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    Cannot Open Applications

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    Cannot Open Applications
    Shut down iMac Desktop this morning. Started up later this afternoon and after entering password, unable to open any applications either on the dock or the tool bar on top. Battery in keyboard looks good as does usb connection for keyboard.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by jbglapaz; 03-24-2014 at 05:37 PM. Reason: poor spelling

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    Cannot Open Applications
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    I hope you didn't shoot your iMac..

    What version of OS X are you running? Can you open the Applications folder with a CMD+Shift+A and then double-click on any of the apps there to launch them? Do they work there?

    If apps launch OK through that way, then go back to the Applications/Utilities folder and open the Terminal. Now enter "killall Finder" and see if this makes things work..
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    Cannot Open Applications

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    Thank you for you kind response Ashwin,
    OS 10x7

    We tried your suggestions without success. The Genius Bar is not too far away so maybe a trip for the Mac.
    Naw, I'd never want to shoot my Mac!

    Thanks again,

    John

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    Cannot Open Applications
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    Do the keyboard shortcuts open the Finder window?
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    ...Ashwin



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    Cannot Open Applications

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    Thanks to everyone!

    We found that if we disconnected everything, including the power, some sort of master chip was reset and the problem was resolved.

    All this from a trip to our trusty Genius Bar. It seems all is well now. Thanks again Dear Mac Forum brothers and sisters!!

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    Cannot Open Applications
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    This is known as an SMC reset and comes in handy as a trouble shooting tip.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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