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all of the sudden my folder icons disappeared on OS X Yosemite. It looks like this: enter image description here

These are all folders, they are not missing their icon in finder tho, only in the primary view.

  • If you reboot are the icons still not showing correctly? – user3439894 Dec 13 '15 at 13:26
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First of all a quick reboot might fix your problems. If that does not work, you could try relaunching finder. Apple icon → Force Quit → Finder → Relaunch. If that does not work you could try deleting the Icon Cache. Go to Terminal, which you can just search for, or go to Applications → Utilities → Terminal. Paste exactly these commands in one at a time.

sudo find /private/var/folders/ -name com.apple.dock.iconcache -exec rm {} \;

sudo find /private/var/folders/ -name com.apple.iconservices -exec rm -rf {} \;

sudo rm -rf /Library/Caches/com.apple.iconservices.store

Do note that when you put in a sudo command, you must put in your password once. The characters do not appear when typing them, so don't worry.

If this does not work, you should do a complete restore of the Mac. Look up tutorials online, but make sure to do a backup of your Mac with Time Machine or a cloud based service.

Good luck!

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Perhaps a relaunch of Finder helps: Apple menu → Force Quit → Finder

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