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What does a darker grey arrow in finder represent?

I use Finder with the 'view as list' setting. Today I noticed that one of my folders had a darker grey arrow next to it than all the others: (The notes folder is the one with the darker arrow) I ...
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Open all folders by another app than “Finder” in OS X 10.9 (Mac)

I have successfully removed Finder from the dock to make Forklift app (another explorer app)a permanent habit for exploring files and folders. The only issue is the folders now as double clicking on ...
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3answers
201 views

Hidden Folder not showing in Finder with show all hidden files

I have a FreeBSD server where I store my web files. One of the files I have been using for years has the naming convention ._Folder When I try to open this file in the Finder it doesn't even show, ...
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How to Extract Icon or Image From Folder File (Then automating the process)

I just purchased a new macbookpro (retina - late 2013) & when I transfered my extensive library of icon images and files almost 50% of them were nonvisible as they simply read as "folder" files. ...
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1answer
45 views

Accidentally created a folder containing a copy of itself and so on

I have a folder MyProject. It's an Xcode project folder (not sure if relevant). I am well aware that this folder is around 800MB. Recently I noticed that Get Info said that it was 17GB large. I ...
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0answers
21 views

Expand spring-loaded folders instead of opening new window

Is there any way to get Finder to expand a folder (that is, rotate the arrow/triangle to the left of the folder to point down and show the folder's contents) instead of opening a new window? The last ...
2
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2answers
37 views

Two Version of an Application

Creating two directories in /Users/yourname/Library/Application Support/ with slightly different names and just changing the name to the one recognized by the application works, however, this takes ...
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2answers
77 views

How many files in a folder is too many?

Many years ago I vaguely recall that the Finder in Mac OS X would start having problems if a folder contained 2,000 - 3,000 items or more. Apple doc says that the HFS Plus file system has a ...
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2answers
220 views

Yet Another Custom Sidebar Icon Question (System Info.plist Question)

I have perused just about every Google search I could think of and have gotten what I think seems to be close to an answer on how to set custom icons in the sidebar WITHOUT having to resort to ...
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2answers
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On Mavericks, in the Finder in List view, column widths keep changing

I'm on OS X Mavericks. In Finder, I use the "List" view. In this view, since upgrading to Mavericks, the column widths keep changing. Basically, the Name column expands to fill the window up, when you ...
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2answers
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Moving a folder copies it, no longer moves it

I changed permissions on a folder to allow another user of that same computer, so they could access it while logged in. I wanted to then move that folder (formerly in Pictures folder) to the Shared ...
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21 views

is it possible to get finder to automatically create a folder with the same icon as the parent parent folder?

I have a folder with a custom icon, and was wondering if there was any way I could get all folders within it to automatically get the same custom folder icon, that way I don't have to keep changing ...
1
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1answer
274 views

Expand symlinked directory in finder

Is there a way to make it so that in list view in Finder a symbolically linked directory can be expanded like a regular directory? I would just switch to column view, but I'm using TextMate 2's file ...
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4answers
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How can I apply tags in Mavericks recursively?

Now that Mavericks removed that ugly colored bar and replaced it with a nice looking dot, I would like to use tags more. Basically I have work files in different places that deal with different ...
3
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2answers
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How to join the files into a similar directory tree?

I've two similar directory tree in different HD, but inside many groups of subfolders named e.g. B and C (note inside B and C there are others subfolders) there are different files (e.g. file 1,2 in ...
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1answer
43 views

How do I move up one folder while browsing Time Machine?

When I'm viewing a folder in Time Machine's "Star Wars" view, how do I move up one folder, to view the current folder's parent folder? In Finder, I have several ways to do it: I could either hit ...
0
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1answer
84 views

Git repository workspace folder not displayed in Finder

I have a project in Eclipse that is not navigable in Finder. All the other projects within the same Git repository are fine and can be browsed with Finder. This image should be displaying an ...
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2answers
54 views

Creating A Folder From Any Number Of Selected Items In Finder?

Is there a quick way to select several items and place them into a new folder?
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1answer
98 views

Show folder a file is contained in with finder list view in OSX 10.8.4

I am trying to consolidate files that may be spread around my mac (photos in this case). I can tell the finder to search for images, but I am very used to in Windows where I can search for the file ...
0
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1answer
88 views

How to include secondary drives' files into 'All My Files' feature

I have a dual drive setup (SSD as boot, HDD for storage in my Mac). I would like to know how I can include files form my HDD into finders features like 'All My Files'
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1answer
105 views

Determining The Complete Size Of A Folder & Its Sub-Folders in Finder?

Simply how do I see the complete size of a folder within Finder ? (AFAIK there is no default setting to automatically turn this feature on - correct me if i'm wrong)
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0answers
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Finder move does not merge but replaces old folder, how to get old folder's contents

I moved folder named FOLDERA to another folder where same name folder exists. Finder asked me to replace? I complied thinking that it will merge two folders like windows. It completely replaced my ...
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2answers
192 views

Last Opened not clickable in Applications folder View Options

I’m trying to sort my applications by Last Opened column, but the option is not clickable (is grayed out) in the view options (⌘+J) panel (see image below). Why and how can I fix this? (I’m on Snow ...
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1answer
279 views

Finder folder icons look like document and image files

I've got an annoying issue for a couple of weeks now. My folder icons got corrupted from time to time: Left side is the view I get when I'm switching between views, but when I open finder or ...
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3answers
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How come Dropbox gets an icon in Finder sidebar?

How come Dropbox gets a non-generic icon in Finder's sidebar, when other directories like Google Drive and Sites (native in OS X before Lion) all have the same generic one? How can I customise the ...
0
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1answer
154 views

How to set multiple folder icons in finder (for symbol- and list-view)?

I'm using OS X 10.8.2. By default the system folder icons differ in symbol- and list-view in the finder. If I use the list view a small icon (16x16px) is displayed. In symbol view finder switches to a ...
3
votes
1answer
79 views

How to manage a huge folder collection in two places

I have a huge collection of movies (over 2,000) on my external hard drive, and since my girlfriend doesn't like those old movies, she would like to make distinguish between the old movies and those ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Finder does not show content of some folders

I'm running Lion on Macbook2,1 and after I've upgraded from Leopard, I've noticed that some folders including Pictures are shown empty in Finder. Size of folder says otherwise and in Terminal I can ...
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2answers
298 views

How to make windows of new folders open in my size?

In OS X 10.8.2, I create a new folder by right-clicking in the Finder and selecting New Folder. When I open this folder, the size of the window is not the size of the foremost window. The window size ...
5
votes
1answer
526 views

Merge folders is not working

I'm trying to merge two folders with the same name but different contents in Finder on OSX Mountain Lion. The folder is located on my iMac and I am dragging a dropping to my External Harddrive where ...
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4answers
2k views

Is there a workaround when Finder spends forever “calculating size”?

Has anyone else had the issue of it taking forever to calculate the size of a folder? I have a folder of about 500 GB on an external USB drive, and it seems to never finish "Calculating Size" when I ...
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3answers
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Finder takes long time to load some folders

When opening some folders, the Finder takes a long time (30-60 seconds) to load all the files in it. Specifically, these folders typically contain 10-50 PHP files (which are text files), each about 10 ...
1
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1answer
173 views

In Finder, directory size is not shown

I linked Mail.app to my Gmail account and to my surprise it downloaded all of the 300000+ (!) messages that are on it (I looked in the Preferences for a way to limit the amount of messages downloaded ...
2
votes
1answer
337 views

How do I create a keyboard shortcut to go to a specific folder?

I have a folder called ~/Documents/Work and I'd like to make the Finder shortcut cmd-shift-W go to that folder, similar to how cmd-shift-H goes to the Home folder (and the equivalent shortcuts for ...
5
votes
3answers
7k views

How to edit binary InfoPlist.strings in Mountain Lion (for Finder to display folders before files)?

The article Force your Mac to sort folders on top of files (windows style), lets the Finder change its sorting order to first show folders and next all files. This trick doesn't seem to work with ...
2
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0answers
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Does a .DS_Store file contain view settings for its own folder, or does it describe the view(s) of the sub folder(s) contained in its own folder?

I'm having major issues figuring out how to get my arrange/sort settings to "stick" for my Finder windows—both in Lion, and now in Mountain Lion too (with a completely fresh system). I created an ...
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6answers
2k views

How can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

I'm trying to set up a Saved Search of my Mac that will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results. The reason is because I'm getting a ton of false positives from that folder that ...
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2answers
191 views

Open a folder in default browser

I have many web projects that I develop on the localhost. Normally to get to these one has to navigate from the root directory or bookmark the url. I want to be able to open an OS directory/folder in ...
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0answers
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Finder not expanding folders anymore after OSX Lion re-installation

I've just reinstalled Lion after having replaced the stock HDD with an OCZ Vertex 4 SSD and everything is fine apart from the Finder, which does not expand folders anymore..see the following ...
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5answers
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Quickly open your favorite folders on OS X?

What are the options which would be faster than opening Finder and browsing the folder, to open it? (I like to keep the desktop completely clean so will avoid Desktop shortcuts if other options are ...
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4answers
3k views

Merging folders when copying & pasting in Finder

I've recently switched from Windows 7. One Windows feature that I'm missing is the possibility to merge folders (the German version of Windows is calling this "integrate") when copying & pasting ...
2
votes
2answers
551 views

How to change size of ALL icons/folders in Finder?

I only know about this: defaults write com.apple.finder DesktopViewOptions -dict IconSize -integer 188x188px.; killall Finder’ But it’s only for the Desktop…
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4answers
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Can't delete folder named __MACOSX

So, I have a folder in my ~./Trash folder, and I can't seem to delete it. It's named __MACOSX, and I've tried everything I can think of to get rid of it. Finder won't start at all because of it (it ...
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votes
3answers
957 views

How to disable Finder triangle reveal animation in 10.7 Lion

In Finder's list view, you can click the little triangles to the left of folder icons in order to reveal the contents of the folder. In 10.7 Lion, this reveal/expansion is accompanied by a vertical ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

Option to “open with…” on folders in finder

Is it possible to add the "Open with..." option to Finder, when you do a secondary click on a folder? I want the same behavior as when I'm secondary clicking on a file. Edit I do not want to open ...
15
votes
6answers
44k views

How to view Root directory and subdirectories in Finder?

Apparently, the Macintosh HD icon on the desktop points to the root directory but it is not showing all the contents. Some of the files and directories are the same as those which I see when I ...
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0answers
401 views

How do I set a persistent background image for a USB drive?

I'm trying to change the folder background image on a USB flash drive, using the View Options panel. However, when I eject and re-insert the drive, these settings (as well as icon positions, etc.) ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Why does it take so long for the Application folder to open?

My computer is pretty snappy, and the UI is typically silky-smooth. However, for some reason, on virtually every Mac OS X computer I've used, opening the Applications folder takes an inordinate (>5 s) ...
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6answers
1k views

Is there a Mac equivalent to Windows 7's library feature?

Having several related files in different folders, I was looking for a way to combine them in the same view, like the "Libraries" of Windows Explorer in Win7. While Finder has great smart folder ...
3
votes
1answer
419 views

Folders in Applications not in sync with Launchpad

I created a folder in /Applications to move all Games into a folder called Games. Launchpad is not in sync with the folders that I created. Looking at the folder Utilities, I was under the ...