If you open your Documents folder and view the contents as icons (See Tips 14 and 17) you’ll probably see a lot of folders which all look the same — a small empty rectangle. The documents however are likely to have different icons depending which application or software was used to create them. Microsoft Word documents have a W, AppleWorks documents have a pencil, Acrobat Reader documents have a red swirly stylised capital A.
While you might want to leave the document icons alone, to make it easier to tell them apart, you can give any file or folder (or even hard drive) an icon of your own choosing.
First you need a picture. You could draw one yourself (maybe using AppleWorks Drawing or Painting module) or maybe download one from the Icon Cold Storage at The Icon Factory
First you copy the new icon, and then you paste it into the Get Info window for the folder with the boring icon.
If you’ve drawn the picture yourself go to the Edit menu and choose Select All, then Edit — Copy. This copies the picture to the Clipboard.
If you’ve downloaded icons then click once on the folder with the new picture and choose Get Info. Now in the top left corner you’ll see the picture. Click once on it and Choose Copy from the Edit menu. This copies the picture to the Clipboard.
Now you’re ready to paste the new icon onto your folder.
Click once on the folder whose icon you want to change and choose Get Info. Now in the top left corner you’ll see the boring icon. Click once on it and Choose Paste from the Edit menu. This pastes the picture from the Clipboard.
Once you’re more practised you can do this very quickly and easily, and using keyboard shortcuts can make it a very quick and smooth process.
Now sit back and enjoy the variety and colour of icons with more interest.