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

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How do I display file names in an encoding other than UTF-8?

I have a couple of files/directories that are named in GBK. I think because finder assumes UTF-8 encoding, all of those file names are displayed as gibberish. How do I make Finder display their file ...
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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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copy/paste a file to a different folder while in a file open dialog?

When I'm in the Finder, I can copy a file (via secondary click menu, Edit menu, or keyboard shortcut) and then navigate to another folder and paste it. If I want to do the same thing when I'm in a ...
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files not appear on Desktop and Drag & Drop is not working on Desktop

I am using 10.11.4 OS X. I don’t know when exactly these are not working - files don't appear on desktop. Drag & Drop and popping up context menu with right click are not working on Desktop. - I’...
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Why Copying-Using Symlink to Another Folder Crashes Finder Often?

I noticed that you cannot dynamically copy symlink from one folder to another. I did it, and had to force stop Finder because no response in the window. Why Copying and then using Symlink crashes ...
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Spotlight / Finder - search words within files and preview occurrence

When searching for specific words inside documents, upon getting the results, is there a way to then preview in the document where that word occurs without having to first open the document and ...
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OS X Finder: Why does it take less time to copy files in succession than to do so all at once?

Example: Select 10x2GB files, then drag and drop to another location. Drag and drop each 2GB file to the location individually, in succession (10 times). I’ve tested this across multiple OS X ...
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How do I access “hidden” .help files

Some years ago I created a Project (using Xcode 3 under OS X 10.6) and created a Help File, naming this MyApp.help in accordance with the tutorial. Under more recent OS Apple (in its infinite wisdom) ...
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Apple Script for copying path and name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.9.5 (and 10.11.4)

I have a bunch of files to rename from someone else that sit inside folders and subfolders, and would like to copy the path and file name to the Spotlight comment of each file before I do anything ...
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Open a new Finder window in List mode with full name shown

Is it possible to open a new Finder window in List Mode with the file name column stretched by default to always show the longest file name? Oftentimes, I find myself having to double-click and ...
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Find iPhone on friends iPod [duplicate]

My friend gave me his iPod Touch before he moved. I no longer have any contact with him. He has Find iPhone turned on and I don't know his information. Is there any way to get around this without ...
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Drag and drop Chrome downloads like any other OS X file?

When I've downloaded a file in Chrome for OS X, it sits in a little bar at the bottom of the screen. Sometimes I want to drag and drop that file directly into a Chrome tab (for example, to upload it ...
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How do I get a folder tree view in the left column of the Finder?

I'd like to have a tree view of my current folder (it's children and it's parents) for navigation in the left column of the finder's UI. How do I get that?
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Symlinking ~/Documents to ~/Google Drive

I could not understand whether other questions had been answered, or if the answers were valid for my version of OS X (Mavericks), so I'm asking for the definite truth about the following: Can I ...
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Unable to use finder

My Finder on MBP has been giving me problems for a quite a few days and has become completely unusable. Once I start it, it opens fine but then I can't do anything. And it shows a scrambled view with ...
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cDock - Finder too close to edge

Attempting to make a Tiger-like dock on Mavericks. Slight bug in cDock 2 program: What I'm hoping for: Is there a .plist file I can edit to bring my Finder icon away from the far left edge? ...
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How to add all *.m4v files from certain folder to playlist in iTunes with automator/applescript?

There is a folder on Mac. There are a lot of files in it, but i want to make an automator/applescript script, which will watch this folder and if it will see any new *.m4v file in it, it will add it ...
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Changing the Finder icon for an external disk formatted as ExFat?

I used this web page recipe - Create Your Own Custom Icons in OS X 10.7.5 or Later - for creating a .icns icon set containing a set of icons for an external disk that has been formatted with the ExFat ...
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How to search Mac for files that begin or end with a space “ ” or period “.”

I just need to know how to search (within Finder vs Terminal, if possible) for all file names within a specific folder, which begin or end with a space or a period. For example: " file.jpg" (begins ...
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Ceased to open old files by double-clicking on the Time Capsule disk

On the local drives (internal and external), everything is fine. Any newly stored files on the Time Capsule open normally, but files that already existed no longer open when I double-click them. ...
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How to add author to Finder toolbar?

I want to add the file creator or author details option to my Mac 'Finder' application (the computer directory of ). I can customise the toolbar, but cannot see this category - only things like 'date ...
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How to remove the invalid item under Favorites in the open file dialog?

There's a duplicate item with the blank icon in the dropdown menu in open file dialog, but not exist in the normal sidebar in Finder. Anyone who knows how to fix this? It's really annoying.
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How to add shortcut to directories to OS X menubar

I have several directories that I want to quickly access in Terminal. And sometimes even in the finder. I would like to be able to hit an icon in the menu bar and have it drop-down a list of folders ...
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How to get location on HDD of dropped webloc files? [closed]

I need to get the file path on the local drive of where a dropped (or several dropped) .webloc files are located. I have already encountered and understand that when dropped on an Applescript Droplet, ...
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Finder crash and missing MAC Snow Leopard

I have an old MacBook Pro under Snow Leopard and I have an issue with Finder. It keep crashing for not particular reason. When it does all things from finder can't work(can't shut an app or open..). ...
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Renaming files/names in bulk, any smarter solution?

I have few thousand files to rename. The thing is I have the old file names and new file names as columns in a spreadsheet. Without renaming them one by one. Is there a better way to do this? ...
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How to assign a network-unique name to the Public folder inside my home folder when viewed remotely

I have multiple Macs, all running El Capitain, and my login username on all of them is "Anon". When I have the Public folder from one machine mounted across a network on a different machine, that ...
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Prevent Network-Discovery on Infrastructure side

The Finder displays nearby Computers and Devices in the left column whenever a network connection is present. Sometimes we let clients use our network when we discuss projects in meetings (aka they ...
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Can I download files directly into alias folder for Logic Pro X?

If I try to download sound files for Logic and they are supposed to get downloaded into the folder at ~/Library/Application Support/Logic/ and I have that specific folder made as an alias to a set of ...
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New USB Drive Cannot be accessed

Suddenly my PNY USB 3.0 Flash Drive has stopped working. It doesn't show up in Finder, Windows starts going crazy when I plug it in, Linux says the device could not be opened, and Disk Utility also ...
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Finder and other apps keep crashing / fail to launch

I have never had this issue before, but sometimes when I turn on my Mac, Finder fails to start or crashes and then cannot be reopened. Other times Finder starts fine, but apps fail to launch, such as ...
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import file view on Mac El Capitan Not there

Not sure what this view is called but when importing a file from computer to the internet I no longer have this type of viewing option (see photo), is there way to have it appear this way?
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Make Services Shortcut Override Finder Shortcut? [duplicate]

I have a shortcut (^⌘T) to open up Terminal. However, when I'm using Finder, that shortcut doesn't work because it's used by Finder. Any way to make it so that shortcut only opens Terminal? Just to ...
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Where did the info at the bottom of the Finder window go?

I've re-installed my old system (10.7.5) and "things are different!" Is there a setting somewhere I need to change? I always used to see useful information at the bottom of a Finder window in list ...
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OS X attempting to connect to non-existent server

My wife's Mac is acting up and I've been trying to sort it out for a while with no success. Anytime she opens a new Finder window, tries to upload an image to Facebook, exports an image from ...
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Preview of pictures in Cloudfogger wanted

I used to work with Cloudfogger on Windows. I like it there. On Mac I do not like the implementation that much. For example the preview of photos does not work from within Finder. Does anyone have a ...
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Finder leaves zero-bytes files when moving or deleting files

For some time I keep finding zero-bytes files around the filesystem. Sometimes when I move a file (it happens for sure with CMD+C and CMD+ALT+V) to another folder (a subfolder in my case), an empty ...
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finder spinning wheel el capitan

Finder not showing my folders and just spinning look at bottom right
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Choose which extensions to show in Finder

Is there a way for me to force certain file extensions to show, and for others make it up to the file's settings? If I use Finder's prefs to "Show all file extensions" then I can't choose for ...
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How do I convert my Photos library to actual files and folders with no quality loss?

I spent a lot of time organizing my iPhoto Library with Events. Now, my events have been converted to "Folders" in the new Apple Photos system. I moved them up a level (making them Albums), and I've ...
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Unhide invisible files from the command line

By default, a number of system directories (such as ~/Library) are hidden in OS X (ie. they don't appear in Finder): I know I can do this through the GUI but I would like to add a script to my ...
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File extension not hiding

I have a .dmg file and I want to hide its extension. So I do the usual and ⌘I, then check Hide extension. killall Finder just to be sure. I look and sure enough... the file extension is still there. ...
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How do I sync Finder Tags across Macs

Between an iMac and MacBook Air, I use Finder Tags extensively. Normally, they sync without effort on my part. The Finder Tags are no longer syncing automatically. How can I 'force' synchronization ...
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How to Locate an App Running in the Background

My Mac is a work computer that used to have LANDesk installed. My admin ran a script that uninstalled it. However, when my machine starts I still get prompted to allow apps from LANDesk (vulscand, cba,...
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Hide files of single extension from command line in Python

My script is as follows (and used to work but no longer does): #!/usr/bin/env python # encoding: utf-8 import os, subprocess path = "/path/to/dir/" # write your own path here hide_files = True for ...
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Issues with files and folders with names containing umlauts

I have just noticed some issues browsing my external music collection using Finder, certain artists folders were missing. Going to iTerm and lsing the folder I got this as the initial report: ls ...
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How to rename video `title`?

When exporting a video from iMovie it asks for a title. Upon saving the file you'll find it has named the file whatever you input for the title. Now if you rename that file in Finder then open it in ...
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Convert document to PDF from right-click context menu

Sometimes I have doc and txt files that I need to convert to PDF. It'd be great if I didn't have to open an application to convert the item to PDF. Is there some way to add a convert/print to PDF ...
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Weird .download files keep emerging in Downloads folder

It's a while some random files with .download extension are emerging inside my download folder and I can't find what are these and what creates them, even I can't open them. These files are like ...
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Finder unresponsive and hanging in Yosemite 10.10.5 with Promise Pegasus R4 (RAID 5 12TB)

I have a bizarre issue, I'm trying to rip into a project and I am halted by Finder in Yosemite. Finder frequently freezes, as in beach ball hour, when I open a clip in a Finder, the Get Info window, ...