I would like to know how to add an image (if that's not possible then a colour) to the Finder window of my USB stick - just the stick not every window.
I have seen it on various .DMG installers (the ones which require the app to be moved into the applications folder often have an image with an arrow and a text telling the user to drag and drop) and now wonder how this is done for the window of a USB drive.

I have an application which runs straight from the stick itself without wanting to move it to the apps directory of the Mac. Every time I click on the USB drive I would like to see a custom image background (much like on those DMGs).

Search results returned old and obsolete ways or partial answers no longer supported by macOS Sierra.

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Only works in icon view & as far as I'm aware only on HFS drives.
I quickly tested with a FAT32 drive which appeared to work, but didn't survive eject/insert]

  • Open your folder or entire disk & set view to Icon [ Cmd ⌘ 1 ]
  • Show view options [right click or Cmd ⌘ J ]
  • Select Colour or Picture [for picture you then drag & drop an image to the box on the panel.

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  • Is there a way to force icon view for the drive? Would it be able to override the mac's existing settings?
    – ProGrammer
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 10:11
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    It's right there on the same info panel, first line.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 10:13
  • I see. You have been very helpful. Lastly, is there a way to have the window size fitted to the image?
    – ProGrammer
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 4:28
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    Not as far as I'm aware.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 7:21

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