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I know you can change the icons of files, folders, etc, but in the sidebar folders appear the same. Is it possible to give them a custom icon for the sidebar like the Music, Photo's, Movies, etc folders have?

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Would a program like CandyBar suit your needs? – bmike Aug 1 '11 at 20:24
It does not state if it can change them in the sidebar. Can anyone vouch for that functionality? – Chris Aug 1 '11 at 20:34
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CandyBar should do the trick for you.

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I'll have to check it out! – Chris Aug 3 '11 at 13:22
I downloaded a trial of candy bar from macupdate. It did not change the sidebar icons to color. – user9109 Aug 4 '11 at 7:36 should. I don't exactly know. It may be that the trial doesn't let you do that. – daviesgeek Aug 4 '11 at 17:23
They have released a serial code to use it for free now. – Danger14 Dec 18 '13 at 20:03

If you want to use the default Mavericks OS X Finder Icons, go to System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle (right-click > Show Package contents)/Contents/Resources.

  1. Get Info on the folder in finder sidebar.
  2. Drag the .icns file (e.g. ToolbarDownloadsFolderIcons.icns on to the small icon in Get Info window to the left of Downloads.

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