OSX Desktop does not function as desktop

There is no default application to open the document “Desktop”.’

This message can often be attributed to the “bundle bit” having been set on a folder.

To unset it, try launching “/Applications” > “Utilitites” > “Terminal.app” and entering either of the commands below.

  • The first is more specific but requires the Developer / XCode Tools to have been installed (substitute the appropriate path to ‘SetFile’).
  • The second requires 10.5 and will remove other extended attributes such as Finder labels, but the “Desktop” folder doesn’t normally have any so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Terminal code 1: /Developer/Tools/SetFile -a b ~/Desktop

Terminal code 2: xattr -d com.apple.FinderInfo ~/Desktop

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