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

Personalizing your Mac with deep system adjustments is not feasible because to System Integrity Protection (SIP), an Apple security mechanism. However, there are a few more ways to make your macOS desktop look nice.

Let’s take a look at how to customise your Mac desktop in seven simple steps.

Begin with a fresh new wallpaper.

Simply replacing the default wallpaper with a background you like will refresh your desktop. Open the System Preferences programme and go to Desktop & Screen Saver to make this minor adjustment.

Choose a new image from the default Mac desktop themes or a lovely solid backdrop colour under the Desktop menu. Don’t forget about the Dynamic Desktop section, which features wallpapers that change according on the time of day.

You may also use the sidebar to access your photo library and change your background to a photo you like and don’t mind seeing every day.

Do you want to boost the ante even more? Set the wallpaper to change every hour, or use an interactive wallpaper to add important information to your desktop.

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Create a Unique Color Scheme

To create a new colour scheme, mix and match multiple colour presets for system accents and highlights on your Mac. To do so, go to System Preferences > General and change the Accent colour and Highlight colour settings. The new colour scheme will then be applied to buttons, boxes, menus, selections, and other system elements.

Utilize the Video of the Day.

Switching to Dark Mode in the same preference pane as above is another modification you might wish to try. It’s available on all Macs running macOS Mojave or later and provides features like the Dock, menu bar, programme windows, and sidebars a sleek black design.

Because you can’t install system-wide themes on your Mac, you’ll have to rely on app-specific themes. For example, if you use Alfred to control your Mac and have the Powerpack activated, you can change Alfred’s appearance with a custom theme, as stated on the Alfred Support site.

Personalize your icons and backgrounds.

In the Finder, you can not only resize icons (choose View > Show View Options > Icon size from the menu bar), but also change their appearance by utilising custom icons. Don’t forget to look for the ICNS extension while looking for icons in internet repositories (which ensures compatibility with macOS).

To alter the icon for a folder (or a file), pick the icon file and press Cmd + C to copy it. Now go to File > Get Info and select the folder whose icon you want to alter.

Select the icon at the top of the folder inspector that appears and click Edit > Paste. Your personalised icon should now be visible. If you don’t like it, go return to the default icon by selecting it in the inspector and pressing the delete key.

PNGs and JPGs can also be used as icon sources, but if at all possible, use macOS-compatible ICNS images.

You can even copy an existing icon from the relevant inspector and use it as the image source. Take a look at this screenshot of the Music Library folder icon, which includes the Apple Music app icon.

Do you want to replace the default app icons in the Applications folder with your own? Except for the apps that come pre-installed on your Mac, you can do that. However, leveraging the icons of system apps as sources for third-party apps is simple. For example, you can use the system icon for Safari to replace the icon for your favourite third-party web browser programme.

Also, did you know that in Icon view, you may change the backdrop of the Finder? Simply go to View > Show View Options and choose from the Color and Picture options in the Background area.

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Redesign the Login Page

Start by changing your account’s user image to customise the login screen on your Mac. You can change your password in System Preferences > Users & Groups > Password.

When you arrive, click the existing user picture next to your user name to replace it with one from Apple’s default set or your pictures library. You can even use a Memoji or an Animoji instead! To save the selected image, press the Save button.

After that, you might wish to think of a fun lock screen message. To do so, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and select Show a message when the screen is locked from the drop-down menu.

If the option is greyed out, click the Lock symbol at the bottom of the pane and type in your system password when prompted. After that, you should be able to begin altering it.

Then, on the Set Lock Message button, type in the message you want to see on the lock screen, and click OK. The notification will appear at the bottom of the screen, just above the power options, when you restart your Mac.

Improve the Appearance of Your Dock

At the very least, clean your Mac’s dock to customise it. Drag the icons of apps you don’t use very often out of the way and release them when the Remove prompt appears. Then, from the Applications folder, drag your preferred apps into it.


While hovering with the cursor, you can rotate the Dock, resize its icons, and set them to magnify to various degrees. Go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar to find the settings for these adjustments. You could also try replacing the dock with a third-party customization solution like uBar instead of fiddling with it.

Individual Apps Can Be Redesigned!

To add further personal touches to your Mac, play around with the built-in options for installed apps. If you have the Slack desktop software installed, for example, you can change the theme of the Slack sidebar.

You may modify the look of your emails in the Mac Mail programme by going to Preferences > Fonts & Colors and changing the fonts and colours. You can also use Format > Show Colors to emphasise specific messages by selecting them and changing the colour.

When the terminal is open, you may also change the skin by going to Preferences > Profiles. Choose one of the available themes in the sidebar and click Default to make it the default. To see the new colour profile, you’ll need to restart Terminal.

How about enabling Dark Mode in your favourite Mac programmes if you’re a dark mode fan? Dark Mode is supported by Ulysses, Bear, Things, Tweetbot, Spark, and a number of additional apps.

Everything You Need to Know About Dark Mode on Your Mac is Related.

Customize the Sounds on Your Mac

You don’t have to stop at visual modifications when it comes to personalization. How about a couple of audio changes as well? To begin, go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Spoken Content > System Voice and select a different system voice as the default. Next, go to System Preferences > Sound > Sound Effects and select a new alert sound.

From System Preferences > Date & Time > Clock, you can even arrange your Mac to proclaim the time at predetermined intervals.

Have you made any changes to your Mac desktop yet?

As you can see, a little thought, work, and effort can go a long way toward making your Mac desktop genuinely yours. It’ll be even more enjoyable to look at and work with once you’ve done that. Why not turn your attention to making everyday chores on your Mac easier after you’ve done all those cosmetic tweaks?