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I recently did a clean install of Mac OS X Lion. Now, I can't figure out why the icon for the Sites folder in the finder sidebar is just a regular folder and not the special Sites icon it used to be.

My sidebar currently looks like this:


However, when I "Get Info" for the Sites folder, the icon preview is this:


Any ideas why the icon is just a regular folder icon as opposed to the special Sites icon it used to be?

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As of OS X Lion, the ~/Sites folder does no longer have its own sidebar icon. And also as of Lion, Finder ignores custom folder and volume icons completely for presentation in the sidebar.

Check out the contents of /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents for all sidebar icons (names starting with Sidebar). While there is a SitesFolderIcon.icns, there is no SidebarSitesFolder.icns or anything like that.

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that makes sense, thanks! so how would I create a SidebarSitesFolder.icns? – Hristo Jun 8 '12 at 21:23
@Hristo You can't. The existing ones are hard-coded. – Daniel Beck Jun 8 '12 at 21:24
ohhh... well that's not cool :( – Hristo Jun 8 '12 at 21:25
@Hristo There are hacks to fix this (and also get color icons in the sidebar back), but I don't think they're worth the possible problems. – Daniel Beck Jun 8 '12 at 21:37
thanks for the link, but I agree... it's not worth the hassle nor the potential problems that could arise – Hristo Jun 8 '12 at 22:19

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