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

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Expand Finder column width with keyboard shortcut

I can expand the column width in Finder (OS X El Capitan, MacBook Pro) by clicking on the right-hand line of the column (see red arrow in screenshot). When I click this line, the column width is ...
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Deleting files in SMB on CIFS network drive always send me back to the root finder view

I've changed connection type from AFP to SMB (and also tested CIFS) because of the performance improvement with applications like Lightroom on network drives. The issue is if I delete any files or ...
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Rendering thumbnails through a symlink

I've symlinked a PNG image through the command ln -s /path/to/some.png /destination/of/some.png which does work: I can read and write to the PNG. However, I'm interested in having the preview of ...
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Continue moving files when process stopped

I was transferring (moving) files from one drive to another. Then the computer was out of battery and it did a shutdown. Now I see the group of files I wanted to move "50% opacity" in the destination ...
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How to prevent filename overlapping on an image preview?

After upgraded to El Capitan, the image in Finder preview are overlapped by the filename, e.g.: Is there an option to prevent filename overlapping image preview?
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Why can't I see my favorite locations anymore when saving a file? [duplicate]

Here is a picture of my finder On the left, there are my favorites which is very handy for quickly accessing important folders. I used to have access to the favorites when saving a file or when ...
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Make Sidebar items in Finder larger without affecting any other application

Background I'd like to make items in the Finder's Sidebar larger like this: Theoretically, you can do it like this: Open System Preferences. Open General. Set Sidebar icon size: to Medium or ...
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Permanently deleting trashed files after 30 days

Gmail has a nice feature that permanently deletes e-mails after they've been in the Trash folder for 30 days. This is pretty clever, because if I don't need a trashed message back after 30 days it's ...
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Open new folder window in Finder El Capitan - instead of same window

I have different Finder window sizes for almost each folder and just updated to El Capitan. Now sometimes it opens in the same folder and sometimes it even uses the last open folder like when I ...
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Finder shows different files when selecting icon vs. list view [duplicate]

I spent a good deal of time freaking out over how I deleted a file before I realized that finder was just not displaying it in icon view, but it was displaying it in list view. This is weord because ...
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Show Library folder and subfolders in Spotlight Search

As a software developer, I often need to look into files within the Library folder. For quick access, I'd like to be able to see the files in my Spotlight searches. How can I do that?
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El Capitan Remove Finder from Application Switcher (cmd tab)

I'm having trouble removing the Finder icon from the application switcher in El Capitan. The guides seem to be all from 2012 - I get permissions errors (even using sudo) when I try to update Info....
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give read&write permission to only 1 file in folder

I am trying to manually modify preferences file located at /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist To modify it, I need to give it read&write permission. I did that. The ...
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How does the visible storage on a Time Machine disk work?

I've had a computer failure and had to replace my computer with a new one. I have a Time Machine backup that I want to use to restore a large number of files from, but I don't want to do a full system ...
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How to remove an application that has been deleted but remains in the Status bar?

I've recently deleted the Citrix Receiver app from my computer, but I've noticed that despite doing this (As well as deleting the plugin), my status bar has the Citrix roundel icon every time I boot ...
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Show directory path in Finder in OS X El Capitan

How to see the directory path or navigation bar in Finder? Is there any ubuntu or windows like directory bar?
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Basic OS X folders - folder structure regarding users

I am logged in as user "vlado" on my MacBook running El Capitan. If I go and type whoami in Terminal, it says vlado too. So this is fine. But in my folder structure in hd/Users/vlado/Applications I ...
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Why is Finder listed as using more RAM (24 gb) than is on my machine? Bug?

Activity monitor shows finder using ~24 gb of RAM (screenshot below), when my machine only has 16 gb installed. I figure this has to be a bug because "Memory Used" only shows 9.62 gb, and I'm not ...
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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 application?...
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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 ...