Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Coloured icons in OSX Lion's sidebar

Let's face it, OSX Lion's sidebar is rather drab. Wouldn't it be good to have a bit more colour?

Well you can, and here's how.

  1. Download and theninstall SIMBL.
  2. You need the SIMBL plugin.
  3. Add the ColorfulSidebar.bundle to this SIMBL plugin folder:

    /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/ or

    ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/
  4. You need to restart the Finder by one of the following

    a - Logout / Login


    b - Use the terminal kill the Finder and relaunch it: "killall Finder"


    c - If you have turned on "Finder Quit', then just quit and relaunch the Finder, which is my preferred way

Then you get your nice icons

before                                              after

Interestingly, looking through the plugin and plist, it looks like all the nicely coloured icons are there already, just not being used. Have a look through /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources

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