Restore Colorful Icons in Finder for Mountain Lion

When OS X Lion was released, it introduced a sleek, greyscale aesthetic for Finder icons within the sidebar. While this modern look has its admirers, others miss the vibrant, colorful icons of previous versions.

For those looking to bring some color back to their Finder sidebar, the utility SideEffects may be the perfect solution.

SideEffects is a straightforward Mac application that reinstalls colorful icons in the Finder sidebar for users of both Lion and Mountain Lion. As a piece of donationware still in beta, some might hesitate to use it.

However, those who choose to install it will once again enjoy a more colorful sidebar in their Finder windows.


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