How to restore file icons when they have gone generic in Mac OS Catalina ?

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    – Tetsujin
    Dec 13, 2019 at 15:19
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    @Tetsujin Ak! makes perfect sense. Will do.
    – Adrian
    Dec 13, 2019 at 15:39

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Rebuild the LaunchServices Cache using this terminal command (Tested and works on macOS Catalina 10.15.2):

sudo /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

DropBox Note: If you have Dropbox running, you may have to: 1) restart the mac. 2) Pause Syncing and wait for a minute or two. 3) Resume syncing. This should force DropBox to rescan the shares and re-attribute the files and folders.


I use an application called LiteIcon to change and/or restore icons.

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