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

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Choose a default app for opening files with no extension?

Is it possible to set a default application to open files with no extension? I'm not referring to files with hidden extensions, but those completely lacking an extension -- e.g. README, CHANGELOG, ...
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After importing pictures into Aperture how can I find them in Finder?

When I import pictures from my camera using Aperture I can find them by using Aperture to browse through its library, but I generally want to access them from Finder. Where might they be?
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Xcode not letting me open a specific project

When i try to open a specific project in xcode (i can open my other projects just not the most important one) i get this error I have gone in "Get Info" and made sure my account had complete ...
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Opening finder instances extremely slow in browsers and quicksilver since 10.6.7 update

Since the update OSX to 10.6.7 opening finder windows (such as when you want to save an image in a browser) takes between 5-10 seconds and then an additional 1-3 seconds to show places in the finder ...
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Is there a way to search for locked files in the finder?

The title pretty much says it all. Using the File Inspector I can see if a given file is locked or not, but I would like to be able to create a smart folder containing all the files in a given folder ...
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Mounting cue/bin files

There are many suggestions on the internet on how to use cue/bin files on a Mac. Is there a native way of mounting cue or bin files and seeing them as Volumes in Finder? Alternatively, are there any ...
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In Finder's List view, is there a keyboard shortcut to go to top/bottom of list?

Before Leopard, hitting the Spacebar would take you to the bottom file in List view -- but that now initiates QuickLook. As far as I know there has never been a keyboard shortcut to go to the top of ...
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Show selected folders size at bottom of finder - like you can in Windows

In Windows, it's easy to grab a bunch of files up to a size limit. Just keep selecting and look at the bottom of explorer where you can see the 'selected files combined size' There appears to be no ...
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Can't preview files in column view

I'm suddenly not able to preview files in column view, or select them in the Open File dialog. Selecting the file gives me a spinning beach ball, and eventually I end up relaunching the Finder. I've ...
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Alternative to Quicksilver Triggers

Well after using QS for quite some time, it no longer works...Even when loading it on a clean SL build with latest Apple updates. When I set up a trigger they will only work until I reboot. At that ...
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Why is it not possible to use the “cut” command to manipulate a file in the Finder?

On OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I don't seem to be able to us the "Cut" command on a file in the Finder, like you can do in Windows Explorer on Microsoft Windows. (In Windows, once you select a file and ...
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Is there an easy way to get web page shortcuts on the desktop to use the favicon from the site?

All of the web shortcuts on my desktop look the same. Any reason they can't be using the site icon (favicon) the same way the browsers do? Is there a way to do it in OSX 10.6?
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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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Any way to make multiple files stop hiding their extension?

How can I make multiple files show their extension at once? Any finder setting and/or terminal command would be nice.
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Disable thumbnail generation in finder

Is there a way to tell Finder to not peek inside or generate thumbnails for files based on a particular network share or folder? I've got a tape archival system which presents an SMB (Windows) ...
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How to configure OSX to not to sort new files in a folder and how to prevent new Finder windows pop-upping when unzipped?

I have to unzip a bunch of files in a bunch of different folders. So I select one file to unzip, then move onto the next file. But as I set a bunch of files to unzip, they start to complete and start ...
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Is there a way to display more metadata fields in the Finder list view?

If I view and sort files in a directory using Finder's list view I seem to be limited to a rather anaemic: Name Date Modified Size Kind Now, take an .mp3 file for example. There is potentially a ...
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Finder Replacements?

Since it appears to be impossible to disable the creation of .DS_Store files in Finder I'd like to know of alternatives to Finder. Ideally this would be a Community Wiki with one piece of software ...
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Never create a .DS_Store file again

I'm tired of finder creating these .DS_Store metadata and finder view tracking files in all of my directories. How can I disable this in Finder?
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Finder freezes when deleting files across a network

I have my MacBook 5,2 hooked up to an Ubuntu 10.10 'server' via ethernet. I've installed netatalk (AFP fileserver) and avahi-daemon (Bonjour for Linux) on the server. I've disallowed Spotlight from ...
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What does the “Stationery Pad” option do?

Under the General section of a file's File Info, there is a checkbox for Stationery Pad and Locked. The Locked option is pretty straightforward, but what does Stationery Pad do?
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How to list my programs in my User Applications folder?

Somehow (a long time ago) I deleted the contents of the Applications folder under my username (User/Applications). However, when I typed "Applications" into Spotlight, it gave me a folder called ...
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How can I open a Terminal window directly from my current Finder location?

I was wondering if there was any was I could right click inside any instance of a "Finder" window such that I have an option that says "Open Terminal Here". It would be really helpful.
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Is there a way to lock a folder's icon without making its contents Read Only?

I have a network share that is used by a large group of kids. They love changing the icon of this folder, which causes a lot of debate. I know that there is a hidden file that specifies the icon; can ...
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Why can't I send my files to the Trash?

When I try to delete some items, whether from the keyboard (Command+Delete) or by dragging to the Trash on the dock, I get a message informing me that I can only permanently delete the item. Why is ...
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How can I rename items in the Finder “Places” Sidebar?

In the Finder sidebar (and in Pathfinder's sidebar too), there is a Places area where you can add your own shortcuts. Where are these actually kept on the Mac. I checked $HOME/Library but couldn't ...
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How can right click in Finder without using the trackpad or a mouse?

My goal is to select a file in Finder and get to the "open with" menu without having to leave the keyboard.
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Connect to Server as guest from command line

I have a SAMBA share I mount on my Mac from time to time. I do this in Finder with Go > Connect to Server..., typing smb://192.168.1.1 into the Server Address field and pressing Connect. On the ...
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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 ...