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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug System 10.5
I recently lost the clickability of my Desktop icons -- a double-click on an icon on my Desktop did nothing. To add to the confusion, double-clicks in windows would work fine, but a double-click on an email in Apple's Mail didn't work.

After spending hours trying to debug the problem, it suddenly occurred to me that I had (hours earlier) set my mouse double-click speed to fastest (in the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel). Since double-clicks in windows worked fine, I hadn't notice this bug until hours later. For some unexplained reason, the Desktop (Finder) and Mail couldn't pick up double-clicks on the "fastest" mouse setting. Pulling the double-click speed back one notch fixed the problem.

[robg adds: I can confirm this problem exists on my MacBook Pro as well.]
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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: kainewynd2 on Dec 27, '07 08:23:44AM

I can't say that I see this on my MBP. I did find that the Desktop and Mail apps seem to be more sensitive than everything else for some reason (WTF?), but with some ninja-like clicking I was able to perform a double-click.



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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: themaxx on Dec 27, '07 09:03:55AM

I've experienced this bug a few times already on my iMac. But changing the mouse settings were not involved in my case. I managed a few times to get the clicking back by some random, crazy clicking spree. But a log off was what got me out of it most of the times.

Combined with that bug, I've also had a strange situation were all windows' toolbars were editable by dragging (like when you are customizing them) buttons around and off.

Rather annoying...



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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: steviet on Dec 27, '07 09:39:57AM

The first bug you described sounds like the Finder crash, if you do a force relaunch of Finder the problem will go away.

I haven't had this happen since the last update though.

Steve



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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: adrianm on Dec 27, '07 12:55:42PM

i get this, but i also can't drag-select items on the desktop either... it's as if the icons are just part of the wallpaper.

a finder restart is required to get selectability back.




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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: maXam_Studio on Dec 27, '07 04:30:01PM

I have 10.5.1 on iMac 24" with Wireless Keyboard & Mouse...
I have had a similar problem, but clicking doesn't work completely in all applications....

Solved: By turning off the mouse and turning it on again I get clickabillity back



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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: vincentdavis on Dec 27, '07 05:48:57PM

I have had this several times on my MBP each time reseting Finder fixes it. A friend had it for the first time today. In nether of these cases have there been any recent changes to mouse settings. I assume it is a bug that is a result of a recent update.



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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: kgantz on Dec 27, '07 06:51:12PM

I get this same bug almost every time I wake my MacBook Pro up from sleep. The one thing that gets me going again, every time, is to simply open the "Displays" Preference Pane. I don't have to change anything, just opening the preference pane lets me start clicking on icons again. I then simply close the preference pane once icon-clicking has been restored.



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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: pkrug on Jan 01, '08 09:26:03PM

I get this problem also - just changing the resolution of the screen to anything else, then back to what it was solves the problem for me. I use the displays menulet.



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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: zygote on Jan 02, '08 10:38:50AM

I've experienced this recently -- as in the past week it just started happening -- but with Tiger (10.4.11) on a month-old MacBook Pro. I usually have to reboot. Though I'll try a log-out/log-in sequence.

Also recently at start-up, it will occasionally stall in a grey screen. I checked the disk (via Target Disk Mode) with Disk Utility.

I thought maybe it was a RAM issue. I've replaced the Apple RAM with 4 gB from Crucial. But, I ran MemTest (http://www.memtestosx.org/) without finding any errors. (I know there is a slight chance that, based on memtest documentation, that there could still be a defect, but I'm not experiencing any classic bad ram behaviours.)

Next step -- for both issues -- is a dose of AppleJack. We'll see.

I agree & suspect this might be related to a recent security update, although that's pure speculation.




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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: zygote on Jan 02, '08 10:40:32AM

PS- Also no recent changes to the mouse prefs.



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10.5: Avoid a non-clickable Desktop icon bug
Authored by: wijgalt on Jan 07, '08 04:57:45PM

I too am having the "Icon's are not clickable" issue. My mouse is working fine, but my desktop files are wither un-selectable until I right click, and choose "clean up" on the desktop. Selecting Finder, Show Options seems to do the trick as well. I'm waiting on the phone now for apple support and I'm hoping I can just share the screen out to them so they can experience it first hand. If I learn anything I'll let you know.

Macbook Pro 17" 2.33 ghz 3gb RAM, Leopard 10.5.1



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