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All My Files cannot be opened because the item cannot be found

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This just started this morning, before updating from 10.8.2 to 10.8.3: When I click on "All my Files" in the Finder sidebar, I get a little "poof", and nothing appears in the file list area. All other items in the sidebar work OK. If I choose Go > All My Files, I get this message: "The operation can’t be completed because the item can’t be found." This happens in my account, my wife's account, and the Guest User. It worked yesterday!


It gets worse. After clicking "All my Files" from the sidebar, Finder takes over my MacBook Pro! Switching to another desktop immediately returns to the Finder desktop with focus set to Finder. All I can do is "Force Quite Finder", and then things return to normal.


I have tried a few things I found online: clearing out the plist via Terminal: "

cd /Users/***/Library/Preferences ; rm /Users/***/Library/Preferences/ /Users/***/Library/Preferences/ ; killall Finder (where *** is my username)"

", making Spotlight re-index, hard-booting, soft-booting, medium-booting, staring at the screen with a mean look on my face, but alas, nothing seems to work.


Any suggestions? I miss "All my Files"

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,790 points)

    Check System Preferences/Spotlight/Privacy to make sure the Macintosh hard drive hasn't somehow been excluded.


    Another suggestion I read was to drag the Macintosh hard drive into All My Files.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,390 points)

    Back up all data.


    Boot into Recovery by holding down the key combination command-R at the startup chime. Release the keys when you see a gray screen with a spinning dial.


    Note: You need an always-on Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection to the Internet to use Recovery. It won’t work with USB or PPPoE modems, or with proxy servers, or with networks that require a certificate for authentication.


    When the OS X Utilities screen appears, follow the prompts to reinstall the OS. You don't need to erase the boot volume, and you won't need your backup unless something goes wrong. If your Mac was upgraded from an older version of OS X, you’ll need the Apple ID and password you used to upgrade, so make a note of those before you begin.


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