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Setting custom icon for the Utilities folder in the Dock Desktop
If you're like me, you keep both the Applications folder and the Utilities folder as items in the Dock in order to access all your applications quickly. Howver, the Utilities folder has a generic folder icon so it's rather unintuitive to have it in the Dock since it's not clearly differentiated.

Unfortunately, the Utilities folder is a special folder and cannot have a custom icon. It's reset to the standard folder icon every time you log in. The way around this is to make an alias of the Utlities folder, paste a custom folder icon on the alias and drag it to the Dock. This way, you get your Utilities folder in the Dock with an icon of your choice. You'll need to keep the alias someplace, though, since deleting it will make the Dock item cease to function as a shortcut to the Utlities folder.

[robg adds: Instead of using an alias, I tried changing the ownership on Utilities to myself, but still had no luck with a custom icon. I'm sure there's a way to change the original icon -- logging in as root, perhaps? Anyone?]
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Setting custom icon for the Utilities folder in the Dock
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 21, '03 12:27:46PM

Rob, and others:

I've tried everything I could think of, including logging in as root [in Terminal, as well as using NetInfo Manager to "authenticate"]. Nothing lets me change the icons for those actual folders, /Applications and /Applications/Utilities ....

So I created a folder in my Documents folder called "aliases often used", and made aliases for these special, fussy folders. The aliases will take custom icons, and will still show the contextual menu if you put them in the Dock and hold down the mouse on one of them. I haven't seen what'll happen if I log out and back in again, though.

PS: If you ever use NetInfo Manager to "Enable root user", remember to go back and "Disable root user" when you're finished with the task at hand; I'm told you should not leave your root user enabled, for security reasons.

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Setting custom icon for the Utilities folder in the Dock
Authored by: bluehz on Apr 21, '03 12:39:01PM

Anyway to get the icon to stop displaying the "arrow" alias
indicator for JUST this icon? I know you can do it systemwide -
but what about individual icons/aliases?



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Setting custom icon for the Utilities folder in the Dock
Authored by: Mr. X on Apr 21, '03 12:54:19PM

how do you do that system wide? I tried to look for that here
b4 but didn't find anything...



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Setting custom icon for the Utilities folder in the Dock
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 21, '03 01:50:22PM

I'd also like to know how one can remove alias arrows from alias icons, system-wide.

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Setting custom icon for the Utilities folder in the Dock
Authored by: feste on Apr 21, '03 01:24:39PM

To answer rob's question, apparently it can't be done. The
makers of Folder Icon X and other utilities to customize icons
say there's something unique about the Utilities folder that
makes it impossible to modify that icon permanently. For some
reason, permissions for that one folder work differently from the
rest of the system. I've gotten it to change temporarily, but
then it reverts back.

I've never understood why Apple uses a plain vanilla icon for
Utilities. It seems obvious that that's a folder which would
benefit from a custom icon...



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Setting the icon made E-Z
Authored by: noworryz on Apr 21, '03 02:54:07PM

To have a custom icon in the dock for the utilities folder, make an alias to the utilities folder in your home directory tree (for example, by Command-Option-dragging the utilities folder to your home folder). Add a custom icon to the alias by selecting it, typing Command-I, selecting the icon, pasting, and closing the Info window. Then drag the alias to the dock. Voila, a custom icon!

--Glenn Fawcett

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Setting the icon made E-Z
Authored by: mrmister on Apr 21, '03 05:03:41PM

Right, but that doesn't fix the alias badging.



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How to remove the alias arrow systemwide
Authored by: terpsichore on Apr 21, '03 07:45:03PM

This is how I deleted the alias arrows. If someone knows an easier way, let me know.

You can just change the arrow icon in your system icons to nothing. Use Iconographer or some other icon editor to open the SystemIcons.rsrc file. It should be in System/Library/CoreServices/SystemIcons.bundle/Contents/Resources/SystemIcons.rsrc
Make a copy of this file for backup and then change the icon with ID 20789 (Alias Badge). Make sure to delete the arrow in all of the sizes. Save everything and replace the old SystemIcons.rsrc file with this one. You'll need to log on as root (or use sudo).



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Just an idea
Authored by: robarmo on Apr 21, '03 10:37:23PM

I did this for my ~/Applications folder, but the same could apply to the
Utilities folder. Simply create a folder called Utilities (or whatever) in
your Home directory and place inside aliases for just the utilities that you
commonly use, you can arrange them in sub folders if you really like.
Give it a suitable icon, then drag it to the dock. No need to worry about
getting rid of the alias arrow in the dock icon, and no unnecessary clutter
to scroll through in the contextual menu either.

I did this for my ~/Applications folder after reading about people running
into difficulties having moved/reorganised files in the main Applications
folder. I have aliases for all the apps I commonly use that are installed
in the main Applications folder (without having to navigate any
subfolders as in the "real" one) mixed in with apps installed for personal
use. I'm free to organise them as I want (graphics, internet, etc.) without
having to worry about problems when running updates etc. Not to
mention that each user can choose which apps (or utilities) to include.

Just seems to make life a whole lot easier than trying to alter the "real"
Utilities folder.



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Just an idea
Authored by: feste on Apr 22, '03 05:52:09PM

That's exactly what I do. I've got an "Apps" folder and a "Utils"
folder in my dock that contain sub-folders (Internet, General,
Games for the Apps folder) which in turn contain aliases to
every program I use. I launch everything from there. I think
it's the best way to use the dock, especially since I have NO
non-running applications in the dock. I find it much more useful
to use the left side of the dock as an indication of currently
running apps.

That solves the specific problem in this thread, since those
folders can take a custom icon easily enough. But I also have
the real Applications and Utilities folders in my Finder toolbar.
And that icon, the one in the toolbar, brings the problem back,
since you can't customize it. (Although, the making an alias
trick would work.)



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Custom icon Utilities folder
Authored by: digitol on Apr 22, '03 01:36:01AM

This worked for me: Make new folder titled utilites on desktop, custom icon it, drag old items from original utilites folder to your newly customized one on desktop, drag back to where your original utilites folder is (APPLICATIONS/UTILITIES) should be in luck. :) LOBO



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Custom icon Utilities folder
Authored by: Ha_hA on Apr 22, '03 06:05:57PM

It does not work.

You simply can not have a custom icon on the Utilities folder
located in the Applications folder.

I guarantee that as soon as you restart, it will revert to the
original.



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Custom icon Utilities folder
Authored by: GerryA on May 05, '03 06:20:28AM

You'll find that as soon as you run a system update that tries to modify anything in the Utilities folder that it will not recognize your new utilities folder... I tried this, and then discovered that I had a NEW utilities folder created by the update, with some utilities in it. I'm not sure whether I could simply have dragged these into MY utilities folder, and lived happily ever after... I'm still waiting for someone to tell me how to remove the alias arrow on a single folder (i.e. not system-wide). Any ideas? Incidentally, someone posted a hint on versiontracker suggesting that you create a Utilities folder in Applications, and then move the original Utilities folder into this new one, and that this would work for updates etc. It doesn't.



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Setting custom icon for the Utilities folder in the Dock
Authored by: fwpGreg on Oct 31, '03 11:06:14AM

This inability to set a custom icon must not have always existed. I created a custom icon way back (probably 10.1 days) and pasted it like you would any other folder. That icon has stayed ever since. My 10.3 still has a custom icon for that folder that is permanent through reboots, etc.



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