locked desktop folder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kamjam, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. kamjam macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    Hi. just got a new mac and seem to be having a problem downloading. every time i try to download something from my web browser i get a message saying-
    /user/mark/desktop/0000 could not be saved because you cannot change the contents of that folder

    I've tried changing the designated folder but to no avail. i have no clue what to do. any help would be much appreciated
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    That's odd (I assume mark is your username, and 0000 in your example is the file you were trying to download).

    Two things to try: One, open Disk Utility (in Applications --> Utilities), and run Repair Permissions on your startup disk. Won't hurt, might fix this.

    If not, go to your home folder, click on the Desktop folder to select it, and do get info (file menu or command-i or right click and select from menu). In the window that pops up, look under Ownership and Permissions and see what it says.

    It should say that You can read and write and that you are the owner. If not, select your username from the Owner list, and select Read and Write permissions for yourself, then click apply to enclosed items for good measure.

    You may have to click something to "unlock" the permissions and/or enter your admin password, depending on what the current permissions are. I can't tell you exactly because I'm at work where I only have a Tiger Get Info window to refer to, and it's been changed somewhat in Leopard.

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