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Add Color to Finder Sidebar Icons in macOS [Video]

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

I am an author, digital educator and content marketer. I record, edit, and publish content for AnsonAlex.com, provide technical and business services to clients and am an avid self-learner. I have also authored several digital marketing and business courses for LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com).

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