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Mac Desktop Troubles

Anything downloaded or placed on my Mac's desktop will not open. Either will my finder. Please help.

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Please delete the font cache on your system by restarting the computer in safe mode.
you can do this by holding down the shift key when restarting the machine.
this would launch the computer in safe mode.
once its started in safe mode then restart the machine in normal m,ode(Without the shift key) and then check the results

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Print Screen in Mac OS X
Unlike Windows, there is no print screen button on the Apple keyboard. Depending on what you want to capture, you can choose one of the following methods to simulate a print screen.
Capture the entire screen
Press [Command] + [Shift] + [3] and release.
Click any part of the screen with your mouse.
The screen capture is stored on your desktop in .PNG format.

Capture an application
Open the application you want to capture on screen.
Press [Command] + [Shift] + [4] and release.
The cursor will change to a +.
Press the [Spacebar]
The cursor will change to a camera.
Use the mouse (camera) to select the application.
Check your desktop for the picture.

Capture a portion of the screen
Press [Command] + [Shift] + [4] and release.
The cursor will change to a +.
Drag your mouse (+) to select the area you want to capture .
Check your desktop for the picture.

TIP: To copy the image on your clipboard instead of automatically saving it on the desktop, hold the [Ctrl] key along with [Command] + [Shift] + [4].

Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X
Open the Terminal application. You can find it under Applications -> Utilities. Type defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles Yes. Launch the Finder to see the hidden files. They are pre-fixed with a dot(.). Please be careful while changing anything in these files. The OS X uses them to manage the Mac.

Useful shortcuts
Use [Command] + [Space] to open the Spotlight search bar.
Use [Command] + [Option] + [Del] (Delete) to empty trash.
Use [Command] + [Q] to quit an application.
Use [Command] + [Option] + [Ctrl] + [8] to invert the colors on your Mac.

Dock Tips
Add an already open application to the dock: Press [Ctrl] + mouse click. From the context menu, select “Keep in Dock”
Add a closed application to the dock: Drag it from the Finder to the Dock. From the context menu, select “Keep in Dock”
Remove an application: Drag the item off the dock and it will disappear in the cloud of smoke From the context menu, select “Keep in Dock”
Resizing an application: Place the cursor over the vertical separator bar and right click the mouse.



Automator Basics
The Apple Automator application allows Mac OS users to automate the repetitive computer tasks by creating a workflow. A workflow is a series of actions that will be executed one after the other when executed. An action is the simplest unit of the Automator like Copy to Clipboard By combining actions from different applications in the drag and drop interface of the Automator, you can create your own applications and plug ins. Here is how it works.
  1. Open Automator.app from the Applications folder.
  2. You will see 4 panes: Library, Action and Help on the left; the workflow canvas on the right.
  3. You can search for actions by typing in the edit box located on the top left corner of the application.
Create a plug in for sending mail from the Finder

  1. Press [Command] + [N] to create a new workflow.
  2. Select Finder in the Library list.
  3. Select Get Selected Finder items.
  4. Drag it to the workflow canvas on the right.
  5. Now select Mail application in the Library List.
  6. Select Get New Mail.
  7. Drag it to the right window, below the Get Selected Finder Items box.
  8. Select the Add Attachment to Front Message from the Action pane and drop it as the last action on the workflow.
  9. You have just completed your workflow.
  10. Click the Run button on the top left corner of the screen.
  11. The Mail app will pop up. Close it and go back to the Automator application
  12. Open File > Save as a Plug-in. Type a name for the Automator plug-in.
  13. Open the Finder window and click on a file that you would like to send as an email attachment.
  14. From the context menu([Ctrl] + click), select Automator and then choose the workflow you just created.
  15. If you have your mail account set-up, you just need to type in the details of who you want to send the message to. You can now send attachments directly from your Finder window.


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My Macbook Pro is not allowing me to open applications or folders. Not even the Finder is accessible. Nothing is accessible.


It could be a corrupted finder preference file try going to your home directory then library and then preferences and go to the files com.apple.desktop.plist and com.apple.finder.plist and move them to the trash, then reboot your machine and they will be recreated but note that the desktop and finder preferences will be reset to default. Hope this helps.

Nov 23, 2012 | Apple Computers & Internet

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Opening apps


I assume you running some version of OS X; you did not specify.
A .exe file is a Windows executable (program). It will not run in the Mac OS unless you have Parallels. (Don't feel bad; the Windows people can't run anything for Mac.)
You should be able to double-click on a dmg file and have it mount as a virtual disk drive. First, go to the Finder Preferences and make sure the External disks are included in the items to be shown on the Desktop. If you don't get a new Finder window when you try to open a .dmg file, check your desktop for the disk image icon (it looks like a picture of a white USB external floppy disk drive without a slot on the front). Open that and you should see the files.

Aug 23, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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My finder or trash want open on my mac book pro and my desktop icon's or gone


You have hidden them. Go to your desktop, select Preferences in the Finder menu and under General, you will see the problem.

Jan 25, 2011 | Apple Computers & Internet

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For some reasons, my mac won't let me move anything to desktop, or download anything to my desktop. WHY?


They are there, you just can't see them. Go to the desktop, in your Finder Preferences go to the General tab and click ON the files you will want to see on your desktop.

Nov 02, 2010 | Apple Computers & Internet

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MacBook Desktop Lost My Desktop Folders


Hello, it semms that you have a "permission" issue, or that you are accesing another account on the computer without noticing it. Please repair disk and permissions from the disk utility on your install DVD:

- Insert install DVD
- reboot the mac holding the C key
- choose english
- Go to the utilities menu and choose Disk Utility
- In the disk utility window, SOS tab, select your drive, and hit repair disk and repair permissions
- reboot

Also check that you are accessing the account that you want and not another one: log out, and log in...

May 31, 2009 | Apple Power Mac G4 Dual Mac Desktop

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Mac Mini Desktop/Finder Problem


Hello, sorry to hear you are having problems,
THis is a classic symptom of corrupt finder preferences.
Best way to test this is to log in under another user account. If you do not have another user account, please create one, call it myadmin or something like that give it the same password as you have for your user and be sure to give it admin privileges.
You can do this by going into the system preferences and selecting the Accounts icon and clicking on the ( + ) on the bottom left hand side.
If the new user account exhibits the same symptoms, the finder may actually be corrupt. Don't worry, this is very very rare...
So, if the other user seems fine, we need to check a few things before going any further...
Have you installed any new programs or utilities or fonts or anything lately?
If so, be sure they did not install anything in your startup items, you can check this in the system preferences / accounts / Login Items... go through the list and remove anything you did not put there yourself. If you do find a few things, simply select them and hit delete on the keyboard or the ( - ) minus sign on the bottom left hand side of the window.
If you removed several items, try rebooting and see if it is better.
If there was nothing, we may need to delete your finder preferences.
Are you up for this, we are going to trash your finder preferences and then restart ..
  1. make sure nothing is running except the finder
  2. open your user home folder
  3. open your library folder
  4. open your preferences folder
  5. find this file: com.apple.finder.plist
  6. put it in the trash
  7. DO NOT EMPTY TRASH
  8. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE
  9. restart your computer
  10. empty trash once you have restarted
  11. fix up your finder the way you like it. Voila
You should be able to get on your way with this...

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Mac mini desk top can not click


You can access your desktop as though it were any other folder and thus delete its contents however you'd care to.

In Finder, go to the File Menu > New Finder Window. It should automatically open your user folder and show Application, Desktop, Documents, etc. From there, simply open the Desktop folder and delete the files.
If any other window is opened, click on Mac HD > Users > [your user name here] > Desktop and do the same.

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Hard disk icon disappeared from desktop


To add the hard disk icon back onto your desktop, first click the "Finder" button in the dock. It is the dark and light smily face icon at the end of the dock.

Next, click the "Finder" menu item at the top of the screen and then "Preferences". In the "Finder Preferences" window that opens, click the "General" button. From there you can select what system items appear on your desktop. You can click "Hard disks" to re-add the hard disk icon.


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