Way back when Apple introduced OS X Lion, colored icons disappeared from the Finder sidebar. Apple likes the understated and elegant look in Finder sidebar icons, but I likes me a few splashes of color.
Here are two ways to get colorful icons back into the sidebar and both are free. The boring gray and shaded icons in the Finder’s sidebar are replaced with colorful icons, the way the Mac was meant to be.
First on my list is a free app called ColorfulSidebar. Download it. Install it. Presto change-o. Color in the icons. Again.
The Colorful Sidebar website says it’s for OS X Lion’s Finder (as of today), but it works on OS X Mavericks, too. The example given is in Japanese.
Second on my list is yet another free way to add color to the Finder. This one is called SideEffects and it works with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, too.
Here’s what the Finder’s sidebar looks like without and with colored icons.
Simple. Easy. Free.
Out with Apple’s understated and elegant shaded icons, and in with gaudy colored icons.