Have fun with your folders and customise them in Finder in OS X

Customise folders in Finder and on the desktop on the Apple Mac

Open a Finder window and open a folder on your Apple Mac. In front of you is a plain white window with icons and text. It doesn’t have to be boring and you can customise it like crazy!

The background of a folder opened in a Finder window or on the desktop is plain white by default, but this is not chiselled in stone and it can easily be changed. There is nothing more boring than white and what’s more, every single folder on your Mac looks exactly the same.

OK, the icons change from folder to folder, but the background is always that same shade of white. Why not change it to something more interesting?

There are two ways to customise a folder and you can either select a background colour or set a photo or other image. It takes seconds to set up and it is really easy.

This is not something you have the time or inclination to do to every single folder on the disk, but changing a few folders can make them not only more interesting, but easily identified too. For example, you could customise folders that contain work and personal files differently, so that it is obvious which one you have open.

1 Show the view options

The first step is to open a folder you want to customise either on the desktop or in a Finder window.

Go to the View menu and select Show View Options. A small panel opens with folder customisation options.

Show the view options for a folder in Finder on the Apple Mac

2 Select a colour

Down at the bottom of the view options panel is Background. Select Color and click the white square just to the right. A colour selector pops up and you can pick a colour for the folder background. Here yellow has been selected.

Show the view options for a folder in Finder on the Apple Mac

3 Select a picture

Return to the view options panel and now select Picture. Notice that under the colour square it says Drag image here. You can drag a picture from the folder and drop it on the tile. If there isn’t a picture in the folder, open another Finder window, locate an image elsewhere on the disk and drag it to the tile to set it.

Customise the view options for a folder in Finder on the Apple Mac

4 Smashing windows

The image is used as the folder background and here is the image I selected for my folder. Your folder will use whatever image you chose. Ideally you want an image that is fairly big because it does not stretch to fill the space. If you use a small image then it will fill the top left corner and the rest will be white.

Select a picture for a folder background in OS X on the Apple Mac

5 Pick a picture

Here’s a clever trick. Double click the picture tile in the view options window and a file selector appears and shows the Desktop Pictures folder - the one used for desktop images. Select one of the desktop images to apply it to your folder.

You need to close the folder and reopen it when changing the image.

Select a picture for a folder background in OS X on the Apple Mac

6 Have fun

Here is a great background I found in the Desktop Pictures folder.

Select a picture for a folder background in OS X on the Apple Mac

You can have fun with folder background and make them look fantastic. Pick your favourite folders and set your favourite background images.

 

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Thanks for providing customization post. I like to customize my folders according to my interest. Really I found a lot of fun. Thank you very much for sharing.

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