Stealth Files

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whoabucko, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. whoabucko macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2012
    I would love some help from you Mac power-users.

    I went into System Preferences / Desktop and Screen Savers in order to change the desktop picture. While viewing the available pictures, I saw dozens of {what I thought were} pictures that had previously been deleted from the computer. Those pictures were located in a folder call "Folder".
    So I searched for that folder.... no luck.
    So then I searched for some of the specific names of the pictures.... again no luck.
    I even searched ".jpg" and scrolled though countless pictures..... still no luck.

    I then decided to select one of those pictures for the desktop image. After doing so, it showed up on the desktop (so it must reside somewhere on this computer).
    I then decided to click on the image in order to get it's properties (Get Info). Apparently that doesn't work on a Mac the same as it works on Windows, since the path was rather generic: /Users/myName.

    Well.... the image is on the screen - even though I am sure that I had deleted it from the computer long ago - and yet I can't find that image anywhere on the computer.

    Any ideas as to what's going on???.... or where it is hiding???

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The wallpaper files are located in /Library/Desktop Pictures
    The default default image is in /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg

    Your Library folders are hidden by default in Lion. To get to your /Library or /Users/yourusername/Library (also known as the ~/Library) folders in Lion:
    • Launch Finder and click Go > Go to Folder and type: /Library or ~/Library
    • Hold the Option key while clicking the Go menu item, which reveals your ~/Library folder in the menu.
    • Make it permanently visible by entering the following command in Terminal, then press the Enter key:
      chflags nohidden ~/Library​
    • 18 ways to view the ~/Library folder in Lion

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