Desktop Icons Gone in Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mwt, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. mwt macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2007
    The finder works, and the desktop background is fine.
    But for some reason the desktop icons have disappeared.
    The files and directories on the desktop are there in finder's file listing.
    But they don't show on the desktop.
    Any suggestions?
  2. djejrejk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2007
    Have you tried relaunching finder? Or *shudder* rebooting?
  3. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Maybe Finder > Preferences > General > Show these items?
  4. gikku macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2006
    I've been experiencing this on two machines, icons not on the desktop, but they're listed in Desktop in the finder. Also icons don't appear in the dock when the app is launched or running.
    only a minor inconvenience for me, as I figured it out pretty quickly, but if it was on my Mum's machine she'd be lost.

    killall Dock or
    killall Finder resolves it but I shouldn't need to do this.
  5. petercopu macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008

    You could check the settings of programs like - Onyx, TinkerTool

    I had accidentally checked "Disable Desktop Features" in TinkerTool, that was my problem.

  6. mit3y macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    Brute force fix..

    From shell issue:

    defaults write CreateDesktop -bool true; killall Finder
  7. MBX macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2006
    yep, this is a bug/ issue that has annoyed the hell out of me with leopard.

    icons disappear on the desktop and they reappear again if you restart finder.

    i so hope this is another thing they fix in 10.5.5
  8. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    I have 10.5.5, and this just happened to me for the first time. I do not think it is directly related to the update, though, because I had all my icons for the past few days.

    They haven't fixed the bug where Leopard "forgets" the display's color profile, either.

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