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

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How to disable Finder triangle reveal animation in 10.7 Lion

In Finder's list view, you can click the little triangles to the left of folder icons in order to reveal the contents of the folder. In 10.7 Lion, this reveal/expansion is accompanied by a vertical ...
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Is there a way to access iCloud's Photo Stream from the Finder, similar to Windows?

On Windows, Photo Stream works in a way that all the files are automatically copied to your 'My Pictures' folder or the like. I currently have Photo Stream working in Aperture, but every once in a ...
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What does Mail do when you try to quit it?

For some reason, Mail takes significantly longer than most of my other apps to quit. It might become unresponsive for a period of time after I hit [command]+[q] before it actually quits. What is ...
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Zoom (green) button & Finder list view

I am using Finder list view in OSX Lion 10.7.3, and I want to size the window to the contents. I click the zoom (green) button which according to the web 'toggles the window between the “user state” ...
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How can I hide a local disk in Finder at root level?

I want to hide some local disks from left pane (Devices section) in Finder. I want to remove them from the list of all disks at root level. What is the command in terminal? PS: I can't unmount ...
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Is there an Apple list of terminal based tweaks?

Googling for terminal tweaks shows sites this one which show how to tweak OS X via the Terminal. Are there any Apple or exhaustive lists of these settings anywhere on the net?
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Modifying behaviour of “Stationery Pad” function in Finder

I recently found out about the "Stationery Pad" feature of the Finder in OS X. For those who are not familiar with it, it allows you to select a file (usually a document of some sort) and in the Get ...
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Removing coloured icons in Finder

There have been a number of questions for removing the muted sidebar icons and replacing them with the older coloured versions. It's well documented that the coloured versions still happily exist and ...
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Displaying combined file size of selected files in Finder

To find details about a files size, you can right click and select "Get Info": When I select a large number of files, and want to get information about all if them together as a single selection, ...
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Combining Finder's File Open/save dialog with Alfred

Finder's Open/Save File dialog is actually very dumb (in terms of flexibility). When I look for a file or its location, I can probably find it much faster using Alfred. However, in many cases, you ...
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Emptying the Trash: not working

On Lion 10.7.3, when trying to empty the Trash from the GUI the items to be deleted are counted, and the the dialog doesn't progress anymore: Stopping emptying the Trash doesn't help much either: ...
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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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Can Finder delete a file directly and bypass moving it to the Trash?

Is it possible to really delete a file (ie, bypass the Trash) from Finder? Currently, when I want to reclaim space from a USB drive, I rm files/folder from the Terminal, but I'd like to do it from the ...
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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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Define order of label color in Finder

I have ordered labeled PDF files with the colors green (very good), orange (ok) and red (bad). When I order my files after labels I get: Green Orange Yellow But I want to have Green Yellow ...
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What is the purpose of the extra room on Finder's “View Options” window?

I am running 10.6.8 on a late 2008 MBP. I know this has been the look of the "View Options" window for a while, but I just really noticed all of the extra space at the bottom. It's now being used in ...
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How do I set the default file permissions for GUI apps in Lion?

I've set my umask in my .bashrc file to 007. Any files created on the command line after loading my bashrc file respects this setting. I want to be able to set the umask to 007 for any files created ...
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How to make ntfs-3g drive visible in Finder

I was using Tuxera NTFS for a while on my external drives but then my trial ran out. So then I installed ntfs-3g from macports. When I connect my external drive, OSX automatically mounts it, but it ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to show/open the Trash?

Is there a keyboard shortcut for the Trash? I know how to create one, but I want to know if there's a built-in shortcut. To clarify, this is to show the Trash, not to empty it.
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Copy folder & files with labeled files but strip the label?

Is there an easier way to copy a folder that contains files with (colored) labels applied and strip those labels than making an Automator droplet/application? So perfect would be having this to ...
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How can I create a keyboard shortcut to access a specific folder in Finder?

I have been using Total Commander as a file manager on Windows for years. There is one feature I miss a lot in Finder: a shortcut to one specific folder. Saying I have a folder ~/Downloads, ...
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Remove link to something that is not a folder in the Finder sidebar

Somehow I managed to have a link to a document in my Finder sidebar (Mac OS X Snow Leopard, 10.6). It does show up under my “Places” category on the left. I can move it around and it sticks where I ...
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Option to “open with…” on folders in finder

Is it possible to add the "Open with..." option to Finder, when you do a secondary click on a folder? I want the same behavior as when I'm secondary clicking on a file. Edit I do not want to open ...
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How to tell open file dialogs to hide invalid file types?

One of the most annoying things about working on my Mac is when I am using an open file dialog from any application. For some reason beyond me it shows all the files that are invalid to open greyed ...
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DMG mounts but does not auto-open

I have a DMG which I downloaded using Safari. When I double click it, the volume mounts but it doesn't open in a new Finder window. Any idea why this would happen, and how I can fix the DMG so that ...
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Getting Beach ball when selecting “open with” on context menu

I have multiple external disks on my machines. They are "green disks" and spin down/power save when they have not been accessed for a while. When I right click on a file in Finder, then select "Open ...
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Lion: Arrange Bug?

I have arrange by kind turned on at all times, yet sometimes I see a strange bug: As you can see, the arrange headers: "Folders", "PDF Documents" and "Documents" do not show up properly. They are ...
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How do I search all hidden files that are in hidden folders using Terminal?

I need to find some configs buried in some hidden folders and can't recall where they are to navigate to them directly Cmd+Shift+G. I did a sudo find -name Foo* (slow), but none of the returned files ...
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Can't relaunch Finder and the menubar is missing

I booted up my MacBook Air (running Mac OS X Lion) and the desktop doesn't have a menubar. I used option+right-click to relaunch Finder and there isn't an option to relaunch it. When I launch an ...
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How do so set “date added” metadata in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

The Finder in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion shows a new piece of file metadata, "Date Added," which tracks the date an item was added to a folder. After upgrading to 10.7, none of the items in my ~/Downloads ...
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Snow Leopard Tiles Overflow Finder window

I have somewhat recently noticed that when I have have the Finder mode set to Tiles, that the tiles are too wide for the window. For example, it shows 7 across (in a row), whereas that makes it to ...
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Is it safe to Symlink your applications folder?

If you had a NAS and you were going to store all your applications on there, would it be safe to - on the computers accessing it - replace their application folder with a symlink to the folder on the ...
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How do I get Finder windows to reopen on start up?

I just got my new computer with system 10.7.2 and this is really bugging me. I like having a few Finder windows always open. When I shut down and then start up my computer the next day, all the ...
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Is there a shortcut for setting labels in Finder?

How can I set a label on a folder with a keyboard shortcut from the finder?
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What's the equivalent of windows explorer?

The documentation says that Finder replaces windows explorer. However I have gone to my home directory in a terminal and created a directory with mkdir temp How can I browse this directory using ...
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Why won't the Finder sort when clicking on the column headers in this different list view?

As pictured this new list view has the column headers that are un-clickable, so one can't sort by clicking on the column headers. Why is the Finder doing this and how do I get it back to the way it ...
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How can I automount a shared network drive for Time Machine backups?

At home, my primary computer is an iMac with an external USB hard drive. The external drive is shared so that other computers can use it for Time Machine. I have a MacBook Air that I take to work ...
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Finder question: missing expansion triangle in list view

I have a list of folders shown in list view mode in Finder. But for some weird reason the regular click to expand triangle button which is present on each folder icon has disappeared. This issue is ...
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Add shortcut for multiple terminal commands?

I find myself doing this too often - navigate to a folder, "Open Terminal Here", then "mate .", then "python -m SimpleHTTPServer" I was wondering if it's possible to add a button to the finder ...
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How do you encrypt a file or a single folder worth of data?

Looking for a way to easily encrypt a file or a folder with a password without having to make up an encrypted read write image in Disk Utility?
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com.apple.qtkitserver CPU usage on OS X Lion

I'm on Lion 10.7.3 and every now and then, com.apple.qtkitserver hogs my CPU @ 100% for a little less than a minute, especially when there's something happening on Finder. I know that QTKitServer is ...
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Set the default search to current folder?

The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders. However, typing into this bar always searches the entire ...
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How to omit apps from external drives in “Open With” menu?

I maintain a SuperDuper! clone of my primary boot drive for backup purposes. When it's mounted, Finder's "Open With" menu shows duplicate applications. When I unmount it, they go away. How do I ...
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In Lion, the “Open File” dialog doesn't refresh until 30 to 60 seconds after the window appears

I'm running Lion (10.7.3). In any application, when I bring up the "Open File" dialog, it shows an outdated list of files — files I deleted hours ago still show up; files I recently created don't ...
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Make a file a Stationery pad via command line

Is there a way to set make a file into a Stationery pad from the command line? You can do it by clicking "Get info" on a file and checking the box, but I would like to do it without clicking. An ...
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How can I stop Finder from converting and loading videos to display in movie icons?

I want movies to be displayed simply as movie icons. But currently, and for the past few years, Finder loads (and if it is a strange format converts) the video and then displays an icon showing a ...
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3 finger select and drag freezes Finder

Using the 3 finger drag to swipe across document icons and then dragging from one finder window to another (say drag and dropping to an external drive) freezes the icons in their position on the ...
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Lion always explicitly moves files to and from external drives

In Lion, whenever I drag and drop a file to or from an external drive to the local drive it always moves the file. If I'm not mistaken the default behavior is to copy the file right? Does anyone know ...
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Local networking: File sharing permissions over AFP

I am having trouble getting read/write file sharing working over my local network. I have shared a folder via AFP, named 'Pictures', with a specific user through System Preferences > Sharing. By ...
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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 ...