5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2013 4:33 AM by softwater
Tissot11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Since this morning I have noticed a strange trouble. I can't right click on my Desktop and I can't see any files and any mounted volumes on it. However, through Finder I can access the Desktop and I can see files on it and in the Finder sidebar I can see the mounted volumes and access them as well. But it doesn't show on the Desktop. When I'm inside some applications, I can always right click and see options available. Can anyone suggest what could be the reason and how can I fix it? I remember before I could always see something on my Desktop and right clicking would give me some options.


I'm really ****** off with ML ****. It seems to have so many bugs on rMBP and Apple engineers are just sleeping over and not fixing anything. Every week OS X hangs and I'm forced to restart the computer. And I don't want to say anything about safari which ***** so much.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion, 2.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM
  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Do you use a program called PathFinder by any chance?

  • Tissot11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No I don't use it. But few days back I had installed TotalFinder app for trial and uninstalled it after a day. Do you think it might have caused any trouble? If yes then how could it be fixed?

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Yes, I suspect so. I had problems with that program, too.


    First thing I'd try is uninstall it. Then restart the mac.


    If that doesn't work, see if this helps. Open Terminal.app, copy and paste the following into the Terminal window:


    defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true; killall Finder


    and press 'return' on your keyboard.

  • Tissot11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks this works! I had uninstalled it before but aparently something still remained on the system.

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Well, it sets a preference to put a sort of 'fake' desktop on top of your normal desktop. So long as the program's installed, your desktop works normally. However, when you uninstall the app it doesn't reset the preference back to default, and of course the real Finder can't interpret the 'false' desktop. The command I gave you resets the preference back to normal.