I've got an annoying issue for a couple of weeks now. My folder icons got corrupted from time to time:

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Left side is the view I get when I'm switching between views, but when I open finder or navigate to a folder I see its content as on the right side of the image. When I have multiple files and subfolders in a folder, icons of the folders appear as icons of images, and documents around them...

I have the latest updates and I've never used any app that customises Finder.

Has anybody experienced something similar?

Update: I have Tuxera NTFS 2012.3.4 and OSXfuse 2.5.4 installed. Removing OSXfuse and disabling Tuxera doesn't affect this behaviour.

Update: Same behaviour with OSX 10.8.3

  • Which version of OS X do you have?
    – jaume
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 11:47
  • Oh, sorry: 10.8.2
    – elbatron
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 12:52
  • Welcome to AskDifferent. Can you please add the "mountain-lion" tag to your question then? With that it's clear to everybody what you mean with "latest updates."
    – nohillside
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 13:00
  • Are those folders stored locally on your harddrive or do you mount them from a network Volume? In the latter case, is it CIFS, AFP, NFS...?
    – jaume
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 13:26
  • Locally stored folders and external HDDs.
    – elbatron
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 14:39

1 Answer 1


Try resetting the Launch Services database. Dig into your Utilities folder and paste this into Terminal:

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

You may need to restart the Dock and Finder to see if it's worked:

killall Dock; killall Finder

Alternatively, just reboot after you've reset the Launch Services database.

  • Unfortunately resetting the launch service DB and restarting the macbook doesn't help, my icons are still messed up.
    – elbatron
    Commented Mar 2, 2013 at 8:31

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