This was compiled in the Macworld OS X Forum, and I thought it may be of some use to everyone. If you'd like to replace the stock Apple toolbar icons with your own, here's how to do it.
Find the icon you want and then launch Icongrapher, use the Open Icon command to open the icon and then pick "Save as" a .icns file.
Log in as the root user [Editor: You could also use the Terminal to work around having to login as root]. In the Finder, navigate to /System/Library/Core Services/ and then control-click on the Finder icon and select "Show Package Contents".
Navigate through the "Contents" folder to the "Resources" folder. You will see all the icons easily named (computer.icns, delete.icns, etc).
Remove the file of the icon you want to change [Editor: A better suggestion may be to rename the original file in case you want it back!], and replace it with the one made by Icongrapher.
Log out and login, and VOILA, new toolbar icons! [Editor: You could also force quit the Finder to make it restart and read your new icon files, although logging out and in is certainly a cleaner way to do this!]
Editor's caution: Any time you're mucking around in the system applications as root, you can potentially do great damage to your machine. Be careful and always have a backup! Consider yourself cautioned!
With the help of Keaka (creator of the sweet little LoginBackground app which allows you to change the background of your login screen), I figured out how to change my boot screen as well. It's a pretty simple move:
1. You need to have root access
2. You will need to be able to create and save an image in .pdf form.
All I did was create an image in Photoshop with a size equal to my screen resolution, and saved it as "BootPanel.pdf". Put it in:
You can download thousands of icons from sites such as xicons to replace your existing file, folder, and drive icons.
Using the standard copy/paste procedure to paste an icon from one Info panel to another, you'll sometimes find that the paste operation fails, and you're left with a blank / transparent icon on the target, rather than the icon you intended to use. In my experience, this usually happens when replacing hard drive icons.
Whether this is a bug in individual icons or in Apple's icon rendering system is unclear, but the fix is simple: Re-open the Info panel on the target, select the (now blank) icon well, and press Delete. The default system icon will be restored. This doesn't get you the icon you wanted, but it's better than an invisible / missing icon.
[Editor's note: I believe I've also read that if you logout and login, you may then see the 'invisible' icon you just pasted. Unfortunately, I don't recall where I read this and can't really test it until this evening...]
Column-view would be the fastest way to peruse your files if it weren't for the delay each time the finder generates the preview. Most of you know the trick of eliminating the preview-pane in column view. Just in case, here is a very brief refresher: open the file com.apple.finder.plist in your Preferences folder in a text editor. Find the following lines and set ShowPreview to false as shown:
Anyhow, the problem is that now you can't see the file size, type, version, etc. However, the Show Info window (Command-I) does all this. Even better, it will automatically update as you select different files.
So, disable the ShowPreview, then keep an Info window open next to your Finder window to see the full-size icon, size, dates, etc. If you need to see the preview, just switch to the preview panel in the Info window! Scroll-wheel works nicely for switching panes. Now column view works very quickly, and you only generate previews when you need to see them.
maybe this tip is already known. if so just forget it. i found a solution to make separation marks in the dock to create segments like utilities, communication, graphic-design etc.
first create a new icon featuring a separation line of your choice (a nice tool to do that is icon brush...). now copy the icon and paste it to a newly created folder via the show info box. don?t think you are ready, you are not :)
dragging this folder in the dock makes it jump to the right, because only apps can be aliased on the dock's left side. to trick the dock is easy: just name the folder .app at the end. you can still drag the folder only on the right side but on release it pops to the left and you can put it where you want!
unfortunaly each separator has to be a new folder, but that?s not that bad; you can name them like the kind of stuff they separate. now in the dock it gives the name of the following separation via help rollover...
this makes my day for sure :)
[Editor's note: I'm not sure about the separator functionality, but tricking the dock with the '.app' extension is pretty slick!]
I've always copy and pasted file and folders names into documents (well I'm a lazy typist and poor speller, especially with some designers' bizzare naming conventions). In OS9, I used to single click and wait for it to highlight (as if I was trying to rename the file). It still works in X but here's the killer bit. You don't have to wait until the name is in its change state (which BTW takes forever in X or another single click). But in X, just highlight (even in column mode), copy and paste ahoy. This could be old news but it helps lazy people like me bigtime.
[Editor's note: This is probably a side-effect of the new Finder copy and paste files trick, with this side-benefit of making it easier to copy and paste one or more filenames into a document.]
If you have a scroll wheel mouse and want to scroll faster in the Finder with it, hold the option key as you scroll. This will cause you to scroll by half a page per 'tick' of your wheel. This works with my Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer and I'm assuming it will work with all scroll wheel mice.
[Editor's note: Works fine with the Gateway Trekker Wheel Mouse on my G4/350 ... don't ask!]
ive seen a ton of people gripe about the lack of labels in os x, so i hope this helps those that really need them.
1. set your windows to list view
2. pop up the view options panel (apple-j)
3. click the show comments checkbox
4. notice that the comments column appears in the list view
5. label files--type comments in the comments field
you can also write a few applescript droplets to automate entering comments. i have three droplets that set comments: "new", "current", "completed".
[Editor's note: There's a good discussion on this very subject over on the MacFixIt Forums, including a couple of posted AppleScripts to make it easy to 'batch comment' files.]