I have a stack in my Dock with aliases to my most-used preference panes. In the past, the icons that appear in the grid when I click on the stack have been the large descriptive icons shown in Finder. Since upgrading to Lion, instead, I'm getting new icons. The descriptive icon is small, surrounded by a gear, and the word PREF is under it. At a glance, it's no longer possible to tell which preference pane is which.

Finder doesn't show these large "gear/PREF" icons; the stack and QuickLook do.

Where might I find the image for this icon so I can start figuring out how to replace it? It's nowhere inside the packages for the individual preference panes, System Preferences.app, or Dock.app.

  • Did this work differently in Snow Leopard? Can you upload a picture of what this looks like? – bmike Aug 15 '11 at 22:24
  • It appears the "gear/PREF" icon is the icon preview generated for .prefPane files; and the Dock seems to always show icon previews. If you can find a way to either disable quick look for .prefPane files or find a way to turn off icon previews in the Dock, they should show their proper icons. – joelseph Sep 15 '11 at 0:22

You lift the the icon of any prefpane by the "get info trick" http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2493

Also I'm seeing icons in the prefpane bundles in Contents/Resource/xxxx.icns

  • The link appears to be broken. This is why we encourage posts on Ask Different to include the content of the answer in the post, and not just a link. – Daniel Jan 16 '12 at 5:46

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