Rebuild Desktop in OSX

in macOS edited January 2014
How do you rebuild the desktop in OSX? I heard it was different so I wanted to get some more info before I tried it on my system.


  • Reply 1 of 9
    cubedudecubedude Posts: 1,556member
    I don't think you need to rebuild the desktop in OSX, I never have. You can rebuild the Classic desktop in the Classic prefpane of System Preferences.
  • Reply 2 of 9
    You can try <a href=""; target="_blank">Desktop Rebuilder</a>, but according to most people, you don't have to do this.

    I tried it with mixed results-- I had lost some icons, and this brought it back.
  • Reply 3 of 9
    ludwigvanludwigvan Posts: 458member
    I recall seeing this same question fairly often in the Mac newsgroups out on Usenet. Here is <a href=";lr=&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;safe=off&amp;[email protected]&quot; target="_blank">one post</a> among many on this topic discovered with a Google Groups search.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    cool thanks I don't need to rebuild my desktop I just thought i would ask I did a search on and didn't come up with any thing that involved rebuilding the desktop for OSX.
  • Reply 5 of 9
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    AFAIK, there is no such thing as rebuilding the desktop in OS X. It's not related to the old OS 9 DesktopDB.
  • Reply 6 of 9
    there IS a way to rebuild the desktop in Mac OS X... I did a Google search for it and i found how to do it. The site is <a href=""; target="_blank">web page</a>

    give it a try.
  • Reply 7 of 9
    [quote]Originally posted by Proud iBook Owner 2k2:

    <strong>there IS a way to rebuild the desktop in Mac OS X...</strong><hr></blockquote>

    There are no desktop in OS X Finder is just another application.

    However, there are some tools that "rebuild" your computer by prebinding, repairing privileges, defragmenting, etc.

    To prebind, download software called "XOptimize"

    To repair privileges, download software called "Apple Repair Privileges"

    To defragment your hard drive, buy either Norton Utilites or Drive 10

    Both of them can be found at <a href=""; target="_blank"></a>

    [ 08-02-2002: Message edited by: The Betts Boy ]</p>
  • Reply 8 of 9
    mokimoki Posts: 551member
    If you really want to do it, do this:

    rm "~/Library/Preferences/*LS*"

    ...then log out and back in again. But you really shouldn't ever have to do this.
  • Reply 9 of 9
    gfeiergfeier Posts: 127member
    You DO have to make sure your cron tasks get run, though. Check out this link:

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