The files on my desktop now only show 2 letters, an elipse (...) and another 2 letters. Does anyone know how to show the entire file name under the icon? I'm running Leopard on Mac OS-X Macbook Pro. Thank you!
You could try changing the size of the type used to title the icons.
Under main menu, Finder>View>Show View Options (CMD-J). Pulldown menu allows sizing down to 10 pt. I am not aware of a method to allow long names under icons, though there could well be one or more.
Or, open a Finder window, select Desktop Folder and use List or Column view which would display full-length names for all items.
As a last resort, rename the items using abberviations.
Thanks - but unfortunately, changing the size of the font doesn't change the way it displays - with 2 letters on either side of a series of dots. I can see the files in Finder (which is how I have to view them now) but I want to be able to see their names on my desktop.
[Marjonneke Grech]"Great idea - but no... no change. Do you think I should trash the preferences again - and this time empty the trash? I say that because most of my preferences were still intact.
No need to empty trash, on restart new prefs are created. You can control click on the new prefs and color-code them to distinguish them. Repair permissions, trash the pref again and restart.
Next I would suggest you get the utility called Disk Warrior, if this doesn't work, then back up your data, mail etc. and reinstall the OS.