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Friday, March 23, 2007

Special icons for Mail!

Changing applications icons is a good and easy way of customising your computer and operating system. To change the icon, you simple have to select the downloaded icon and press "Command - I" or choose "Get info" from the Finder File menu. You then click on the small thumbnail of the icon in the upper left corner and press "Command - C" to copy it. With the application closed, you "Get info" of the app, click the small icon in the upper left corner and press "Command - V" to paste it in there. That's it. Thanks to Antony Ellam for posting the following great icons on his blog and thanks also to for the Canadian Mail Icon.

You can download the following icons here:

Royal Mail 'Textured'
England 1st class England 2nd class Scotland

 WalesRoyal Mail World WideRoyal Mail Europe
 ConcordeAmerican Flag

And this one here:


Blogger Nick said...

This would be cool except the icon show the stamp with a big white block around it that looks pretty sloppy. Any ideas on how to get around this?

March 22, 2007 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

You cannot just copy these images or you'll get the white square around. You actually have to go on to the site I linked. They offer the icon for download and they are okay.


March 22, 2007 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger permutation1234 said...

I downloaded the icon, and replaced it just shows up as the icon NOT the image!!!!! it's like a preview icon.....

And now I can't get it to go back to the original....someone PLEASE HELP!

March 22, 2007 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Rich McWilliams said...

to restore to default just highlight the icon on the top, in the get info window, and hit delete.

March 23, 2007 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Li said...

Permutation1234, you just have to go to 'info', click the icon, and hit the delete button. And voila the default one is loaded

March 23, 2007 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger LX1FC said...

I would like to know how to change the icon for a group of files, let's say for ALL files that are ".java" or ".c"

It would be nice to create groups that all have the same icon.

Any ideas?

73' LX1FC

March 23, 2007 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Ive been doing this for years, and you dont need fancy software to make your own. Just pick a photo youve made, and use the thumbnail, get info, and there it is. My desktop is covered with them. But you can get confused with what is a folder and what is a photo you are working on(Photoshop is the one I use).
If anyone wants details, I can explain the process, but its just exactly like today's tip.

March 23, 2007 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

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March 23, 2007 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I can't see a thumbnail in my "get info" window. All I see is something that says PNG. I don't really want this as my new icon for Mail. Any thoughts?

March 23, 2007 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Varmint said...

I've seen this tip before, and it sadly doesn't work for me: must be doing something wrong. With both the icns and png files, Get Info top left hand corner shows a Preview Icon, and not actually a miniaturised version of the icns or png file itself. Its probably something blindingly obvious that I'm not seeing. I tried changing the "Open with" setting, and oddly enough *that* changes the icon in the top left. Very odd

March 23, 2007 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Did you drag or copy the picture from this website or did you actually download the files from the link in the post? With the gif or jpg that are here on the site, I get the same Gif or Jpg icon that you are talking about. If I get the .icns from the other websites, I get a smaller version of the icon in the thumbnail.


March 23, 2007 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Here is one that I just scanned, and you can try with this one, make it the size you want, pretty close to icon size. Save image to desktop, then use any image editor thing, like Photoshop.
Then give it a try.

Oh, you will have to paste the link in, its not showing as a link. no problem

March 23, 2007 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

This is delightfully brilliant. I haven't tried replacing icons since I switched to OS X a couple of years ago. No slight to Mail or to our good American neighbours, but I love having a Canadian stamp on the icon in my dock. Thanks for this, and the other great tips you share with us. I recommended your site on StumbleUpon for good measure!

cheers, jodi in Nova Scotia

March 23, 2007 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

When I download the file preview claims the icon and the actual image of the stamp doesn't get displayed, therefore I can't copy it to mail. What can I open it with so when I save the icon file is will display the stamp picture in "Get info"

March 23, 2007 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

This is for all of you who can only get it to disply the preview icon.

What you need to do is either

A: Go your finder and click on the desktop. Then, hit cmd-j (show view options) and check "Show Icon Preview"

B: Open the icon in preview, copy it and paste it into the mail icon space.

Hope this helps.

March 23, 2007 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger liagiba said...

I'm wondering if you can tell me how to make it so when I download a widget or something, it automatically opens dashboard and asks me if I want to install it. It used to do this until I had to reboot my system, and now it doesn't. Hoping to hear back!

March 23, 2007 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Was your last reboot 10.4.9 update? Maybe it's an update that modified the behavior of the system.


March 23, 2007 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger liagiba said...

Well, I had to reinstall my whole system, and when I did that, it stopped opening dashboard as soon as I downloaded it. I am using 10.4.9. Is there anything I should do? It's not that big of a deal, just a little annoying to me.

March 23, 2007 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Are you using Safari? If yes, do you have "Open 'safe' files after downloading" checked in Safari preferences?


March 23, 2007 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger liagiba said...

That's probably the problem, I'm using firefox. Is there a way that it will do it with firefox?

March 23, 2007 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Hi I tried that at the icon file still has a preview icon when i "get info" Any ideas?

March 24, 2007 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Varmint said...

Did the copy and paste from Preview, which kinda works, except for the horrible black background :-(

March 24, 2007 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Yeah I did the copy and paste with preview. With the black background it hardly makes sense to switch. I guess I wont bother.

March 25, 2007 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Nora said...

Great suggestion. I am a recent convert to MAC and am using Parallels to run the one Windows program I could not get for MAC. I was able to easily copy the icon I wanted to use. Thanks.

March 28, 2007 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger corgreg said...

The link takes one to the UK. They are British stamps. Are there any for Canada?

How do you change the finder icon? I have some neat icons for finder but can't access finder info to change. Thanks!

April 1, 2007 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

There is another link just over the Canadian stamp. This is the link.

Changing the finder icon is more tricky. There is some info available here.

April 1, 2007 at 7:12 PM  
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