Changing stack icons

Written by Vivian in Tutorials Mac

A new feature that came with Leopard is the ability to create stacks of files accessible through the dock and presenting itself (by default) in a fan or grid of the icons of the contained files in your stack when clicked. Stacks can be displayed as regular folders or displayed as a special stack.

To change the icon of a stack: Of course if you display your stack as a folder, you only need to change the icon for this folder to change the stack icon.

But if you want to display the stack as a stack, you will see this.

How do you apply an icon to get that kind of thing?

Firstly, if you want to apply this kind of icon, you’ll need most of your stacks sorted by name, because the solution here is to put a file containing the icon and that will be displayed as the first icon stack.

Manual method for non-lazy people.

The easiest way is if you want to switch software, or create an empty folder in the folder of the stack with a name allowing it to always be in first position when sorting (eg, the name of an area), and to apply the desired icon via the method of Cmd+i described here.
Or take the Icon file if you have it.

Even easier with software.

But what is even easier is to use a program like Stack In Da Place (download here).

Just drag the icon on to the stack you want to change the icon for. Simple and effective.


  1. Eugene says:

    Just a little heads-up, Stacks In Da Place is no longer for download from the original site…

  2. Vivian says:

    Thanks, i will contact the author but you can download here.

  3. lucianotb says:

    The provided download for Stacks In Da Place is version 1.0.
    It would be nice to get the 1.0.2 as well.

  4. Ryqiem says:

    We need help to make it for the “Downloads stack”, with it at the top, even sorted by changed when.

  5. Vivian says:

    You need to have the version 1.0.2 of Stack In Da Place to do this. I only have the 1.0. version and all download links are broken. But i’ll write to the author to have a version and update the tutorial.

  6. Sarah says:

    There is a working download from this website:

    Enjoy ;)

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