I deleted an app that used to be the default app for a file type, but its icon still remains in Finder windows:

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How can I replace those icons for the icon of the current default app?

Things I have already tried:

  • Globally set the new app as default app for that type of file.
  • Manually removed things related to the old app (as per this tuto).
  • Relaunched Finder and rebooted system.

My OS version is 10.11.6 (15G31) (El Capitan).

Any help kindly appreciated!

1 Answer 1


I think you may need to rebuild the Launch Services Database.
The simplest, non-techy way would be to use Onyx (freeware)

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  • Thanks but it didn't work. I also re-set the new app as default and rebooted the system. Please let me know if you have another idea. Also, I'm OK with the techy version too ;-)
    – Rodrigo
    Aug 10, 2016 at 16:46

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