How to delete picture folders from desktop and screensaver preferences

Discussion in 'macOS' started by GSX, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. GSX macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2009

    I was cleaning up some of the unused pictures that came pre-installed with Leopard on my iMac, such as the abstracts and solid colours, that are used for changing the desktop backgrounds; but after getting rid of the original pictures and folders I am still left with the folders as being able to be selected when I try to change a desktop background.

    I can't use the minus sign to remove the folders from the list.

    Is there some other way of removing the folders?

    It's not really a big deal, but it is kind of annoying having empty folders showing up on the list.

    Can anyone shed some light on this problem?

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  2. combat macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    I doubt it, I guess they didn't expect you to delete the pictures ^^. However, have you looked in the library or the "contents" of the sys prefs app? Maybe the files that are holding those places are there.
  3. GSX thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2009
    Thanks for the tip. I checked around the prefs but I could not identify anything that might help me.

    I guess it's just something apple never thought of. :rolleyes:

    Kind of annoying but I guess I will have to live with it.
  4. william1949 macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2003
    Victoria, BC
    Here is where the pics are:

    HD-Library-Desktop Pictures
  5. MarshallXDTeach macrumors newbie


    Apr 15, 2010
    In your mother's dreams :)
    I am having the same problem, did anyone find out a way to solve this? Basically what happens to me is, I go to Desktop and Screensaver Preferences and it stalls with the rainbow beach ball…then it crashes.

    Okay I got the problem fixed.
  6. miutsu macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009

    open this file with TextEdit:

    Just remove the section with the folder name that you wish to remove and save the file in the same location.

    To get into the prefPane packages hold down command and click on the package and select "Show Package Contents".

    (actualy this only works for the preinstalled folders)
    if you added one delete this file
    where "~" is "/Users/<your username>"
    but you will have to log in and log out for deleting this file to take effect. afterward you will have to set you backgroud again.

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