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Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:44 am
by Stephen Hart
KarenColes wrote:Yikes!
Sounds very scary to me. Who knows what damage I might do if I tried this.
The Shadow Knows!

Folder Actions are merely Applescripts or Automator scripts that a user can set up to manipulate folders automatically. If you follow the instructions you'll find one of two situations:

1. There are no Folder Actions. This will be the case unless someone set one up sometime in the past. No Folder Actions are set up as part of a stock OS X install.
2. There are one or more Folder Actions. You could probably tell immediately if one is set up to do the thing you're finding.

Disabling Folder Actions is reversible.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:17 pm
by Jay Cline
Is this how you create new folders on this computer?

Create a folder
Click the desktop if you want to create the folder on the desktop; otherwise, open a Finder window and navigate to where you want to create the folder.
Choose File > New Folder, or press Shift–Command (⌘)–N. ...
Enter a name for the folder, then press Return.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:39 am
by KarenColes
Yes, it is.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:02 pm
by Jay Cline
Please create a new folder and send us a screenshot of the desktop.

Press Shift-Command-3 to take a picture of the whole screen. To capture just part of the screen, press Shift-Command-4.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:36 pm
by KarenColes
Will do ..... as soon as I visit the friend who has the problem. (But of course now it's my problem, too, since I'm the one who screwed up her computer.) Probably next week sometime. I appreciate your hanging in there with me on this one.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:51 am
by Jay Cline
If she's close to an Apple store it might be faster to have her make an appointment and take it in.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:27 pm
by KarenColes
She's in Joyce .......... not very close to an apple store.

Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:11 pm
by KarenColes
]Here's the desktop:


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Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:17 pm
by KarenColes
New folder placed on desktop from File/New Folder:

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Re: Desktop folder issue

Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:22 pm
by KarenColes
Contents of new folder (that should be empty) showing total contents of desktop:

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