The folders that are clearly in ~/Desktop, and used to show up on my actual desktop, don't any longer. The boot drive icon is still there. ls ~/Desktop shows my folders, and if I open one of those in the finder and cmd-click it's name, it shows that the parent is Desktop, so why aren't these folders showing up on the desktop??? This literally just started happening. I haven't changed anything. I do not use iCloud storage -- my iCloud storage is confirmed off for all options. I can still use the files on those folders if I get to them through navigating from the sidebar (because they were left there), but selecting the Desktop in the finder sidebar shows NO FILES?! WTF?! (I'm on Ventura 13.5.1 (22G90))

  • When you open a Finder window, you should see a list of folders under Favorites in the leftmost pane. One of those should be Desktop. If you select that, do you see the files you expect in the window?
    – Linc D.
    Commented Apr 30 at 1:40
  • No, but nb. ls ~/Desktop does show them, and if I open one of the folders directly in the finder and cmd-click the folder name at the top, it show the correct stack with Desktop as its direct parent. (Also, I've logged out/rebooted, obviously.) Commented Apr 30 at 14:53
  • (Clarifying my response: Your description is correct. The "no" is answering your specific question. The Desktop folder is there, and when I select it, it displays an empty list in the main window.) Commented Apr 30 at 16:08
  • Try clearing the bundle bit on the Desktop folder with this command: SetFile -a b Desktop Then relaunch the Finder.
    – Linc D.
    Commented Apr 30 at 17:56
  • Did it. Didn't do anything. However, I noticed that the icon for the Desktop in the finder lefthand shortcut dock has a tiny blue ... thing ... at the bottom that none of the other folders have. (I can't upload a screenshot into a comment but you can see it here: drive.google.com/file/d/1XLlwf0gPdbGvRZoS6sUwLAzgRD1zVYpv) Commented May 1 at 16:14

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Here's solution:

    cd ~/Desktop
    chflags nohidden *    

(You could do less than *, obviously.)

I ran into it here:


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