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Too many items on desktop

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Nov 22, 2012 12:00 AM

I exported an iPhoto library from an external hard drive to my desktop (before importing it to my current library) and now the finder is running extremely slow as it tries to build the images and other folder I have on my desktop. I think it's because there are too many photos and it just can't handle it. I can't even select them so I can delete them and it wasn't any better after starting in safe mode (suggested by Apple). Is there any other way to delete or move them off the desktop?

Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 12:14 AM (in response to C180)

    Avoid using the desktop.  Items there take up extra resources.


    Can you use another account on your computer, especially another administrator account?  Each account has its own desktop and you can move items out of the one for your problem account just as if it was a normal folder.  You might, however, encounter problem of privileges and that's where having admin. access is important.


    If you are familiar with Unix command line use you can start the computer in single user mode and use the mv command to put them somewhere else.


    Mac OS X: How to start up in single-user or verbose mode -


    Topic: How to move files using Single User Mode -


    You can even do this in the problem account through Terminal if the account is still usable.  Start terminal, type mv and a space, then drag a file you want to move to terminal, a space, and then the folder to which you wish to move it.  Enter return.  I'm doing this from memory and I think I have it right, maybe you don't need to add a space between the two drags.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,985 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 7:49 AM (in response to C180)

    Log in as a different user and open the home folder of the problem account.


    Select the Desktop folder and open the Info window. Click the padlock icon and authenticate with the name and password of an administrative user (not necessarily the one you're logged in as.) In the Sharing & Permissions section, click the plus-sign icon and give the current user read & write access. Leave the Info window open.


    Create a new folder in the problem user's Desktop folder. Move the photos into it.


    Delete the access entry you added in the Info window. Log out.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Linc Davis' post is basically a fuller explanation of what I am recommending in my second paragraph.


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