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

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341kb “Icon” file in my Google Drive folders?

I'm not sure whether to ask this here or on another Stack Exchange site. See this screen capture: This seems to be consistent on most if not all of my Google Drive folders as seen in Finder. Also ...
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Add item to Finder toolbar with terminal?

You can cmd-drag an item to the Finder toolbar to have it there permanently, but is there a way you do this in the Terminal? The closest I've found is this old thread: ...
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All of my photos from iPhoto have disappeared!

I come back home and go to iPhotos to print out a picture and there is nothing there except a big blank screen and in the top corner it says "Which photo library do you want iPhoto to use? To open, ...
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Mount SFTP To Finder [on hold]

I am trying to mount my SFTP server to Finder, I have tried Transmit but it has a trial period and I'm looking for a permanent free solution
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Search for .bashrc or other dotfiles in Finder

When I search for files in my home folder that have a filename equal to ".bash_history", I don't get any results, even though that file is there. How can I search for dotfiles in Finder? (I know how ...
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Get full file path on shared network drive when mounted volume includes subfolder

We have a shared samba file server with paths like smb://server/folder1/folder2/file.txt It is common for people to "connect to server" directly to smb://server/folder1/folder2 This mounts a ...
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Run Applescript when Finder's 'Open new tab' or 'Open new window' is executed

I would like to run an Applescript when I either open a new or additional Finder window or when I open a new tab. Perhaps with Automator? How would I achieve this? FYI, El Capitan has a Finder ...
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Files Deleted After Accidental Time Machine Restore

I keep all my important schoolwork in different folders on my desktop, and i accidentally entered Time Machine while i was in Finder. Following this, three of my six folders disappeared (they are not ...
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Speech Bubbles cut off and other strange behaviours

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 13" late'13 and figured out some strange behavior lately. In the messenger.app when i post my message the speech-bubbles get cut off and when i scroll they get displayed ...
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Automator/AppleScript: Sync 3 folders when an item is added to one

Background I'm fairly new to the Automator/AppleScript tools. There are 3 folders on the Mac and external hard drives that should sync when a file is added to one. So, for example, when I add a ...
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Why is this folder 4.2mb? It only has a handful of relatively small text files in it!

I have a WordPress plugin which was originally 26kb zipped (79kb uncompressed). I installed it, then made some live changes, then downloaded it and found that the plugin folder is showing 4.2MB in ...
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Dialog I cannot get rid of

The steps here were simple, but unexpected: download a file in finder, rename the file using Keyboard: Press Enter to start rename Start typing a new name (but not pressing Enter again) Try to ...
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Why can't I see my photos in finder?

When I search for photos in finder I can see just Photo Booth's photos: But I have a lof of pictures in Photos app, why can't I see them? Update The option "use as system photo library" (in ...
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How can I check file type in a Smart Folder?

I'm creating a smart search to find all SQLite files, but I'm running into a problem. Sometimes the file extension ".db" is used for SQLite, but that file extension is used for other things as well, ...
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Mac open file dialog - “search” function - does not show all matching files

When considering the contents of the /shared directory - and specifically the files whose names begin with driversLicense: 16:12:48/shared $ll driversLicense.* -rwxrwxrwx@ 1 steve staff 567710 ...
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My SD card is not showing up in Finder

I have a SD card that I put into my MacBook Pro. It then showed up in finder. I wanted to access it and I accidentally dragged the mounted card and now it's gone from Finder. Taking out the card and ...
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Applescript: Duplicate selection (folder) to desktop and moving the folder to a different location

First of, i'm an applescript noob;-) What I'm asking for is simple but nearly impossible for me to execute. See the script below. tell application "Finder" set selected_items to selection ...
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Change information of music files

I tried to change the information (cover, album, artist, etc.) of some songs, just double clicking on "information" of any file. I can't change any of them in this way, even if I enter like admin; the ...
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Setting to stop opening a new instance of an already open application?

On my iMac this works perfectly. I have application open, I open a file extension handled by that application and it will open in the already open application. Just got a new Macbook Pro and each time ...
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Permanent solution to slow open/save dialog?

I've experienced the fairly common slow open and save dialog box issue that seemed to come about with Mavericks and stick right through Yosemite. The following solution has worked temporarily for me: ...
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How does Finder decide if a file should be hidden?

There are quite a few files/direcotries under /. But Finder only shows 'System', 'Library', 'Users' and 'Applications'. I create a directory called /mnt, and Finder shows it. Why? What is the ...
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How to customize open with menu in Yosemite?

I want to customize the right click/"open with" menu for some file extensions like jpg, in order to see just the 4 apps i want to use with this file type. Google suggests me to edit the info.plist ...
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How can Finder empty Trash more quickly than “rm -rf /Volumes/Foo/.Trashes/501/*”?

The "Trash" of a 16-GB usb2 flash drive had 3.4-GB of data. I emptied it as such: $ cd /Volumes/FooDrive/.Trashes/501 $ rm -rf * This took over 5-seconds. That seemed pretty long. So, as a ...
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Unable to delete file from Downloads folder

I have a file (4alJRTP_.gif.part) in my downloads folder that won't seem to delete. Every time I drag it to the trash, nothing shows up in the trash and the file icon remains in the downloads ...
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Quick Look stopped showing .tex documents

I asked the following question on the TeX forum and was told to ask on an Apple forum instead: I often use Mac OS's Quick Look (pressing the spacebar while a file is highlighted in Finder) to preview ...
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How do I get the location of a locked file in Preview?

I used to be able to Right-click or Command-click the name of the file in the title bar and see the path, whether the file was locked or not. Now when I open an attachment from Outlook (yes, I know ...
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In non-native applications, in the Open File dialog, I can see hidden files but I can't select them

I have a problem with some non-native mac software (Perforce Diff and Kdiff3). When I use the Open File Dialog, I can see the hidden files, but I can not select them or interact with them at all. ...
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Is there a way to access the “Recent Items” list from the terminal?

The Apple menu "Recent Items" entry is handy, but at times I would like to be able to access it via command line, e.g. to change to a directory I was just working in with a GUI app. Is there a way to ...
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Convenient way of maintaining differential backup of a large file

I'm interested in maintaining differential backup of a file (~2GB). I have Time Machine set up to cover the whole system but in case of this particular file, I would like to have a convenient backup ...
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No dialog box copying to shared folder

There is no dialog box when copying a folder to a remote shared folder. The only information I have is a greyed out folder in the remote folder. This means that it is impossible to cancel copying. ...
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AFP share enumeration stalls out

My Mac (running 10.9.4) goes through spells where it has trouble bringing up the list of AFP shares available on my Linux server (running netatalk) over Wi-Fi, when I open the Network folder in the ...
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How to resolve: files which are visible in Terminal, but invisible in the Finder?

In Yosemite v10.10.3, I am trying to reinstall Skype, as it does not sign-in at all, following this link. In order to do so, I need to move some files and folders to trash as to totally uninstall ...
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Application not running, but dock thinks it is, so i can't quit/open it

This has happened to multiple applications so far, i'm not sure what causes it, but it seems to happen after force quitting (sometimes). First, you force quit it, and it does, but the dock shows that ...
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OSX: How to compare and merge two folders and their subfolders and differing files of the same origin

I'm among those unlucky few (I'm hoping there are more than one) that are stuck with truly utterly messy backups from multiple machines, in multiple folders. I've now managed to figure out that I've ...
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Folder created in Photoshop not showing up in finder

This is really crazy issue i'm experiencing here: I downloaded the newest Photoshop CC 2015 and started working with it to crop some images for a client. After that, i've saved all the images for the ...
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Finder copies files in two steps and does it as a transaction

I need to organize thousands of files between different locations and there is an unpleasant issue with file copying from a local computer to a NAS. The problem is that Finder copies large bunch of ...
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Synology NAS - automatic mount in finder and permanent connection

I've recently buy Synology DS215j and for almost everything it works fine. But I have two problems with this and Mac OS X. First I must always first mount this NAS server in finder before using. ...
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Finder freezes after updating to OS X 10.10.4

The Finder is unresponsive after booting ever since I've updated to OS X 10.10.4. It takes a couple of minutes until it is ready. What can I do about it?
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Upgraded to 10.10.4 (from 10.8.5), now JNLPs don't open in finder?

I've finally upgraded from 10.8.5 to 10.10.4. But now double clicking on a JNLP file in finder no longer downloads and runs the (in the JNLP file defined) jars but takes me to the Oracle Java download ...
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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 ...