bring back desktop icons

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ucsdmac, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. ucsdmac macrumors 6502

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    I used some app to have my desktop not showing any icons..i forgot what its called.. something about leopard tweaks or secrets... but now I want my desktop to show items again and I dont know how. I go to finder > preferences and check all the boxes there but its still not showing up.. can anyone help? thanks
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Try typing this in Terminal:

    sudo chflags nohidden /
     
  3. ucsdmac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    just did.. typed in my password.. then nothing happened.
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Terminal doesn't say anything. Are the boxes still checked in Finder prefs?
     
  5. ucsdmac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yup ..terminal doesnt say anything..the boxes are still checked.. I logged off..still nothing.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I meant to say that terminal doesn't say anything after that command, did you enter it completely, including the / at the end?
     
  7. ucsdmac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah.. i just copy and pasted what you had.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Hmmm ... I'm stumped. You might try downloading Secrets again and see if you can find it in there.
     
  9. ucsdmac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ohhhh thats what its called... thank you so much..ive been looking around for me.. i'll play with it and see if it'll help.. thanks again.
     
  10. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  11. ucsdmac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yup.. secrets work.. just a simple check in the "show desktop icons" box. Thanks again.
     
  12. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I wonder what their behind the scenes terminal codes were then ...
     

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