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I've created a folder in Finder with aliases of several apps. I want to add this to my dock so that those apps are grouped together and the dock isn't quite as messy. No problem; I added the folder to the dock and it's displaying as a stack. The only problem is, the icon displayed in the dock is the icon of the first app in the folder, rather than the custom icon I assigned to the folder in Finder. Is there a way to force the dock to display the custom icon?

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You need to change the icon of the folder that contains the items in the stack. This can be done in several ways, but perhaps the easiest is to start by navigate to the folder of the stack, change that icon, and set the stack to display the folder instead of the contents.

Click the stack, click "see in finder" in the stack, and then press the keystroke Command Up. The key press will take you "one level up" in the directory hierarchy so that you are now looking at the folder that houses the items in the stack.

Next, select the folder. (If it's not already selected) and get info on it by typing Commandi, or right-clicking and selecting "get info". At the top of this window will be a miniature icon of a folder. You can click on this and copy it via the keyboard shortcut, or past in an image that you copied from somewhere else.

Finally, you need to right-click on the stack and set it to display "folder" and not the stack contents.

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Does anyone know how to type the special characters for "command key", "up-arrow", etc.? Please help me. Is there an article on this here? –  Jamie Aug 5 '11 at 18:49
    
I had already changed the folder icon; as I said in the OP I had a custom icon assigned to the folder in Finder - I just wanted that icon to display in the dock as well. Changing the stack property to display as folder and not stack, as you suggested, did it. I had assumed that setting would make the folder open in Finder when the icon was clicked, rather than displaying the contents in a grid/fan/list. –  EmmyS Aug 5 '11 at 18:52
    
OK, glad it worked. :) –  Jamie Aug 5 '11 at 18:55
    
Jamie, you need the character viewer. That's available from the 'Edit' menu under 'Special Characters' (depending upon the application). Or in the Keyboard System Preferences check 'Show Keyboard & Character Viewer in menu bar'. The relevant characters are mostly in Technical Symbols, the ⇧ (shift) symbol is in Arrows. –  MJeffryes Aug 5 '11 at 23:31
    
Thanks for the help Ziggamorph, but I want to know how to put them on AskDifferent, not just on my mac. –  Jamie Aug 6 '11 at 0:21

You can't really. What you can do is add another item to the folder that has the custom icon, and then give it a name that would make it show up alphabetically first.

For example, this is a set of icons that make your stacks look like the files are in a box: http://t.ecksdee.org/post/19001860/stacks-overlays

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I usually call the file __icon -- that sorts first and stays on top of the stack reliably. –  Ian C. Aug 5 '11 at 18:49

Right click (or ⌃ ctrl-click) the folder in the Dock, and select Display as: Folder from the menu that appears.

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That's it! As far as I understood, this is the exact answer to the question. –  Martin Feb 17 at 3:44
    
Under Yosemite, this was the solution that worked for me. –  mozz100 Nov 11 at 8:56

I may be wrong, but Candybar should work.

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Not what I needed, but interesting nonetheless. –  EmmyS Aug 5 '11 at 18:53
    
Ok, sorry. I haven't completely explored Candybar. –  daviesgeek Aug 5 '11 at 19:06

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