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Sep 24, 2013

How to use Candybar to apply icons to all apps automatically

by Stephen Ashby

Add icons to all your apps automatically with Candybar, including locked Mac App Store apps like iPhoto and iMovie

Following on from the Mac icon project’s recent design for iPhoto, a few users had issues applying the icon to Apple’s app using Candybar. The problem only arises for apps that have been downloaded from the Mac App Store, as these apps are more locked down to comply with Apple’s terms. Ultimately this means that dragging and dropping app icons onto the relevant apps simply won’t work. However, there is a workaround, and it not only lets you alter the icons for locked apps, it will also speed up the icon application process considerably.

Candybar: Apply icons to their apps automatically

Step 11. Drag and drop

For most apps, dragging and dropping the icon from the icon drawer at the bottom onto its relevant app will suffice, but it is a time-consuming process for regular changes.

Step 22. Get Info

In order to change this, you’ll need to tell each icon the app to which it corresponds. To do this, double-click an icon in the drawer, or right-click it and select Get Info from the menu.

Step 33. Choose the app

For applications like iPhoto, use the drop-down box at the bottom of the Info panel to select the related app from the Applications folder. Type a single letter to jump through the list more quickly.

Step 44. System icons

For system icons, the technique is slightly different. Use the Category drop-down box to select the area, then choose from the Icon drop-down menu to find the one you’re looking for.

Step 55. Apply quickly

When you’ve done this with all the apps, you can use the Use These Icons button to quickly apply them all to their relevant apps. It only takes a second, and works even for locked apps.

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    • Alex

      Perfect perfect perfect tutorial…!!! Well done, very nice job…!!!

    • Robert

      I’m so confused how do you get the app icons in candybar in the first place

    • iCreate Magazine

      It’s simpler than it looks! Open up Candybar and you should see a bar on the left. At the bottom of the bar is a plus and a minus sign. Hit the Plus and choose New Collection. You can rename the collection if you want, but either way click it to view the empty collection. You can then just drag and drop the PNG files into either the Collection folder in the sidebar, or into the drawer at the bottom of the app.

      Hope that helps – any issues let me know and I’ll see if I can help!


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    • Robert

      Thanks So Much! Really Helped

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    • Cory Church

      im using this in osx 10.9. I cant seem to apply the icons. what gives?

    • iCreate Magazine

      Hey Cory,

      It seems that Apple has changed things again in Mavericks, and the result is that Candybar is no longer supported in 10.9. We’re currently trying to find an alternative that is still supported, and when we do I’ll make sure I post up a link. As Candybar is no longer being updated it’s likely that the software just isn’t going to work any more, which is a real shame.


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    • Thomas

      for people using maverick try Litelcon

    • Anthony

      Hi ! I’m using mavericks and it works well but I still don’t know how to change these icons ! Somebody can helps me ? 🙂 Thx

    • Nashty

      You’re an idiot

    • Anthony G. Chedid

      Hahaha I like people like you which are stupid dude 🙂 But, thanks to some other people which are more intelligent than you by faaaar, I had my response ! (In case it interests you, Candy Bar blocked me because of the version of my mac so I had to change it into an older version just for the modifications using the Terminal) Have a nice day man !

    • Nashty

      You’re still an idiot.