One of the advantages the Apple IIGS has over many other computers is its ability to display in color. Many application programs designed for the Apple IIGS take advantage of its color capabilities. The Finder is one example of such a program.

In addition to the border color of the Finder desktop, icons on the desktop can be colored. You may want to use color purely for decoration. But many people find that adding color to their icons can help them organize information more efficiently and find items more quickly.

For example, if more than one person uses your Apple IIGS, you might find it useful to have each user pick one color for his or her folders and files. Or if you use your computer for different purposes at different times, you might want to use colored icons to let you see at a glance which folders and files relate to a given purpose.

Adding color to icons

Monochrome monitor? If you have a monochrome monitor, you can still follow the procedure described in this section. Instead of changing the color of your icons, you'll be changing the shade of gray.

For more information on moving folders and files, see Chapter 5 of the Apple IIGS Owner's Reference.

Follow these steps to practice adding color to icons:

1. Close any necessary windows until only the Tutorial window is displayed on the desktop.
To close a window, click anywhere in the window to make it active, and then choose Close from the File menu.

2. Click the Letters folder icon in the Tutorial window to select it,

3. Choose a color from the Color menu.
Unlike the other menus in the menu bar, the Color menu doesn't contain words for its commands. Instead, it shows the fifteen colors you can choose from.
As you drag through the colors in the Color menu, a black rectangle moves along with the pointer to indicate the selected color. When you release the mouse button, the color inside the folder's outline (its background color) changes to the color you chose. The icon is no longer selected.

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