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In order to keep the overview on the macOS desktop, in a full folder or elsewhere on the Mac, you can assign individual icons to folders. In theory, this works very simply: select the graphic, drag it onto the folder information and the icon changes. But sometimes the system only uses the graphic file symbol (paper with “GIF” or “PNG” on it) as the folder symbol. What can you do there? You might ask yourself. Since I recently had the same problem, I looked for a workaround - and found it! I share my solution with you here.
You don't really have to do much to change or define a folder icon under macOS. At least that's what I thought when I recently wanted to visually prepare a folder with a certain topic. This is usually the procedure:
So you know how to define folder symbols and have already made or downloaded a nice graphic. Especially PNGs or GIFs without a background layer, which let the desk background come into their own, are visually appealing. But if you drag the file onto the small folder symbol in the folder information, will only the standard graphic for the respective file format be displayed? So this mistake:
There is a workaround with which you can define the graphic as an image for the folder. To do this, you first have to open it in a web browser, for example in Apple Safari.
So if you run into the error that I have come across, just use Safari as a workaround. In a few steps you will be at your desired destination:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.