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Josh Brown Feb 23, 2022

How to Change Color of Folder on MacBook

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In this article, we will discuss “how to change folder color on Mac” so you can easily customize folder colors and organize your Mac folders in a simpler way. So let’s get to it!

If you are a professional or a student who works on their Mac all the time, you may find it difficult to organize your files and folders. Creating folders, subfolders, and then renaming them to organize your data seems too much of a hassle.

Do you ever wish that you had a simpler way to sort your folders? Do you ever wish that you had an option to change folder colors? That way, folder icons would be really easy to distinguish. Well, turns out, there IS a way to change folder colors and alter the default folder icons on your Mac.  

How to Change Folder Color on macOS [Video]

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In this article, we will discuss "how to change folder color on Mac" so you can easily customize folder colors and organize your Mac folders in a simpler way. So let's get to it!

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How to Change Folder Color on Mac?

The default Mac folder icon is pretty simple. It is a basic folder icon in a baby blue color that gets boring to look at after a while, especially if you have a lot of folders on your Mac to organize. But having a colored folder can change that.

Folder Colorizer on Mac is the latest tool by Softorino that lets you transform a folder icon into something extraordinary. It allows you to change the folder icon by changing the folder color and adding an emoji and/or a decal to a folder icon to make it pop.

Gone are the days when the only option to change how a Mac folder appears was by simply changing the folder names or adding color tags. You can now change the entire folder icon into your desired color.

Want learn how it works? Read our step-by-step to see how you can change the folder color and folder icon on Mac.

Step 1. Download and Install Folder Colorizer on Mac

Download and install Folder Colorizer for Mac. When you download the app on Mac, you will have to agree to the user agreement and enter the activation key to enable the app. It comes with a free trial.

Step 2. Drag & Drop a Folder Icon into Folder Colorizer

Simply drag any existing folder from your Mac and drop it into Folder Colorizer. You can drop many folders at a time. Alternatively, you can also click on the ⊕ icon in the left bar to select folder.

Drag & Drop a Folder Icon into Folder Colorizer

Step 2. Start Colorizing

You can change the original folder icon in a Mac by coloring it, adding emojis, inserting decals, or even adding a background image to the folder using the Folder Colorizer. From the top menu bar, go to the "Colors Gallery" and change folder color from any of the given colors.

change the original folder icon in a Mac

How to Create Your Own Color for Folders

If you don't like any of the given colors, you can also create your own custom color using the Color Picker Panel as show, below. Use the tint slider to create a custom color.

Create Your Own Color for Folders

In addition to having a colored folder, you can also add emojis and decals to completely transform a folder and turn it into a custom icon.

How to Use Emoji in Folder Name on Mac

To add emojis, go to the "Symbols Gallery" next to "Colors Gallery" and select any of your desired emojis. As you select the emoji, you will see a folder preview window open on the left, displaying every change you make to the folder.

Make an emoji folder on Mac

How to Add Decal Stickers on Folders

To add decals, go to the "Decals Gallery" next to "Symbols Gallery" and select any of the decals that go with the theme of your folder's contents.

Add folder decals

How to Customize Folder Background

To change the folder background, go to the "Images Gallery" next to the "Decals Gallery" and select a colorful background image that goes with your folder icon.

Change the folder background

How to Multiple Folders at Once

Create your own design for multiple folders at once.

Multiple Folders At Once

Wow! Who knew changing folder colors was this easy? Preview the changes you made to your folders in the left preview bar and mix and match! There are over 1 trillion combinations that you can try to change your MacOS folder color, design, and background, including:

Endless Combinations

Use the Magic Wand to Customize the Appearance of Your Folders

In addition to these options to create an entirely new folder appearance, there is also a new magical option that takes the pressure off of your folders. The AI-powered magic wand next to the "Images Gallery" reads your folder info, such as the folder name, to apply the appropriate combination of colors, emojis, decals, and background emojis so you don't have to think about which options best define your folder's content.

Magic Ai Suggestions

Here's What Else Folder Colorizer Can do

Folder Colorizer for Mac also has a ton of other features that makes it a supercool app to have. These include:

Here's What Else Folder Colorizer Can Do

How to Change Folder Icon on Mac Manually?

You can also change folder colors on Mac manually if you don't have Folder Colorizer for Mac. However, it is not easy as it is using the app, you can still change folder colors on your Mac manually. 

Here’s how you can change folder icons on your Mac manually:

Step №1  Create a new folder on your Mac desktop by double clicking (right clicking) > New Folder. Rename your folder to whatever name you like.

Step №2 Now go to Safari and find an image that you would like to use for your folder icon. It’s better if you look for PNG images. Download the image from the web to your Mac.

Step №3 Now double-click (right-click) on your image and click on “copy”.

Step №4 Next, double-click (right-click) on the newly created folder on your desktop and click on “Get info”.

Step №5 In the resulting window, click on the folder icon. A dark blue outline will engulf the folder to show that it has been selected.

Step №6 Once the folder icon is selected, click on “Edit” in the menu bar and select “Paste”.

And that’s it! Your folder icon will be changed to the picture you added.

How to Change Folder Color on Mac Manually Using Preview

So that’s all about changing the folder icon on Mac manually. You can also change folder colors on Mac manually by using the Preview app. 

Here’s how you can change folder colors on your Mac manually:

Step №1 Create a new folder on your Mac desktop by double clicking (right clicking) > New Folder. Rename your folder to whatever name you like.

Step №2 Next, double-click (right-click) on the newly created folder on your desktop and click on “Get info”.

Step №3 In the resulting window, click on the folder icon. A dark blue outline will engulf the folder to show that it has been selected.

Step №4 Now click on “Edit” in the menu bar and select “Copy”.

Step №5 Next, launch the “Preview” app on your Mac.

Step №6 Go to the menu bar and from the File tab, click on “New from Clipboard”.

Step №7 Once the Preview is open, click on the “Markup” tool.

Step №8 Next, click on the color adjustment tool and adjust the tint, temperature, sepia, and any other options.

Step №9 Once you are done adjusting the color, click on the folder in Preview and press Command + C to copy the folder.

Step №10 Now go back to the “Get info” window and click on the folder icon again. (If you had closed the “Get info” window earlier, repeat the first 5 steps).

Step №11 Press “Command + V” to paste the newly colored folder and exit the “Get info” window.

And that’s it! You are done changing the folder color on your Mac manually. But aren’t these just way too many steps to do something as simple as changing the folder color? So if you do not want to follow all of these steps, simply get your hands on “Folder Colorizer for Mac” to change the folder colors, icons, and more automatically!

Conclusion

Once you have successfully changed the appearance of a folder, do the same with all the other folders on your desktop or any other location to add a pop of color to your Mac. Whether you want to edit just a few folders or all of them, it is super fast, super easy, and super fun!

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