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I want to change the icon of a single, specific file, eg. not all the docs file, only one .doc file (and this change should even persist). Is this possible? How?

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  1. Open the image that you would like to be the icon in Preview.
  2. Press ⌘A to select the entire image and press ⌘C to copy it.
  3. Get Info (⌘I) on the folder.
  4. Click the existing icon in the top-left and press ⌘V to paste the icon from Preview.

To revert back to the default icon, Get Info on the folder, click your icon and press ⌫.

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    Ok, but what if I totally remove the original image from my disk? That is: I suspect this "only" creates a link to my image. Please, correct me if I'm wrong
    – user165602
    Jan 26, 2016 at 8:56
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    @Ian This pastes the image data into the image well, so the image data is copied and does not reference the original.
    – grg
    Jan 26, 2016 at 9:16

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