How to customize folder icons on Ubuntu

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Changing folder icons on Ubuntu can make your folders stand out. For example, if you have a lot of folders on your home screen, it can be hard to find the one you need quickly. By changing the icons of your folders, you can make them more distinctive and easier to spot. Additionally, you have the flexibility to assign various icons to different folder types, such as music, documents, pictures, and more.


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How to Set a Custom Folder Icon on Ubuntu
  1. Open the Nautilus file manager by clicking on the icon shown on the dock.
  2. Right-click on the folder you want to customize. Then, click the “Properties” option.
  3. Inside the “Properties” section, click on the default folder icon.
  4. Head over to the location where you saved the downloaded icon. Then, choose the icon and click the “Open” button displayed at the top.
  5. That’s it, the icon for the selected folder will be changed.

Give a Unique Color to Your Folder Icons on Ubuntu

The folder-color extension lets you select from eight colors and add emblems like In Process, Important, Finished, Favorite, and New to the default folder icon. To use this tool, you must first install it on your Ubuntu system.

  1. Install folder-color using the apt command:
    • sudo apt install folder-color
  2. Once the installation is done, restart the Nautilus file manager using:
    • nautilus -q
  3. Now, let’s change the color of a folder icon. To do so, simply open the Nautilus file manager. After that, right-click on the folder and select the “Color” option from the menu. Here, you can select any of the eight different colors for your favorite folder icon.

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