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

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File has different owner if examined using `sudo`

I have some files backed up on an external HD, and according to Finder they're all owned by my standard user account. According to Terminal, however, they're owned "unknown" if I look at them using ...
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How do I launch shell applications after changing shell to MacPorts bash?

I have installed a current bash version via MacPorts and changed Terminal.app to use /opt/local/bin/bash. Unfortunately shell applications won't launch from Finder and Spotlight anymore. (OSX 10.8.2, ...
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Why does “Recent Places” not include most recent places

I have seen others asking about this but have never seen a good answer. The idea of Recent Places or Recent Items is a good one, and is found in many contexts, operating systems, and softwares. ...
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Cannot assign 'Open With' to a specific application using Mountain Lion

I am using Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and Coda 2.0.4. I want all my .js files to open with Coda (currently js files are assigned to Safari). When I do a 'Get Info' and change the 'Open with' application I ...
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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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External drive error while moving files, now folder is inaccessible from Finder

I was moving some files from one external hard drive to another, while the system froze, and I had to reboot the hard way. When I logged in again, the folder was looking semi-transparent (as it is ...
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Unzipped files mystery location?

I used the Terminal to unzip a file by typing Unzip then dragging the file to terminal. The file unzipped successfully and a few GBs were used from my SDD. However, I have no idea where the files are !...
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How to auto-create mount points in /Volume with sshfs

I believe the title says it all, but anyways: I would like to recreate the OSX behaviour of auto-creating mount points in /Volumes with sshfs mounting remote folders and auto-deleting these mount ...
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How do I remove the Finder context option after removing an app?

I got an app a long time ago (called SourceTree) that adds an option to Finder's context menu. The way I installed the app was by simply moving it to my Applications folder, and it didn't come with an ...
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Shortcut to open the Goto window in file open/save dialogues WITH the equivalent to path added

When you have a file open/save prompt box open, you can hit the / key to open a GoTo dialouge to navigate via the file path. Is there a shortcut that does this action but automatically adds the ./ ...
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Mountain Lion-password prompts

How do I stop Mountain Lion from asking me to put in my password everytime I want to move/change folders/files etc? An example is "Finder want to make changes. Please enter your password to allow ...
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Merge folders is not working

I'm trying to merge two folders with the same name but different contents in Finder on OSX Mountain Lion. The folder is located on my iMac and I am dragging a dropping to my External Harddrive where ...
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Stop finder using cover flow in icon view

I am using Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion and one of the finder features that really annoys me is that when i try to sort files by 'Date Created' in icon view it separates them into sections such as '...
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Why is '/opt' hidden, and what can I do to unhide it?

On my ML MBP, '/opt' is somehow 'hidden'. In the finder, it shows in gray. In various applications, it's invisible from a file selection dialog box. Get Info and ls -l show now flags that corresponds ...
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AppleShowAllFiles does not show hidden files

I use OS X 10.8, I type the following defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES killall Finder but still I cannot see any hidden files like .bash_history, .Trash, .cups, .gem etc. in ...
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Automator Application as 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' - Servers don't display in Finder Side Bar?

Have an Automator Application as a 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' (AFP). On login it runs, connects the servers, but does not add them to the Finder Side Bar under 'Devices'. Once logged in, ...
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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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NAS Shortcut won't stay in Favorites bar

In the past I had my network drive as a favorite in all Finder windows. Nowadays it doesn't work well. When I connect manually CMD + K and type afp://192.168.178.28 the NAS root will be directly ...
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Is there a workaround when Finder spends forever “calculating size”?

Has anyone else had the issue of it taking forever to calculate the size of a folder? I have a folder of about 500 GB on an external USB drive, and it seems to never finish "Calculating Size" when I ...
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OS X Finder customize default folder display

There are several ways to display folders in the OS X finder: Folders as icons you can arrange List of items you can expand (collapsable triangles) Graphical "flip" display A column mode where you ...
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Is it possible to edit the path and view the folder path in the Finder?

I'm not sure what it is called on the Mac, but when I open my Downloads folder (or any other folder), I'm referring to this file explorer window that shows me my file structure. I know there are ...
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Can't find my Automator service action in the Keyboard Shortcuts list

I've made a very simple Automator service (moves some selected files into a new folder). It works fine via the Services -> menu. So now I'd like to add a keyboard shortcut to launch this action from ...
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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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Can I save iCloud documents to the Documents folder as well as to iCloud?

Basically, I want to be able to save a copy of my iCloud documents that I made in Pages (on both mac and iOS) to my documents folder, where all my pre-iCloud documents are still stored. to note: I ...
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Why does finder report my applications are in the trash when I use Open With?

When I attempt to open a a file with Preview (and some other applications) via the Open With open I get the following error: You can't open the application "Preview" because it's in the Trash. ...
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What is Mobile Sync - Backup and why is it taking so much space?

I was checking my directory and found out that the Folder Backup in Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup, is taking 13GB of my Harddisk ... What is this and why is taking so much space ...
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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Finder sidebar/Favorites: add MyComputer shortcut?

How can I add a shortcut to "MyComputer"/"This Mac" (container of all drives) to the Finder.app sidebar (section: "Favorites), please?
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Files on desktop un-deleteable, say “No Items selected” when previewed

I have some image files that mysteriously showed up on the desktop. When I go to move them, they show a copy (+) icon and they are unable to be deleted. When I select either one and press space bar to ...
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Is “All My Files” slow because of my git and svn repos?

All My Files is often painfully slow, long beach ball spins when I open a new finder window. The thing is I actually like it... and I'm wondering if perhaps it's because of all my GIT and SVN repos (...
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Mysterious hard disk space vanishing?

I'm running Snow Leopard on a Late 2009 unibody MacBook. At the moment I was trying to do some late spring cleaning, and clearing up some HDD space. Now here's the weird part: My User's folder shows ...
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QuickTime taking control over AVCHD content?

I've noticed that on 10.8 QuickTime takes control over the AVCHD content folder on my cameras memory card, turning it into a package and requiring you to open it up in QuickTime and convert the videos ...
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How do I Get Info for multiple items in one window?

When selecting multiple items in the Finder and hitting the ⌘+I shortcut, OS X produces one window per file, which is painful when attempting to view a summary of, for example, the total size of a ...
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Network disconnect causes leftover directory under /Volumes

I have the following issue on Snow Leopard (10.6.8) after mounting a network drive (⌘+K in Finder. When I disconnect the laptop from the network without dismounting the drive, I get the Finder ...
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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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“Download” Finder windows lose focus

For as long as I can remember, every time that I've gone to open a downloaded file—either from Safari or Chrome—I'll see the dialog showing the package being unpacked, and then the Finder window with ...
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How to open a file in the default application for it directly from QuickLook?

Is there a way to open a file straight from QuickLook? I have a directory containing symlinks to the PDF files I usually refer to. I cannot copy the files locally and I must use symlinks. When I need ...
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Can't copy into my own Public folder

I can't copy into my own Public folder neither with my finder nor from terminal 'sudo cp ~/temp/gyongyinek/* ~/Public/' If I execute the above command from terminal I got this: Operation not ...
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In Finder, directory size is not shown

I linked Mail.app to my Gmail account and to my surprise it downloaded all of the 300000+ (!) messages that are on it (I looked in the Preferences for a way to limit the amount of messages downloaded ...
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How to create a 'New Email with Attachment' option in Finder?

With OS X Lion, the 'New Email with Attachment' option is missing from Finder. It is supposed to be replaced with the new "Share Button". Unfortunately, the only two ways I can share a file are ...
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Clicking “Downloads” in Finder does nothing. How can I repair it?

When I click the Downloads item in the Finder, it does nothing. The previously highlighted item remains highlighted. How can I fix this? If I open a console/bash prompt I can see that ~/...
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How does System Information break down the Storage report?

When I access the Storage report via About this Mac > More info... I am noticing some strangeness: I see quite significant amounts being reported for file types that I don't have a lot of on my hard ...
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How to I list applications sorted by modified time in Finder on OS X 10.8?

I discovered that on 10.8 the Applications folder does not allow you to change the sort order, it's always listed by name. How can I change the sort order?
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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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How to use Finder's “Open With Application”?

(Apologies in advance if the menu names aren't exactly right -- I'm not using Mac OS X in English, so I'm guessing at the translations.) I was curious what the "screen sharing" shortcut had in it, so ...
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Mountain Lion Finder having issues

In Mountain Lion, Finder recently started acting weird. Sometimes I can't resize Finder windows (I just have to close the window and open a new one), and quicklook windows zoom out of the wrong place. ...
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Why are some apps greyed out when Command+Tab'ing through programs?

Sometimes when I switch through programs using the Command+Tab shortcut certain programs appear to be greyed out. I can switch to the program in question with no problems nor is there anything ...
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Lacie external Thunderbolt drive not appearing in finder

I have an iMac running Mountain Lion and just bought an external Lacie Thunderbolt drive. It seems to work, but does not appear in the Finder. Does anyone know a fix for this?
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Can't open example files in LyX (greyed out)

I am trying to bring up LyX on a mac. One of the first things in the tutorial is to go look at the file named example_raw.lyx. I know the file is on my machine because I found it using terminal, ...
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Finder.app previews of aliases and symbolic links

I have a folder with Finder aliases and symbolic links (i.e. created using ln -s original.pdf link.pdf). How can I make sure Finder displays previews for these instead of the standard icon? This ...
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“All My Files” option in Open/Save dialog get 100% CPU on Mountain Lion for a couple of minutes?

"All My Files" option in Open/Save dialog get 100% CPU on Mountain Lion for a couple of minutes? How to solve this? Mainly this happens twice: once before drawing anything on screen and once again ...