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

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Can I copy from Finder the current Path? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Copying the current directory's path to the clipboard Is there a way to copy to clipboard the current directory I'm at? (I'm running ML). EDIT: There is an option ...
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Does a .DS_Store file contain view settings for its own folder, or does it describe the view(s) of the sub folder(s) contained in its own folder?

I'm having major issues figuring out how to get my arrange/sort settings to "stick" for my Finder windows—both in Lion, and now in Mountain Lion too (with a completely fresh system). I created an ...
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Macbook Pro Xcode Uninstall sedo .h files still there

I recently unistalled Xcode using Sedo developer in the terminal. The reason I uninstalled is because every time I searched for something in finder, millions of .h and .m files would show and crowd ...
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How can I put the folder containing my iCloud documents in the Finder sidebar?

iCloud documents live in ~Library/Mobile Documents. But if I try to drag said folder to the Finder sidebar, I get a "do not enter" sign, and it won't add. How can I put my iCloud documents folder in ...
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Why some folders have the .DS_Store but some doesn't?

Local storage In some of my folder, I found something quite interesting: Some folders have the `.DS_Store` but some does not Network storage .DS_Store files are not on the network store. Any ...
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How can I view the root directory along with all its subdirectories in Finder?

I want to view the all (sub-)directories on my Mac partition in Finder. Both hidden and unhidden directories. How can I do this?
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How to use drag and drop to move files instead of copying

Drag and drop between drives defaults to copying the files not moving them. I know holding ⌘ along with the drag will move the files, but I'm looking for something more permanent like a defaults ...
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How can I get rid of a stuck folder in the Finder's toolbar?

I was trying to reorganize my desktop and had a folder dragging into another folder. When I did this, the folder just got stuck in the toolbar and didn't copy over to the new location... It's not a ...
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Why isn't finder finding all files?

I had a Smart Search for my Photo Stream files located at ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub/, searching for JPG and PNG files. I found that not all files were showing up. ...
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Mac: how to securely delete an SD card?

Nothing I have tried gives me read/WRITE access to my SD card from my Canon camera. How can I secure-delete before selling the card on eBay? (the lock switch is on: unlocked - tried the other position ...
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How can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

I'm trying to set up a Saved Search of my Mac that will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results. The reason is because I'm getting a ton of false positives from that folder that ...
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Every time I try to empty my recycling bin it gets stuck

I'm trying to empty my trash but everytime I do it gets stuck. The only way to get it off the screen, even after hours is to force quit.
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Why do images with the same dimensions have different size icon previews?

Why is the preview icon for one image larger and the other smaller? The images should be the same size. Css_cursor_pointer.png was opened in Photoshop and saved as cursor.png.
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Finder list view, change column with to optimal with using AppleScript

I'm trying to create an AppleScript script that resizes the columns of Finder's list view (e.g. Name, Size …) to their optimal width (i.e. the minimum width where all text in the column is visible) on ...
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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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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 ...
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I can't remove items from the sidebar in Finder

I'm having trouble removing items from the sidebar in the finder window. I can right click on Applications, and ill have options for it saying "remove from sidebar". However, I have a lot of things on ...
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Can I customize the icon Finder uses for PDF/Preview files?

How can I disable the "dog ears" my PDF previews have in Finder? This is most easily seen in windows with icon view. (Command ⌘-1 is the shortcut). Is it possible to customize this icon so it is ...
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Open a folder in default browser

I have many web projects that I develop on the localhost. Normally to get to these one has to navigate from the root directory or bookmark the url. I want to be able to open an OS directory/folder in ...
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OS X menu bar missing after application crash

The entire menu bar (the white one, that holds the Apple menu, etc) has vanished on my iMac. In this instance, I think it went away when VLC crashed, but it's happened in other situations as well. ...
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How can I remove old SMB connections?

Whenever I start up my old Mac Mini, I get an error indicating that it can't connect to an SMB share that I set up a long time ago: So that this question is findable via Google, the text of this ...
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How to Have CSS Content Preview in Finder?

Running Lion 10.7.4 The .php and .txt extension have a preview of the content in Finder. But not the .css. Is there a sudo magic for enabling this?
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How do I get LaunchBar to open the enclosing folder for a selected file?

After selecting a file or application in LaunchBar, how do I get it to show it in the Finder? (I'd like the equivalent of right-clicking on a file in a Spotlight search and selecting "Open Enclosing ...
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Whenever I try to delete a file in Finder I get “Finder wants to make changes. Type your password to allow this.”

I can't figure out why Finder isn't letting me delete files under my home directory without providing my password. Here's a listing of some files on my desktop: ~/Desktop steve 526$ ls -l@ flower* ...
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How to set label color for “Utilities” folder in Lion?

In earlier versions of OSX I've set the label color of the /Applications/Utilities folder so that it's easy to spot (visually). Lion disables the labels for this folder. (Why?) I've tried changing ...
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Time Capsule disappears from Finder

My time capsule is disappearing from my Finder list (left side) occasionally.. it is very odd. I have my iMac plugged in to it via Ethernet cable. How do I force my iMac to connect to it when it ...
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Lost file when moving it to a “All My Files” Finder window

By mistake, I moved a file in to a Finder window that I previously did a search in, so it was open on "All My Files" which is not really a folder. Yet when I moved the file in to this Finder window, ...
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How can I see my home folder in the finder?

How can I go to my home folder in finder? and/or how can I navigate up a folder tree in finder I am used to Ubuntu and finding /home/name easily in the gui
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Can I make the Finder label a folder if it contains a file or folder of a specific name?

I'd love it if I could somehow make the Finder color-label all folders containing a .git directory so I could tell at a glance if the folder is a Git repo. Any ideas?
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Shortcuts to label files in Finder

Are there any shortcuts to label a file in Finder? The fastest way i know is to place an icon in the menubar, but it would be much better when i can do it with the keyboard.
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Width of the column view separation line in Finder

I'm using Mac OS X lion. In Finder, I use the column view. I know how to set up the width, but the thin line you use to drag the columns has suddenly become thicker and very visible. I know this ...
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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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Finder not expanding folders anymore after OSX Lion re-installation

I've just reinstalled Lion after having replaced the stock HDD with an OCZ Vertex 4 SSD and everything is fine apart from the Finder, which does not expand folders anymore..see the following ...
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move to trash on ~/.Trash folder [closed]

Why finder application is showing move to trash on ~/.Trash folder? If you will click on move to trash it will show an indefinite progress indicator that will never ends.
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Spotlight Woes! Can't search, can't reindex, can't find [closed]

Help! Spotlight stopped working ... if I go to spotlight search (top right), it just hangs. Same with Apple-F in Finder ... it causes Finder to hang for a minute or so. Cannot search. I went to ...
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Associated Voila files to finder by mistake

An associate of mine has managed to associate all his Voila files to Finder, and now he just has a bunch of folders for them. He wants to revert this but, when he does, at Get Info he has no option ...
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Unhide /etc dir but NOT using 'AppleShowAllFiles'. Possible?

I frequently use and edit config files inside /etc on OS X Lion. I would like to be able to access this dir in Finder easily, but don't want to unhide hidden files system-wide using defaults write ...
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How can I restart Finder when it keeps “stopping” an stopped copy process?

Every now and then, mostly with USB sticks, Finder decides to copy forever, either at the end of the copy process (i.e. the files are already copied), or at the very beginning. Stopping the process ...
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Extracting zip does not store files in “today” in Finder

I have a Mac OS X Lion 10.7. I downloaded a zip file from the internet which shows up in "Today". However, after extracting the zip file, it puts the contents in "earlier". is it possible to show the ...
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Can not burn 1.4GB data into a 4.7GB DVD (file too big)

I'm trying to burn 1.4GB of data into a 4.7GB DVD using Finder in Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. The biggest file is 300MB. Here are the steps I take: Insert blank disc Open Finder and drag files ...
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“Connect to Server” option missing

Running OSX Lion, I have no "connect to server" option listed in Finder > Go menu. Everything I've read about connecting to a Windows file share references that option. Why would it be missing and ...
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Hiding emacs backup files in Finder

I would like to find a way to hide all the *~ files in Finder, which are used as backup files by Emacs. Is there a general approach to make Finder hide all the files with their names matching certain ...
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Finder shows me filenames and folder in inverted order. Why?

OS X is showing me some folder and filenames, per default in reverse alphabetical order. Why?
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Maximize current window completely to hide background in Macbook

While working on chrome/firefox/finder, I open several windows. Each window has some leftover blank space on right side. This is a huge problem while panning the page using the blue scroll bar. Often ...
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When will Finder use large amount of memory?

Sometimes I see the iMac with 4GB of RAM having a few MB of swap file only, and after I left for a few hours and come back, the swap file is 2.7GB. Looking into the Activities Monitor, the Finder is ...
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How do I keep QTKitServer (QuickLook Helper) CPU usage from exploding out of control? OR How do I disable QuickLook entirely?

I've been watching lots of .MKVs lately, opened from the Finder. In Column View, when you single-click any file, QuickLook will load a viewable thumbnail into the next column over. This causes ...
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How to find all files that are larger than 1GB on the Mac HD?

It seems that either one of these commands can be used: sudo find / -size +1G sudo find / -type f -size +1G But when it gets to /Volumes, it actually look at all the back up files by Time Machine ...
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How do I not accidentally eject external drives?

I have a Mac Mini with a few external drives connected that I use as a home server. Normally the Eject buttons next to the drive icon are really handy as they let me eject an external drive very ...
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Any app that will automatically size and lock Finder windows? [duplicate]

For several years I was Windows-only at work and used a great utility that resized and locked my Explorer windows. I'm surprised I haven't come across this for the Mac as I am always repositioning, ...
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How to use Keep in Dock option with applications started form the console?

I tried to use Keep in Dock option with a Java application that is started from the command line but when I try to restart the application it will fail - and this is happening because it will start ...