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Anytime I try to open my Desktop from the finder I get this message: "The folder “Desktop” can’t be opened because you don’t have permission to see its contents."

When I try to open the desktop from a terminal cd ~/desktop, it says permission denied.

It started when an excel document showed up on my desktop that I cannot delete.

Any ideas?
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Right click the Desktop folder in Finder > Get Info > Sharing & Permissions. What does it have listed under that? Does your user have "Read & Write" permissions? If not, change it so you do.

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That works. Thank you. However, I still have a file on the desktop which I cannot delete. Anytime I try to delete it I get a message saying The item “042B9300” can’t be moved to the Trash because it can’t be deleted.
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Check the permissions on the file the same way you did for the Desktop folder. Ensure that you have read & write privileges. Once you do, you should be able to delete it.

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