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Question: Desktop picture reverts to default in High Sierra upon restart

If I have to restart High Sierra the desktop picture reverts to default. To my knowledge this has never happened for any previous Mac operating system. Has anyone got a fix for this?

iMac, macOS High Sierra (10.13.1)

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Nov 14, 2017 9:07 AM in response to M T W In response to M T W

Might be a corrupt .plist.

Do a backup, preferably 2 backups on 2 separate drives.

Go to Finder and select your user/home folder. With that Finder window as the front window, either select Finder/View/Show View options or go command - J. When the View options opens, check ’Show Library Folder’. That should make your user library folder visible in your user/home folder. Select Library. Then go to Preferences/ Move the .plist to your desktop.

Re-launch Finder by restarting the computer and test. If it works okay, delete the plist from the desktop.

If the same, return the .plist to where you got it from, overwriting the newer one.

Thanks to leonie for some information contained in this.

Nov 14, 2017 9:07 AM

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Nov 14, 2017 11:09 AM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

Hi Eric. I followed your advice to the letter, unfortunately the High Sierra default desktop picture remains resolutely there, so I have replaced the back from the desktop and overwritten the new one.

Nice try though.

best regards


Nov 14, 2017 11:09 AM

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