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

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Recent items are showing under “No Date” when sorting by date in finder

This thing's driving me crazy. Often, when I download or create a new file, and then I have to upload it to a website or something like that, it will appear after the oldest items under a "No Date" ...
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Can Mountain Lion be modified so that a double click will open “hidden” folders and files?

I've noticed something strange in Finder since upgrading to Mountain Lion; any hidden folder or files (that I've already run defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE for) can only be ...
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Is there software that implements John Siracusa's Spatial Finder concept?

Grumbling about how Apple wrecked the Finder when switching to OS X has been going on since OS X was first released. It's been ten years since John Siracusa outlined exactly how the Finder ought to ...
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Remove entries from finder's context menu?

Does any one know how can I remove items that I never use from the context menu? e.g.: Burn "yadda yadda" to Disk...
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Prevent other users from ejecting (or even seeing) my mounted disk images

I have an encrypted disk image (sparsebundle) where all of my private documents are stored; I mount it to a custom mount point with: mkdir -p /Users/gabriele/MyDocs hdiutil attach ...
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How to show git files in Finder?

This may be too close to a duplicate for Git plug-in for Finder?, but I'm after a tool that will merely show me whether there is a repo in the current directory, and the state of the files within. I ...
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Cannot eject from Finder (Lion)

I cannot eject anything from Finder, either by clicking the eject icon in the sidebar, or by dragging the icon to the trash (it does turn into an eject icon though). I'm using Disk Utility to get ...
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How do I select a file or directory inside a package?

When an application pops up the Mac OS X standard file or directory chooser dialog it won't allow me to open packages so that I can select something within. Is there a way to do this without creating ...
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Can I delete private/var/vm? What can I delete from the private directory?

What is this folder? It's huge and I can use the extra room. I've read sleepimage isn't necessary—is this true? Should I just deal with it? Is the "private" folder emptied automatically, or would I ...
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Can I remove just Music from All My Files?

I like how Lion gathers everything in All My Files. I often use it to download and post pictures without thinking where exactly they are saved (Desktop, Downloads, whatever). However it really ...
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How can I apply tags in Mavericks recursively?

Now that Mavericks removed that ugly colored bar and replaced it with a nice looking dot, I would like to use tags more. Basically I have work files in different places that deal with different ...
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Is there an app that helps you move files without drag-and-drop?

I know that I can move files at the command line, but I'm looking for an elegant desktop solution besides the traditional drag-and-drop of the Finder. Basically, I want to right-click on a file and ...
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I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. Is this possible?

I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. I'm not sure if this would be possible with an Automator script, or if I would have to try to program ...
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Is it possible to display a Smart Folder as a stack in the Dock?

I'd like to have my recent files at hand from my dock, preferably via a 'stack'. I have already created a Smart Folder containing all my files that have been opened in the last 3 days and added it to ...
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Right-click, create a new text file. How? [duplicate]

In Finder > Select a folder > Right click, we get a popup with an option to create a new folder: Is there a way to add menu item New Textfile for adding a new text file?
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Moving folder to Trash in Finder is not synchronized with Terminal

I tried to delete a folder which I access via terminal.app. Though the Finder moved the folder to the Trash, I was still able to see the contents and edit the file from terminal. created a textfile ...
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Finder takes long time to load some folders

When opening some folders, the Finder takes a long time (30-60 seconds) to load all the files in it. Specifically, these folders typically contain 10-50 PHP files (which are text files), each about 10 ...
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Use Quicklook to see the Content of .JSON files?

Currently, I can use the space bar to preview a number of files such as .txt, .css, .html etc in Quick Look. I cannot, however, see the actual contents of a .json file. Is there any possible way to ...
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How do I change the name of the hard drive

Right now my hard drive is called "Macintosh HD." How do I change it to something cool like "Death Killer"
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Create new file from contextual menu

Is there a program I can download to add an option to create a new file to the contextual menu of finder? NuFile doesn't seem to work in Snow Leopard.
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Why does Finder use 59GB of swap space?

My new retina MacBook Pro(with 16GB RAM) keeps receiving this "Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory" message. I have 300 GB of free space on my hard drive, and ...
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How do you get Mac OS Finder to group folders together when sorting?

I have Mac OS 10.7.4 and I'd like Finder to use "Is Folder?" as its first sort criteria, or in other words, group folders before files regardless of the sorting method. Windows and Linux both do this ...
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Prompt When Ejecting Time Machine Drive

Whenever I eject the external drive that I use for Time Machine, I get this prompt: However, in actual fact, this particular drive has got only ONE (1) partition, so it's rather annoying that I ...
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How to troubleshoot multiple apps on Mountain Lion all missing toolbar icons?

My machine awoke from sleep, and third party apps as well as Finder, Preview and Safari's toolbar only shows the blank buttons similar to the image below. After restart the machine, the problem ...
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How to display the full path of files found by the Finder “Find” function?

I'm trying to use the Finder to search my code base. For example I would like to find every files that ends with ".m" and contains "keyDown". Finder does this, but in the Finder window showing the ...
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Any way to get the “Open With…” list via AppleScript?

I want to create an AppleScript that gets the Finder selection and displays a list of applications that are capable of opening it. In other words, is there any way to get the list of apps that ...
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Why does the Network icon in the Finder sidebar in Lion have no function on my Mac?

Since installing Lion on my Late 2007 MacBook Pro, which cannot support AirDrop, an icon called "Network" has appeared under Favorites in my Finder sidebar. This icon seems to have no function. ...
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How to change the background of an DMG Software License Agreement dialog?

When I create my own dmg-images, I always attach a software license agreement to them. When I opened the flattened image, I always got the Jaguar "X" in the background of the agreement dialog, where I ...
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How can I connect to one server using two user names - at the same time?

I am struggling to find a way to allow users to connect to two different shares on a server at the same time. It seems like it should be possible, but no matter what I try I am always forced to ...
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How can I associate URL files with a specific browser in Snow Leopard?

Until Snow Leopard URL files (.webloc files that you get when you drag a URL onto the desktop) opened with OmniWeb on my computer and some URLs were configured to open with Safari. After upgrading to ...
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How can I change a smart folder's icon without changing the default icon?

I want to add a smart folder for each label in the sidebar (I believe there is no way to directly to add the labels, so I have to resort to smart folder). However, all of them have the gear icon in ...
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Resume file move after Finder crash (unmoved items appear washed out)

I was moving a large amount of data to an external drive. The Finder crashed (or appeared to restart) in the middle of the operation. Now the files appear as "washed out" in the external drive ...
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Can you hide hidden files in specific folders (like the desktop) while keeping them shown everywhere else?

I work with hidden files all the time, but I like an uncluttered desktop. It would be nice to make files like .DS_Store, and .localized invisible just on the Desktop. Please note I am already aware ...
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Disable “Tags” prompt in OS 10.9 Save dialog

In Mavericks, the Save dialog now offers the ability to add Tags to the file you're saving: Supposing I want to remove this prompt, likely by running a shell command involving defaults write ...
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Finder always jumps to top of window in list view

When I expand or collapse directories in list view in a Finder window (every time i click on the expansion triangle), the window jumps to the top (with nothing selected). I found this article: ...
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Why does iTunes create multiple exact copies of my music files and hide them from view in Finder?

Quite a while ago I downloaded an Indie/Rock Playlist and added it to iTunes, and it was all good. There weren't any doubles of songs or anything, in iTunes. But just now I've noticed that in the ...
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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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How to change path in Finder by entering the path manually?

It seems that by default there is no way to enter a whole path in the Finder, so instead one should traverse through all the tree to get somewhere deep in the filesystem. Is there anyway to overcome ...
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Can I edit content on an FTP server through Finder?

Is there any way around the read-only access that Finder strictly allows so I can get write access to a FTP server through Finder?
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Where did folder “merge” or “keep both” go in OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

Before Mavericks one could hold the ALT key and move a folder "A" onto a folder "B" where already an "A" existed. In this case Mac OS X asked in Lion if I want to merge - or on Mountain Lion if I want ...
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How do I make use of the remote disc icon in the sidebar of Finder?

I bought the new Mac Mini, which doesn't have a SuperDrive, and I noticed an icon in the sidebar of the Finder: Remote Disc. To which device is referring? When I clicked over the sidebar icon with ...
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How to remap delete and shift+delete keys to delete and permanently delete a file in Mac OS X Lion?

I would like to delete and permanently delete a file in finder using del and shift+delete (windows style). Is there any way to remap this in OS X lion?
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How do I create files in Finder without Terminal?

On windows, when you right click then you have option to create files. I want to do that too on Mac, how can I do that without terminal?
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Dot-files and other meta data on non-Mac network shares

Is there a way to tell Finder to not use (or worry about) the ._* files and other meta-data files it normally tries to use when it's on a network share? Currently when I'm in Finder and I try to copy ...
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How to close all Finder inspector windows?

In Finder, I had a ton of files selected, and I ran Get Info instead of Show Inspector. This opens an info window for each file, instead of a single multiple info window. How can I close every info ...
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make new Finder windows open at current folder

In Windows when I browse in Explorer, if I open a new Explorer window, it is opened to the same location as the window I had selected when I hit Ctrl-N. Is there a way of doing the same with Finder? ...
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How to get the Dock to open the Documents and Download folder in Finder?

When I click on the Documents or Downloads folder in the Dock, a Grid comes up. Is there a way to get it to just open in the Finder? Instead of having to click on Documents and then click on Open in ...
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How can I get Network drive shortcuts added to the Finder sidebar in Mountain Lion?

I updated to Mountain Lion from Lion and I noticed that my network drives are no longer shown in Finder's sidebar under Devices. Under preferences I have all checkboxes ticked. And when I click on ...
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How to edit binary InfoPlist.strings in Mountain Lion (for Finder to display folders before files)?

The article Force your Mac to sort folders on top of files (windows style), lets the Finder change its sorting order to first show folders and next all files. This trick doesn't seem to work with ...
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In Finder, the file size is dimmed

I copied a file from my Mac to a server on my LAN. In the Finder window for the destination, the filesize is slightly smaller, and is dimmed. What does it mean that the filesize is dimmed? In the ...