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

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How do I remove duplicate “Open With” context menu items in Finder.app?

For whatever reason, the "Open With" context menu in Finder is always listing every app four times (exactly). I've read about (and tried) rebuilding the Launch Services database to restore the ...
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System-wide finder view preferences

I know that .DS_Store files are created in every directory I enter with the finder in Mac OS X, and that keeps track of the folder's metadata (including how is it being displayed). I also know that ...
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Customize Quick Look to allow me to view .yml files

I would like to use "space" to preview *.yml files directly out of the finder on Mac OS X. I think I have to tell finder to launch the text file quick view handler for files with that type and this ...
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Is there a way to add shortcuts to open a particular folder in Save Dialogs and Finder Windows?

I know that when you're saving or opening a file ⌘ shift D shoots you to the Desktop folder, and pressing ⌘ shift D whilst using finder shoots you to the desktop folder as well. Is there a way to ...
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Synchronise/Merge MP3 collections without duplication or huge copies

I have one drive containing about 90GB of MP3s which is used at home, it serves three Squeezebox players though the Slimserver software running on one of the desktop Macs. I have a separate firewire ...
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Tile Finder background image in Snow Leopard

I have seen a guide/tip on the internet to make Finder tile it's background by editing ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist however the guide is now outdated and no longer works on Snow ...
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Force a file to overwrite instead of appending

I've got an application that won't overwrite a file with the same filename. It will only append the filename with a 'space 1'. If I write a file more than once I get something like this: ...
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Is there a way to hide all file extensions in OS X?

Is there any way to globally hide every single file extension in OS X? I've seen the option in the Get Info menu to hide the selected file's extension, but I'd like to never see a file extension ...
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How to fix gray files in Finder?

Is there any way to force Finder to refresh its in-use information for gray (inaccessible) files? Details: I move infrequently used files from my Mac (OS X 10.6) to a Windows Server 2008 file ...
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Clear thumbnails for renamed files

I ran a batch of images through an AppleScript Finder script that replaced text substrings in the filenames and did so once more to change the extensions to something other than .jpeg. As expected, ...
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Did my girlfriend delete her USB disk?

My girlfriend says she dragged the USB disk from the sidebar in finder into trash and I have since emptied the trash. Is this plausible? How do I show/display a USB drive using the command line or ...
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What are the empty home and net drives?

I have two drives on my Mac which are always empty (I've enabled show hidden files in the Finder): What are these drives for?
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How can I force Finder to be opened in a specific size? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mac OS X Lion Finder Window Size Every time I open Finder it open in a small windows I want it open in a bigger window how can I do this?
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OS X Downloaded File Warning

Example at bottom. How does OS X apply this warning and what's the best way to disable it? I'm a Web Developer and more than understand the risks of teh interwebs.
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New File Action in Finder

Why finder doesn't have 'New File', but 'New Folder'? Is there any way/tool for having 'New File' in Finder? ADDED Pathfinder provides the feature of making 'New File'. I need this function in ...
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What is this symbol? ⎋ (it is listed as menu shortcut)

The shortcut that is reported in the -menu, for Force Quit menu-item, is ⌥⌘⎋ (the last character is the Unicode broken circle with northwest arrow). What key should I press to invoke the Force Quit ...
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How to install and run nautilus using macports (or any other way)

I've installed macports and then done 'sudo port install nautilus' to install nautilus, which all works fine. Now i'm not sure how to actually run nautilus - there's no app in the applications, and if ...
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Replace Finder with Forklift

Is possible to have Forklift open folders, paths, etc instead of Finder?
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How do I use a keyboard shortcut to execute a shell script I wrote, passing the file selected in Finder as an arg?

I suppose you could have it pass in whatever was selected in general in any app (such as text highlighted in a web browser).
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How can I force MacOS to make a binary conversion of filesizes in MB, GB…?

I noticed that MacOS (10.6) makes a decimal conversion for file sizes, instead of binary: Is there any way to force it to make binary conversions instead in Finder? Because my mind kinda works in ...
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Is there any global Finder setting for “Keep Arranged By”?

Is there any global Finder setting for "Keep Arranged By"? I know I can set it on a per folder basis pressing Option - Right Click: It is painful having to do this for every folder though... ...
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How to disable ._ AppleDouble files for SMB?

I have a small problem. I don't want that our Macs here create the ._ files to the network drive. For example when you copy an image over the finder to the SMB storage. Is there a way to disable this ...
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What's triggering my Finder's CPU binges?

A few times a week, the Finder on my Macbook shoots up to around 100% CPU use, and the fans start blasting. I've done everything I can think of - repaired permissions, rebooted, trashed preferences, ...
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Why are FTP connections read-only when I use “Connect to Server…”?

I'm just trying to connect to the server hosting my website through Finder, but it's always read only, even though I'm logging in with my username and pass. Obviously, I can connect with an FTP ...
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Why does the enter/return key rename a file/folder, instead of opening it? [closed]

Is there some sort of known logic behind Apple's choice to make the enter key rename a file/folder, rather than open it as is standard on Windows and Linux? For those of you coming here for the ...
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How to disable Finder's “is available on your computer” message

I've set up an SSH tunnel to SMB on a remote Windows server, and want to access it using the Finder. I set up the tunnel using the command: ssh warren@sshserver.local -p 3484 -L ...
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Change the way how finder truncates file names

Finder truncates file names (and other things). Is there a way of changing this behaviour? example: i have a file with a names long_file_name_that_i_do_care_about.txt ...
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Checking for folder/file changes using Automator?

Is there there a way to check a folder/file for changes (includes adding files, deleting files, changes in files,...). The 'Folder action' in Automator is only checking if any files are newly added.
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How can I stop Finder from trying to 'pre-load' audio files?

I have a lot of audio in my storage devices. Finder for Mac OS X Snow Leopard tries to get a 'snapshot' of the audio whenever a folder is opened and this can take a while if there are lots of files. ...
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How do I fix this Smart Folder problem? It keeps switching off of “This Mac”

I created a Smart Folder in the finder called "TV" which searches for files of type movie created in the last 7 days. When I created the search in the first place, I clicked on "Search This Mac" to ...
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What are the best mnemonics to remember important short cuts?

In my job I teach a lot of people to use macs. Since you use what you remember I'm always on the look out for funny or memorable ways to remember keyboard or system shortcuts (like you have the option ...
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How to show hidden files and folders in finder?

I have a folder that starts with a dot . but unable to display them in Finder. How can I say that for folder X Finder should also display hidden files/folders?
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Is it possible to run Nautilus on OS X?

Is it possible to run Nautilus instead of Finder on Mac OS X Snow Leopard? How?
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Group running apps in OSX?

Since I'm working on several projects that require different resources (shells, files, chrome windows, etc), I'd like to organize them better. Is there a mac utility or something that will allow me ...
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Binding an applescript to a button in osx

I have asked a question here. But it is for adding a custom button in osx finder toolbar. Suppose I have an applescript & I want to bind it on a custom button. & then I want to place that ...
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Customizing OSX finder toolbar

How is it possible to customize toolbar of finder & add more buttons other than defaults ?
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How can I mount SFTP/SSH in Finder on OSX Snow Leopard?

My Question is seemingly simple. I need to mount an ssh/sftp volume and make it visible in finder to be able to use it as if it were a local volume (think smb share). I have tried everything I could ...
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key combo to toggle showing hidden items

Is there a key combination I can use to show/hide hidden items in Finder?
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Can I get the Media browsers from the File Open dialog in the Finder sidebar?

The File Open dialog has three very useful Media entries in the sidebar (Photos, Movies, Music). They are backed by the various iLife applications, so that you can select, for example, from your ...
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Are there any free alternatives to finder?

Relatively new to the Mac world, I still find the 'Finder' not really that user friendly. What free alternatives to Finder exist? *I mean really file browsers, not application launchers like ...
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Drag & Drop vs mv - Any difference?

Is there a difference between bulk-moving files with Drag & Drop vs mv? Use case: Volume External_Drive_A has about 8000 files totalling 9GB. External_Drive_B has 74GB of free space. The desired ...
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Is it possible to have tabs in Finder?

Is there any way to get tabs in Finder? I often need to open many finder windows at the same time and it pollutes my desktop.
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OSX: Is there a way to change the default behavior of copy/move overwrite?

Problem: Many of my friends are moving to OS X and are frustrated that, unlike Windows and *NIX systems, copying/moving a folder (with sub-folders) deletes the destination folder if a folder of the ...
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How to set to open folder with enter in finder?

I want to set to open a folder in finder with Enter. I know it's possible to open a folder with ⌘ Command + ↓ Down Arrow but I don't like it and I never use it because it's easier to use the ...
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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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Can I change the label of an entry in the Finder sidebar?

I have a couple folders in my Finder's sidebar. Since they're nested (on the actual file system), the names aren't very descriptive. Is there a way I can change the name of the entry in the sidebar ...
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Why does changing “Open with” also change a files “Modification date”?

Something I noticed a while ago. I use Carbon Copy Cloner for backing up my files and I noticed one day when I changed a video's "Open with" flag to always open a video file with Movist instead of ...
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Constrain Columns of Files in Finder to only 3?

I like how in Finder, they only have 3 columns of files before the files wrap to a new row. However, when I lend out my USB to some friends, they don't have "Snap to Grid" enabled, which causes them ...
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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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Changing sort options in icon view

Is there any way to sort files in any way other than NAME while in ICON view? This is typically when in a file dialog (i.e. browser upload window) there are no options for sorting by Last Modified or ...