Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I build web sites on a Mac and after the recent upgrade to Mavericks, the icon for all of my web template folders have changed from the standard Mac folder icon to the Parallels icon. I can change it using Get Info, but this has to be done one folder at a time and is unnecessarily tedious.

Has anyone else encountered this, and more importantly does anyone know how to reset the default to display the standard blue Mac folder icon?

Here is what it looks like right now:

enter image description here

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

  1. Get Info on the folder.
  2. Click the icon on the top-left of the window.
  3. Press X or Backspace

Alternatively, cd into the directory and run

rm Icon$'\r'

To delete the icon from multiple folders at the same time, run the following command:

find ~/Desktop -name Icon$'\r' -delete

Replace ~/Desktop with the containing folder of the folders that you wish to remove the icons from.

share|improve this answer
We worked on this answer in chat if anyone wants to know the isolation process. –  grgarside Nov 26 '13 at 21:52
That find command looks dangerous, especially if there are any other files called Icon? in the Desktop or under it (IconA, IconB, Icons, etc.) –  Scott Earle Jun 27 '14 at 9:06
@Scott Fixed: used $'\r' in find command –  grgarside Jun 27 '14 at 10:12
More low-level information on the Icon? files is covered in this superuser question. -- P.S. If this isn't the proper method of connecting cross-site answers, please accept my apologies and update the answer (a cursory search turned up results about different sorts of cross-referencing). –  Lake Jan 5 at 23:27

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.