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

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Finder stacked icons in icon view causes finder to crash

I have 2,260 photos in my Dropbox Camera Uploads folder. Somehow they all got stacked on top of each other. When the camera upload is complete, it launches the camera uploads folder in finder in this ...
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Shared devices not appearing in Network

I've encountered a somewhat strange problem on my Mac. Recently, all the devices listed in the 'Shared' section of the Finder sidebar have all disappeared and has been replaced an 'All..." option. ...
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Consequences of deleting .DS_Store

If I manually delete a .DS_Store file from a directory, what's the worst that can happen? What important information might I lose?
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How do I check where the file in .Trash was removed from?

I've some files appearing in Trash folder. How do I check from where they were removed? I've Tried 'Get Info', but it doesn't tell me from where it was removed. The only option I've is 'Put Back', ...
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How to determine original location of file that is currently in the Trash?

Suppose some file "Any File.pdf" is in the Trash (aka ~/.Trash). How can I determine its original location? By "original location" I mean the folder where that file would be moved to if one were to ...
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How to make inactive when I close application window by Command + W

When I open an Excel file from Finder and close the Excel window by Command+W. The active window remain Excel. Is there a way to make Finder active window when I close Excel? If I close the Excel ...
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Finder Reports Disk is Full, Other Tools Don't Account for it

I looked at some of the other Q&A here and didn't see a duplicate of this one (e.g., How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? and other linked and related questions). Finder reports ...
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Open location of a photo in Finder from Photos.app

In Yosemite, I am trying to upload a photo to website. So I open Photos, select a photo and then try to locate the location of the photo. However I could not find it. Before Photos it was possible in ...
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Disable 'hide toolbar' in Finder

Is it possible to permanently overwrite the 'Hide Toolbar' and 'Hide Sidebar' setting in the Finder, particularly in DMG images with downloaded Applications, so that the toolbar and sidebar are always ...
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How can I change the default width of Finder columns?

I have found OS X's default column width to be a bit too narrow. Is there any way to make it wider? I know how to resize columns manually, but it's annoying to repeat the process every time I open a ...
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disk appears in Finder's favorites left bar

Anyone can help me to solve this issue: "Vault" volume randomly appears in the favorites bar! If i remove it using contextual menu action "Remove from left bar" it appears again after some time! ...
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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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All my Folder and Application icons disappeared in Finder

I've been using Yosemite happily since it was released, but yesterday all my icons disappeared. See the attached screenshots. My dock only shows the icon for the Finder, and within Finder itself none ...
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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 to find rt.jar file?

My virus scanner (Sophos) showed that it was scanning a file named rt.jar plus several other .jar files. I was a little bit surprised because I didn't think that Java was installed. Yet, when I ...
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How do I restore icons in Finder?

So yesterday I tried opening one of my apps an the Dock just froze completely. I tried every tip I could find online like Command+Option+Escape and killall -KILL Dock, but nothing fixed it. I was ...
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My Finder is not responding and there are no documents on Desktop after downloading OS X Yosemite

I've just upgraded my Macbook Pro (15 inch, mid 2009) to OS X Yosemite and it is running slowly and my Finder is not responding at all and none of my documents are on my Desktop. I have tried taking ...
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Multiple finder preference plists in mavericks

Ive had a very sluggish finder recently in my Mid 2012 MBP 16gb 2.6ghz i7. Looking online i found that deleting the finder preference can solve the issue, but when i went to the preference folder to ...
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Sort items in folder by date…only for that folder!

Normally I have all my Finder sorted alphabetically but, for some folders, order by date would be better but changing order in those folder will change order for all Finder... Is there a way to sort ...
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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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Set Default App For Everything That Doesn't Have A Default

Is it possible to set a default open application if none is found on the system. For example if I have a .mp3 file, still let that open with iTunes but if i've got a random unknown .abcdefg file make ...
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Default move files / folders across disks?

When you move files/folders across disks Finder, by default, copies the files. I'm looking for a configuration option (defaults?) to reverse this, so default is moving files (as it is when you are on ...
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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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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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How can I browse the hard disk attached to my Airport Extreme from my iPhone?

I have a gen 5 AEBS which has a total of 3 HFS+ partitions across 2 USB hard drives (USB hub in the middle). On my Macbook Pro Retina, I can see all 3 HFS+ partition in the Finder. Finder shows the ...
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Rename/delete files in Mac OS X save window

Is it somehow possible to rename/delete/copy files when saving a file and the Finder window pops up? I know you can do it with Windows, is it possible with Mac OS X?
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Find symbolic links (’s names) with Spotlight (Finder)

underwhelmed by the fact that OS X’s Aliases got really big with Mountain Lion (Lion?) I basically switched to using symbolic links instead. Now I’m just learning the hard way that Spotlight (or, ...
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How to add apps or files to the Finder toolbar in 10.9 Mavericks?

In previous versions of OS X, I could drag an application or any file onto the Finder toolbar, creating a persistent shortcut that works in all Finder windows. It's no longer working in Mavericks.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Open Finder window from current Terminal location?

If I am in a specific path in a Terminal window, how can I open that same window in a new Finder window? Note: This is the opposite of opening a Terminal from Finder.
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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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Change finder thumbnails size

In previous Mac OS versions (<10.9) I was able to change the images' thumbnails in the finder by zooming or unzooming with the trackpad. Now that I run on Mavericks, I can't find a way to do it. ...
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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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Copying files to NAS gives Error Code -50 “Error in user parameter list”

I had a cheap NAS that I was using that would give me an Error with code -50 whenever I tried to copy certain directories of files to it. At first I thought it was just the NAS device. Recently 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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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 do I change the color of my Dock on Mac

I am digging deep into my Mac's files to try and find how to change the color of my mac's dock. I have been able to change little things like the separator, indicator light, trash can, finder icon, ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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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 ...