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

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Keep Finder On-Top While Dragging Links From Safari URL Bar

In the previous version of OS X, Mavericks, I used to be able to have a browser window open and a finder window open, I used to then be able to drag a link from the URL into the finder window to drop ...
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iCloud syncing seems to have stopped, can't delete folders

I am using iCloud Drive on my Macbook Pro, and I noticed that even if the iCloud folder has my files, they're not really synced on the cloud. Many files still have the cloud icon next to them: ...
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How add home LaCie NAS to Finder sidebar on work iMac?

I have a LaCie NAS at home which I use as a central place to park all home admin docs, Time Machine back ups etc. I want to be able to access it easily from my work iMac (different LAN) so it appears ...
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How can I copy the URL of a file downloaded by Google Chrome?

As a new Mac user, I'm surprised to see that Chrome doesn't track the list of downloaded files anymore. I can't even see the current download speed in the Finder. I want to copy the URL of a file ...
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Hide a Disk Image from Finder Searches and Finder Searches

I have created an encrypted Disk Image on my mac for my sensitive files. I can't get to the files unless you type a password, but you can search for the files in Spotlight and Finder. I really don't ...
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Importing Finder Folders to Albums in Photos app

I organize all of my photos into folders. I have years of photos organized properly by year_date_event_name. I would like to import the folders directly into the Photos app as Albums named as the ...
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Why can't I see thumbnails in the finder?

Most of the instructions I've found online (this, for example) say all I have to do is select "show icon preview" in the finder view settings. But that doesn't seem to be working. What's the problem ...
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Why isn't Finder updating a folder's contents?

Today I had the strange behavior that I added some files to a folder in Finder (that happens to be in dropbox) from Outlook, but Finder did not show them. I could see them from the Open File dialog ...
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Can I stop mac 10.8 from saving previous open programs/finder windows after power shutdown?

I think what I'm looking for is a .plist file. specifically what I want, is it possible to clear whatever files saves last opened windows that are re-opened on startup that get saved after a shutdown ...
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troubleshooting Finder (and disk access?) speeds — Dropbox extension problems?

I am on Yosemite 10.10.3, though in the public beta program (which now is in sync with releases). I am also in the Dropbox beta, now on 3.5.58, for what it's worth. File access is curiously slow now. ...
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finder is very slow to show files in yosemite 10.10.3

After the update to Yosemite 10.10.3 finder takes a long time to show the files. MacbookPro Core i7 8GB, HD120GB solid, 15G free
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How to stop Finder deleting “Favorites” bar shortcuts that don't open instantly

I work in folders on a shared drive on a mostly-Windows office network. I keep these in the "favourites" bar in Finder for easy access. Most of my working days start like this: I open Finder, and ...
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webdavfs_agent: unexpected statusCode 500

I have set up a WebDAV server running Arch Linux 3.19 and Apache 2.4, according to the Arch Wiki [1] [2]. /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf excerpt: Alias /webdav "/srv/http/webdav" <Directory ...
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Change filename in Preview

I end up with lots of screen shots that look like this: Obviously after a while I do not know what they are. So I open them in Preview to see, and would like now to change the file name to ...
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How to disable moving a window by its edge adjacent to scroll bar?

In Mac OS X Yosemite, I find that the scroll bar is a small target for the mouse, and sometimes when I wish to scroll, I end up moving the whole window by grabbing its edge to the right of the scroll ...
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How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu?

How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu? By default files and folders whose name start with . is invisible. In order to show them, you can use the following command in ...
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Should I reinstall the operating system on Mac Book Pro if I get lots of crashes?

I'm running OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 on my Mac Book Pro Retina 15" early 2013 and find that starting back around Mavericks, my Adobe Acrobat Pro X and now XI crashes frequently. Sometimes with Yosemite, ...
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Open arbitary file from Finder in TextMate

In Finder, I see a file with the ".rel" extension. I'd like top open it in TextMate. I don't see TextMate in the list of choices, and, in fact, can't find it anywhere in the list of applications ...
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Finder Issues, Crashes and Zombie Finder Processes

Finder has shown, for a few weeks now, the following symptoms: About 12 to 24 hours after a restart Finder shows refresh issues. That means that new files are not shown, old files however are still ...
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Connection to shared network server sometimes stuck connecting, needs restart to fix

Sometimes on OS X Yosemite my connection to a shared network server is stick connecting, while the server is available. OS X simply won't connect to it using Finder and the Connect As... button ...
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Finder doesn't show newly created files anymore unless restarted

The title says it (I mean, when a new file is created in an other application). This started happening today, and I think this may be related to an error message which I got the first time in ...
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Open Java .app application bundles with double click on a Mac without Apple's Java 6

In short: On a mac with a clean installation of Yosemite, doubleclicking a compiled Java mac-style .app application bundle fails to launch the app, unless Apple's Java 6 is installed, even if the ...
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How do I find files with no extension in Finder?

I'm trying to find all files that have no extension in a Finder folder. I know how to search by extension and exclude a specific extension but what do I type in the box if I want no extension at all? ...
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How can I add extra groups to Finder's recognised kinds

presently when I attempt to group files in Finder (Yosemite 10.10.3) by kind the created Documents category creates a vast number of files including CSVs DOCX etc: Is it possible to make this ...
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Finder unable to move files. Makes copies only

Since the update from Mavericks to Yosemite I have a very strange and annoying problem. When I move a bunch of files to an external harddisk (drag & drop) the last file of the group is not moved. ...
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Finder. No folder icon after upgrade to 10.10.3

After upgrade there is no folder icon in Finder: Does somebody have problem like this? Could you maybe help me with some advice? PS. Everything is ok with list view option in Finder.
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Bulk merge items sub-folders into new folder

I have a main folder with about 80 folders in, each with about 10 items in. I want to be able to use a Terminal command or something to just move every item from each sub-folder into a new one (i.e ...
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Can't move files to a folder in Finder

Did clean install of Yosemite. In Finder I can't move files to a folder. I must authenticate almost all move operations. After entering password the file is not moved, but copied instead. Apple is not ...
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How to prevent Yosemite's Finder from seeing a folder with a .epub extension as a epub file?

This is a problem new to Yosemite. I have a folder called "com.acme.epub". The Finder sees this as an ePub file and won't let me access it as a folder. I can access it as a directory via the Terminal ...
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When using Finder to copy a specific file, the copy is a zero byte file

Trying to copy a 37GB Quicktime .mov from an external disk using the Finder. The copy should take a few minutes, and show a progress window. But the copy seems to be done immediately (no progress ...
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Folder/File Name “Truncation” or “Wrapping”

I have been trying to find a solution for a very very long time on how to have the longer names of my folders and files to drop down to a 2nd line when viewing in the "Grid" Icon view in the My Finder ...
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Spotlight data size to big

I have have was cleaning up my Macintosh's Hard Drive. I was using Windows 8.1 for that purpose(Bootcamp). I found that the size of spotlight folder was too big(951 MB). Is it normal or I should ...
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Finder keeps crashing even in Yosemite 10.10.3

I have had a lot of crashes by Finder especially when trying to delete a file. At first I thought it may be because of "Quicklook extensions" I installed e.g. to quickly look at markdown file and ...
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How do I unlock a .plist file in /private/var/db/receipts so that I can change it?

I want to edit some com.myApp.plist. I'm running OS 10.10.3, and I do have Xcode installed. But every time I try to edit the file, it's locked and I can't save my changes. If I try to save it with ...
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Is it possible to use `tmutil delete` or another command to prune one file from multiple backups?

I'm having problems clearing our a backup drive. I want to get rid of a couple large files so I can preserve the other incremental backups. I can't use the tmutil delete command on entire backups ...
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How to speed up Finder on Yosemite

I have two MacBook Pros running Yosemite and both have an incredibly slow Finder. Finder was blazingly fast with Mavericks: as soon as I upgraded to Yosemite it became sluggish. When opening a folder, ...
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Remotely Access WD MyCloud EX2 Using Finder

We recently purchased a WD MyCloud EX2 NAS storage drive in my office. On our local network, we're able to use Finder>Go>Connect To Server, mount the drive, and access files simply through finder. ...
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Yosemite Finder Window: See Item count/selection and available size

I’ve just upgraded to Yosemite (10.10.2) and would love to know if anyone can help me figure out how to make my finder window display a line at the bottom letting me know how many files i have in each ...
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Change default view on removable drives

How can I make Finder default to "list view" whenever browsing a removable drive (and it's subfolders)? I need it to remember this preference even after the removable drive has been ejected and then ...
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How to Find/Filter for 24-bit audio files in Finder or iTunes or another software (if needed)? (audio bit depth / sample size)

I have a large iTunes library of lossless music. Some of it is 24-bit, which does not work on iPhones nor with Google Play (most audio is 16-bit, and this metric only applies to lossless formats). I'd ...
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Permission denied problem on just one NTFS folder

I have an old (Maxtor One Touch) 300G drive that years ago I used for backing up files from a Windows PC. It's NTFS. On my (MacBook Pro, Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013, Yosemite 10.10.2) system I can ...
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File Open/Save dialog boxes hang infinitely

Today for the first time I have this issue where any app showing a file browser (load/save) dialog box hangs indefinitely until I kill it. The Finder works just fine however. I can browse everything, ...
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What's the difference between “open with” and “recommended apps”?

Some applications show up in the "Open With..." menu for a given type. But some applications that don't show up in that list still show up in the Recommended Apps list if you choose "Other..." and ...
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File or directory called ~ (tilde) in the root of my startup volume

I just noticed that I've got a mysterious file simply called ~ in the root of my harddrive. I suspect that I've created it by accident while using terminal. I know about using ~ as an alias to ...
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force quit keyboard shortcut not working

While I can choose "force quit" from the Finder, I cannot: Choose Force Quit from the Apple menu, or press Command-Option-Esc (this is similar to pressing Control-Alt-Delete on a PC). ...
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Cannot Customise the Finder Toolbar

The Toolbar on my MacBook Pro running 10.10.2 became corrupted (possibly because of some software I was trying to install). I thought it would be a simple case of Customising the Toolbar, but I can't ...
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Slow Finder - Caused by external disks?

I've been finding Finder slow on my brand new Retina MacBook Pro. I've got two external disks connected to my Mac most of the time. One is a Time Machine backup, the other is a Clone, also for ...
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Making Favorites in Finder collapse according to number of items in it

I know favorites can collapse completely but how possible is it to make a dropdown collapse inside the Favorites itself so that when the items reach about 5, it automatically hides all others with a ...
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How to replace all Finder files with a placeholder file for each

I have lots of files from a database which are to be copied to a new database, but the files for these are corrupt (They are zero-byte in size and contain no data). Rather than the new database ...
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The “Open” and “Save” system dialogs get taller every time I open them

I'm using Mac OS 10.10.2, and I believe this problem only occurs with Mac OS X Yosemite. Here is the dialog box I am talking about: I just pressed Cmd+S on Ask Different to trigger this dialog. ...