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

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Shift focus to another finder window with mouse (el Capitan)

For years, and many Mac OS's, I had been able to shift focus to a partially hidden finder window by clicking ANYWHERE on the target window. In el Capitan, I must click on the title bar or sidebar to ...
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Preview custom files types in Finder

I would like to preview my experimental data stored as text files with specific extension in Finder. I mean I would like to see the experimental curve in Finder. Is it possible to do this by scripting ...
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Force finder to “refresh” an icon

Sometimes, newly-copied apps (though a bash script) end up retaining the "circle with strike-through" on top of their icon, even after running them. Restarting the system fixes this issue. Is there ...
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Duplicate libraries iphoto/photos issues. Why Finder miscalculates the free space available?

As I upgraded to Yosemite, Photos appeared as the suggested picture handling app. I decided to stay with iPhoto for many reasons, mainly events and overall look. I noticed that the picture library ...
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Will items that are supposed to download to a folder that has been changed to a symbolic link download to where the symbolic link is linked to?

I'm trying to put the downloaded content for Logic Pro X on an external hard drive. I created the appropriate folders on my external and put corresponding symbolic links in the appropriate ...
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Send server links through Mail

I would like to send links to other Mac users (who are connected to the same server) so that they can click and open the link in the Finder. The afp or smb methods explained here Send file:// links ...
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How to rm /Volumes/Free when it is really free?

Short problem background OS X version 10.10.5, running on an iMac with no problem (uptime = 101 days). I had an USB key, named "Free" mounted on /Volumes/Free. I wrote successfully a file on it, and ...
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Completely disable QuickLookSatellite

Is there a way to completely disable QuickLookSatellite on El Capitan? I have already disabled previews from the Finder but I keep getting the Console filled with errors like this: 21/07/16 15:53:18,...
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How to reset file icons associated with default program on El Capitan

I've uninstalled my former default text editor which I used for many different file formats. Unfortunately the associated icons are not removed automatically. As a result, several file types still use ...
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source for “date added” values in Trash folder

What's the source for the dates of the "Date Added" column when you open a Finder window for the Trash? Contrary to the answer in Is Lion's new "Date Added" field supposed to work in ...
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How to not have thumbnails overlap in Finder?

How can you drag thumnails around in Finder so that they can't overlap other thumbnails. Even when "Snap To Grid" is set, thumbnails just snap on top of other ones. I don't quite know how this would ...
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Macvim window not shown when opening file from Finder

I use Macvim installed from Homebrew by brew install macvim --with-override-system-vim. However, when open files from Finder, Macvim opens, but it won't show any window. This has been a long time ...
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alias can't be opened

This is about a MacBook running on 10.10.5 whose disk has recently been repaired (to try to solve the present issue) using Disk Utility. I created an alias as follows: $ cd ~/Desktop $ ls -ld drwx----...
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open folder with one click

Is it possible to open folders with just one click in Mac OS 10.11? Renaming could be done using context menu with right click then.
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Locked file is stuck in trash

I have a file in my Trash. The filename is 'codedesign' and it is a Unix executable file. This file ended up there in the process of me trying to fix a corrupted patch installer. The original ...
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Go2shell don't work with zsh

I recently switched to zsh from bash, and Go2Shell don't work with zsh. When I click the Go2Shell icon from Finder, the iTerm window opened but the directory is the last dir in iTerm instead of the ...
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storage available displays conflicting numbers

It shows that I have 93/120 GB free, but also shows that I have 64GB of apps, and the bar is at around the halfway point instead of roughly 1/6 (93/120 is about 5/6 free) Why the inconsistency? What ...
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Unable to show hidden files on Mac

I just received a new MacBook, running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5, from my new employer and I am unable to force hidden files to show in Finder. This is my fourth MacBook, and in the past I have always ...
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Batch command to change each file's creation date to match the information in the file name

I have a folder with several hundred video files. All files names are in this format: 2011-08-27 11.18.00 Unfortunately the 'Date Created' for each file is the date on which it were converted (a ...
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Mac OS: Disable the eject button/option, disable option to unmount drive from Finder [duplicate]

I have external drive which is always connected to my Mac. I want to disable the option to umnount/eject this certain drive in Finder. Is there any option to do such thing? I'd like to disable the ...
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Am having problems with my WiFi and bluetooth [closed]

My iPhone6 fell down the stairs about five steps and since then my WiFi and Bluetooth have stopped working. I even flashed my iPhone6 still they both don't work. How can I fix this problem because ...
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Xcode 7.2.1 Supporting Files folder missing [closed]

I am on OS X 10.11.5 and Supporting Files folder is missing I am following tutorials and they all have that but not in mine I already tired recreating new projects but it's missing in all of them ...
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Close an application window directly from Mission Control?

For example, you can close "Dashboard" widgets while holding down the option key. I can’t find a way to close windows and/or exit an application directly from Mission Control. Here’s a screenshot if ...
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Can I clean up by date created in reverse order?

So I have a folder of documents that I want to sort by the date they were created. I know you can do this in list view, but I really want it to be in icon view. There is a clean up by date created ...
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Why is my Mac seem to be divided into two desktops and how can they be combined?

Recently, I'm observing weird behavior when switching between applications and also when switching between some Finder windows. I'm using an external 4K monitor with my MacBook Pro Retina. It is as ...
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Network folder in finder sidebar disappears

I have added a couple of network folders to the OS X finder sidebar as a shortcut. This is working great as long as I don't shutdown or restart the system. Once the system has been restarted they are ...
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Finder doesn't find duplicates with (1), (2), …, (n) in filename

I have downloaded lots of duplicate files with my web browser. The first duplicate gets the suffix (1) in its filename before the file extension, the second gets (2) and so on. For example: ...
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How can I truncate filenames after X number of characters using Automator or AppleScript?

I have IFTTT sending several new desktop wallpapers per day from Reddit to Dropbox. These wallpapers arrive often with very long filenames. I need a way to automatically shorten their names (without ...
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How do add “Recent Folders” item to the Finder sidebar?

In the menu Go > Recent Places you can get a list of recently accessed folders. I want to add this to the Finder sidebar, but I am not seeing any clear explanation of how to do this.
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Finder window, exit search options

When using Command-F to search in a Finder window, what is the shortcut to disable the search and return to the standard finder window? For example: 1) Navigate to specific folder 2) Command-F to ...
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How to change all Folder Icons to Show the content/Preview Image?

The default folder icons are not helpful to me. I'd prefer to see a preview image of the contents or first image. I dont want to manually do this for every folder either, just set a global default. ...
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Why can't I have unique sorting options for folders in Finder?

For example, when I set the Documents folder in my user folder to "Sort by: Kind", it also sets the sorting option for every other folder on my computer. Can I have unique folder sorting options? Or ...
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BOOTCAMP no longer listed as Device in Finder, but can boot into it on startup

How can I get BOOTCAMP to be listed under Devices in Finder so that I can go into it and view the files there? I can boot into BOOTCAMP as normal on startup but in OS X, Finder does not list BOOTCAMP....
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Is anyone else having problems with drag and drop to app on El Capitan?

Issue: Dragging a group of documents to an app icon/alias does not reliably launch the app with all the documents. Depending on the app, some documents in the selected group aren't opened (e.g. ...
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How do I restore favorites to the left hand side in the save dialogue? [duplicate]

This is what every save dialogue looks like for me since a few days ago: What happened to "favorites", how can I get it back?
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How can I find/use a proxy icon in OS X 10.11?

In OS X for the past 10 years, when I'm looking at a file and I want to see it in the Finder (for example, so I can see what files are in the folder with it), I command-click the "proxy icon" in the ...
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Automator Action/Bash Script for selecting files from a list

As a part of my workflow, I often face this scenario: I have a folder with let's say, 100 files named 1.mov to 100.mov I have a list of valid files let's say, files 1.mov, 2.mov .... 15.mov (These ...
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Finder: why is a *.wmv movie a “document” and not a movie? Howto correct?

See screen shot of my Finder settings all folders and movies (flv, divx, mkv and mov) are correct categorized, only *.wmv file is a document. Should be movie. Howto correct that? > ls -l@ *....
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How can I delete Time Machine backups, moved into trash?

I was going to delete the Time Machine backups. I made a mistake and instead of deleting them using Time Machine, I just moved the Backups.backupdb folder to the trash. Now, if I try to empty the ...
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Location of the resource files for the spinning wait cursor?

For a presentation I am making, I want to find my Mac's system's default "Spinning Wait Cursor" resources. I was told that the cursors are in here: /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices....
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Toggle Hidden Files without Relaunching Finder

I'm pretty new here, and I looked for an answer to this question, and found some answers but none seemed to work for me. I want to be able to run an applescript that toggles hidden files and ...
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Finder Error 36 with SMB, not with CIFS

I have the following problem with a client's infrastructure: When a network share is mounted using the SMB protocol (via the "go to -> connect to server" function in finder), Finder displays an error ...
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External Hard Drive Not Showing Up after dragging it to Terminal?

So from the left side of the Finder I accidentally dragged my external hard drive and now it doesn't appear there. I would like to see it there, I know it's reading it because I did an ls /Volumes and ...
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Can't change user for network share - always guest

I'm trying to login to a local share to make file changes which requires more than guest access. I've tried comm-K server login for both afp & smb, with and without: afp://username:*...
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USB drive not showing on my MAC after using it on widows!

I have noticed this on my pin drives and also my external hard desk. they were perfectly working fine on my mac pro, and then after using them on my friend's windows they don't show up again on my ...
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How can I create an alias for Finder in OS X El Capitan?

I want to add a Finder shortcut to my Launchpad, but I am unable to do it. Is there any way to create an alias for Finder in OS X El Capitan?
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Cannot restart Mac, Finder issues in El Capitan

I've been having some issues with an iMac running El Capitan. The issue seems to be Finder. I tried leaving it to shut down by itself overnight to no avail. On occasion I get this message: The ...
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Need tighter connection with my Time Capsule as external drive

I am not familiar with the right jargong or semantics but will try to explain it as well as possible. I have a Time Capsule which I use as an external drive to save media. I use a MacBook to access ...
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Wrong number of items displayed when moving or copying files

When copying or moving files in Yosemite, Finder says it is preparing (for example) 400 items, when there is actually only 200 items in the folder. This has been happening a lot recently, on both my ...
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How to make the “Pictures” folder a folder again

Question: Is it possible to change a package directory into an ordinary directory, and how? Context: I was copying an old iPhoto library to my "~/Pictures" folder from an external drive, but I ...