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System Preferences won't launch from apple menu or dock.

The system preferences dock icon has a question mark. The console doesn't show any error messages that seem to apply.

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    apps firefox and safariwon't open just show a question mark in the dock



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This just indicates that the dock icon can not find the finder preferences folder, just delete the icon from the dock. Then go to your applications folder find the system preferences and just drag it onto the dock that will fix it.

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I think you mean the Dock at the bottom of your screen with program icons on it, right?

If so, move your mouse all the way to the very bottom of the screen. Your Dock should appear. It may be set to hide automatically.

If you don't want it to hide, click on the Apple menu (in the top, left corner of your screen), then click "System Preferences". Next click "Dock". Finally, click the button to the left of where it says "Automatically show and hide the Dock." That should get rid of the check mark that is there and stop your Dock from hiding.

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• Now click on the back arrow in the upper left corner of your
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• Now locate and remove the folder entitled "Caches"

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• this will take you to the main login window. Simply log back in and before you attempt to launch System Preferences, run Disk Utility first:

font.f1 {font: 13.0px Myriad Pro} -RUN DISK UTILITY FIRST-

Go to Finder Menu bar
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Once Disk Utility is complete and there are no errors in red in the completion summary (if there are errors listed in red, re-run DU to see if those error will clear- if they don't reply back to this post right away and let me know what the exact error message is), quit Disk Utility.

• Relaunch System Preferences.

Let me know if this helps resolve the issue.


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