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  • Frozen1968 Level 1 (0 points)


    Hey All.  I too am having this issue on my Macbook Pro with a clean install of Mountain Lion.  I did not back up from time machine or import settings from any other backup.  So when I say clean, I mean clean.  And yet, when I add a folder to Desktop settings, it disappears once I close out of preferences.  The work around was to import my pictures into Iphoto and choose a picture from there in desktop preferences.  That seems to be the workaround and it will keep the picture you chose in between bootups.  Hope that helps for now...COME ON APPLE!!!!

  • Jacqueline Hutchins Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes, my workaround is the same. Just to set up albums in iPhoto and change desktops from there. I gave up on the folders option. I don't really feel at a loss having to do it that way either. Just glad something works.

  • Kanishka8 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have found a way to get the desktop wallpaper folder to work. These are the following steps:


    1. System Preferences-> Desktop & Screensaver

    2. Click on the "+" button and add the folder where you have all the pics

    3. Once the Folder is added be sure to close all desktop's if you have more than one else there is a bug which ll again kick the folder out.

    4. Next select a wallpaper from the added folder and try to open a new desktop to see if the wallpaper is updated.If you dont select wallpaper but add the folder and keep the same solar system as your background then again the folder is kicked out.

    5. Now close System Preferences and open again to see if you got the folder still in it.


    Also if you have 2 folders with wallpapers and try to add both then, both of the appears there but only 1 will remain from which you had selected the wallpaper and if you have not selected from either of the two folders but selected from the apple provided then both your folders will disappear.


    I tried several other combinations and this seem to be the only way to get it.


    It seems Apple has gone with some type of format to reduce the cache storage throughout OSX.




  • Bubbelz Level 1 (15 points)

    Same problem here with a MacBook Pro, mid - 2010. Added folders disappear on System Prefs relaunch. Manual plist editing and deleting the file didn't make a difference either. Annoying bug.

  • Neil Erwin Level 1 (0 points)

    i have this same problem on my 2011 iMac 27inch. except my problem is that the old folder that i used to have keep showing up and it deletes the one i just recently added. i guess at least it keeps the photos i chose on my desktop as a wallpaper. it's really annoying though since the 4 folders that show up on system preferences doesn't even exist anymore on my computer.

  • lisdavid89 Level 1 (10 points)

    Kanishka8 wrote:


    It seems Apple has gone with some type of format to reduce the cache storage throughout OSX.



    I bet you're right. I've noticed the same thing as what you have explained. And there isn't any plist file I can find to control those settings. The file only keeps the folder of the selected image (or it doesn't keep the folder if no image inside is selected). Though now that I mentioned that...


    Edit: Nope. No way to add a folder through the plist file since it gets overwritten each time you open the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences.

  • TJ Skywasher Level 1 (15 points)

    I wonder if 10.8.4 will solve the issue, just downloading it now. One fix that intrigues me and that I hope works is:


    - A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart

  • red.prince Level 1 (0 points)

    Installed combo update 10.8.4 - Issue still not solved!!!!

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