Not so often there are situations when you need system settings icons or other icons from macOS. For example, they may be needed when writing articles or instructions. Simple screenshots are not enough for this, because high-quality, high-resolution graphics may be required. Where to find application icons and how in the future it will be possible to use these icons. Simple instructions are provided below.
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How to extract high resolution icon from macOS application
1. Open in Finder folder Programs.
Right-click on the desired icon (in our example, this is a standard application “Post office”) In the menu that appears, select The properties.
2. Left-click on the small picture of the program in the upper left corner.
3. In the menu bar, select Edit → Copy (The same thing can be done faster – using the ⌘Cmd + C key combination).
4. Open the program View. The easiest way to do this is to type a search query in Spotlight (“magnifier” icon to the right of the system clock or use a combination Ctrl + Space)
5. In the menu bar View select File → New from clipboard. If this command is not active, repeat step 4 of this instruction.
6. The result will be a luxurious selection of 10 pictures of various sizes.
Choose the appropriate one, click File → Saveindicate file name, placewhere macOS will save the picture and in what format she will do it. By default, saving is in iCloud, the file format is ICNS. Of course, everything can be made much simpler – save to the desktop, and choose transparent PNG or widespread JPEG as the format. Done! Here is our final picture:
A large number of steps should not be confusing – the procedure is actually very, very simple.
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How to find system settings and system application icons on macOS
1. Open the Finder and select the section in the menu bar “Transition” and select “Going to the folder …”.
2. Enter the path
/System/Library/Core services/Coretypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/ for system application icons and
/ System / Library / PreferencePanes for system settings icons.
Double-clicking on system application icons will be enough to open them in the application View.
For system settings icons a little more complicated. Once you find yourself in the system settings folder, select the setting (file with the extension .prefPane) with the icon you need and right-click on it.
Select Show Package Contents from the context menu and then select the folder Contentsand then the folder Resources.
Here you can find a graphic file with the extension .icns, which you can already work with as a regular graphic object.
3. Copy the picture from there using the key combination ⌘Cmd + C. Access to system settings icons will be more difficult.
Once you have copied the icon to the clipboard, you can easily paste it into any image editor using a key combination ⌘Cmd + V.