting “Command+i” (or you can control click it and select “show info”). In the upper-left corner, you will notice a small icon. Highlight/click that icon then press “Command+C” to copy it.
Now, in your Finder, locate the folder for the program that you want to change the icons for. If it is an application, it will be in the Applications folder.
Quick Tip: If it is in your Mac dock, “Control+Click” the icon in your dock and select “Show in Finder” from the menu.
Access the information window (as you did in step 3) for the icon you are changing.
Highlight/click the small icon in the upper left corner (as you did in step 3), and hit “Command+V” to paste the new icon you copied in step 3.
You should now open the application/program to ensure that the change took effect.
Note: You may need to Quit the program and reopen it for it to take effect. If it is in your dock, you may need to remove the application from your dock, then drag it back from your applications folder back to your dock. New icon should take effect upon reopening the application.