When I search filenames of images in Finder, using the box in the upper right corner, the result does not display the thumbnails, see attachment where I searched for 2015.
Otherwise the thumbnails display normally. I have already deleted com.apple.finder.plist in Library/Preferences and relaunched Finder and in "Show View Options" Cmd ⌘ J the show icon preview box is ticked. In "Show View Options" I also modified the Icon Size, Grid Spacing and Text Size without success.

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The images are associated to be opened by Preview in Get Info->Open with:. I do not have DropBox installed.
I am running MAC OS Mojave.
Do you have any other suggestion ?


1 Answer 1


Check your view prefs Cmd ⌘ J within the search itself.

It's possible to have the icon preview switched on for the folder you are about to search, yet off in the search itself. Each is remembered separately.

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  • Thank you for your prompt answer but I have Show Icon preview ON also in the search result window.
    – all2alb
    Apr 28, 2021 at 8:01
  • Then I'm not sure. Do the previews show correctly before you enter the search?
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 28, 2021 at 8:07
  • Yes, in normal view thumbnails are visible, it is only in the Search view I have this problem.
    – all2alb
    Apr 28, 2021 at 8:20
  • Then idk what to suggest, sorry. The prefs are clearly stored separately, but idk where they're stored, unless it's in the .DS_Store file… but idk how you would find the DS file for a search.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 28, 2021 at 8:57
  • Thank you. I forgot to say that this is happening on an external USB hard disk, I do not know if this make a difference. And I do not see any .DS_Store file in the concerned directory, I have show invisible file option enabled
    – all2alb
    Apr 28, 2021 at 9:02

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