OS X: After "Apply to enclosed items…", unable to change prefs, remove or save files, iPhoto & iTunes issues, Preview & TextEdit quit
After using the Get Info inspector action menu item "Apply to enclosed items…" on your Home folder or on the default folders located inside a Home folder (while running OS X Lion v10.7, 10.7.1, 10.7.2, or 10.7.3):
- Some changes made within System Preferences are not saved when System Preferences is quit and re-opened.
- Changes made to icons on Dock (adding, removing, or re-arranging icons) will be lost after the after logging out and back in.
- Windows that that were open the last time you logged out prior to using "Apply to enclosed items…" will continue to re-open every time you log in (even if different windows were open the last time).
- Windows that were open the last time an application was quit prior to using "Apply to enclosed items…" will continue to re-open every time that application is opened.
- An admin user must enter their password to move or trash any files that were present in the home folder when "Apply to enclosed items…" was used.
- When saving a file that was created prior to using "Apply to enclosed items…", you may get a message indicating that the file is locked or you don't have permissions to save it.
- Preview, TextEdit, or other sandboxed applications may unexpectedly quit when opened.
- Slow system performance, or an alert stating "Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory"; Activity Monitor shows Safari or SafariDAVClient using a large amount of system resources.
- iPhoto: Imported photos not shown when iPhoto is re-opened, but they are in the iPhoto Library package.
- iPhoto: Library updates repeat when iPhoto is re-opened.
- iPhoto: Library selection is not retained when iPhoto is re-opened.
- iTunes: Sync issues.
- After upgrading to Mountain Lion, Mail unexpectedly quits.
- Run Software Update and install all updates (including the OS X Lion v10.7.4 Update, or later) until it reports "Your Software is Up To Date".
- Open the Get Info inspector for the account's Home folder:
- In Finder, select Go > Home or press Shift Command H (⇧⌘H).
- In Finder, select File > Get Info or press Command I (⌘I).
- If needed, click the disclosure triangle to expand the "Sharing & Permissions:" section of the Get Info window.
- If needed, click the padlock icon in the lower right corner of the Get Info window.
- When prompted, enter an admin user name and password, then click OK.
- From the Action menu () at the bottom of the Get Info window, choose "Apply to enclosed items…"
- Click OK in the confirmation sheet.
- Wait for the process to complete.
Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Sep 19, 2012