How can I select a JPEG image and use that to customise/replace the usual blue folder icon for a given folder (which additionally may even make it easier to tell folders apart, when looking for one)?

If this can be achieved without the use of a specific App, then all the better.

  1. Open the image that you would like to be the folder icon in Preview.

  2. Press ⌘ cmd + A to select the entire image and press ⌘ cmd + C to copy it.

  3. Get Info (⌘ cmd + I) on the folder.

  4. Click the folder icon on the top-left and press ⌘ cmd + V to paste in the icon.

To revert back to the default blue folder…

  1. Get Info on the folder.

  2. Click your icon in the top-left.

  3. Press ⌘ cmd + X.

The folder icon is stored in the folder, as a hidden file.

└── Icon?
0 directories, 1 file

You can also remove the folder icon using the following Terminal command inside the folder with the icon that you wish to remove:

rm Icon$'\r'
  • Thats great. If you wanted to remove the image, to revert back to a blue folder (or indeed to change the image) - would you kindly explain that in your answer as well ? – Simon Oct 9 '13 at 18:50
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    Brilliant and you did it without even using Terminal, Applescript or Automator :) – Simon Oct 9 '13 at 18:55
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    HaHa and now you just went and spoilt it...LOL – Simon Oct 9 '13 at 19:02

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