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Desktop Construction

Desktop Construction — Dale Southard writes:

As a longtime TidBITS reader: THANKS! To the point, you mentioned rebuilding the desktop as a fix for the "lost folder bug." I don’t know about the bug, but there is an easier way to rebuild the desktop:

  • Quit all apps but the Finder.
  • Hit command-option-esc to force quit the Finder.
  • Click on the "Force Quit" button and then immediately depress and hold command-option.

When the Finder restarts, it will give you the option of rebuilding all mounted disks. I think it’s much more convenient than restarting as we used to have to do.

[Adam: We’ve received information indicating that rebuilding the desktop and using some of the fixes we mentioned last issue may not work in some cases. As we mentioned, it still looks like the only fix guaranteed to work is to reformat the hard drive and restore from your up-to-date backup. More on this when we know.]

Information from:
Dale Southard — [email protected]
Henning Pape-Santos — [email protected]

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