Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2013 3:20 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Quick Service! I just posted the question!!
I'm not sure what you mean, but I can clear up your question. When double click the desktop icon for my hard drive the main window opens. This is where the problem is.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2013 3:26 PM (in response to seventy one)
I arranged my icons in my own way. After moving them into my preferred places, they scattered when I restarted the computer. I arranged the icons a second time, and they scattered once again after another restart. I haven't tried using the clean up feature. I'm sure it would work, but I don't think the icons would stay in place after a restart.
Sorry that I can't answer your question after checking. The computer is at work, and I'm home.
I ran into this problem once before many years ago. I don't remember what the solution was, but I was able to fix the problem.
If need be, I'll put off solving this issue until I'm in front of my work machine.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2013 4:15 PM (in response to trevorpsy)
Sorry, I have amended this post to read as now shows. I couldn't make clean up work either.
Arrange the icons then immediately log out. When you next go back into desk top, the icons should be where you left them and should remain there in future.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 4, 2013 10:42 AM (in response to trevorpsy)
I had it work here after reboot, in that Window that opens, select one icon, the Seallect All, CMD+a, then Finder>View>View Options, select Arrange bt... None, deselect all & arrange them, does that work?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 4, 2013 11:15 AM (in response to BDAqua)
When I get to my work machine I'll give it a try.
Interesting news: I did a Google search for this problem, and under "Wandering Icons" I found the following:
"Try deleting the .DS_Store hidden file in you Desktop directory. You can do this using Terminal . . . paste in this command: rm -f/Desktop/.DS_Store"
Problem is it's the main window with the wandering icons (not the desktop), but I think the principal remains the same. I need to find the .DS_Store file for the main window and delete it. It is a hidden file; however, Find Any File locates all the .DS_Store files.
I'll report back.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 4, 2013 5:30 PM (in response to BDAqua)
I'm frustrated. I've tried all of the above suggestions with no luck. I've tried deleting all DS_Store files that might be the source of the problem with no luck. There's almost 200 of them, so I can't delete them all, and I am unable to determine where the DS_Store file for the main window would be stored.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 4, 2013 6:30 PM (in response to trevorpsy)
Show Hidden Files 1.0...
Hidden Way is a toggle for hidden files view in Finder...
Show hidden files in OSX Finder
Open the Terminal and type or copy/paste:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true
Reverting to the default of NOT showing hidden files:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false
*Restart or Force Quit Finder required to take effect.*
Finder Force Quit, or restart required to take effect.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 5, 2013 5:41 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Thanks a lot. All is well.
What's interesting is that revealing the hidden files in my main window wasn't useful. I tried throwing about the DS_Store file which didn't help; however, entering the terminal strings you provided did trick.
I've save your instructions, should the problem reoccur.