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Fun with icons in OS X

OK, I’ll fess up – lately I’ve become a bit bored with the icons that appear in my OS X dock. I mean, they’re cute and all but they barely even drink. Look at the them. They’re a bit tired, eh? And I’ve always hated that Safari icon. I mean look at them
Leopard dock icons

Leopard dock icons

So I thought I’d have a play around and see how easy it was to change them. Turns out it’s really simple…

Getting the image
I decided to replace my icons with pictures of letters – just so I had a clue as to what applications they represented, so I trawled through Flickr, searching for ‘letter a’, ‘letter t’ and the like. When I found a suitable image, I used Command-Shift-4 to do a cheeky screen grab. Replacement icons can come from anywhere.
Changing the application icon
This is really easy. Open Applications in Finder and click on the application you want to change the icon for. Hit the Command-I or right-click and choose Get Info on the file to view its details.
Get Info

Get Info

double-click on your saved screen grab to open it in Preview then Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the image. Back in the Get Info pane, clicking on the icon itself will highlight it with a blue glow. Clicking Command-V will paste your new icon in its place. Careful though, it can be pretty addictive!
Finder

Finder

And here’s the end result. My graphitti dock! OK, it’s a bit more rough and ready than Apple’s work of art, but it’s all mine and I like it!
my dock!

my dock!