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How to change the Trash icon in El Capitan

change the Trash icon in El CapitanThe trash icon in El Capitan looks terrible, and that would hurt my eyes. If you agree with me, look at the way I change the Trash icon in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Alright, Apple said there was a new remarkable feature related to the trash in the new El Capitan. However, what a poor design for such a good new function image!

It is impossible to change and replace the trash icon if you not in Recovery mode.

Step 1: Get OS X 10.11 Recovery boot by keep holding  and r after press the power button. And then you will be able to launch Terminal.

Open Terminal From Recover mode

Step 2: Enter following command lines: csrutil disable
Of course, you can enable it after getting the job done by this “csrutil enable”

Step 3: Reboot your Mac by this command: reboot

Step 4: I am still using Mavericks. These above are the 4 image files (found in System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources)

Mavericks trash iconsAt for Mac OS X El Capitan, it is able to change the trash icon by replacing the 4 corresponding images, which should be found in System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources

Step 5: You to reboot your mac to see the new design.

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6 years ago

Thank you so so so much, I've spent all morning trying to get rid of that monstrosity but every other page with tips I've found didn't work for me, with this it totally work and it was easy and fast! THANK YOU!

✷ Popo ✷
✷ Popo ✷
5 years ago

Thanx a lot!
I tried so long before. 🙂

Jules Lee
Jules Lee
5 years ago

it works for awhile tho but when i restart my computer it went back 🙁

Pascal Boyer
Pascal Boyer
5 years ago

DID NOT WORK: on reboot, after a couple of days, it reverted to the ugly El Capitan icons…

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