Program associations (correct icons) not showing on desktop files?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by mwalsh5757, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    So I have MS Office and Acrobat X installed on this Macbook Pro and the files created in both look like they should (correct looking icons, I mean) everywhere else on the hard drive, including in folders placed on the desktop. The also open with the correct applications.

    However, files placed on the desktop show with a generic looking icon, though they do open with the correct applications. Does anyone know if this can be corrected so they show with the appropriate application icon?

    I did search a little bit, but I didn't find this referenced. Apologies if it has, in fact, been answered already.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    #2
    The generic Icon is showing you a little preview of the document. If you turn off "show icon Preview" on the desktop view options, you will get the standard icon.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool. Thanks!
     
  4. macrumors G4

    wrldwzrd89

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    In case someone else is having this problem and is getting completely BLANK icons instead of document previews or standard icons, the cause is a corrupted view settings file, called .DS_Store, in the Desktop folder. Deleting this, then relaunching the Finder, will clear it up. The trick is finding the file in question, since it's hidden.
     

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