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10.5: Change item icons via drag and drop System 10.5
If, like me, you like to change your folder icons every now and then, you'll know that you need to Get Info on an icon file or an existing item (the source), click or tab to the icon in the Get Info window, then copy it and paste it onto the icon in the Get Info window of the item you want it on (the destination).

Well, I just discovered that you can simply drag an icon file onto the icon in the Get Info window of the destination item, and it changes it for you. You can do this with any file -- it simply copies the icon from that file onto the destination. Very handy! I have noted that this takes a few attempts in some cases, but not sure why, so have bugged it with Apple.
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10.5: Change item icons via drag and drop
Authored by: bengarland on Nov 14, '07 07:43:32AM

Seems like this has worked for a LONG time. Maybe even going back to Mac OS 9? Or maybe I'm just crazy, but I could swear I've done drag-and-drop to the Info window to replace folder icons years ago.



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10.5: Change item icons via drag and drop
Authored by: robg on Nov 14, '07 08:55:48AM

It didn't work for me on 10.4 when I was testing it this morning; perhaps I was doing something wrong, though.

-rob.



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10.5: Change item icons via drag and drop
Authored by: Whosawhatsis on Nov 14, '07 10:13:11AM

I could have sworn this worked in previous versions, but I tried it on my tiger machine and it didn't work.

You can also drag frames of videos from Quicktime Player or even quicklook. Note, however, that it does not seem to work with the Get Info palette (command-option-i).

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10.5: Change item icons via drag and drop
Authored by: n8gray on Nov 14, '07 04:24:03PM

I just tried it and the Finder segfaulted. Whoops!



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10.5: Change item icons via drag and drop
Authored by: n8gray on Nov 14, '07 04:38:21PM

It turns out the finder crashes if you drag certain items over the Spotlight Comments area in the get info dialog. I filed a bug with apple.




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