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Mac 10.4.11 desktop icons deleted

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This has been edited so please read thru all of it.

I've been in a hurry and not watched what was going on. I believe I was using Safari. I'm not aware that I changed any preferences or anything but suddenly I noticed I would get a download window showing something with Desktop - I think when I opened something within a site maybe? Anyway, I didn't know what was going on so I ignored the download window. Later I noticed a bunch of empty icons (meaning they weren't a folder or other recogized icon, just kind of hollow looking) sitting in a folder where they'd never been before - a folder I created over a year ago for my works in progress. I grabbed all those desktop named icons (I assumed they were things downloaded to the desktop), put them in trash and deleted it. When I later closed all the open folders I discovered my desktop to be clean - no icons save the hard drive. All the shortcuts, and other items saved to the desktop were gone. 

Is there anyway I can recover those items?

I want to recover Desktop folders that were moved to Trash, then the Trash was emptied. The computer has not been restarted.

Did I read that I can select Restart then press the Off button before it restarts and my Desktop folders and icons that were removed will reappear?

Much thanks,


Edited by bamakodaker, 15 September 2009 - 08:35 PM.

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