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

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How do I make the folders and files wrap on Finder in Mac OSX?

The two screenshot below show what I mean. This is a window maximized: This is the same window but at half the screen width: Now, you can clearly see that the folders and files are not all ...
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default application to open folders with

Back in the days I used to run Path Finder for a while, but then removed it from the system and went back to regular finder. Now when entering i.e. open Desktop/ in the terminal, it opens up Finder ...
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The Favorite is disappeared from the sidebar of the download and upload window of the browser [duplicate]

The favorite is disappeared from the sidebar of the download and upload window of all browser, either Chrome and Safar. You can see in the screenshots that I attached. I can see favorite on the ...
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Desktop Folder Windows not displaying properly!

Everytime I open a new window on the desktop the window does not display properly. I essentially cannot navigate my files using the finder. When i open a new finder window it either displays nothing ...
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How to show favorites in finder sidebar when opening a file from an application [duplicate]

Recently, when I want to open a file from an application, the "Favorites" section in the sidebar is gone. I probably pressed some shortcode by accident but I can't figure out how to restore it to ...
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How can I make an external drive behave as an internal drive?

My question is pretty much summed up by the title, I have an external drive which I'd like to have recognized as an internal drive. How can I do that? Thanks for looking at my question. By the way I ...
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Why is there a yellow bar over my Finder icon?

I have a Mac running OS X El Capitan (10.11.3), and I just noticed this today: I haven't installed anything new, and I have no reason to believe that there's a specific application responsible for ...
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Why Is My Picture Thumbnail Not Showing

when I dragged a folder to ⌘I (info) it displayed
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Hide “invalid application” icon overlay on OS X?

I'm keeping an old application on my computer that can no longer be run on modern OS X, mostly for nostalgia and also so I can reference some of the in-game assets included within the application ...
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What is difference “defaults read” and “defaults export”?

Helloo, I'm using OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 I'm trying to change Sidebar on Finder. I have got difference results with "defaults read" and "defaults export" Example: 1. defaults read command ...
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Reset “New Terminal at Folder” placement in context menu

Before when I enabled the option to open a new Terminal window from a certain folder, my context menu looked like this: Now it looks like this: How can I go back to having just the one option in ...
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List view in Finder is broken

My Finder is broken (OS X 10.9.5). Icon view works fine, but List, Columns, and Cover Flow do not work at all. When I switch to "List View" (cmd+2), the contents panel of the Finder window does not ...
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How to confirm Finder's rename prompt using the keyboard?

Using the keyboard, how can I confirm the rename prompt from Finder? If I press return/enter the “Keep .doc” option is selected. Using the keyboard arrows ←, ↑, → and ↓ doesn't seems to help. ...
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Exclude Time Machine backup from “Open With” menu

I have an external USB drive that I use for Time Machine backups. I've noticed that when I right-click on an item the Open With menu lists not only apps in my Applications folder, but also apps in the ...
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Strange File Appeared In My Home Folder

I just discovered a strange file in my home folder. It is titled: - The entire contents are the word: ok on the first line & a blank second line. There is no extension. It was created this past ...
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Safari sort not the same as finder

When I pull up finder, files are sorted according to date: But when I'm in Safari, and need to choose a file to upload, there's a bunch of files at the bottom of the picker that says "no date". ...
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Execute a file via keyboard in Finder

I have a Finder window open to a directory that contains files. They have an associated application to them. What key combination can I hit to have the selected file opened in its default ...
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I've added a second HD into my Macbook 2011 instead of CD-ROM. Is it safe to encrypt it using Finder?

Years ago I changed my cdrom in my Macbook for a second hard drive, and have been using a SSD as a first drive ever since. This HD is shown in Finder, and, clicking on it with two fingers, there's an ...
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How to show Hard Disk icon on Desktop via Terminal?

Is there a command in Terminal that allows you to show the Hard Disk as an icon on your Desktop? I know the manual process of doing it, which is, Finder > Preferences... > General and check "Hard ...
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Alias to folder on external hard drive disappears from sidebar when the hard drive is ejected

I've made an alias to a folder on my external hard drive and added it to Finder's sidebar. Whenever I eject the external hard drive the newly added item to the sidebar disappears and doesn't reappear ...
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How to fix OS X Finder window with file/folders panel that doesn't draw itself?

For no apparent reason, my OS X 10.9.5 Finder has gone haywire. Whenever I create a new Finder window, the main panel, where the files/folders are usually shown, just shows whatever is beneath it, as ...
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Why can't Spotlight find an application I know is there?

I have this application called Cura Type A, but Spotlight cannot find it, even when I show all results in Finder... Anyone know why?
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In El Capitan has the ability to search within dialog boxes for items on a server changed?

In the previous version of OSX I had I was able to (for example) go into InDesign, use the 'Place' option to open a dialog box and then select the folder on the server I wanted to search in and then ...
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SMB share is very slow

I try to mount a SMB share in Finder but I have two problems. The time for mount is about 25s. Folder listings; very slow when there are many elements inside. The smb share is ending by .local. I ...
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Command+tab to Finder not switching to open Finder window

I recently installed OS X El Capitan on my iMac and now, whenever I switch to my open Finder window using command-tab, I only get the Finder menu bar. The open Finder window is in the Window menu, ...
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How can I enlarge the Mac’s preview window?

Pressing space on a selected file in Finder evokes a preview window. Can I enlarge the size of this window by default to get a larger preview e.g. of images?
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How do I get a lone missing app to appear in Spotlight searches?

When I enter a string that matches part of the name of an application on Mac, the OS X Spotlight search feature will suggest apps for me to launch. This works for every app except one: Mathematica: ...
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Why is there a generic folder icon for Library in the “Go” menu?

Usually, when in the Go menu in Finder, there are icons for each item, for example However, when I hold the option key and Library shows up, it has a generic folder icon instead of a court-like icon: ...
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What could be the reason why Finder lags?

Lately, Finder takes at least 30 secs to respond to the following prompts (1) when I click on a folder to see its contents (2) when I create a new folder (3) when I select a couple of files and click ...
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Finder won't search external hard drive now that I've updated to 10.7 Lion

I recently updated from 10.6 to 10.7 and now Finder won't search my network attached sever. It worked fine up until the update. I have tried re-indexing the Spotlight Search, but that doesn't work and ...
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In Finder, is there a way for the “Name” column to automatically adjust to accommodate the entirety of filenames?

I have some long filenames. Currently, every time I open a folder in Finder, I must double-click the "Name" divider to view the entirety of the filename. Otherwise, I have to put up with ellipses ...
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How to UNDO stopping OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files?

I tried stopping OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to a memory card. The method by Metaxis to the question here "How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and ...
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OSX Cannot paste file/fodler to specific directory

I have a directory with number of subdirectories. ~/projects |-project1 |-project2 |-project3 If I try to copy file inside any of the subdirectories in the projects directory, I see that "Edit" ...
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How can I change the background color of a Finder window in List View?

I would like to change the background color in Finder's List View. Is there a tweak or so to accomplish this? PS I know you can do this in Icon View, but this is not what I need and the trick used ...
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How to enable “Preview” in open/save dialogs (viewed as List)?

I hate open/save dialogs. They suck. Specifically, I want the same functionality as... here.. I don't want to use "Browser View", I don't want to use Quicklook. I don't mind a nasty hack. ...
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Reassociating QuickLook file associations

Today I noticed the QuickLook feature stopped displaying .jpg, .png, and .pdf file previews. Desktop icons for these types don't show thumbnails. Pressing SPACE with the file selected in Finder just ...
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Open many finder windows, each of which with a specific folder location and screen position?

I often have to browse certain folders and combination of folder windows, so I like to have specific folders opened depending on what I'm doing right now on my computer. For example, when working on ...
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Finder/Quicklook Bug (File Icon Previews Not Working)

My Macbook has suddenly stopped generating preview icon of all file types. So all files are now replaced by their respective generic file type icons (see picture attached). Moreover, when I quicklook ...
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Bring preview to front when opening pdf from finder

When I open a pdf file from finder, how can I make Preview jump to the front with the file I want? Currently what is happening is that I open the file, but Preview remains behind the Finder windows. ...
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Sparsebundle is reported to be 16mb but actually empty

I have a sparsebundle which I made for some documents, and Finder reports its size at 16mb. The capacity I created it with is 41mb, at least that is its reported capacity. It is encrypted; when I ...
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Remove Preview window for all Finder windows

One day something happened and the Preview window on the right hand side of the window started appearing in all my Finder windows. How can I make it go away permanently? If I close it, it only closes ...
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Dropbox files are syncing but Finder is not displaying them

I'm running Yosemite (and have been for a while) and suddenly new Dropbox files are not showing in Finder. They are syncing properly, and I can see this in the Dropbox recently updated menu in the ...
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Delete apps from Launchpad or from Finder?

Is there an advantage to delete apps from Launchpad (Hold one app like in iOS) vs from finder? And why some apps cannot be deleted from Launchpad?
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Change modified date in Finder for date added

I've been trying to do this for a while. For backup purposes, I'm looking for an applescript that replaces the modified date of folders and content (files and folders) with the date added. It would ...
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quicklooksatellite is blocking trash files

I can't empty Trash folder. Some of files there are "in use". And it happens all the time. The operation can’t be completed because the item “blabla.xlsx” is in use. I don't have any ...
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Force Finder and Trash to stop using external drive so Disk Utility can erase

I want to reformat an external disk, but in Disk Utility "Partition" is grayed out and when I click Erase it says it cannot unmount the drive. I think Finder is not allowing the disk to be unmounted ...
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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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How to stop Terminal from opening instead of Finder functions, such as New Folder, Open File, copy, paste, trying to move a folder to Desktop?

When trying to open new folder on Desktop from Finder-menu Terminal opens instead. Also I cannot move documents and folders onto Desktop- get a "forbidden" sign (= white circle with slash through it). ...
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Search for large files and folders

I am looking for space! I would like to search for all large folders and files. I found this answer but so far my searches failed to show some of the large files, including a .pkg file that was in my ...
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Is there a way to use update command to locate files on OS X without having to run updatedb manually?

I am considering using an alias for locate, as I find really inconvenient to have to run updatedb so often on mac. Do you have any ideas or workarounds for this?