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You can download thousands of icons from sites such as xicons to replace your existing file, folder, and drive icons.

Using the standard copy/paste procedure to paste an icon from one Info panel to another, you'll sometimes find that the paste operation fails, and you're left with a blank / transparent icon on the target, rather than the icon you intended to use. In my experience, this usually happens when replacing hard drive icons.

Whether this is a bug in individual icons or in Apple's icon rendering system is unclear, but the fix is simple: Re-open the Info panel on the target, select the (now blank) icon well, and press Delete. The default system icon will be restored. This doesn't get you the icon you wanted, but it's better than an invisible / missing icon.

[Editor's note: I believe I've also read that if you logout and login, you may then see the 'invisible' icon you just pasted. Unfortunately, I don't recall where I read this and can't really test it until this evening...]
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Logout/login to show
Authored by: stomper on Nov 15, '01 01:09:44PM

You can paste 2 different icons on a hard drive icon before it "vanishes" and you're left with an "invisible" icon (you see only the hard drives name). Logout and then login again and the last pasted icon (the one you didn't see) is properly there. You can prevent this from ever happening by deleting an unwanted icon before you paste a new one into the Show Info window. Pasting icons on folders and files seems to work normally though.

Even more, I've got a lot of icons (500+) residing in a bunch of folders and after having browsed the folders in Column View (thus having the icons previewed) for a while they all lose their true preview, showing a generic "icns" icon instead. This icon indicates that it's a Photoshop file - and when double clicked Photoshop actually launches, trying to open the file...

Clearly there are some bugs in the icon rendering system!



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applescript apps icons
Authored by: saint.duo on Nov 15, '01 03:23:19PM

I downloaded apple's "@" script, that brings up a connect to box, that launches the correct application based on what beginning you use (ex. http:// ftp:// mailto://, etc). I tried to paste a globe icon onto the script application, and it would not change. I left it "pasted", though, and on logout/login, the icon is what I was trying to give it.



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Disappearing Icons
Authored by: HappyPig on Nov 15, '01 03:30:50PM

As brutal as this may be, relaunching the Finder from the force-quit menu will also redisplay (at least) the hard drive icons.



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Finder updates
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Nov 15, '01 08:39:55PM

The Finder seems slow in general updating graphics. Sometimes you will see what looks like the wrong icon on a file, like an IE partital download icon, or a preview thumbnail that doesn't update. In cases like this, I drag the file to an empty folder to force the Finder to update the icon. Same thing is true when you paste icons on files.

Must be a Finder bug.



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Finder updates
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Nov 15, '01 08:44:06PM

The Finder seems slow in general updating graphics. Sometimes you will see what looks like the wrong icon on a file, like an IE partital download icon, or a preview thumbnail that doesn't update. In cases like this, I drag the file to an empty folder to force the Finder to update the icon. Same thing is true when you paste icons on files.

Must be a Finder bug.



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Icons back in 10.1
Authored by: theharvestman on Dec 09, '01 10:24:41PM

In case you didn't notice, you can once again pase custom icons onto disks in 10.1.1. This feature was missing for me when i had 10.0.x. Another cool thing to do is copy the OSX disk icon and then paste it on a folder or file on your classic partition. Then when you boot in 9, you can use the OSX disk icon for your X partition.



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