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Marjonneke Grech
Full Name of Desktop files
on Sep 8, 2009 at 12:49:26 am

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!


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Chuck Reti
Re: Full Name of Desktop files
on Sep 9, 2009 at 11:36:00 pm

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.


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Marjonneke Grech
Re: Full Name of Desktop files
on Sep 10, 2009 at 12:13:54 am

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.

Still looking for the solution to this.


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Alexander Kallas
Re: Full Name of Desktop files
on Sep 11, 2009 at 6:16:19 am

Try trashing the desktop prefs,
home>library>preferences>com.apple.desktop.plist
drag to trash, don't empty, restart.

Cheers
Alexander


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Marjonneke Grech
Re: Full Name of Desktop files
on Sep 11, 2009 at 11:07:45 am

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.



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Alexander Kallas
Re: Full Name of Desktop files
on Sep 12, 2009 at 4:58:26 am

[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.

Cheers
Alexander


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Fred Hare
Re: Full Name of Desktop files
on Sep 12, 2009 at 1:49:09 pm

hi,

Desktop View -> Show View Options -> reset Grid spacing slider to max and all will be OK.

regards Fred


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Marjonneke Grech
Re: Full Name of Desktop files
on Sep 14, 2009 at 2:00:08 am

YES! Thank you sooooo much. Seems so easy when you know, doesn't it? Thanks for your help. Very appreciated. Cheers and thanks again.


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