Unable to Save to Desktop

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  1. sgtbob macrumors regular

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    For some reason, I am unable to save any documents to the Desktop. I've tried saving several documents to the Desktop as I used to do, but that feature is eluding me now. Can someone tell me where I am going wrong? I can't seem to find a fix.

    Bob

    iMAC, 4gb RAM, 1 TB HDD, Mavericks:confused: OS X 10.9.2
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    What does "unable" mean? Are you getting an error? If so, what is it?
     
  3. sgtbob thread starter macrumors regular

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    'Unable' means that when I saved the document, it does not immediately appear on the Desktop; however, on a restart, the documents I had saved to the desktop then appeared, and now new 'saves' appear. Must have been a small glitch since it seems to be working now.

    Thanks for the response.
     
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    This behavior's been around intermittently at least since Lion. Finder's display of desktop is updated asynchronously now, which means if your Mac's real busy, it can take a while to show you your files. Sometimes it may miss doing the update altogether. You can usually fix this without a cold boot, just restart the Finder. Press command-option-escape to bring up the Force Quit window, and select Finder. Hit the relaunch button.
     
  5. fisherking macrumors 601

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    possibly a good reason to NOT fill up your desktop with documents, files, folders.

    just a thought: consider putting folders in your Documents folder, and aliases to those on the desktop.
     
  6. sgtbob thread starter macrumors regular

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    fisher king - You're correct - I usually post the documents on Desktop for a short time though pending other actions.
     
  7. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    I specifically exclude desktop folder from Time Machine backup, which makes it a handy place to keep temporary items I know I won't need to restore sometime over the next decade. Those sometimes not so little temp files will chew through backup space to no useful purpose.
     
  8. beosound3200 macrumors 6502a

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    It also positions files weirdly on desktop. I have snap to grid turned on. Its such a basic functionality, why arent they fixing it
     
  9. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Because it deals with FILES, and we consumers are not supposed to have to worry our pretty little heads over that:
    What Apple doesn't seem to realize is that when they remove complexity for consumers, they're failing to replace it with viable options for pros.
     
  10. beosound3200 macrumors 6502a

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    so theres no way to repair that?

    slow appearance of dragged and dropped file on the desktop, also weird placement, between the 'grid' spaces after appearing...

    i would be grateful for any kind of information you have on the subject. thank you
     

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