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I don't how this happend, but I feel like my machine is experiencing a Being John Malkovich syndrome.

There is a folder on my Desktop called Desktop which contains all the other folders on my Desktop. I want to get rid of this folder, but not the contents of my desktop.

Any advice?

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Open the folder. Select All. Copy. Click on the Desktop. Paste. Delete the folder.

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Select then Drag is probably easier and less error prone. – user588 Sep 27 '11 at 18:59
I miss targets too often when dragging. Particular with the three-finger drag gesture on my MacBook Air. But to each his own... – Daniel Sep 27 '11 at 19:11
You miss the desktop? you might want to get that checked out :) – user588 Sep 27 '11 at 22:54
Seriously, yes -- sometimes I hit an open window or the Dock instead. – Daniel Sep 28 '11 at 0:21

You may have to check using the Terminal command ls -ld for whether you have a directory containing a soft symlink to itself. If so, you can just delete the symlink.

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