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retrieve lost selection in Finder

Everytime I have to manually select a lot of files by hand picking them from a big folder, I often click somewhere by accident and lose the whole selection and have to do the work all over again. I've ...
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How to change “Open With” option for folder in Mavericks

My Desktop folder is set to launch terminal. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to reset that. I have deleted /Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist and that did ...
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Prevent automatically appending file extension when renaming file

I originally have a file called config.yml. When I go into Finder and change its name to config.yml.old, it appears to have changed the extension. However, opening the file in TextWrangler reveals ...
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Get rid of lingering partition

Not sure what happened, but when I was setting up my new Mac, something wonky happened w/ the second partition. I ended up deleting it and naming the second partition on my laptop Machintosh HD 3. ...
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How to remap finder folder navigation shortcuts?

I don't like the default finder navigation shortcuts command-up, command-down because you need to press 2 buttons instead of 1. On windows, delete leads to previous folder ("back") and enter enters ...
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How do I stop Finder from warning me when I change a file extension?

When renaming a file in the Finder and changing the file extension, I get the following warning message: How can I disable it?
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Is it possible to remove the “Shared” folder under Users?

Under "Sharing" in System Preferences, I do not have anything shared. However, I have a "Shared" folder under "Users". Is there a way to remove this folder?
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How can I show again the text next to “Computer” in Finder? Only the icon shows

Somehow in my Finder's sidebar the "Computer" element under devices doesn't show any description text anymore. It won't kill me, but it's annoying. Does anyone know how to fix it? I couldn't find the ...
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How to show file extensions in finder for all files

I'm using the Finder Preferences option, but it still won't show the extensions!
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Configure Finder dock icon to open another directory

By default, the Finder dock icon opens All My Files directory. How do I configure it to open a directory specified by me?
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Why does this bash script not work as an automator service?

I know very little about bash scripting or Terminal commands, this is all very new to me so please bear with me. Original script I would like to use a script I found on littlefield.info as an ...
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Do ZIP files preserve all HFS+ features, when created using Finder's Compress command?

Is it a good idea to backup a directory on a HFS+ filesystem by using the Finder's Compress function, and then copying the ZIP file to a FAT32 hard disc, or to Dropbox, etc? Or might that cause data ...
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Can I force the Finder's Go Menu to open a new window?

The Finder's Go menu offers a bunch of shortcuts to commonly used folders, like Applications, Utilities, Downloads, etc. However, when I try to jump to one of these folders while I already have a ...
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Is it possible to hide the name of the desktop icons?

I know it is possible to hide the name by renaming the file/folder to something else. The problem comes with my cloud showing in the desktop. I want it to show and I don't want to change the names of ...
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Finding all files that contain a string in Finder

This should be easy, but for some reason it is alluding me. For background, I am trying to completely remove Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 due to a bug that renders the application nearly unusable. ...
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Can't run an ova file

I download virtual box from http://www.modern.ie/en-US/virtualization-tools#downloads and extracted it. When I tried to run ova file, I couldn't. $ sudo ./"IE11 - Win8.1.ova" ./IE11 - Win8.1.ova: ...
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Moving files from bad external harddrive [duplicate]

I use OSX mavericks. My external 1TB harddrive is partially unreadable. I want to salvage its content as much as possible. I have tried dd but it took almost a day, so I killed it, and it could not ...
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“Show all” by default in Finder?

My question is directly related to this question in LION version. I use Icon view in Finder and I want to get rid of "Show all" behaviour, i.e. I want all files to be shown by default. Now, I am on ...
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What is the significance of 1946-02-14 08:34:56?

When Finder is operating on a file or folder on the system, the file/folder is greyed out and unable to be opened, as well as unable to be trashed. This is most notable when copying or moving a file ...
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Mavericks Finder No Coverflow

I just upgraded to Mavericks (late I know), and I'm not much liking the new Finder sorting system. I had it arranged by modified, for workflow reasons, but I liked the grid too, not the coverflow rows ...
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Change the order of servers in “Connect to Server” window?

Running Mavericks (OS X 10.9.4) is it possible to change the order that the "favorite servers" are displayed in? Allow me to explain a little more the use case. In Finder if one presses Command-K or ...
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Applescripts not working in Finder since Mavericks

I have a bunch of Applescripts that do things like change sort column in Finder windows, but they've stopped working since Mavericks. If I close and reopen the window, then the change takes effect, ...
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using mdfind for smart search across all files

I am trying to use the mdfind command to search for phrases across all files in my computer from the command line. Basically i am trying to combine grep and finder search since grep is too slow for ...
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Is there a way to auto mount SMB storage without nobrowse option?

I want to create an permanent SMB mount and read SMB storage in Finder. So I read following articles. Create a Permanent SMB Mount in OSX (Updated) Automounting NFS share in OS X into /Volumes ...
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(Re)Setting defaults preference on OSX for one folder excluding subfolders

i am trying to understand the "overall" file metadata vs preference default settings -logic with osx mav on my mac... after all i am totaly confused The issue: I set up my default com.apple.. to ...
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How to get Unicode 7 (Emoji, etc.) on Snow Leopard and earlier versions of OS X

As there is increasing, yet still infrequent, use of Emoji these days, I wanted to try adding an Emoji font to Snow Leopard. Since Apple Emoji uses Font Book 3 specific features I decided on ...
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Restore previous window size with Spectacle

With Spectacle, is there a way to restore a window to its original size after moving and sizing it? Some of the commercial alternatives offer this feature, but it doesn't seem to be supported with ...
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How do I merge folders using finder? [duplicate]

I have a folder (let's name it main-folder and it's mounted via smb) that contains lots of files and subfolders. I want to copy half of the contents of main-folder to a local subfolder (let's call it ...
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How to use wildcard in Finder search?

How the find files with wildcard in Finder? Which wildcards does Finder support?
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How do I access certain directories from the finder?

I would like to be able to do something simple such as open up a finder and be able to select files that are in '~/' or '/' Is there a simple way to go about doing this? For instance, sometimes I ...
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Empty space in the place of icons in Finder

I see empty spaces in Finder on OS X 10.9.4, exactly as on the picture. What does it mean? The spaces are in between the other icons, not at the end of the listing.
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White frames round thumbnails in finder

Every time I modified an image on my old iMac it would reappear without a white border round it, which was useful as I could instantly see which images I'd worked on and which I hadn't. I don't have ...
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Finder default window

I have an issue with Finders window sizes. I know that the Finder saves the window size per directory, which REALLY drives me nuts! I want to set one window size for the Finder. I totally lose it ...
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How to have a custom (or no) sort order in Finder windows

Similar to this question, that has been answered, I have an end user that wants to sort folders in a particular order that doesn't really match any of the basic sorting methods. She doesn't like the ...
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Persistant name on Finder tabs

I'm looking for a way to always display a label on Finder tabs instead of the current folder name, to differentiate them when folder name is not relevant. (Long story) I use tabs to switch between ...
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Xtrafinder dual pane view disappeared

I just got a new MAC (my first one) and already screwed up something :P Basically I installed Xtrafinder, mainly to have the dual pane feature that I find quite essential. I launched Finder with the ...
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Can I control how Preview decides to group documents when opening them all at once?

I use Preview frequently for the task of combining multiple PDFs. Typically, these PDFs are all created within a few minutes of one another, and when opening from the Finder, they all open in the same ...
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Applescript Command as Specified User to Delete All Files in a Particular Folder

I am looking at using the POSIX path to delete the contents of a particular folder on users computers but it must be performed as a particular user. I can deploy the script silently from my side ...
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Increase the size of the spotlight search field in the finder

Is it possible to increase the size of the spotlight search field in the Finder? Even when plenty of space is available I did not find any way to enlarge the field (Customize Toolbar... does not ...
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Executing 'killall Finder' in Terminal raises reopening windows popup

I open Terminal, type killall Finder, press enter to execute, then Finder icon bounces and the well known error popup appears: The last time you opened Finder, it unexpectedly quit while reopening ...
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How can I add new folders to the Favorites in the Finder sidebar?

I'd like to create a new Favorites folder item in the Finder, how can I tell the Finder that I would like a particular folder to appear in my list of Favorites shown on the left hand sidebar of the ...
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Folders on top, on desktop

Is it possible to get 'folders on top' on the desktop (too) by any plist file hack or third-party app? My desktop is a bit cluttered and I've already sorted them on kind, but all .AI, .PSD, .INDD, ...
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Where does the finder store folder specific view options

I have a folder that seems to have specific finder view options because they are not the same as the default view options. However if I do an ls -al on the directory I do not see any ".DS_Store" file ...
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How to change the finder services submenu threshold?

In the finder context menu, there is a list of services at the very bottom. Once this list grows beyond 4, it becomes a submenu instead. Is there a way to affect this threshold, i. e. have five ...
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Error: “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error code -43)”

I accidentally pulled an NTFS hard drive out of my Mac OSX Mavericks machine several times and realized that I accidentally created multiple entries of many different names in my /Volumes/ folder. Now ...
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Keep Finder location when switching between list view and icon view

In Finder, if you are at a deep in folders or files while viewing as list mode and then you clicked on icons mode, the Finder shows all folders from the root of volume. That is very annoying. ...
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external hard drive found only by disk utility, cannot eject or mount

I'm using a Seagate GoFlex that seems to have encountered some trouble. The drive does not appear on the desktop or Finder. I've double checked that Finder > Preferences allows for it to appear in ...
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Drives not appearing on desktop

I have gone into my Finder preferences and selected to show drives, connected servers, etc., on the desktop. They, however, do not appear. I have restarted Finder and rebooted, but they still are not ...
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Finder not able to view folders and files on EHD after updating to OS X 10.9.4

I can see still see 'Hitachi' in the 'Devices' Sidebar, but I am not able to view folders and files on this Hitachi XL2000 2TB FAT32 Hard Drive (EHD) that is USB connected to the iMac below. Late ...
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SSH SFTP and Mounting File Shares

Quick question: I know how to mount an SFTP connection in Finder using Transmit, but, at least in my setup, it only mounts the subdirectories in the User's folder (i.e., Desktop, Documents, etc.). ...