December 3, 2011

MacOX: Bring back the color icons to Finder sidebar

The latest versions of the Finder side bar lost a lot from usability by removing the colored icons. Hopefully Apple will realize the mistake and fix it. Meanwhile here is a solution of how to bring color back:

1. Download and install SIMBL for OS version Snow Leopard and Leopard or Tiger
2. Download the ColorfulSidebar SIMBL plugin and mount the DMG file
3.  Move the ColorfulSidebar.bundle into the following SIMBL plugin folder:
~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/

4. Restart the computer
5. Kill the Finder through the Terminal: killall Finder

UPDATE: Interestingly, on two different Macs the tip applies differently. On the BookPro it works perfectly, on my Air I have to repeat the  killall Finder
   every time I restart the laptop to get colored icons back.

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