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?
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 "Open in Finder" in the stack, and then press the keystroke ⌘ + ▲. 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 ⌘ + I, 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 (⌘ + C), or paste 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.
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
Right click (or ⌃ ctrl-click) the folder in the Dock, and select Display as: Folder from the menu that appears.
I may be wrong, but Candybar should work.
Yes, you CAN do it. You don't have to use the "put the picture in the stack" option. The trick is HOW you copy and paste.
- Go to the folder enclosing the files of the stack. Open "info"
- OPEN the jpg you want as the folder icon
- Click "edit, COPY" (copying in finder WILL NOT WORK)
- Click on the icon of the folder in the INFO window
You're done. I've done this on multiple folders in my dock.
The dock folder icon is taken from the first item in an alphabetical list of its contents. When the one you want isn't the first in the list change its name to begin with a space character. It then is moved to the top of the list and its icon is used on the dock folder. eg. here's my Video Live dock folder. I want the most used to appear at the top.