Add color to the icons in your Finder sidebar on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks with an easy-to-install plugin.

Adding color to the icons in your Finder sidebar in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is really easy and brings back the old aesthetic feels that Mac OS used to have.

Even if you had previously installed a plugin to add color to your icons in Mac OS X Lion or Mountain Lion, after upgrading to Mavericks, many users lost the colored sidebar icons and the old plugins no longer work.

In the video above, I show you how to install a plugin I found called SideEffects that will bring color back to your sidebar icons even after the 10.9 update.

See Also: Mac OS X Finder Sidebar Icons Missing – How to Display [Video]

As I explain in the video, the first time I installed the plugin, colors came back to my Finder sidebar immediately. After uninstalling the plugin and trying to reinstall it, I had to restart my computer to get the changes to take effect the second time.

After installing the plugin, a message appears with some information on what to do if you don’t see colors right away. Don’t fret, the colors will come back!

The plugin uses an architecture called SIMBL (SIMple Bundle Loader) which allows the users to install plugins and hacks on Mac OS X. I haven’t been able to find any malware associated with SIMBL and it is a widely used architecture on Mac OS X.

Using the SideEffects plugin definitely brings back some of the design elements that has made Mac OS X such a pleasure to work with in the past!

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Anson Alexander

Anson Alexander is a blogger, author, SEO expert, teacher, and tech geek. As the founder of, Anson works full time writing, editing, and producing content for his site and providing technical and business services to clients. He has a BS in international business and information systems from the University of Tampa. In his free time, Anson plays video games, enjoys nature, spends time at the beach, and loves to travel.

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