How to Change Folder background Colors on Mac

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Whether you do this to dress up your desktop a bit, make Finder easier to use, or want to use color to easily identify certain types of folders, you can do it in just a few moments. Here’s how.

How to Change Folder background Colors on Mac

  1. Create a new folder if you don’t want to change an existing one.
  2. Right-click on the folder you want to change and choose Get Info.
  3. At the top of this dialog, you’ll see a picture of a folder next to the name of the folder. Click this image, then choose Edit > Copy from the menu bar.
  4. Open Preview. You can do this quickly by pressing Cmd + Space to open Spotlight, then typing Preview.
  5. With Preview open, select File > New from Clipboard.
  6. Click the Show Markup Toolbar button; it looks like a marker and is next to the Search box.
  7. Choose the Adjust Color tool that looks like a prism with light shining through.
  8. Use the sliders on the right side to adjust the folder’s color to your liking.
  9. When you’re satisfied, choose Edit > Select All from the menu bar.
  10. Press Cmd + C to Copy the new folder.
  11. Jump back to the Info tab of the folder from earlier. Click the folder’s image again, and hit Cmd + V to Paste the new folder over the old one.

Preview gives you basic options for changing a folder’s color. If you want more control, you can follow the same process in Photoshop or another image editing app.

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