custom emoji style mac folder icons

How to Change your Mac/PC Folder Icons

Hey, Pixels! In this week’s tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to change your basic blue folder icons on your Mac and PC, into creative, fun folders for you to organize your files. Customizing your folder icons is super easy on both Mac and PC’s. Be sure to download my set of free custom emoji folders for your computer. This set includes 30 free customized folders with five special edition XO PIXEL folders inspired by the XO PIXEL sticker pack! Also, check out these cool gradient folders created by Una, which inspired this tutorial. Now, follow the steps below to change your folder icons on either your Mac or PC.

Mac Computers

  1. First, open the custom folder icon in preview (right-click on image > open with preview)
  2. Once the image has been opened in Preview, cmd+C or go to edit > copy so that the image is on your clipboard
  3. Right-click on the folder you wish to customize and select “Get info”
  4. Select the tiny folder icon and the very top-left corner in the “Get info” window then cmd+V to paste
  5. Have fun with your new folder icon!

Windows Computers

Follow the steps below to customize the folder icons on your PC:

  1. Right-click on the folder icon you wish to customize and click “Properties”
  2. Click on the “Customize” tab, go to the “Folder icons” section and then click on “Change icons”
  3. Click “Browse” and find the customized icon you wish to replace it with > click “Ok”
  4. Enjoy your new customized folder icon!

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  1. I changed one folder in a file to the pink folder icon, with plans to change about half of them to the pink folder icon. I haven’t had time to do that though. Now I want to change the pink folder back to the original blue. Can you tell me how to do that?

  2. hi,

    i liked your icons very much but the only problem i am facing is they shape. so, basically in your video the icons are perfect and look amazing but on my laptop they are more of a stretched version.
    if you could tell that exactly how did yours dint manage to turn up that way it’ll be a great help.


  3. Hi I followed your directions for my Mac computer but the image is all blurry and pixilated. How can I fix it?


      1. Hi Kay & Charlotte,

        I’m actively looking for a solution, but due to recent MacOS updates, the method above does result in blurry image. I’ll be sure to update this article when I’ve found a solution.

  4. If I were using a flash drive that would bounce between a mac and a PC, could I use each method to make the changes on its respect machine so that the same icons showed consistently regardless of the machine?

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