Small Problem - Dock won't appear, expose doesn't work, etc.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Afro1989, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Afro1989 macrumors 6502a

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    alright, in the past week or so this minor problem began to occur. expose suddenly doesn't work, my hidden dock won't appear when I move my mouse to the bottom of the screen, when I move my mouse over my bookmarks in Safari, they don't "highlight" like usual, my mouse pointer arrow doesn't change to the "hand" when moving over links, etc.

    This is very strange, when I click Safari at the top of my screen I actually have to hold down the left click to scroll down to "preferences" or "quit" or whatever. i can't single click and just drag down. i have to actually click and hold.

    this all happens at once.

    anyone have a solution to this? a system restart usually works, but I'm just curious as to what the source of the problem is! :)
     
  2. mattpol macrumors regular

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    I've seen this issue, too. Anyone know what causes it?
     
  3. cmaier macrumors G3

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  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  5. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    the only icons I change are the main hard drive and a few apps sometimes. a restart fixes the problem every time, but I don't want to have to frequently restart because of this.

    how do I restart Finder? :)
     
  6. kolax macrumors G3

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    Press CMD+ALT+ESC and click Finder then "relaunch".

    Or load up Terminal, and type "killall Finder".
     
  7. srl7741 macrumors 68020

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    Relaunch Finder

    Apple icon-force quit select finder and relaunch it.
     
  8. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    alright. next time the problem happens I'll see if this works.

    i'm just curious as to what the main source of the problem is b/c I rarely have problems with Macs.
     
  9. ummmmmmikey macrumors newbie

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    yes indeeddy

    Ive had this same problem. Minus the fact that my dock wouldnt appear, but i couldnt get expose to work until:confused:...YOU restart finder.:):D:)

    Thats right restart the finder. Click Command-option-esc, click finder, and RELAUNCHHH.:cool::apple:
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    com.apple.finder.plist corrupt?

    Move it to the Desktop and Restart.
    (should be in Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences)
     
  11. Jembohs macrumors newbie

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    I know its a long time since this post but maybe it will help someone else out there. This happened to me recently after I bought a logictech wireless mouse. Sometimes my dock would just stop appearing and I would have to turn hiding off to get it to show. It has something to do with the mouse (in my case). To solve the problem simply unplug the mouse and plug it back in or get a new mouse if it happens too often. in my case its about once a week, i like the mouse so I can live with the slight inconvenience. Hope this helps.
     

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