Finder Problems

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by jason.siegel, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. jason.siegel macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Just used Migration Assistant to import to a new Air from Snow Leopard on my old Macbook. There's something going on with my home file organization, though.

    What is "All My Files" supposed to be? I thought maybe it was a replacement of my user home folder, but there's just a gazillion loose files there. It's as if all the contents of my documents or home folder were just spilled in there with no tree organization.

    Also, clicking on Desktop in the Finder is not showing what I'm actually seeing on my desktop. And Documents is empty. And what happened to Macintosh HD?

    I'm so confused. Please help.
  2. jason.siegel, Jul 23, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 23, 2011

    jason.siegel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Steve, perhaps I am not the stupid one, considering you've missed my points entirely. In any case, you're a true asset to the universe.

    To everyone else: Previously the user home folder contained all my files, except they were organized. Now "All My Files" has thousands of files and they are not organized into folders. They're just spilled out into one big list and it's hard to confirm where they even came from. If these are my user home files, what is the point of spilling them all out, and where can I find them organized again?

    In addition, why is the Desktop button showing different files than are actually on my desktop?


    It turns out that Migration Assistant has a bug. I asked it to replace one of my users with that from another computer, however it did not replace the links on the Finder sidebar. So my links actually open up the replaced, deleted folders.

    Good investigation work, Steve.
  3. ctbear macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    The "All my files" search is Apple's attempt to accommodate "dumber" users. They have no idea where to dig into for a certain document and are probably better off with a central place for all kinds of files.
  4. jason.siegel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
  5. paulsalter macrumors 68000


    Aug 10, 2008
    Click on the second from right drop down in finder header, this allows you to group them

    by kind and then switch to icon view = this shows me the last 7 docs opened for each type (image, docs etc)

    by date opened = replaces the previous search folders (today/yesterday) by listing these at the top and older ones further down

    try the diff views and the drop downs in the menu

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