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Finder labels

by sef6 / November 19, 2010 11:35 PM PST

For the past 3 days, any file I download gets assigned a Finder label which I didn't specify. I don't use this feature of the OS. It's annoying to have the label "blue" assigned, which I then have to manually remove. I'm asking for help in stopping this little trick, and how did this start in the first place? Mac OS 10.6.5, iMac i5. Thanks for any help.

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Correction
by sef6 / November 20, 2010 10:04 PM PST
In reply to: Finder labels

This label alteration does not occur only with downloaded files. Any file I add to the Desktop gets changed to the "blue" label. I have been able to use QuicKeys to monitor file additions and change the label back, but I'm bothered by why I have to do this, that what prankster code I've had slip through. This does not happen if a new file is added to any other folder already on the Desktop or anywhere else.

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I don't think you have had any "Prankster" code
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 20, 2010 11:07 PM PST
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slipped in there.
More likely to be a conflict between some third party software and the OS or some setting that has accidentally been changed.

Try deleting the Finder preferences.

You will find them in your Home folder > Library > Preferences > com.apple.finder.plist

Drag it onto the desktop and restart.

A new preference file will be created, it will be a default one, which will enable you to see if the problem went away.

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You're right
by sef6 / November 21, 2010 5:58 AM PST

You beat me by 20 minutes in posting the fix. Deleting the file Home / Library / Preferences / com.apple.finder.plist and restarting fixed it right up. I'd love to know the little hiccups that make these settings change.
Thanks for your input. Deleting that file can solve a myriad of Finder isues.

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Glad you're back on track.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 21, 2010 7:20 AM PST
In reply to: You're right

Preferences can become corrupt, for whatever reason, and deleting them can work wonders

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