8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2012 5:12 PM by ruthieMel
ruthieMel Level 1 (0 points)

when i open my desktop folder icon it gives me a window in terminal login- what should I do?

MacBook, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • laundry bleach Level 5 (6,910 points)

    That's an interesting issue. Where is this folder icon?


    If you select it (by clicking on it once only) and then go to the File menu and select Get Info... what information do you see? Specifically at the top under the General heading it should say Kind: Folder. Is that what it says?


    Best of luck.

  • ruthieMel Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your interest.

    The folder is on the side bar.( I also tried to save a document to desktop but it ignored the choice .)

    When I Get Info the General heading reads package.

    It also asks requests an application in open with.  I dont think there should be an app involved should there?

  • laundry bleach Level 5 (6,910 points)

    You are correct, there should not be an app needed to open a window for the Finder and package is definitely wrong for the kind.


    Let's try this -


    1. In the Finder, go to the Finder menu and select Preferences...
    2. Go to the Sidebar tab.
    3. There should be a checkbox next to Desktop under Favorites and it should be checked. Un-check it.
    4. Close the Preferences dialog and restart the computer.
    5. Go back to the Finder Preferences the same way you got there before.
    6. Check that checkbox again, next to Desktop.
    7. Open up a new Finder window.
    8. See if double clicking on that folder works correctly now.


    If that works, you should be good to go. If not, try this -


    1. In the Finder's Go menu, select Go to Folder.
    2. In the resulting dialog type (or copy and paste) ~/YourUserName/Desktop  - replacing YourUserName with your actual username.
    3. Go to the File menu (without clicking on anything else) and do Get Info... again.
    4. Report back with what it says here.


    This is an unusual problem you have. Keep us up with it, we'll continue to work with you.

  • ruthieMel Level 1 (0 points)

    Option A didn't change anything.

    Option B results in the go to the folder window appearing, but says The folder can't be found.

  • laundry bleach Level 5 (6,910 points)

    Are you able to go to your Home folder and see its contents (which should contain the Desktop folder?)


    Does the Desktop folder look like a folder shape or does it look like a cardboard box with the top open -


    Package icon.jpg


    If it is the latter, can you select it, then holding down the control key on your keyboard click on it to get a contextual menu, select Show Package Contents from the menu. Do you see the contents of what is actually on the Desktop here?

  • ruthieMel Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes I can open Home.

    Desktop appears in the documents category with this icon 


  • ruthieMel Level 1 (0 points)

    oops sorry didnt manage to show the icon.  anyway its a folder icon


  • ruthieMel Level 1 (0 points)


    ok sorry ! now i can show you