Mystery of the Apperaing Icons

Posted on 2005-04-17
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Last Modified: 2013-11-13
When I started up my very new  Mac Mini this a.m. (switched off overnight), the desktop,
which normally has one single icon for the hard drive, (Mackintosh HD), now
has three more !   These are labelled       "Network",         ".DS_store",
and         "Servers"

The Mac is connected to a router for broadband internet access.

What is the problem, and how to fix please ?


Question by:danM
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brettmjohnson earned 500 total points
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It sounds like the Finder is showing hidden files.
Launch /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app and enter the command:
 defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

The value '0' (zero, or possibly 'false') should be returned.  If not,
you can reset the flag by issuing the following command:

 defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0

You will have to log out then log in again for the change to take effect.

If you are not comfortable using Terminal.app, you can use the 3rd party GUI app TinkerTool
to make the change.  Launch TinkerTool, click on the Finder icon on its shelf, then
uncheck "Show hidden and system files" in the "Finder preferences:" section of the inspector.
Click the "Relaunch Finder" button in the lower right corner of the window for the changes
to take effect.

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Expert Comment

ID: 13801711
Of course the real question is how the flag got set in the first place?


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