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

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How Finder can find this file with long name?

This is because of the long name, I think: Hans-Jorg Oestern, Otmar Lorenz Trentz, Lorem Ipsum Lorem Vascular Injuries- Trauma Surgery I (European Manual of Medicine).pdf I search unsuccessfully ...
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Can't access password protected smb share

I have a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router with an attached HDD which I'm trying to access with the ReadyShare feature. I've created 3 shared folders: no_pass pass_write pass_read The problem is that ...
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Hide Shared Network Drive in Finder

Is there any way to hide a shared network drive in Finder? I don't want to hide all shared drives, just one. I am using an NAS server for backup purposes and I don't want users to be able see or eject ...
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How do I access the Volumes directory in Macintosh HD?

I am trying to get into the Volumes directory. Hidden files are being shown. However, the Volumes folder won't let me access it, it's "greyed out". How can I bypass this? Thanks ahead.
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What are these files in my “~/Library/Safari/” folder?

So, I was messing with this folder and while doing this I turned show hidden files on and saw some strange files. These are the names of them, and sizes .dat8ad4.007 (733K) .dat011e.000 (704K) ...
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Automatically sort Finder items based on file type?

I work in video production, when a new job comes in we use Post Haste to create a new directory with our folder structure and default files included. What I'm looking to do is automate the process of ...
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Lots of Finder windows opening all at once

Last Sunday I was looking through Finder on my mid-2011 MBA. (I was clearing out my 'cache' and 'preferences' folders.) I must have either clicked something (I use an external mouse) or pressed ...
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Emptying trash, with file-in-use: Is there any difference between 'skip' and 'continue'?

If you delete a file, but it's still in use (e.g. a document still open), and then try to empty the trash you get something like this: As best I can tell the three options do the following: Skip: ...
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Can I generate a clickable link to local file using relative path like “file:///~”

This is the background: in my company, we use Google Drive and often have to tell each other the path to a particular file. Paths are long as we use a lot of nested folders, so it's pretty boring and ...
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How can I get the tags section on Finder sidebar on OS X 10.8.5?

Yesterday I reinstalled Snow Leopard because Yosemite is too heavy for my MacBook. How can I get the tags section on the Finder sidebar on OS X 10.8.5 like Mavericks or Yosemite?
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Why is cp command 4 times slower than copying in Finder in OS X 10.6?

I accidentally stumbled upon this issue: Copying a 119 MB zip file took 4 times longer in Terminal (cp) than in Finder! I copied a file of 119 MB size in Terminal with time cp file.zip file2.zip ...
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How do I search ??_doc.xml file in a specified folder in Finder?

I have a lot of ??_doc.xml files in a folder, it's like: 13_doc.xml 16_doc.xml 87_doc.xml The filenames are all like two digits with _doc.xml combined together. I want to search them and have them ...
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Make alias take icon of the .app it points to

I have a blah.app, and on desktop there is an alias to this app I went to blah.app/Contents/Resources and replace the icon with my icon, same name I went to blah.app/ and created a new folder next to ...
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Is it possible to put the contents of a folder on the outside cover of the folder

Is it possible to put each item in a folder on the outside cover of the folder - like on a pc where each item in the folder looks like a box on the outside of the folder so that you don't have to open ...
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Mysterious OS X File Extension (bug?)

I know that OS X uses the Launch Services.framework to manage the file-extensions. But the icons which belong to the file-extension are part of the Info.plist in the package contents of the ...
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How do I get multiple cursors throughout OSX?

I enjoy using the Sublime Text 3 editor—especially the multiple cursors feature. I constantly find myself in need of the multiple cursor functionality in other OS X apps like Finder or Outlook. Does ...
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Does a `.hidden` configuration file for Finder exist?

Is there a way to hide files and folders from Finder like I do with Nautilus using .hidden config file? On Nautilus I can create a file named .hidden and put inside it a list of files I want to hide. ...
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Picasa Face 'albums' How to Apply to Spotlight Finder Tags and/or Comments?

Goal: All the Tags and Faces in Picasa, written to Comments (or Tags) in Finder Spotlight 'Get Info' area - for searching. I'd like to do this via Folder action, automator or applescript, if possible! ...
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What takes so much space in my external disk?

My external disk (LaCie) is full! When I look at the individual folders within my disk, I see that only little space is occupied by visible documents. So I displayed the hidden files and found small ...
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Yosemite keyboard shortcut for “keep both” “stop” or “replace” when moving files in Finder?

When you copy or move files in the Finder in Yosemite and there is a conflict, a small dialog box pops up proposing: keep both stop replace (or "skip" if you press option). However, I can't ...
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How to display tagged files inside hidden directories?

Keeping hidden files hidden, how can I see content inside hidden directories using Finder tags. I can assign a tag to directory A, but it does not show in Finder when I list all tag-tagged content. ...
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In MacOSX 10.10.2 the finder's preview function is not working

In MacOSX 10.10.2 the finder's preview function is not working. If I select some image or pdf files I cannot see file's preview and only see wait logo. How can I fix these error? I found some ...
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Changing the name of app containers in the iCloud Drive on OS X?

I am using the iCloud Drive, and sometimes the name of an app folder is too clumsy and too long to own a place on the Finder sidebar. Per the previous attempts by others, the Finder sidebar uses only ...
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Stop Finder from Opening in 1st Space

When I have an application that I use the contextual menu for 'Show in Finder' it opens finder, but it always opens it in the 1st space, never in the current space i'm in. For example, I have Xcode in ...
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Copied application showing “prohibited” instead of app icon in Finder

I copied "Dead Island" to HDD from DMG file and it showed a "prohibited" icon instead of the game icon (2nd row, icon in the middle). I had to kill/restart Finder to solve it, but would like to know ...
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Repurposing “menu” button on Windows keyboards used in OS X

Windows keyboards map pretty intuitively to OS X, leaving only the "context menu" button a little purposeless. I would like the menu key to behave as another Command key. How does one define what the ...
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How to show fullscreen get info?

Once I press some key,OS X shows partition get info in fullscreen in big icon in black background,I don't know how to do it again.
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Applescript to update MP3 Spotlight tag from iTunes tag

Here is my situation. I have a large iTunes library that has songs tagged with the "Year" in iTunes. I have a Hazel Rule for the noodlesoft hazel software which reads from Finder's "Year Recorded" ...
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File extension shows in BASH but not in Finder

I created a text file with a specific extension: Vendor_0408_Product_3008.idc It displays in finder link this: and BASH like this: -rw-r--r--@ 1 raven staff 1903 Feb 19 10:31 ...
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How exclude a specific folder from spotlight search but not from search window?

I'm trying to set up my Mac so that it will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results in spotlight only. The reason is because these files are mostly private, and I don't want ...
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Finder bug - wrong drop zone highlight

Sometimes I experience strange behaviour within the Finder. When I drag files to another Finder window the highlighted drop zones are incorrect and if I attempt to edit a file name the location of the ...
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How can I copy a selection of files from multiple folders into multiple folders?

I am developing an Android-app in OS X, and want to use some third-party icons. I have downloaded and extracted the icons into this folder structure: drawable-mdpi ic_icon1.png ... drawable-hdpi ...
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Tilde (~) File in Macintosh Directory

Last night I discovered what looks like an unusual file named "~" (tilde) in the root of my "Macintosh HD" directory on my MacBook. Finder reports the file is 2.2MB in size, of kind "TextEdit.app ...
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Macintosh HD disappeared from finder after “disk damaged and cannot be repaired”

I have a MacPro 13.3 Inch mid2011 with 500GB storage and recently while performing a Mac update, it froze and was still stuck on a grey screen even after multiple restart attempts. I finally tried ...
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OSX Yosemite Finder sort by date modified wrong?

In the image of an OSX Yosemite 10.10.2 Finder window below, you can see that the content of the 'blog' folder has been most recently modified. However, the 'Date modified' sort of the parent folder ...
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iCloud Drive folders not showing on OS X

I am seeing some strange behaviour... As you can see here: http://i.imgur.com/F4g11TV.png I have lots of folders I don't see on my Mac (shown here): http://i.imgur.com/ybKffc9.png Not sure why this ...
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Possible to select multiple items in a Dock folder?

When you click on a folder in the Dock, say the Downloads folder, clicking an item will immediately perform its default action (a .jpg, for example, will open in Preview). Duh! Is it possible to ...
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Use smart folder as Finders default folder

Does anybody know how to setup a smart folder as Finders default folder? If I try to select the smart folder in Finder settings, the "choose" button is deactivated like the screenshot shows:
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Using automator, sort objects by type into type folders, inside subfolders

long time no ask! Anyway, I've been tasked with a project that involves sorting folders into new folders based on type. I've been working on an Automator action, but I haven't had much success. What ...
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How to display only selected invisible files on mac osx 10.+?

I have a question. Is that possible or not i really don't know. I use Yosemite. And i ran this command via terminal.app defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE;killall Finder this ...
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osx service for `mpc add`ing files to mpd’s playlist

I’m trying to create a service in automator, which allows me to add files/folders from Finder directly into my mpd playing queue. I tried the following, the command runs, but nothing happens. ...
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On Macbook Pro how to show the folder as a column in the Finder Favorites “All My Files?”

On Macbook Pro how can I show the folder (directory) as a column in the Finder Favorites "All My Files?" I have a MAcBook Pro running OS X Yosemite (version 10.10.2). There IS a way to select columns. ...
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How to programmatically construct the name of application used to open directories?

This Emacs LISP script reveal-in-finder.el allows one to quickly open a directory in Finder from an Emacs buffer which has the directory opened in it in dired mode. But on my computer, I uses Path ...
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Finder folders have no triangle to twirl

I am running 10.9.5 and some folders in list view have no triangles by the subfolders. I would love to know why this happening and how to fix.
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Mac Finder - create a custom type when arranging by “kind”

When viewing files by arranging them by "Kind", the Finder lists the files in various categories or types. In my attached example, you can see it has listed two types - "Images" and "Documents". The ...
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File auto focus after copying

When I copy and paste a file to a new folder, is there anyway to have it be auto selected in it's new folder, or have some indication where it is in the new folder? This is something I'm missing from ...
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Can't change color default folders yosemite 10.10.2

I've got a brand new mac with Yosemite 10.10.2 but like everybody I just hate that blue color of the folders I'm looking for a proper way to change ALL folders's color I've seen that ...
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How to mount remote shares that have the same name, and easily differentiate them in the Finder?

We have three Linux development servers which are available through SMB/CIFS, and I mount them on my Mac (using an Automator script in my Login Items). The problem is that the SMB shares are username ...
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How do I get Finder to remember the size and location of the window?

Why doesn't Finder remember the damn window size and location? I keep reading crap about holding down Option key while dragging but that doesn't work. It just reverts back to its microscopic size the ...
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Is it a bad idea to compile Samba from source for Mac?

We have a Linux NAS and we’re doing some basic Samba sharing. Windows machines are quick and peppy to connect with the device, as are the Linux VMs I’m running on my Mac. The SMB stack Apple has made ...