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Archived - Mac OS 9: Files Saved in Mac OS X Aren't on Desktop

Files saved or placed on the desktop in Mac OS X do not appear there when you start up with Mac OS 9. This article tells where files saved or placed on the desktop in Mac OS X are stored.
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Symptom

Files saved or placed on the desktop in Mac OS X do not appear there when you start up the computer with Mac OS 9.


Solution

Files you save or place on the desktop in Mac OS X are stored in your Mac OS X Desktop folder. You can access files in your Desktop folder by navigating to it in Mac OS 9. Each user you define in Mac OS X has a separate Desktop folder, and the contents are never shared between users. The path to a user's Desktop folder begins with the Mac OS X startup disk, as listed below and illustrated in Figure 1:

<Mac OS X startup volume>
   Users
      <user name>
         Desktop



Figure 1 Location of Mac OS X Desktop folder for the user named witherow

Last Modified: Feb 17, 2012
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