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Icons Show Incorrectly on a Macintosh


On occasion, icons may not show correctly for files that are imported from another operating system or after you have re-installed an application on a Mac OS X computer.

First, try restarting the computer.

If the icon for a document is still not showing the correct icon (for example, a PDF file), make sure the appropriate application (i.e., Preview or Acrobat) is set to open the document. To do this, click the document once to highlight it, then click on the File menu on the upper left of the screen and select Get Info. In the Get Info window, check the Open With section to make sure the correct application is selected. Be sure to select Change All if you wish to make this a computer-wide change.

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Last updated: 
Friday, October 20, 2017

If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

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