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

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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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How to disable (unwanted) tags for new files automatically created by El Capitan?

at the moment, whenever I save a new file (can be a downloaded tutorial movie or a PSD file I created) the finder in El Capitan (10.11.5) automatically flags these files with a (unwanted) red and an ...
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Macbook Pro finder error -50 appearing randomly

I've done a lot of research about this problem, but cannot find solution. My mac randomly gives an -50 error - nothing can be written and ReportCrash is using like 200% of CPU... Restart helps, but ...
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Ways to find messages from blocked contact info

Is there a way, or ways, to retrieve iMessages or text messages sent to me by a number or email address I have blocked on my iPhone 6?
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Preview refuses to open pdf file, incorrectly claiming a permission issue

I had to force quite Preview (it became unresponsive after trying to open a 200Mb animated gif), but after re-starting it some files there were open before no longer open. Instead an error box pops up ...
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How do I make the hard drive visible in the Finder?

On OS X Lion I don't see the hard drive in the Finder and I seem to have no permission to create a folder under / from terminal. I know I can do this if I activate the root user, but I need to be ...
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Favorite list of servers of “Connect to Server” window disappears

Usually, when I connect to a server (cmd "⌘" + K), I can see the list of my favorite servers : But after upgrading to El Capitan (Mac OS 10.11.X) and after freshly booting my MacBook, this list ...
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Fastest and safest way to copy massive data from one external drive to another

I need to be able to copy about 2TB of data from an external drive (single USB external disk) to a another external drive (Drobo attached via Firewire). Finder is not an option. If it hits any ...
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View thumbnail cache in OS X

Is it possible to somehow see the cached files by QuickLook? I have found that some data is stored in /private/var/folders/xx/xxxxxxx/x/com.apple.QuickLook.thumbnailcache In here I found a index....
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'Choose file' sidebar options disappeared

When you go to a website with a file uploader you click on a choose file and a pop up window appears with a sidebar similar to what you have in your standard finder window, however recently all of the ...
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OS X Finder not showing correct file size - why and how “fix” it?

I have a file that is 237153620 bytes long. Interestingly, Finder shows it as 237.2 MB. But we all know that's not true. Obviously it divides size in bytes with factor of 1000 (base 10) to get size in ...
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Some Applications stay in Dock after closing

After i cloes the Applications the Instances still be shown and can't be force closed. Same with the Dock only if I kill my Dock in my Terminal it reduces the symbol to 1. Also the processes don't ...
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Why can't I create a directory on a mounted USB drive after mkdir, but finder new directory works?

I'm trying to create a directory on a USB3 mounted hard disk drive and it is failing even though the permissions are open: bash-3.2$ ls -al total 0 drwxrwxrwx+ 2 user user 68 Jun 3 18:24 . ...
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How to refresh the shared list in the Finder's side panel?

In the left side of the Finder, under favorites and devices there is a shared list that contains computers and other devices on the network. I use the MacBook in two places, both with wifi. When I ...
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Previous File Location Lookup

While prepping for the switch to a new computer, I made the dreadful decision to move files from the "All My Files" Finder view to a new folder. All of the files moved to the new folder, but left the ...
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Show Hidden Files OS X 10.7 Lion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to show hidden files and folders in finder? How do I show the hidden files in OS X 10.7 Lion?
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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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Can't cd into alias

I have two aliases in my home directory: devbootcamp and bookshelf. I can cd into devbootcamp but not bookshelf but I'm not sure why. I don't remember how I made the alias to devbootcamp but I ...
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Finder on Yosemite misbehaves: doubled text, blank windows, lack of updates

Since updating to Yosemite, Finder has been acting strangely. I can usually get it to show a normal-looking and -behaving window for a few operations, and then the window will either: Be blank, ...
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Error message when copying files over to Mac Server

I keep receiving the following error message when copying files, from my iMac and my Macbook, over to my Mac Mini Server. The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “filename....
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How to make Finder show icon thumbnail for some Excel documents?

I have two Microsoft Excel documents that are, except for the data contained within, virtually identical. One was created as an offshoot of the other. In the Finder, the original displays a thumbnail ...
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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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Can't delete file with strange characters in name [duplicate]

I have an old file named ˇ¡␀␀ˇ¡␀␀␀"9 ␀"9 which is not deleted when I empty the trash. I have tried renaming it but it does not accept any changes. Using the Terminal didn't work either so far: Mac-...
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Problems Connecting Canon Powershot to 2015 Macbook Air

I have a Canon Powershot G12, and I am attempting to get some files over onto my Macbook Air. This is the first time I attempted to do this, I normally upload them onto my Macbook Pro. But when I do ...
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Setting a shortcut to “Right Size This Column” in Finder on El Capitan

I'm trying to set a keyboard shortcut for "Right Size This Column" in Finder. I've tried setting it under Keyboard > Shortcuts in System Preferences, but this does nothing.
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Slow performance accessing Ubuntu Samba folders

I have a computer at home with an Ubuntu Server 14.04. This server has several hard disks that are shared using Samba. I have an iMac with OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and I use one of the shared disks to ...
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The operation can’t be completed because the item … is in use

This has been driving me nuts for a few days. I have a file in my Trash box but I cant seem to delete it. It's a folder called diff.txt containing one music file. I was going through my music ...
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Mavericks Finder spins when opening folders

Since upgrading to Mavericks, Finder sometimes hangs when I select a folder and am waiting for its contents to populate the window. This happens primarily in Open dialog boxes: It'll spin for about ...
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Finder: Select a file after Copy & Paste

When I copy and paste a file in Windows, the last inserted file is selected automatically in the destination folder. Then I can (for example) press F2 to rename it. When I copy and paste a file in OS ...
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Сolor tags in Finder don't work on NTFS volume

Color tags work perfect with file from MAC OS extended volume, but when I tagged file from NTFS volume they don't show up when I choose appropriate color. I tried this but nothing happened. Cannot ...
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Examine a .DS_Store file?

My understanding of a .DS_Store file is that is contains details that describe a folder and the files within that folder. Based on that description, I can think of a few uses from being able to read a ...
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How can Almost Empty Dropbox folder Take 1.3 GB Space?

System: El-Capitan 10.11.5. Finder details of Dropbox folder I deleted Dropbox from my PC. The directory size is 1.3GB although it contains only symlinks, by ls -laS drwxr-xr-x+ 54 masi staff ...
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How to hide sidebar preview (on the right) in Finder on El Capitan

I don't know since when, but I believe from some update of El Capitan, this annoying sidebar preview on the right comes up everytime I open a new Finder window. If I hide it using the mouse, it stays ...
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How to remove or hide Apple applications from my app folder?

I've got a lot of Apple applications on my Macbook which I never use (Photos Facetime, iBooks, iMovie, iTunes, etc.). They just clutter up my application folder and I want to get rid of them. This ...
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Folder of second hdd unaccessible for other users

I have a Macbook pro with El Capitan and two HDDs. The second drive I wish to use as a sharing area with my wife who has a user on the same notebook. I created a folder and put some files there. She ...
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Remove all associations with Brackets

I just downloaded Brackets (web development IDE) and it associated lots of unnecessary file formats like .json that I would normally open using Sublime. Is there any way I can remove all file ...
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Unable to change the default directory in Finder?

I'm struggling with a problem involving my Finder opening to the incorrect directory every time it is opened. I've deleted the com.apple.plist file located in ~/Library/Preferences several times, I've ...
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Dropbox folder not syncing after move

I moved my dropbox folder to a different location, following the instructions provided by dropbox. (I use the desktop client. OS X 10.11.5) Specifically, I clicked on the Dropbox icon, went to ...
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Permanently Enlarging the “Open File” dialog box in Yosemite

Whenever I open a file in any application I'm presented with the standard "Open" dialog box which I find to be frustratingly small (less than 50% in each dimension on my 11 inch screen). I can enlarge ...
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Folders created on a network drive by another user show as untitled until mac is rebooted

I have a user on a late 2013 Mac pro that when one of our other Mac users creates a folder in our shared nas drive the new folder will show in finder as untitled on his Mac and he will not be able to ...
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How to Highlight a Symbolic Link in Finder of El Capitan?

You cannot do the highlight in Finder of El Capitan 10.11.4. However, there may be other methods to do it. How can you highlight a symbolic link in Finder of El Capitan?
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How to fix shortcuts which are converted to files with Relative path?

I have a Xcode project's code base in which all the Shortcuts (Alias) are converted to Plain files with the relative path of the actual file. For Instance, the original file structure was: But now ...
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Why can't I see my photos in finder?

When I search for photos in finder I can see just Photo Booth's photos: But I have a lof of pictures in Photos app, why can't I see them? Update The option "use as system photo library" (in ...
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Error: “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error code -43)”

I accidentally pulled an NTFS hard drive out of my Mac OSX Mavericks machine several times and realized that I accidentally created multiple entries of many different names in my /Volumes/ folder. Now ...
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Changing Airdrop Folder

Is there a way to change the default Airdrop location from the Downloads folder to something else? I have changed the location of many other applications, so I assume it's possible, even is possibly ...
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Why is my 'Finder' icon surrounded by a yellow box?

I'm running the OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.2 on a Macbook air, and a few weeks I noticed a yellow box, or 'mesh', on top of my Finder icon. I have tried restarting/resetting the laptop but it has ...
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How can I mount SFTP/SSH in Finder on OSX Snow Leopard?

My Question is seemingly simple. I need to mount an ssh/sftp volume and make it visible in finder to be able to use it as if it were a local volume (think smb share). I have tried everything I could ...
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external hard drive found only by disk utility, cannot eject or mount

I'm using a Seagate GoFlex that seems to have encountered some trouble. The drive does not appear on the desktop or Finder. I've double checked that Finder > Preferences allows for it to appear in ...
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Reverse icon view order in Finder

When you press Command ⌘+J in Finder to bring up the options for the current folder and change what you sort the files by (in my case Date Created), is there any way to reverse the order? Rather than ...
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View recently closed files (e.g., in Preview) on OS X?

Mac OS X has built-in features for viewing recently opened applications, or recently opened files in applications. I open lots of files in Preview and keep some of them open for a long time, usually ...