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Nov 17, 2007, 02:43 AM
 
I'm getting this a lot. If I wake the machine from sleep I find my desktop mysteriously empty of all icons, including my Mac. This makes finder navigation pretty hard. The only solution is a restart? Anyone else getting this?
     
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Nov 20, 2007, 09:23 PM
 
I too have started to see all my icons missing from my desktop.
It was intermittent, now they seem to be permanently gone.
If I view the Desktop folder in a Finder window, I see the files and folders are still there, they just don't show up in the normal desktop mode (e.g., F11). This never happened before I upgraded to Leopard.
     
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Nov 21, 2007, 02:24 PM
 
     
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Nov 21, 2007, 07:03 PM
 
Not bashing, just curious.

People still keep icons on their desktop? Why? What?
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Nov 21, 2007, 08:19 PM
 
Not just file & folder icons are missing but all the disk icons are missing as well. As as you know they are placed on the desktop automatically by the finder.
     
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Nov 21, 2007, 08:35 PM
 
I can create new folders in the FInder window for the Desktop folder.
I can drag items successfully onto the the FInder window for the Desktop folder.
BUT I cannot create new folders onto the desktop directly (e.g. shift-cmd-N with no windows open).
I cannot successfully drag items onto the desktop directly. (It's just a no-op.)
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Nov 29, 2007, 10:05 PM
 
I tried a clean install, and restored from TimeMachine.
The icons are still missing from my desktop.
I guess now I will just try removing random .plist files.
Any suggestions which ones I should focus on would be appreciated.

(The desktop icons work fine on a brand new test-user account I created.)
     
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Nov 30, 2007, 12:27 AM
 
I have the same problem on my MBP, and my Mac Pro has this issue.
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Dec 1, 2007, 05:17 AM
 
Possible fix:

I had the same problem while tinkering with Tinkertool- I had been turning on off the hidden file feature when my icons disappeared.

Beneath that button appears one for 'disable desktop features,' maybe I had accidently turned it on, but I checked it off and restarted finder and my icons came back. Not sure if this changes any of the other features, but coincidentally, I think sometime ago downloads stopped going into the downloads folder in 10.5.
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Dec 1, 2007, 08:40 AM
 
Originally Posted by DigitalEl View Post
Not bashing, just curious.
People still keep icons on their desktop? Why? What?
Uhh, because that's exactly why it's there?

Though I use QS for app launches, I like to have the current stuff I'm working there in my face. Expose takes me there instantly, so it's not only fast, but because of the lay-out options, it's spatial. Dock crap, Desktop good.
     
   
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