Dock Icons invisible but functioning-Advice?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by simmstar, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. simmstar macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2009
    Hi there,

    The other day I opened iPhoto from the dock only to find that when I clicked on it the icon disappeared. There is now a gap in my dock where iPhoto should be and when I rollover the gap it shows up as iPhoto, but without the image. The same then happenned with System Preferences.

    I thought that it may have sorted itself out when I turned off my computer for the day but first thing this morning when I switched it on - the same 2 icons are gone.

    They still open the apps, I can quit out of them by right clicking and go into options menu etc...

    I attached a screen shot if it is of any use.

    Is there anyone who may be able to shed some light of this for me? Would be greatly appreciated.

    Am using Snow Leopard also.

    Thanks guys.

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  2. Elbert C macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    Try relaunching Finder. Apple menu > Force Quit > Finder > Relaunch. If that doesn't work delete both of the Dock's preference file from Home/Library/Preferences folder, logout and login back into your account.
  3. storkman14 macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2010
    exactly the same thing has happened to me with my Word icon. Its invisible but still works when I roll the mouse over it and click on the space where it should be.

    "Elbert C" could you please be a bit more descriptive with your solution? I don't know what the "Dock's preference file from Home/Library/Preferences folder" is for Microsoft Office Word. I tried relaunching Finder but it didn't work.

    any help greatly appreciated.
  4. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    He means that you should move the file named from ~/Library/Preferences (where ~ denotes your Home folder) to your Desktop.
    Then relaunch Finder again. If the problem is fixed, you can simply trash the on your Desktop---a new one has been created automatically.
  5. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    Your problem sounds just like the one described in this thread:

    One solution appears to be removing the app from the dock and then putting it back.

    Curious, did you just apply the 10.6.6 update?

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