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Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:18 am
by KarenColes
Ahhh, now I see. Stephen incorporated my post (which doesn't seem to appear by itself) in his reply.

I'll see if I can find the URL.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:26 am
by KarenColes
Here's the URL describing the same issue:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/48 ... 0&tstart=0

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:52 pm
by Stephen Hart
Sorry, I just forgot to put your sentence in quotes.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:56 pm
by Stephen Hart
KarenColes wrote:Here's the URL describing the same issue:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/48 ... 0&tstart=0
Well, that just looks like shotgun "advice" to me. That's pretty frequent: people suggesting fixes to all kinds of problems with very general "solutions" that are often overkill, if they even solve the problem at hand at all.

The person posting the original question saw the problem just disappear.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:01 pm
by Stephen Hart
Your friend doesn't happen to have an app called ZumoCast does she. I saw one post about this app causing problems with the Desktop.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:03 pm
by Jay Cline
raises the question, did you restart the computer to see if the problem would go away.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:58 am
by KarenColes
Yes, we restarted the computer several times.

And definitely no Zumocast on the computer.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:33 pm
by KarenColes
The issue still continues. Anytime a new folder is placed on the desktop, the entire contents of the desktop is duplicated inside it. This occurs when it's a new, empty folder, and also when an existing folder with contents is moved to the desktop.

No other ideas for a fix?

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:30 pm
by Stephen Hart
I still can't understand how this could be occurring. I found one other Apple Support discussion that appeared to be the same symptoms, but didn't really have any solution except to wonder how the original poster was viewing the contents of the new folder. But no matter what view I use, I still only see an empty folder when I create a new one.

A Folder Action might do what you describe.

Here's how to check for Folder Actions. I'm copying and pasting from this article:
http://www.macworld.com/article/1167157 ... tions.html

Right-click or Control-click on any folder and choose Services -> Folder Actions Setup
Dismiss the list of scripts, and you’ll see a list of those folders for which you’ve set Folder Actions, and which scripts you’ve attached to them. Turn off any of these by unchecking them, or delete any folder or script by selecting it and clicking on the minus button.

You can also disable all Folder Actions here.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:53 pm
by KarenColes
Yikes!
Sounds very scary to me. Who knows what damage I might do if I tried this.