I use Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), and here's my problem: Stack and grid views of folders very often look like this:

missing images

These empty boxes are not very useful for finding files quickly. When I open a such a view, I notice high processor usage by processes


I assume that they are busy with loading/generating icons and previews for my files. These processes often use the CPU for minutes, but very few icons are generated. Icon and preview generation never seems to get finished for a folder. Does anyone else experience this? Is there a way to fix or speed up this process?

  • I'm also experiencing this, on Lion and Mountain Lion. I tried removing and re-adding the folder in question, but that only partially resolves the issue — some icons get restored, but not all.
    – robmathers
    Jan 4 '13 at 3:34
  • Does Quick Look work fine in other places such as Finder?
    – jtbandes
    Jan 4 '13 at 6:50
  • Meanwhile, Mountain Lion came out and I upgraded, so I don't have this issue any more.
    – clstaudt
    Jan 7 '13 at 12:37
  • Closely related: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/129005/… Dec 12 '15 at 14:15
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    I am having that same problem on Sierra. Sep 19 '17 at 8:05

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