I use VNC (aka Screen Share) a lot, so I keep a folder of frequently accessed machines on my Dock.
The default VNC location file icon for OS X is a bit dull. Fortunately, OS X has a folder of system icons we can use instead. Even better, this folder contains icons for all recent Macbook, iMac and Mac Pro models.
The folder can be located here; hit ⌘⇧G in Finder and paste to jump right to it:
Creating a VNC shortcut file
In order to access VNC locations from the Dock, we can create a
.vncloc file. Use a text editor to paste the following into a file and save it with a name ending in
<plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>URL</key> <string>vnc://[email protected]</string> </dict> </plist>
Note: you’ll need to change the
vnc://[email protected] to the remote host’s details.
You can save this file wherever you like. I, for instance, keep all my VNC location shortcuts in a VNC Locations folder in Documents.
Changing the icon
First choose an icon from the folder above. These are
.icns files, a wrapper format that contains the same icon in multiple image sizes. They should open in Preview by default; on the largest size hit ⌘A to select the image and ⌘C to copy it.
Next, with the
.vncloc file we created above, right click and choose “Get info”. There is a small icon preview top-left; click to select it and hit ⌘V and it should paste the new icon. You can drag the location file to the right of your Dock for quick access.