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Re: can not open desktop icons.
Go into your Utilities folder and open Disk Utility. Select your Macintosh HD in the pane on the left, then select "Repair Disk Permissions". Once the process has completed, try rebooting and see if it resolves your issue.
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If your using a recent Mac with say Maverics OSX then it may be in an off screen window.
Try these Keys
Ctrl & Page up (Arrow Key).... then Choose Movie Window
Ctrl & Page down (Arrow Key)....
The Settings for this are kept in Settings / Mission Control
I think this will allow you to see the offscreen alternate windows.
Netflix is an on line Internet player from a Paid service.
I don't use the same method or app as you so I'm not sure this will work. I use an Application to play movies from my external hard drive and I get the same off screen window that you seem to be describing.
I use VLC to play all my movies of my hard drive (a free download & it plays every codec type avi, mp4 etc) I keep the Icon for VLC in my bottom dock.
When I double click the VLC icon in the dock the window switches to the current movie playing,
If your using a different movie player program then just double click it's icon in the bottom dock. (e.g. Quicktime Player)
If you do switch to VLC then use the Cmd I (Info) on each type of movie (e.g. .mp4) In the Cmd I , Menu , choose "Open With" and select VLC as the preferred player (after you have installed VLC of course) then click the "Change All" button.
From then on all MP4's movie types will be played by VLC.
its the little blue icon in the very far top right corner. its a little spy glass. just type in safari in the search bar and it will look for it for you. then if you want to save it to your dock (the place where all the applications are stored for easy access) right click the little compass or in this case for macs ctrl click the compass and click "keep in dock." that way you can just click the icon rather then have to search for it every time. :)
Which icons are disappearing and reappearing? If you're talking about the Dock (The quick-launch and management area at the bottom of the screen by default), that may have been set to hide it's self, only showing when the mouse is at the very bottom of the screen.
Other icons that come and go are ones that represent volumes such as external hard drives, memory sticks, network places, CDs/DVDs. What icons are being problematic?
Hope that helped, please clarify problems if not!
Oh and by the way - iMac is just that particular type of computer. The Operating System is known as Mac OS. Knowing this will make getting help easier in the future :)
Ok, I think you're having a problem with either Minimising or Hiding. Minimising is when you send a window down to the Dock in order to get it out of the way. You can minimise a window by double clicking on the bar at the top. In order to see the window again, you simply click the icon for it in the dock.
Or, you might be 'hiding' the application. This is when all of the windows in an application are hidden, so they get out of the way and you can focus on something else. In order to see them again, simply click the Application's icon in the dock, or go to the current Application's menu and click 'Show All':
Hope that helped, feel free to ask for clarification on anything!
Although you may not have given enough information*, try this:
1. Click or double-click on the document icon in the email message. It will open or you may have to "save" it to your computer, such as the "desktop". Then you can open it from there by double-clicking on the saved document.
2. The computer you are using may not have the proper program to read the document. If you have Microsoft Word 2003 or 2000, then the document may be Microsoft Word 2007. The sender has to send it in Word 2003 or 2000 format.
I hope this helps, if it's not enough info for you, please post a comment and I or someone else will respond quickly.
* Information that would help:
1. What email program/service are you using? Outlook? Hotmail? Yahoo?
2. What is the name of the document? Is it a "TXT" or "DOC" or "DOCM" document?
3. Could you read it on a different computer?
4. Do you get an error message? What is the message?
I had the same thing happen when I switched from os9 to osx. I had to install the programs, Quark, Illustrator, etc. then the icons appearance was normal. You may also have to actually open the program, then open the files themselves before the icons show as normal.
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.
what type of file is it that you are trying to open, sometimes you will see gobbledegook if your computer doesn't have the right program to handle a PC word processing and your mac doesn't have Microsoft Office installed. It also could happen with other type of file such as an image, video etc.
Open office can open a number of word documents: http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/
Gimp for macintosh opens a lot of image files: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
also if you know what type of file it is, try adding an extension to it by placing a dot then follow it by typing the filetype. For a word document type in .doc for instance