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Help Fixing "Invisible Items Visible" Problem

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Maya65 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 15, 2013 7:44 AM

I am running Mac OS 10.8.2 on a MacBook Pro 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.

 

Somehow all of these invisible folders and files started appearing and I lost all listed items under my favorites. I am not sure how this happened. Is there an easy way to fix this? I am attaching a screen shot.

 

Three other things I noticed, even though I am the admin for this account, it asks me for a password when I change the name of any folder. And when I try to drag and drop a folder in the same location, it copies it. And lastly, the write protected symbol has appeared in the lower left corner.

 

Screen Shot 2013-03-15 at 10.19.45 AM.png

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 7:46 AM (in response to Maya65)

    Launch Terminal in your Utilities folder and at the prompt copy & paste this command then press Return

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles False; killall Finder

     

    then press Return.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to Maya65)

    Follow these directions to repair permissions on your Home folder

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/11/15/repair-user-permissions-in-mac-os-x-lion/

     

    Note that they are the same directions for Mountain Lion as for Lion.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 9:53 AM (in response to Maya65)

    No. I can access those folders without a password. The problem may be fixed when you do what macjack suggested above.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 10:04 AM (in response to Maya65)

    Maya65 wrote:

     

    It's the level that shows the Applications, System, Library, and Users folders. I notice at this folder level it's write-protected and that's where it is asking for a password.

    It's called the root level or top level of your hard drive. Even as an admin user you do not have access to all of those folders. This is expected behavior.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 4:56 PM (in response to macjack)

    I do have access, but sometimes get asked about deleting files. Am I broke?

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 5:53 PM (in response to Eric Root)

    Eric Root wrote:

     

    Am I broke?

    I have no idea of your financial condition

    I wrote...

    Even as an admin user you do not have access to all of those folders

    I should have written "without authentication". I sould have also written "to the contents of all those folders"

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