Restoring Colorful Finder Sidebar Icons In Lion [Video How-To]

Restoring Colorful Finder Sidebar Icons In Lion [Video How-To]

OS X Lion’s Finder is noticeably more drab than its predecessor. The once-colorful sidebar icons have now turned a rather flat shade of gray. In this video, I’ll show you how to restore color to your Finder sidebar icons.

Restoring Colorful Finder Sidebar Icons In Lion [Video How-To]

Simbl: http://trdd.us/simbl

Colorful Sidebar: http://trdd.us/colorbar

  • Jonas

    It doesn’t work when you restart your mac! any idea?

  • likethepear

    Too complicated. Isn’t there a way to do this in Lion? Like just some setting I can change or something? There must be somewhere. 

  • James M

    Thanks for the tip.  I went through the steps and it worked great.  However when I reboot the first thing that pops up is finder.  It looks good and colorful but within seconds I can see it turn back to grey scale.  Thoughts? I’m running 10.7.2.

  • Ryan W

    Simbl isn’t open after you reboot, just go to system preferences>users&groups>login items>hit the plus button to add Simbl to the list, that’s the list where all apps to be started upon logging in are kept

  • Dave Stephens

    Just do what Ryan says to do below: “Simbl isn’t open after you reboot, just go to system preferences>users&groups>login items>hit the plus button to add Simbl to the list, that’s the list where all apps to be started upon logging in are kept”

  • KheeseKake

    Works great – thanks! Also, relaunching the Finder by holding the option key and then control/right clicking on the Finder icon in the dock works without having to go into Terminal and issue the killall on it.

  • James M

    Did that but Simbl is not anywhere to be seen as a option to add.

  • jesusshotgun

    Not true.
    Can’t find SIMBL anywhere….

  • JJ

    where can i find ur desktop wallpaper

  • Matt Ralston

    Interesting. It seems that the SIMBL Agent does load when the system reboots (you can see it in Activity Monitor, or ‘ps auxwww’ from the terminal).

    As James M comments, the sidebar icons are colourful for a second or so, then they fade back out. I suspect that Finder doesn’t like it for some reason. Reloading Finder (which can also be done from the Force Quit option on the Apple menu) also brings them back to full colour, but only until the next reboot.

    Not sure of a more permanent fix that requires less faffing about at the moment. Maybe the SIMBL and/or ColorfulSidebar folks need to take a second look…

  • heeloliver

    cool story bro!

  • Adycalipso91

    where can i get that wallpaper from your screen? its kinda cool

  • Luca Acerbi

    Being forced to run a software just to restore color icons… it’s just a nonsense

  • rookieFanBoy

    Thanks for the tip! I feel so much happier now when using Finder! :)  One thing to note is I got an error every time I tried to copy the sidebar bundle file into the Plugins folder – as soon as I switched from list view to coverflow view it worked. #rookie

  • Sporty_Guy1

    Worked great until I restarted and the icons went back to the boring grey again.:-(

  • Tom Lillis IV

    Instead of running “killall” at the command line would “Force Quit:Finder” work just as well? Issuing Terminal commands gives my relatives the heebie-jeebies (not me, I still miss “e”)

  • Bignighttrain

    the colorful sidebar link is not working.

  • Wilfredo Nanita

    So I just add the plug in bundle to the start up list? That’s the only thing available to add.

    Thanks.

  • Wilfredo Nanita

    This is what I found from the ColorfulSidebar author about the icons going back to grey after a computer restart:

    “One oddity about this solution is that you may need to kill the Finder again to bring the color icons back after a full system reboot, otherwise this works trouble free.”

    Can I add a script to the log in items to restart the finder on every mac restart?

    I tried adding SIMBL to the log in items, but the only thing to add would be ColorfulSidebar bundle.

  • Wilfredo Nanita

    This is what I found from the ColorfulSidebar author about the icons going back to grey after a computer restart:

    “One oddity about this solution is that you may need to kill the Finder again to bring the color icons back after a full system reboot, otherwise this works trouble free.”

    Can I add a script to the log in items to restart the finder on every mac restart?

    I tried adding SIMBL to the log in items, but the only thing to add would be ColorfulSidebar bundle.

  • Wilfredo Nanita

    I also noticed that applications that use the sidebar have grey icons, the solution doesn’t seem to be system wide.

  • Wilfredo Nanita

    I would like to know about your wallpaper too, where can I get it?

    Thanks!

  • McKornic

    You should try the things you post before making us waste our time! it seems like you never restart your mac right?

  • guest

    i can’t get into finder after this!!!

  • Sporty_Guy1

    Is the author or someone from Cult of Mac going to respond to these questions????

  • naveenmalik2

    The color full side bar disappeared right back when u resart ur mac haven’t u tried that, now i think i need to delete those files put in my library folder

     

  • techo_stuff

    Thanks Michael,
    I don’t see why we should be using third party fixes for settings that Apple should have provide in the first place.
    Nonetheless, a nice presentation that any novice should be able to follow easily – good job. 10/10
    Alan (techo-stuff)

  • Grant Douglas

    Yes that works fine. I thought a system re-boot would be enough but it didn’t work on its own. Force Quit – colours popped straight up

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