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Desktop acts as though it is a file

Apple – Support – Discussions – Help with Desktop in Finder …. Interesting problem. I wonder how this got changed? jsd2 solves it. Path Finder is also known to cause problems, so I would delete it after you have used it to fix this problem.

It sounds like the Desktop folder‘s “bundle bit” may have become set, making it behave like a “package” instead of a folder.

You can try to fix it with Terminal, but the needed SetFile command normally requires a prior installation of Xcode Tools. Instead, I would try the following:

Download Path Finder, which has a 30-day free trial period. Navigate to the Desktop folder from within Path Finder, select it, then File Menu>Get Info. If the “Bundle bit” box is checked, uncheck it:

How to Share Your iPhoto Library From Networked Storage MacLife

How to Share Your iPhoto Library From Networked Storage MacLife. Nice writeup.  Easy to follow if you need to have this functionality.

“You can’t open the application iPhoto because it may be damaged or incomplete.”

System Restore

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Apple – Support – Discussions – iphoto doesnt work ….  Terence Devlin solution worked!

To re-install iPhoto

1. Put the in the trash (Drag it from your Applications Folder to the trash)
2. Go to HD/Library/Receipts and remove any pkg file there with iPhoto in the name. On 10.6 those receipts may be found in the Finder using the Go menu and selecting Go To Folder

In the resulting window type


3. Re-install.

If you purchased an iLife Disk, then iPhoto is on it.

If iPhoto was installed on your Mac when you go it then it’s on the System Restore disks that came with your Mac. Insert the first one and opt to ‘Install Bundled Applications Only.


“Finder” icon missing in Dock after 10.6.6 update

Finder (software)

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Turns out that if you change the icons manually you might cause this issue to yourself.  jazzdude00021 explains below:

I did some exploring into and found the remains of a self-done Finder icon mod that I did awhile back. Apparently Dock and Exposé use their own Finder.icns file located at /System/Library/CoreServices/ I had altered this file along with Finder.apps .icns file to mod the icon manually, however I must not have changed it back properly. My guess is that during the update from Finder v 10.6.6 to v.10.6.7 the installer didnt handle it right because of my modifications. Thanks for the help to everyone who offered.

via Apple – Support – Discussions –.


Finder now offers to search Mac App Store for unknown file types

Finder now offers to search Mac App Store for unknown file types.  This could be helpful for many people.  The ability to Search App Store to open a file is a great help to people.

Collaboration on iWeb site


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Niel shares:

~/Application Support/iWeb/, where ~ is the item in the Finders sidebar with the house icon. Control-click it in the Finder and compress or archive it prior to transport.

via Apple – Support – Discussions – Collaboration ….


Why do my sound output settings keep resetting after restart?

System Preferences

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Apple – Support – Discussions – Why do my sound output settings keep ….  Two ways to solve this issue.  The first by Malcom Rayfield:

Delete these three files:

Reselect whatever sound device you want as your default in the Sound Preference Pane.

Restart the computer.

ngarritj has another POV.

Thanks! That appeared to do it. When I looked at the files, there were duplicates of
with the ending ~orig created at the same time, so I don’t know if that was confusing things.
Anyway – thanks!

Open link in new tab is gone! [in Safari]

Safari 4 on Windows XP

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Carolyn Samit has the answer.

Try troubleshooting your Safari .plist file.

Quit Safari (Command + Q)

Open a Finder window. Select your Home Folder in the Sidebar on the left. It has a small house icon. Then open the Library folder then the Preferences folder.

Move the file from the Preferences folder to the Desktop. Now launch Safari. If tabs work as they should, move the .plist file to the Trash.

via Apple – Support – Discussions – Open link in new tab is gone! ….