The default file manager used on the Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems.

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Adjust time span in Sort-By Date view

I am sorting most of my finder views arraigned by date modified. An example view of my files is here: What I wonder is: When I am looking at certain files, I would like to have a more granular ...
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Command + f hangs Finder

I just bought a new MacBook Pro running OS X 10.10.3 and then migrated from my old Mavericks MacBook Pro. Now when I search for a file using command+F, Finder hangs/beachballs/becomes unresponsive ...
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Open ipynb files by double clicking: Have custom items

I have been able to work out a method of opening IPython Notebook files (.ipynb) by double clicking on them using a combination of a python script and Automator.app. The python script is ...
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What determines the label displayed in the “Kind” column of an OS X finder window and in search box labeled “Kind”?

What determines the label displayed in the "Kind" column of an OS X finder window and in search box labeled "Kind"? For example, I use LaTeX, and all files with the extension .tex are labeled "LaTeX" ...
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Can I get a folder to behave similarly an Application folder

I would like to have folders behave so that, when a user clicks on them in the finder, or they are opened in general, the result is that a file under said folder gets opened instead - and nothing else ...
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Can't see hidden files with Standard user

I am using my Mac as a Standard user. Running latest OSX 10.10.3 I have used the following command from terminal: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowALLFiles YES But I still can't see my ...
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How does Apple track the origin of a program?

So, I downloaded an Xcode DMG from Apple's website from my main Mac. I copied this DMG to a samba network share. Later, I went on an entirely separate Mac and copied the DMG off the samba network ...
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Altering a hard linked file in one location seems to destroy it in another location

I have a file, myfile.txt, located in folder1. From the terminal I create a hard link to this file in another directory with the command ln myfile.txt ~/Documents/folder2 The new file appears as ...
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How to find artist with only one song in iTunes of Finder?

I'd like to clean up my iTunes lib on Macbook. Is there any way to delete songs of the singer who has only one song in my iTunes lib? (I didn't see the option for this condition in smart playlist.) ...
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How do I disable automatic media (image/movies/music) discovery in finder?

Finder may not be directly responsible for this, but it appears that OSX crawls my filesystem and indexes all of the images, music, movies, and whatnot that it can find everywhere. It is represented ...
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Locked folders/file - chflags :: Network folder relocks/unlocks within seconds

I am connected to network storage using both AFP (on ExtremeZ-IP) or SMB, and the folder or file appears as locked. If I either unlock/lock them, they are re-locked/unlocked within seconds. Same with ...
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AppleScript for Dropbox on External HD

Disclaimer: I don't know much AppleScript, but I am a bit of a programmer, so you can go a little technical on me. I am looking for a solution to the issue of putting Dropbox on an external HD. ...
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I broke PATH in terminal and I can not restore it

in .bash_profile I accidentally set the path to: PATH="~/Tools/apache-maven-3.3.3/bin" and now the default path is gone. Nothing in Terminal works anymore: Korays-MacBook-Pro:~ koraytugay$ ls ...
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Mac equivalent of PC 'minimise all' then open a single folder?

I save a lot of things on desktop. Often I have lot of applications and windows open and I want to simply minimise all and then drag a newly saved file from the desktop into a folder. On PC it's ...
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iPhoto library was deleted, had me create a new library. Went into Finder & don't have the “Masters” folder. Where are my original photos?

I did a little research, & I found numerous websites directing me to go to iPhoto on Finder, right click, & click on "Show Package Contents". When I click on it, I am directed to a folder that ...
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Accessibility Menu items no longer selectable under OS X Yosemite?

If I'm not mistaken, in earlier editions of OS X, the menu items pictured below could be selected to turn them on or off. Apparently, that's changed in Yosemite. Is there a way to turn on each ...
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Missing Mail.app in Finder, but exists in /Applications folder

I've not ever wanted to use the Mail app on my Mavericks machine, but recently I decided I'd give it a shot. However when I went to Applications in Finder, I couldn't see it. Nor was it in ...
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Send file:// links to team members through browser, have them open in Finder

Scenario: A 10 person creative team works on PSD and InDesign files. The files are on a local server on the office. The people are in the office, too, and access the server through the Finder. They ...
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What would cause normal files to be hidden from the Finder but not the terminal?

I exported a set of photos from my wife's computer to mine over a WiFi share. I opened the directory in Finder and it said that there were 0 files. I know I've seen the Finder lag before on ...
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Is there a way to bring back search the web for spotlight?

Spotlight use to be my one stop shop for typing anything that I needed information about. When it would fail, the result saying "search in web" would come up and that was a really nice fallback when ...
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Finder no longer keep tabs after restart in Yosemite

My preference is working with one Finder window with multiple tabs. So previously the Finder could memorize the tabs and reopen them both after I close/reopen the window and after I restart the ...
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Copy a folder(and its internal structure), but only include specific files

I have a folder(with subfolders and further subfolders) that the final folder has many different file types. These file types include images(.png/.jpeg), videos(.mov), and text files(.txt). But I ...
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Cannot create home folders on the server for network accounts

I have a problem with creating home folders on the server for network accounts. The goal is to share the same files on multiple devices. A quick overview of what I do: I go to the Server.app. I ...
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Make tab auto-complete for goto folder (shift-cmd-G ) in finder work like command line?

If you use tab completion at the command line it's smart to recognize when two files have similar names. ie. if there are two folder, /foobar and /foobaz in a folder tab will autocomplete to /fooba ...
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How can I make volumes that I mount be opened in the current Finder tab instead of in a brand new window?

For example, if I mount a downloaded disk image, it opens in a new Finder window, with the toolbar missing (and therefore with the status bar at the top instead of at the bottom and with the tab bar ...
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Don't have Time Machine back up a file again if a Tag is added to it

If I have a large file, let's say a 1 GB ISO file, and I add a tag to it through the Finder, so that there's a blue circle next to the filename now, then Time Machine will consider that the file has ...
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Eject button in Finder does not work

Every now and then (it seems to me especially after TM backups, but that is about the only reason I plug them in), I am unable to eject and external hard drive by clicking the eject button in Finder ...
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Cannot make a drive show up on my Desktop

I have a G-RAID running Mavericks. I've got this problem where the G-RAID doesn't show up on the Desktop or in the sidebar of Finder while all other hard drives do show up in these places. When I run ...
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Why is OS X giving me a warning about installing apps when I try to open an XML file with Webstorm?

I've extracted some XML files from an email attachment. I would like to open them in Webstorm instead of Xcode. But when I try to use the "Open With -> Other" and pick Webstorm, I get a message about ...
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Help modifying an Automator script for ditto

I posted this question over on SuperUser but this may be a more appropriate forum. In OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 and on Yosemite OS X 10.10.3 I'm using an Automator Service and an AppleScript combo that is ...
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Can I tell Finder to show a Folder path when accessing the Folder from Favorites?

I guess the title says pretty much it all. I've added a folder I do most of my work in to Favorites in Finder. Sometimes however I need to back up in the folder structure to access a folder higher in ...
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Is my unsaved Quicktime player movie recording still on the hard drive somewhere?

I recorded a movie (File > New Movie Recording) using Quicktime Player and when I stopped I accidentally clicked "Don't Save" instead of "Save". Is that recorded content still on the hard drive ...
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The file type's icon in Finder doesn't change when I change the default application for the file type

The file type's icon in Finder doesn't change when I change the default application for the file type by right clicking on a file (a .params -file in this case) -> Get Info -> Open With -> Other -> ...
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What are all these extra hidden files (with hash digests) that I can only see when running “ls”?

Since upgrading to Yosemite, there seems to be an extra class of hidden files that are 'more hidden'. They are visible when I run ls, but not in my Finder (even though regular hidden files are visible ...
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Copy Date Modified from Finder into Google Docs Spreadsheet

I'm on a Mac, looking at a list of files in Finder. I can copy the filename into a Google Spreadsheet by selecting all, copying, and pasting directly into the spreadsheet. The next column over in ...
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How to make Open / Save dialogues stay in same folder in OS X?

OS X's open and save dialogues have a very detailed way of remembering (or forgetting, depends on how you see it) the directory you're working in. I have the impression it is saved individually for ...
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“Plain Text Document” has changed to “text”, “Rich Text Document” to “rich text (RTF)”, etc

Sometime recently some file type names have changed — not the file associations or default application, but the name of the file type itself. "Plain Text Document" has changed to "text", "Rich Text ...
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How can I programatically remove folder from Finder's Favorites?

I installed one app which adds special folder to my Favorites sidebar in Finder. I like the app, but I don't like polluting the sidebar. Unfortunately, the app doesn't allow me to turn off the ...
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Ghost folders in /Volumes

I've had a problem today where when I plug my external HDD in, it creates a ghost folder in /Volumes with the same name, causing my hard drive to change it's path to /Volumes/HDD 1. This is messing ...
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Folder disappear from NAS only in Finder

I'm using a Lenovo ix4-300d has my backup system for my archives and it work pretty well. The only downside right now (and it's not even them fault) is that some folder has disappeared from my Finder ...
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How to zip from terminal without creating folder structure of path to folder?

It is possible to zip a target folder with encryption by the terminal command zip -er ~/Desktop/myzippedfolder.zip ~/Documents/myfolder/ However, the contents of myzippedfolder will be a folder ...
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How can I see the list of all open folders in the finder in the Open/Save dialog?

Commonly, in the Open/Save dialog I would like to get the list of all the folders that are open in the finder (as these are the ones that I'm using at the moment). I tried to define a smart folder ...
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Spring loaded folder settings missing in Yosemite

My spring loaded folder settings are missing from the Finder prefs in Yosemite. What might be the cause of this and how do I get all my options back? FYI, I do have XtraFinder 0.25.4 installed but ...
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How to display exact modified date/time in finder?

I want to display the exact modified date/time in Finder. How can I do this? As you may know, it's displaying things like like "yesterday" or "today" or just a date. I want to see the time component ...
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Add favorite folder shortcut in Mac OSX top menu?

I remember in the old days, I was able to do a single click on the dropbox icon on the top menu (OSX) and able to jump into the folder directly. Now, I need to click on the dropbox icon first, and ...
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How to access content from hidden $Recycle.Bin Windows Recycle Bin from exFat drive in OS X

I have transferred an exFat drive to a standard Mac OS X Journaled drive. The drive I transferred over was connected to both Macs and PCs, I'd like to get at the Recycle Bin folder's contents ...
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How to enable the sidebar in finder?

All out of a sudden, the sidebar in "Finder" is gone. The weird thing is that the "Show Sidebar" entry of the View menu is disabled/grayed out, so the sidebar can't be enabled again. Do you have any ...
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53 GB in iLifeAssetManagement folder but only 5 GB in Photo Stream

I've got a 128 GB 11″ MacBook Air running Yosemite which I use for travelling and managing photos while on the move. With only 128 GB I try to manage the disk space carefully. But now I find there is ...
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Add arbitary extension to QuickLook text preview

I was trying to restore a .conf file from Time Machine and QuickLook does not display the file as text. A bit of digging, and I came up with this answer QuickLook Uniform Type Identifier How can I ...
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How to stop finder copying files to a second hard disk

Is there any way to to tell Finder to default to moving rather than copying files from my main system disk to another disk? My main system disk is too small and I have a secondary 'main' disk which I ...