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

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Using “open” command in OS X Terminal / Finder split view

When I use Terminal + Finder in Split View mode I would really like to use open . command to open folder in the same Finder window. But instead - new window is opened. I also tried open . -g - no ...
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“Where is FinderSyncAPIExtension?” (Google Drive)

For the last week or so I have been periodically getting this dialog popping up, shown below. It would seem from googling around that this is related to Google Drive. I have tried the recommendations ...
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Finder's incorrect PDF Filesize

A few PDF files are showing with the incorrect filesize and I was wondering if there is any way to fix this. E.g. opening a PDF file's properties is showing that the file is 394 KB, if I attach the ...
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Empty favorites sidebar of third-party applications

From my update to El Capitan (now at 10.11.3), I've some difficulties with sidebars. My Finder's sidebar working very well and can be very complete : But third-party applications (like Preview, ...
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Finder: Spotlight shortcut and command+tab switching apps stopped working

Both these functions stopped around the same time. El Capitan, but I think these worked after the upgrade and now don't. Both functions work in other apps. Just not in Finder. Repaired permissions on ...
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If I symlink an iCloud folder to my OS X drive, will the files only be accessible while I'm online?

I was thinking of moving my documents folder to iCloud then just creating a symlink to them on my computer (is this a bad idea in the first place, is there a more elegant solution?) However I would ...
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How to copy-paste in Finder when there's no right-click space?

I'd be very surprised if this doesn't trouble anyone else. Sometimes I want to paste a copied file in a Finder window, but there is just no "empty" space for me to right-click on and hit 'Paste ...
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Mac backup disc stopping to list/show backups

Since changing to El Capitan, my backup disk often stops showing the complete recent list of backups. Finder will list the last backup in the second folder (named as my computer is, just under the ...
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How to change default file browser in OSX El Capitan?

I know Path Finder manages to declare tiself as the default file browser but how would I go about it if (say) I wanted to use Forklift or muCommander or ProCommander instead of Finder? There's another ...
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How can I make Finder display correct 'today' date?

'All my files' shows 'today' as three days ago - even though I've done all kinds of work since then. Any fixes?
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Strange files named “/xEy4O” keep appearing

I'm running OSX 10.11.3 and I keep finding files named /xEy4O all over my file system. I've opened them in a text editor and they are completely empty. So they appear to be a marker file of some sort. ...
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How do I create a .tgz from Finder using Archive Utility?

How do I create a .tgz from Finder using Archive Utility? That is, I'd like to right-click on a directory and tar and zip it. Yes I know how to work with tar from the shell: tar zcvf ../foo.tgz . ...
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Why does Finder slow down and start beach balling after heavy use?

I am experiencing the following issue in Finder on OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. After working for sometime heavily on it, usually about 10-15 minutes, navigating in directories, moving/copying renaming ...
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Bookmarks in Mac OS X top bar launched by an application?

I’m trying to find the best way to organize my workflow (I’m a web developer). The idea is to have a Projects dropdown menu in the Mac OS X top bar, with a list of folders (my projects). I’m using ...
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Move folder to finder favorite bar not possible - bug in OSX

Just in case someone runs into the same problem and is banging his had on the wall as there seems no solution ... OS X 10.11.3 still contains a bug where it sometimes is not possible to add a folder ...
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Finding Music folder after updating with OS X EI Capitan

We are having trouble locating iTunes music folder. Prior to updating with OS X EI Capitan, we could easily find the music folder in the Finder sidebar, but now we don't know how to get it back with ...
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How do I fix Finder so that in File/Open dialog boxes my Favorites appear to the left sidebar. [duplicate]

This only happens when opening files in any program or web browser. In the main Finder window all of my favorites appear but not anywhere else.
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App is greyed out

What does it mean when an app is greyed out like this? It is not compatibility with OS X version because this grey thing just happened suddenly and I used to run this app a short time ago and I ...
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NFS on El Capitan: In rwxrwx— directory, Finder can't delete but Terminal can, and both can create

I have an NFS drive mounted: /../Volumes/PDISK2 -fstype=nfs,nolockd,rw nfs://10.0.0.11/Volumes/PDISK2 /../Volumes/PDISK3 -fstype=nfs,nolockd,rw nfs://10.0.0.11/Volumes/PDISK3 Taking ...
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Terminal Command into Applescript

I have the following terminal command that I want to automate using applescript. I also would like to have a command to cd directories to the folder where I want to apply the command first. After cd ...
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Data recovery/overwritten files?

I was troubleshooting how to install boost and came across a thread on stackoverflow that seemed to be about vaguely the same thing. I ran the terminal commands written in the thread, and realized ...
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MacBook gives wrong date to each folders

all folders's date are feb 15, 2015. Even if I changed them today or yesterday or any other day, but its modified date is always remain same as feb 14,2015. Even newly created folder have the ...
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Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files

I have dozens of folders that I need to compress into individual zip files. If I select all of these folders in the Finder and do "Compress [X] Items," I get one zip file containing all of the ...
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Setting Default Folder Settings using defaults write

I am trying to set the default settings for every folder to be Arranged By: Name and Sort By: Kind using defaults write. I know that there are these options; defaults write com.apple.Finder ...
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How to have programs maintain their front-to-back ordering when Command-Tabbing away and back?

So if I'm in Chrome, and have 2 windows open, and have window A in focus, and then I Control-Tab to my Terminal window, do some stuff, and Control-Tab back, the WRONG Chrome Window is on top. My ...
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How to open an opened file in Finder

Is there a way to open an opened file in Finder? E.g. I have an open txt file, working with it and want to quickly open it in Finder. Maybe shortcut or any automator script.
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Display of downloaded files with the Dock icon

Using a Mac, with the downloads folder placed on the Dock, the downloaded files were displayed in a linear curved stack (when clicked) with the last downloaded files on the bottom and earlier ...
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how can I search for folders ending in certain characters in Finder?

Executing a Finder search for folders seems limited to searching for folder names beginning with the search term. I can't search for folder names only using a characters in the middle or end. I'm ...
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10.11.2: QuickLook and thumbnails crashing finder

I have a strange problem: Finder crashes ("not responding") after performing one of these: pressing space on a file that can be previewed with QuickLook, e.g. a sound file or an image simply ...
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OS X wont show desktop

I have upgraded to El Capitan, but I was having this problem for a while, where the desktop background doesn’t display. The folders have white letters, and the background is white, and this makes ...
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Is it impossible to delete/move a file named “␀” on mac?

When I try to move, rename, or delete a file named ␀in Finder, I get this error message: The operation can't be completed, because an unexpected error occured (error code -50). With mv, rm or ...
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AppleScript Save As Dialog in Safari Reader Save As PDF

I have an AppleScript to open move a Safari webpage into Reader view and then to Save As a PDF. I would like it to Save As the PDF with default filename, but always in the same specific location. I'm ...
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OS X give focus to a window after showing

I have noticed something that really annoys me. Say I have some applications running and then I select a particular one using Dock. This application appears on the screen but does not receive focus ...
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Browse iCloud Photos in Finder

I have an iPhone and a Mac and I am sharing all my photos on iCloud. If I am on my computer and I want to change my Facebook profile picture to a photo I took on my phone, where do I look? I have ...
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Finder Window when Uploading or Opening Files Missing Items [duplicate]

For some reason, my file window when I am opening a file/folder or uploading something the sidebar is missing a lot of items which makes navigating to my destination a pain. What am I missing? My ...
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Cannot create a dmg file and save it onto a usb flash drive. Error: Unable to create “ ”. (Operation not Permitted)

I currently am trying to create dmg files from folders inside my 128 GB flash drive. I recently re-formatted it into the exFAT format. The folders I am trying to convert into a dmg file are around 15 ...
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Sort folders first, then files [El Capitan]

I am aware there are many posts about this problem, but many are just workarounds for Finder. However I use console more often then Finder because of programming. I am also aware of something like ...
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Show Picture in Photos App

I have a referenced Photos Library (pictures are not copied to the Library File) and sometimes I am browsing my Finder structure and want to view a file (that has already been imported to Photos) in ...
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Show a single hidden folder in Finder

How can I reveal an individual hidden folder, as opposed to showing all hidden folders and files? I'm trying to move folders and files around, but I cannot see one of the folders or it's files in ...
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Using Finder, how can I view /System/Library?

Using Finder, how can I view /System/Library? In fact, I'd really like to do the equivalence of a recursive grep for file names from the root directory using Finder. How can I move around the entire ...
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Hard disk default icons

This is just a curiosity: what's the reason I ended up having two different icons for two external hard drives? In my case in the Finder I have: The information panels for these two are: On ...
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How Do I Reset the Sharing & Permission Setting on a MacBook?

When you select the "Get Info" option, the mac will bring up a pop-up with the various attributes of the object selected. In the "Sharing & Permissions" section, you can set the access level. ...
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ForkLift with Alfred and Chrome

I'm using ForkLift. I wanted to set it as the default file viewer, so I followed these instructions. Unfortunately, it did not work, and every time I try to "Show in Finder" (say, from Alfred or ...
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How do I create a browsable index of my External Hard Disks?

I have 7-8 External Hard Disk Drives. I would like to be able to know the content of each of the drives (files and folders) without having to connect them to my system (cumbersome). Is there and ...
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How to have Finder display file Size in fixed units such as MB or KB?

The default behavior of Finder will show file Size in bytes, KB, MB, GB depending on the file size. Is there a way to have Finder display the file Size in a fixed unit such as MB or KB? (This makes ...
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Folder cannot be deleted from the Launchpad and is not displayed in Finder

I have installed a wrong version of Anaconda from python 2.7 on OS X 10.11.1 and to remove it, I deleted its files from the Finder. Now Launchpad is confused and the Anaconda folder is still there, ...
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MacBook Pro, Yosemite: change Finder shortcuts

I want to reassign Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ F to a custom command, but Finder reserves it to open 'All My Files'. I have looked around Preferences-Keyboard-Shortcuts, but the Finder shortcuts do not seem ...
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Grey folder in iCloud Drive

I have a grey folder on my Mac in the iCloud Drive Directory which I can't access. If I go to the iCloud Drive Website I see the folder and can easily navigate in it. Does anyone know a solution on ...
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Services shortcut not working properly

So I have set ctrl+T to open the folder I have selected in Terminal. But usually it doesn't work and nothing happens entering the shortcut. When I go Finder->Services and then don't press anything ...
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How to find offending Finder Extension?

I'm constantly (about every half second) getting this error on my MacBook Pro's console flooding my system log... I've tried to kill all processes in hopes to find the offender, but no luck so far. ...