application icons not normal

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by quietleader, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. quietleader macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Why don't I see "normal" applications icons on my desktop?

    At startup, the PowerPoint files on my desktop have the normal PowerPoint icon...but after a few seconds, that normal icon is replaced by a plain gray box.

    The same is true for all of my MS Office applications and icons. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files all have the same gray-box icon, making it harder to identify them by sight.

    How do I get the normal application icons to stay visible?

    I'm running Mac OS 10.6.4
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    For me, this works (OS 10.5.8)

    Finder > Show View Options
    uncheck Show icon preview

    Yeah, it seems like it should be checked to see the normal icons. Try it and see if that helps. If not, you could have Finder plist file corruption.

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