I have a problem with Spotlight : When I start typing the name of an app, its icon is usually the c file header's. For example, for the Activity Monitor :

How can I restore the real icons instead ?


PS : I'm using OS X 10.8.4


This maybe not the right answer but you can re-index your spotlight folders or you whole volumes, follow this link for instruction. I also recommend you to use Alfred App. It's a best spotlight replacement, IMHO.

  • I tried this method : it indexed my volume again but my icons are still the objective c's ones. This applies for all the apps I type in Spotlight. – Jonas Jun 16 '13 at 11:41
  • Is it open with XCode or open your app correctly? Have you try Alfred app? – attomos Jun 16 '13 at 13:56
  • It opens correctly. It's just the icons that are not corresponding to the app. I didn't try Alfred as I want to use Spotlight. – Jonas Jun 16 '13 at 15:17

You should give some of the suggestions here a try: http://osxdaily.com/2007/02/15/spotlight-wont-work-fix-a-broken-spotlight-menu-with-these-troubleshooting-tips/

I was also seeing Objective-C icons for all my apps after migrating to a new laptop.

I tried rebuilding my Spotlight index, but that didn't seem to do anything. But killing SystemUIServer fixed it for me.

Note: I'm running OSX Mavericks (10.9)

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