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Question marks on icons

I have a MAC that when I click on the safari icon and the system preferences icon, it puts a question mark on the icon and doesn't perform any operation.  I have no clue what this is.  Please help
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cre8tiveCommented:
I'm assuming your clicking on them from the dock right?
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cre8tiveCommented:
Have you moved or deleted any files lately?
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strungCommented:
As cre8tive suggests, you probably moved or deleted the original and now the shortcut in the dock no longer works. Try clicking on the icon while holding down the control key and select "show in finder". You will probably get a dialogue box telling you the item can't be found and asking if you want to search for it.
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scubaed69Author Commented:
Yes, they are missing.  How do I restore them?
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strungCommented:
I guess the question is whether you have moved them or deleted them. Did you look to see if they were in the trash?

You could search for them by clicking using Sherlock or Spotlight depending on which version of OS X you have.
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cre8tiveCommented:
Are they still in the applications folder?
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ETC-StaffCommented:
Restoring the applications is done with the Software Restore CD's that ccame with your mac. If you have lost these cd's, take the mac to the Apple store closest to you and ask them to reinstlall your missing apps. You couls also try to do a search for the application to see if it finds it elsewhere on your computer. If your application is in the Applications folder, but it still won't start, it may be a permissions problem. Use Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/) to do a repair permissions on the hard drive. If you can't get to /Applications/Utilities or if the Disk Utility program is not there you can start the computer off the install/restore CD and do the permissions there. Again if you do not have your cd's, take the laptop to the Apple store to have them help you at the Genius Bar.

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scubaed69Author Commented:
I had to reinstall the entire OS.  I performed an archieve install.
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