HELP! Blank Icons everywhere!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by FoosBalza, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. FoosBalza macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2005
    Recently a lot of my icons have become "blank" they still work and everything, but it's really driving the OCD part of me nuts!

    How do I repair these icons and what caused this problem? It has only started in the past few months...My word docs still look normal but any file I download from the internet looks like this:

    Attached Files:

  2. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    Right click on one of the icons and Get Info. Then choose the application you want to open it with (eg Safari for htmfiles, Windows Media Player for wmv files. Theres a button which says 'Use this application to open all files like this' so click on Change All...
    Do this for all the file types which have generic icons like the ones in your screen shot. Your files should now open with the correct application, and hopefully have the correct icon.
    If the icon isn't correct, you can copy and paste into the Get Info window. See this thread:
    forsome info about playing around with icons.
  3. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    Junk the Finder plst file and relaunch Finder. I had this problem a few months ago.
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I believe this may be one of the few cases when repairing permissions actually works. To the Disk Utility FoosBalza! It's in your Applications folder (embedded in a Utilities folder) and repair those permissions! :D
  5. FoosBalza thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2005
    Thanks for all your suggestions!

    I trashed the finder plist files and reapaired permissions - that seemed to fix the .WMP files, but the .pdf files were still "blank."

    So then I tried the right click, get info, and change for all suggestion from stevep and I was able to switch so that the default for .pdf files was preview (all the icons were preview icons) but then I tried to change them to Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Pro icons and they went blank again. Is something wrong with my Acrobat software?

    Thanks again,

  6. FoosBalza thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2005
    I tried updating the Adobe software and it worked! I updated from Adobe Acrobat 6.0.0 to 6.0.1 and it fixed the icon problem for me...Thanks!

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