7 Ways to Customize Your Mac: Color Schemes, Icons, Sounds, and More

Xiaobai Software  2022-08-02 13: 44  read 43 views

Personalizing your Mac with Deep System Tweak isn't possible due to Apple's security features.But there are still other ways to customize your macOS desktop.

So let's see how to customize your Mac desktop in seven easy steps.


1. Start with a fresh wallpaper

Just replace the default wallpaper with a background you like to give your desktop a whole new look.To make this tiny change, open the System Preferences app and select Desktop & Screensaver.


Under the "Desktop" tab, pick a fresh image from the default Mac desktop themes, or use a beautiful solid color background.Also, don't forget the dynamic desktop section - it contains wallpapers that change to match the time of day.

You can also access your photo library from the sidebar and set your wallpaper to a photo you like and don't mind seeing every day.If you want to see different wallpapers from an album, activate the Change picture box and choose a time length, such as every 5 minutes.

2. Set a custom color scheme


Your Mac lets you mix and match various color presets for system accents and highlights to come up with a new color scheme.To do this, visit System Preferences > General and select new colors under Accent Colors and Highlight Colors.You'll then see the updated color scheme reflected on buttons, boxes, menus, selections, and other system elements.

In the same preferences pane above, switching to dark mode is another tweak you might want to consider.It works on all Macs running macOS Mojave and above, and provides a sleek dark look to elements like the Dock, menu bar, application windows, and sidebar.

3. Add personalized icons and backgrounds


Not only can you make icons larger or smaller in the Finder (select View > Show View Options > Icon Size from the menu bar), but you can also change their appearance with custom icons.

Don't forget to check the ICNS extension (make sure it's compatible with macOS) when you're browsing the icon library on the web. PNG and JPG can also be sources for icons, but if possible, it is best to choose an ICNS image that is compatible with MacOS.

To change the icon of a folder (or a file), first copy the new icon file (select and press Cmd+C).Now select the folder where you want to replace the icon and click File > Get Info.

In the inspector window that pops up, select the icon at the top, then click Edit > Paste or press Cmd + V.If you are not satisfied with it, select it in the inspector and press Delete to switch back to the default icon.

You can even use an existing icon as an image source, copying it from the relevant inspector.For example, here is a screenshot of the Music Library folder icon, which has the icon for the Apple Music app.


Want to replace the default app icons in the apps folder with custom icons?You can do this except for apps bundled with your Mac.However, you won't have a problem using the system app's icon as a source for third-party apps.For example, you can replace the icons of your favorite third-party web browser apps with Safari's system icons.

Also, did you know you can add a new background to Finder in icon view?Just choose View > Show View Options, and then choose among the Color and Picture options in the Background section.

4. Modify the login screen


To personalize the login screen on your Mac, first switch to a new user picture for your account.You can do this in System Preferences > Users & Groups.Select your user account and make sure you are on the Passwords tab.

Once you're there, click on your existing user picture next to your username to swap out one from Apple's default settings or your photo library.You can even replace it with a Memoji or Animoji and hit "Save" to have the selected picture in place.

Next, you might want to come up with an interesting lock screen message.To do this, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and check the box next to "Show info when the screen is locked."


If the option is grayed out, you'll need to click the lock icon at the bottom of the pane and enter your system password when prompted.Then you should be able to start editing it.

Next, click the Set Lock Screen Information button, enter the content of the lock screen you want, and click OK.When you restart your Mac, you'll see this message at the bottom of the screen, just above the power options.

5. Get a better looking Looking Dock


To personalize your Mac's Dock, you should at least clean it out.Drag out the icons of apps you don't use often, and release when you see the "Remove" icon.Then, drag your favorite apps from the Apps folder into the Dock.

You can also reposition the Dock, resize its icons, and set them to zoom in to different degrees on hover.To access these tweaked settings, go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar.

6. Retrofit a single application


Play with the built-in settings of installed apps to add more personal touches to your Mac.For example, if you have the Slack desktop app installed, you can light up Slack's sidebar with a new theme.

In the Mac Mail app, change the look of your mail by visiting Preferences > Fonts and Colors to adjust fonts and colors.Additionally, you can highlight individual messages by selecting them and choosing a new color via Format > Show Color.

You can also get a new skin for it via "Preferences" > "Profiles" when you open Terminal.Select a theme in the sidebar and click "Default" to set your choice as the default.You need to restart the terminal for the new color profile to show up.

7. Add Custom Sounds for Mac


You don't have to limit your personalization efforts to visual changes.Add some audio tweaks as well, how about that?First, you can choose a different system voice as your default from System Preferences > Accessibility > Spoken Content > System Voice.Next, choose a new alarm sound from System Preferences > Sounds > Sound Effects.

You can even set your Mac to announce the time at set intervals in System Preferences > Date & Time > Clock.

Have you customized your Mac?

As you can see above, with a little thought, time, and effort, you can make your Mac truly yours.Once you do that, it becomes a greater joy to appreciate and work with.

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