For those who love to customize their Mac, there are a large number of folder icons to replace the default ones. Though they are good for adding a personal touch to your Mac, these custom folders don’t really offer much utility. Plaster
is a free Mac app that takes the concept of having custom folder icons and puts it to good use. The app allows you to take any image of your choice and set it as any folder’s icon. The result is a folder that, in addition to being identifiable from its name, can also be identified with the image on it (much like a book’s illustrated cover).
The Dock is what you would consider prime real estate as far as icons for active apps on a Mac are concerned. It’s a place where you house not just your active apps but some of your frequently used ones, alongside your favorite folders. The point is, the Dock is where apps compete for space and whether you like it or not, most apps that you have running will add a Dock icon even when it is not necessary. While some developers will have the foresight to recognize that the icon is useless and will provide a way of removing it, they are admittedly a very rare breed of developers. If you’ve got quite a few apps that you prefer didn’t have a Dock icon, a little editing of the Info.plist file for the respective app should sweep it under the rug for you.
Hiding all the icons, widgets and gadgets from the desktop becomes quite a tedious task, especially in a situation where one needs to take multiple screenshots without any icon and/or other clutter visible on the desktop. The default method requires users to manually hide desktop icons and gadgets from the View menu. If you regularly find the need to hide desktop icons and gadgets and find the default way tiresome, give trimDesk
It's a simple application that allows you to easily manage your desktop background, gadgets, icons and taskbar settings. It lets you quickly hide icons, gadgets, the taskbar and wallpaper via configurable hotkeys. Additionally, you can minimize all open application windows, and choose to apply selected changes at once using a single hotkey combination.
In today’s world, a phone has become the extension of your personality, and that’s why most users have become pretty privacy-conscious. You never want another person to start delving too deep into your phone. Of course, there is the passcode on the lockscreen which can be used a primary security measure, but it’s always nice to have an extra layer of security. That’s exactly what DisableLaunch
does, and if you have this Cydia tweak installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can lock all the app icons on the Springboard of your iOS device. This might sound a bit annoying, and that’s why you can define an Activator gesture for toggling the password protection on and off.
So Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 Consumer Preview yesterday, making it available to the masses for testing and getting a taste of the new Metro UI and the OS in general. Amidst all the oohs and aahs, one frustration that many users came across was the (apparent) lack of the Computer icon on the desktop. Now, to be honest, that’s nothing new, since from the days of Windows XP, the desktop had been clear of any icons sans Recycle Bin. Where the problem arose this time around, was the fact that previously, you could’ve easily accessed Computer (or My Computer, if you prefer that) from the Start Menu. Windows 8, however, took away the Start Menu in its entirety, and even the infamous Start Screen didn’t present any shortcut for accessing computer, or exploring the contents of the hard drive. Even though nothing has changed with respect to brining the icons back to their place, and considering that you can still browse the directory structure by navigating through the Libraries (read: Windows Explorer) view, this post is just a summary of how you can bring the good old Computer icon back to your Desktop, or make it shine on Start Screen.
Cydia for jailbroken iOS devices is all about letting users customize their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in any way they want. The developers over at the Cydia store are known for releasing tweaks for even the smallest, and seemingly insignificant, areas of iDevices. There are ways to personalize the carrier name of your iPhone displayed in the status bar at the top of the screen. You can either use “MakeItMine”, or the incorporated customization option in SBSettings. However, Zeppelin
is a new Cydia tweak which goes one step further, and using it, you can replace the carrier name with any icon of your choice.
Icons allow you to easily differentiate file types and applications from each other by giving you a different visual for every application. Changing file icons through changing the theme is always risky, since it might modify some important and sensitive Windows' files, which can result in some system file getting corrupted. Usually, people keep the default theme offered by Windows and do not make a lot of change to the visuals, but other like to customize every aspect of their operating system in order to have a more personalized feel. If you are one of those people who regularly change their themes and icon packs, but are not satisfied with some of the icons, give Thumbico
a try. It is a portable application that lets you view thumbnails of any file, image, document, video or application in your computer, and extract their icons. You can use it to experiment with icons using features like resizing and converting to use the ones that fit both your mood and the application. Keep reading to find out more about Thumbico.
Creating professional looking icons and logos is often difficult, even with the help of online web services that allow creating custom logos/icons. The reason is that, most web services do not offer inserting images to tweak the icons, and present quite dull background images or templates for creating these. Icon Generator Pro
is an Adobe AIR based application that provides icons for HTML5, CS5, CS4 and Star Badges, that can be fully customized to create attractive logos and icons. The icon generation can either be performed by downloading the Icon Generator application, or via the developer’s website.
After looking the at the same interface day after day, one gets bored of it. You can change your desktop background but sometimes changing just the wallpaper is not enough. The icons, taskbar and everything else remains the same even after changing the desktop wallpaper. You can also change the icons of different programs using the native options of Windows, however, transformation packs are a great way to completely change the feel of your operating system.Transformation packs change almost all the UI elements and give your system a completely new look. Lion Icon Pack
is a Windows 8 transformation pack to make your icons look like Lion icons. The Icon Pack is developed by Hamed, who previously released iOS
, Mac OS X, Windows 8
and Windows Phone 7 Mango
skin packs. Like all his other Skin
packs, it provides a simple wizard that guides users through the installation process. You wont need to configure UI elements after the Icon Pack installation, as it adjusts all the elements automatically.
Many a times you'll come across a term that you don't know anything about, but won't just want to bother searching a dictionary or encyclopedia. When it comes to references and knowledge, Wikipedia and Wiktionary are two of the most-widely used sources for in-depth information. QuickWiki
is an add-on for Mozilla's Firefox browser that gives you quick access to these services, allowing easy and quick look up of any term that you wish. QuickWiki instantly gives you information in the form of a pop-over when a term is right-clicked, making it even easier since no new tabs or windows are launched.
One feature of Fences (a popular tool for Windows) is to organize desktop icons. The faeture I like the most is its ability to quickly hide all the desktop icons to take screenshots and sometimes, just to hide all the clutter scattered on the desktop. Sadly, Mac users are still devoid of Fences, thus badly need a software which can provide even half of what Fences brings to Windows. Clean Slate
is however not comparable to Fences in terms of features and desktop organizing options, but certainly comes useful for those who would like to quickly clear up desktop for giving presentation, taking screenshots without adjusting icons manually, and for sharing desktop over network with somewhat tidier look.
W7 Superbar Icon Changer
is a portable tool that can change the icon of the applications added to the Windows 7 Superbar (Taskbar). For instance, if you don't like the default Internet Explorer or Firefox icon because it doesn't match the theme, then you can change this icon on your Superbar.
Sometimes your desktop is about to burst with application icons, shortcuts, files, folders, etc, and in this very situation, finding the certain application, shortcut can also become difficult, as you need intensive navigation but wouldn't it be great if you can manage the whole lot of icons, applications and other files & folder on desktop in desktop management tool providing an option of grouping up the desktop content? Desktop Manager BBox
provides the very same feature.
A lot of us have an habit of throwing files on the desktop for quick access. What happens when the desktop gets cluttered and there is no more space to add files, shortcuts, and applications? One solution is to use Ctrl+ Mouse Wheel method to make icons smaller (read the tip here
) but there is another way which is equally (or better) effective. DeskView
is a small portable tool that will change the Windows desktop icons into Windows Explorer list view in just one click.
If you are uncomfortable with the default icons in Ubuntu Linux then you can change their size easily. There are two ways through which you can change size of icons in your Ubuntu Linux desktop. Let me explain both in details with necessary screenshots.
Pixelformer is a free advanced icon, avatar, and button editor giving you full control over each and every pixel. You can create professional quality icons and bitmaps using this tool since it has been optimized for creating and editing small-sized images. Read More
Do you want to change the icon color of different folders in Windows? Or maybe you have made some custom icons and would like to apply it on different folders? If you want to better organize your folders by changing their colors or by adding your custom icon, then all you need is useful little software called Folder Marker. It supports 32-bit icons, and can work with several folders at once. Read More
Is your Start Menu or Quick Launch bar cluttered with application shortcuts? JetStart is an awesome tool that offers a quick access with categorized Start Menu shortcuts, recently launched programs and system commands. It allows multiple ways to access your applications by categorizing them into five generic categories, either by selecting items from a recently used list or newly added programs or simply search them by keyword etc. Read More
Did you ever get annoyed when Windows Security Center keeps popping up alerts telling you that User Account has been disabled or Windows needs to be updated? If you are like me who gets annoyed like hell, all you have to do is remove both the icon and alert, which is quite easy and requires a few clicks. Read More
Do you find the icon size on Windows Vista desktop too big or too small? The effect of visual appearance on shortcuts and programs icons, is more stark when users adjust and change the monitor screen resolution or font size in DPI scaling, where the icons size becomes bigger and smaller to an uncomfortable level. Users can easily resize Vista desktop icons or change the size of icons on Vista desktop. There are four methods to resize the desktop icons, depending on your preference and also the ’size’ that you want to change the icons to. Let's delve inside and see what they are.