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My machine awoke from sleep, and third party apps as well as Finder, Preview and Safari's toolbar only shows the blank buttons similar to the image below.

After restart the machine, the problem persists. I also tried using Disk Utility to verify / fix the permissions on the Apple installed software to no avail.

How can I troubleshoot or fix this?

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That's not finder. Are you using a third party finder replacement? –  Chris Herbert Nov 13 '12 at 7:04
    
It's TotalFinder isn't it ? –  Matthieu Riegler Nov 13 '12 at 8:12
    
Ya, the screen is TotalFinder. But both Safari and Preview have the same problem. If I kill the TotalFinder and go back the original Finder, all the toolbar buttons are still blank. However, if I create another account, all are normal without problem. –  kukoo Nov 13 '12 at 9:11
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I would make a backup and re-run the combination installer (10.8.2 currently) to be sure you are not missing some system frameworks / code to handle toolbar rendering. –  bmike Nov 18 '12 at 21:32
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I have seen this just happened to my rMBP, but this has been on 10.8.2 since it came out, and happened to me 2 days ago. Creating a new account shows clearly something in ~/Library has to be the culprit... I've also removed all startup items and using lingon to disable my various launchdaemons. Using Onyx doesn't help fix this either. –  The Tentacle Dec 28 '12 at 16:22
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Reboot in safe mode (hold Shift on start), login to your account and restart. I don't know what's the reason for icons disappearing but the above fixes it.

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That fixed my issue running 10.8.3. Thanks! –  Joseph Mar 28 '13 at 2:44
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