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
- Create a new folder if you don’t want to change an existing one.
- Right-click on the folder you want to change and choose Get Info.
- 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.
- Open Preview. You can do this quickly by pressing Cmd + Space to open Spotlight, then typing Preview.
- With Preview open, select File > New from Clipboard.
- Click the Show Markup Toolbar button; it looks like a marker and is next to the Search box.
- Choose the Adjust Color tool that looks like a prism with light shining through.
- Use the sliders on the right side to adjust the folder’s color to your liking.
- When you’re satisfied, choose Edit > Select All from the menu bar.
- Press Cmd + C to Copy the new folder.
- 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.