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Greg Johnson5 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
Is anyone else noticing that in Leopard you cannot always click on the desktop to return to the Finder - it simply stays in the same application. It is a very strange behaviour, which forces me to go to the dock to return to the Finder.

15" MacBookPro Core 2 duo/2.33GHz Intel, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 3GB RAM
  • 1. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    KeysDog Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    If we're talking about the same thing, then this is nothing new. The same thing happened in Tiger, and if I'm not mistaken, every other previous version of OS X. When I am in another application and also have a Finder window open behind that application, and I click on the desktop to return to Finder, the application's window is still on top, but I am in the Finder now. I have to go to the Dock to click on the Finder to get the Finder window back on top that was behind the other application. I would like to see the Finder return to the OS 9 days in this regard. Back then if i had an open application window and a Finder window behind it, and I clicked on the Desktop, I got the hidden Finder window to appear on top. It's almost like OS X treats Finder windows as a seperate application from the Desktop. Yet, clicking on the Desktop puts you in Finder. What am I missing here?
  • 2. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    MiltonThales Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    See my post about Invisible Finder Window. I think these are related.
  • 3. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    Greg Johnson5 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    You're correct that with TIger the Finder windows never came to the front when you clicked on the desktop, but at least it went to the Finder. Now with Leopard I am finding that clicking on the desktop doesn't even get you into the Finder – you have to go to the dock...
  • 4. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    KeysDog Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I'm not seeing that. If I click on my desktop right from this Safari window I get the Finder.
  • 5. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    Greg Johnson5 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    In playing around I see that it does not behave this way all the time. However, I find with Acrobat 8 I sometimes get stuck in the application and am unable to get to the finder by clicking. I'll try to monitor it and see if I can see a pattern...
  • 6. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    cSticks Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I've been seeing this as well, but also haven't pinned it down. When I just read this post and tried it, the program name in the upper-left wouldn't change to "Finder" when clicking on the desktop (At least in my Tiger install, this used to work). But, I could actually change a folder/file name on the desktop and it still says "Safari" in the menubar, so something is definitely odd.

    I clicked on the dock icon to bring the Finder forward, went back to Safari and tried again. This time it worked as it should - clicking on the desktop brought up the Finder. I have no idea what triggers the bug, but definitely is there.
  • 7. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    flipp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same problem here sporadically, although I have not found a way to reproduce this behaviour yet.

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  • 8. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    Stefanos Demertzis1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I confrim the odd and not reproducible behavior... Of course there are many ways to return to the finder, however clicking on the desktop is a very intuitive and perhaps the fastest one. Is this a bug?

    PS The update to 10.5.1 did not resolve it by the way...
  • 9. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    Dan Pouliot Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
    My wife's Mac is experiencing this same bug. It is definitely sporadic.
  • 10. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder doesn't work
    drowsycat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's inconsistent, but mostly doesn't work. Especially annoying when using expose/all windows.
  • 11. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder doesn't work
    Emile vande Griendt Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    I've noticed the exact same behaviour: Clicking on the desktop not always gets me to the finder. For instance, i can select a file on my desktop, but i can't delete it with command-backspace, because i'm not really in the finder. There is no logical/practical explanation why this sometimes happens. With Proteron's MaxMenus i've assigned a function-key to the finder so i am getting there, but this behaviour goes back to Tiger.

    I say this is sloppy programming by Apple Inc.
  • 12. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    Scott Bates1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I am having the same issue--I thought it was a third-party thing, or a space thing, but I've disabled a bunch of third-party apps (Pathfinder, Launchbar, Default Folder X) and Spaces--then rebooted--and right now, if I click on the desktop (while Safari is open), nothing happens. That is, safari stays 'in front.'

    Frustrating!

    -Scott
  • 13. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    DrewS Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Having the same problem as of a week ago, where I never saw it before. Not consistent with the typical Finder focus problem.

    I can't even click on an icon on the desktop and have it select at all, including clicking on documents on the desktop.
  • 14. Re: Clicking on Desktop to return to Finder
    Wingrove Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    same here but only on my mac pro. Works fine on my 17" MBP?????

    And apple delete no longer trashes things?

    weeeeeeeird
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