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Running Mac Os X 10.4.11 my finder keeps resetting by itself

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  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    WTF! I have done everything posted form a number of forums.
    My desktop/finder keeps resetting also.
    Need a fix!


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  1. Log in as an administrator.
  2. Open Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities).
  3. Type the following commands, each on a single line and followed by Return (enter an admin password when prompted):

sudo dscl . create /Groups/username GroupMembership username

sudo dscl . change /Groups/username RecordName username _username
Replace the italicized "username" with your account username (which is also the name of the user's Home folder, in the Users folder). Remember to include the underscore "_" before your user name in the second command.
If you have more than one account on the computer affected by this issue, you should run these two commands again for each account, substituting with the appropriate user name each time.

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Opening apps


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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 .
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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
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Use [Command] + [Option] + [Ctrl] + [8] to invert the colors on your Mac.

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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”
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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.
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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...
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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.
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