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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2 Answers 2


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

  • Select then Drag is probably easier and less error prone.
    – user588
    Sep 27, 2011 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, 2011 at 19:11
  • You miss the desktop? you might want to get that checked out :)
    – user588
    Sep 27, 2011 at 22:54
  • Seriously, yes -- sometimes I hit an open window or the Dock instead.
    – Daniel
    Sep 28, 2011 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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