I have a 13" early 2014 MacBook Air which had been running El Capitan for some time now. Yesterday I successfully upgraded to High Sierra (10.13.3), but since then a problem keeps occuring:
All "Favorites" and some "Devices" have the generic file icon (looking like a sheet of paper with a dog-ear). When clicked, the system thinks for a few seconds (rotating beach ball) and then displays an error, e.g.:
"Documents" can't be opened because the original item can't be found.
As you can see, this happens to custom as well as to system Favorites.
So, my question is: How can I restore Finder's full functionality?
What I've tried so far:
- Turning it off and on again
- Force-quitting Finder
- Trying to delete the not-working Favorites (beach ball, error from above, Favorite still there)
- Trying to change Finders side bar's preferences (Initially: No Favorites' boxes are checked, if checked by me, they become unchecked again after a few seconds. Now: Trying to access the side bar ridget of Finder's preferences invokes the beach ball until I close the menue.)
- Trying to delete
~/Library/Preferences/restarting imidiately afterwars (result: Looks to be working for a few seconds after restart, then back to old problem. However, my custom fevorites are gone, only the default ones remain.)
Some additional information:
- It is possible, to access the directories manually. They do exist and have not moved (as far as their path is concerned).
- The user name did not change.
- "Go To" works fine.