Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've been a happy mac user for a couple of years, because I'm visually impaired, and very glad that Apple built in very good accessibility tools into all their operating systems.

But after installing lion, I noticed that the icons in the navigation bar at the left of the Finder, lost their color, they're just grey. I'm still able to see them, but my eye is less drawn to them, I can't see as quickly where I should click. I can't find a secret in the secrets app to change this.

Is there a way to revert this change?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

This MacOSXHints article may help. To summarize

  • Install SIMBL (version 0.9.9)
  • Download ColorfulSidebar
  • Copy ColorfulSidebar.bundle from the Disk Image to /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins (or ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins
  • Restart Finder

It also seems that the change may get wiped out after a reboot, there's an example for a LaunchAgent script to prevent this on the MacOSXHints site.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.