Desktop Not Working in Software Stuff Posted February 18, 2009 · Edited February 18, 2009 by car1son Your Desktop is represented by a folder in your user home folder. May I assume you can open an ordinary Finder window ? If so, what happens when you look for the folder named "Desktop" in your home folder? Can you open it from within a Finder window? Are there any files inside it? (Maybe it vanished, or its permissions got messed up.) It would also be interesting to know if a second User account on the same Mac has the same problem. (You can create a second user account using the System Preferences, Accounts prefpane. A second user account is useful to have around for seeing if problems are system-wide or isolated to a user account.