If I go into the Desktop & Screensaver preference pane to change my desktop background.

The result is that my normal desktop has the old picture I wanted to change:


If, however, I go into Mission Control to change to another virtual desktop, both thumbnails show the correct wallpaper.

Mission Control

How can I correct this issue?

  • 2
    Have you attempted to log out of the account and log back in?
    – njboot
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 11:54
  • I have. I does not solve the problem.
    – aszekely
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 16:59

1 Answer 1

  • Open Finder and press the keyboard combination: ShiftCommandG
  • From the "Go To Folder" popup window that appears, enter the following bolded path (just copy and paste it):

~/Library/Application Support/Dock/desktoppicture.db

  • Move the file to your Trash.
  • Log out of the account and log back in.

Explanation: There's no property list for Desktop settings in Mavericks, as there was in previous OSXs. Instead, the Desktop values are stored in the database file mentioned above, which I assumed (correctly, here) was corrupted. Deleting it is non-destructive, as it automatically regenerates once you log out and log back in.

  • 1
    A little explanation of what you're suggesting to do, what that file is and what might have caused the issue would improve your answer :)
    – Thecafremo
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 22:04
  • @Thecafremo sure. see edits. cheers :)
    – njboot
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 22:15

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