Since about 5 days ago all system icons in the Finder sidebar (folders, disks), the Finder Menubar (view options, buttons, back and forward) and in the display menu bar (spotlight, wifi, bluetooth) have disappeared:

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When I log in as a different user or as a guest, the problem does not present itself. Also note that it's not just system icons, Alfred.app and Flux.app are missing from the menu bar too.

I've reset the pram, started in save mode but nothing seems to fix it. Any help would be appreciated :)

  • any luck? I have exactly the same problem! Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 15:21
  • No joy, I ended up reinstalling my entire system. Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 13:21

2 Answers 2


I restarted my laptop into safeboot by holding the shift key. Then I logged in while holding the shift key. After a restart the icons were back.

The whole procedure is described here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6738097?start=0&tstart=0

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    – nohillside
    Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 15:40

Two options I can think of:

1) Clear the Finder's icon cache, from Terminal, & reboot
sudo find /private/var/folders/ -name com.apple.dock.iconcache -exec rm {} \;

2) Or run the latest combo updater (rather than the delta), from https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1804?

  • Thanks for the suggestions, tried both but they didn't fix the problem. Commented May 10, 2015 at 8:46
  • Then it's likely to be some 3rd party app you have running on the one account, but not the others. You've a whole lot of stuff I don't recognise on your menu bar
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 10, 2015 at 8:52

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