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Can not open desktop icons.

To open any icon on the desktop, I  must go to dock and then the document fold, then to that icon. I can no longer double click anything on the desktop to  open as I had been doing.

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  • cats3dog1 Jan 09, 2009

    I can now open my desktop icons by going to file and then open. I still can not open the icons directly by clicking on them. This is a little quicker.

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    not able to open any desktop icon


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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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How do I get a visual on the netflix movie that is playing? I can hear it, but the screen is white.

HI Jennie
If your using a recent Mac with say Maverics OSX then it may be in an off screen window.
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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.

Good Luck

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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.
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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?
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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:
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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:

Gimp for macintosh opens a lot of image files:

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

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