Items showing up in Desktop folder, but not on the desktop itself

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    #1
    This doesn't happen all the time, but frequently enough to create a thread about it to find out what's going on.

    I usually keep my desktop empty and use it to store stuff I'm going to process in the next hour anyway.
    Sometimes my desktop is absolutely empty, but when I navigate to the following path: User\Desktop, the files do show up.

    Any explanation?
     
  2. dave12345 macrumors regular

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    #2
    Hey - I get this too - If I export an aiff from logic 8 to my desktop it doesn't show up on the desktop itself but does if I open User/Desktop in finder ...

    anyone know what's going on ?
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    What if you just press command+shift+D while in Finder? What shows up there?
     
  4. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    The problem isn't occuring right now, but I assume that does show the files.
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Well, give it a shot next time it happens. It's possible that you're just ending up in the wrong desktop folder.
     
  6. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Just tried it, and as I thought, when I press Shift+Command+D, the files DO show up. But they don't on the desktop itself...
     
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    I get this weird issue too! Restarting the Finder (via the Force Quit dialog) cures it temporarily, but it tends to come back with new files placed there.
     

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