We’ve all seen a classic Mac desktop: The outer-space or mountain-like background filled with medium-sized blue folders. It doesn’t look bad at all, but I’m sure more than one of you wish you could customize at least a few aspects of that appearance.
All of your folder icons look like folders by default, but you can change that. You can use images from the web, your own photos, or a picture that you create. This is a great way to spot the folders you want at a glance, plus it’s more fun. Maybe you want to use a family photo icon for your vacations picture folder. Apple’s default folder and file icons have a maximum resolution of 1024×1024 pixels, so use this resolution if possible for the best image quality. You can use a standard square or rectangular image, but if your image has an irregular shape against a solid color background, you can try to convert it to a PNG with background transparency. All generated icons are 32-bit Mac OS X-compatible icons which can be viewed on both Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X. Folder Icon X also allows users to manage icons of files and folder through the.
Well, there are actually quite a few ways to do this. This time, we will show you a couple of simple and fast tips that you can implement in just a few minutes that will completely change your desktop’s look using your Mac’s own built-in options.
Let’s get going:
Arrange and Adjust How Your Desktop Items are Displayed
The Show View Options is a tool that allows you to easily customize your Mac’s desktop appearance to a great degree. To open it, right click on any empty part of your desktop and select Show View Options.
This will open a settings panel where you will be able to adjust a series of elements of your desktop’s look and feel. Here’s what you can do with them:
Icon Size and Grid Spacing: The first slider, the one for Icon Size is pretty self-explanatory. Sliding it left or right will either decrease or increase the size of your desktop icons respectively. The other slider (Grid Spacing) might be a bit harder to explain unless you actually use it though: It allows you to adjust the space between the icons on your desktop.
Using both of these sliders you can have, say, a desktop with big icons, each quite apart from the other or a desktop with small icons all very close together.
Text Size and Location: The next section of the Show View Options panel allows you to select the size of the text of your Mac’s desktop icons, as well as to choose if it will be located to the right or to the bottom of each icon or folder.
My suggestion: If you plan to display more than just the name of the icon or folder (more on that on our next point), place the text to the right, since it gives the text more room and things look better organized that way. Otherwise just leave text at the bottom.
Additional Item Information: The last section on the Show View Options panel lets you choose if you would like to see more item information about your folders or other elements lying around. Examples of this can be your hard drive’s available storage, the number of items in a folder and more.
Additionally, you can choose if elements like image icons show as mini-previews of files or as generic icons.
Last but not least, you can also use the Sort by: option to choose how items on your desktop are sorted.
Change How Icons and Folders Look Like
Are you tired of the old, blue color that all your Mac’s folders sport by default? You are not the only one. Thankfully, changing not only the color, but the entire icons of folders and drives lying around on your desktop is a snap.
To do it, first find and download a folder icon set that you like. Here’s a website were you can find some great ones for free for example. Once downloaded, open the image you want to use in Preview, choose Select All from the Edit menu and then click on Copy on that same Edit menu.
Now, right-click on the folder which icon you want to change and select Get Info from the available options. Click on the folder icon at the top left of the Info panel and then choose Paste from the Edit menu. Your folder now has completely new look!
That’s it for now. Use these two tips, couple them with a new desktop image and see how your entire Mac desktop acquires a new, fresh personality. Enjoy!
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When you download an app on Android or Windows, you get an option, or it automatically creates a shortcut on the home screen or the desktop. On Mac too creating a folder or app shortcut is extremely easy. It hardly requires four clicks. We first make an alias and then move it to the desired location.
You can add shortcuts for folders and apps to the desktop or Dock of your Mac. The first method below is the one I prefer. The second method is also quick, but it at times copies the folder instead of making the shortcut. Anyways, here are two easy ways to create desktop shortcuts on Mac running macOS Big Sur or Catalina.
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Step #1. Decide which folder’s or app’s desktop shortcut you want to create. Find where the folder is located. If you cannot find it, see the end for instructions.
Step #2.Right-click on the folder or app name and click on Make Alias.
Step #3. You will see that a shortcut is immediately created for that folder or app. Press enter key. It has the word alias at the end of the name.
Step #4. Drag this shortcut to your desktop or Dock. You may also copy the shortcut and paste it on the desktop.
This is it!
You have successfully created the desktop shortcut for a folder or app. Now you may quickly use this to open that folder, or launch the app. You may repeat this with as many folders and apps you like.
If you wish, you may select the shortcut, press the enter key, and rename it to remove the word ‘alias.’
Finally, if you wish to see the original folder, right-click on the shortcut icon and click on Show Original.
Note 1: Even if you move the original folder to some other location, the shortcut you created still works. Beautiful! Isn’t it.
Note 2: You may use this method to create shortcuts even for files like image, document, zip, music, movie, etc.
Not able to Find the Folder Location?
Finding applications is clear. You click on Finder → Applications/fifa-2018-iso-apk-for-ppsspp-android-device-finally-installed/. , and there you have all your applications. Knowing the location of the Folders you create is also straightforward.
But for some folders, especially system folders like Downloads, Documents, etc. it may be a bit tough to know the path. Here are some ways to know it.
#1. From Sidebar: Launch Finder, place your pointer on the folder name in left Sidebar, and then right-click. Finally, click Show in Enclosing Folder. Now follow the above steps.
#2. Using Path Bar: Be inside Finder and click on View from the menu bar. Now click Show Path Bar. A tab will be added to the bottom of the Finder. It has the location/path for the folder you click or select.
#3. Use Spotlight Search: Launch Spotlight Search by clicking the search icon in menu bar or press Command (⌘) + Space Bar. Now type the folder name and then scroll to the bottom of the search result and click on Show all in Finder… Click on the folder and follow the above steps to make its shortcut.
#4. Use Siri: I do not like Siri on Mac, notably older Macs. Anyways, you may ask Siri on Mac to ‘Show Download Folder’ (or any folder) and then go to the bottom of the result and click on Show all results in Finder… Now you may follow the above steps. Please note that this does not always work.
Create Desktop Shortcuts on Mac Using Drag and Drop
The above method is swift and simple. It is the one I prefer. However, there is an additional way to create folder and app shortcuts on Mac.
Step #1. Be at the location of the folder or app you want to create the shortcut of.
Step #2. Press and hold Option (⌥) + Command (⌘) key together. Do not leave the hold. Now click on the folder or app and drag it to the desktop.
Note: When you use this method, there are chances that you may unwillingly and unknowingly copy or move the folder instead of making its shortcut. Don’t worry. Press Command (⌘) + Z to undo and try again, or use the first method.
Add Folder Shortcuts to Dock on Mac
I recently wrote a post where I explained how to add website shortcuts to Dock on Mac. It is an interesting article. Similarly, you may add shortcuts to your Dock too.
Follow any of the above methods and make the shortcut of the folder or app (you may directly add an app to Dock, but anyway). Now drag that shortcut from Desktop to the rightmost part of Dock (Second left to the Trash icon).
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These were two easy ways to create shortcut icons on Mac. There is a third method that I know of, which requires Terminal and some command lines. However, it is tricky and beyond the simplicity of the average user. Also, if you change the folder location, the shortcut stops working. So I did not mention this method.
Secondly, on Macs running OS versions before Catalina, you may also click on a Folder or App and then press together Command (⌘) + L. It will instantly make the alias. It works on my old MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra, but on a different MacBook Pro running the latest version of macOS Catalina, this quick method does not seem to work.
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