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

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Finder Issues, Crashes and Zombie Finder Processes

Finder has shown, for a few weeks now, the following symptoms: About 12 to 24 hours after a restart Finder shows refresh issues. That means that new files are not shown, old files however are still ...
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Connection to shared network server sometimes stuck connecting, needs restart to fix

Sometimes on OS X Yosemite my connection to a shared network server is stick connecting, while the server is available. OS X simply won't connect to it using Finder and the Connect As... button ...
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Finder doesn't show newly created files anymore unless restarted

The title says it (I mean, when a new file is created in an other application). This started happening today, and I think this may be related to an error message which I got the first time in ...
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Open Java .app application bundles with double click on a Mac without Apple's Java 6

In short: On a mac with a clean installation of Yosemite, doubleclicking a compiled Java mac-style .app application bundle fails to launch the app, unless Apple's Java 6 is installed, even if the ...
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How do I find files with no extension in Finder?

I'm trying to find all files that have no extension in a Finder folder. I know how to search by extension and exclude a specific extension but what do I type in the box if I want no extension at all? ...
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How can I add extra groups to Finder's recognised kinds

presently when I attempt to group files in Finder (Yosemite 10.10.3) by kind the created Documents category creates a vast number of files including CSVs DOCX etc: Is it possible to make this ...
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Finder unable to move files. Makes copies only

Since the update from Mavericks to Yosemite I have a very strange and annoying problem. When I move a bunch of files to an external harddisk (drag & drop) the last file of the group is not moved. ...
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Finder. No folder icon after upgrade to 10.10.3

After upgrade there is no folder icon in Finder: Does somebody have problem like this? Could you maybe help me with some advice? PS. Everything is ok with list view option in Finder.
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How do I delete unlinked folders from iCloud.com

How can I remove unlinked folders, such as "Readdle Documents" in iCloud Drive, left behind after uninstalling the app?
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Bulk merge items sub-folders into new folder

I have a main folder with about 80 folders in, each with about 10 items in. I want to be able to use a Terminal command or something to just move every item from each sub-folder into a new one (i.e ...
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Can't move files to a folder in Finder

Did clean install of Yosemite. In Finder I can't move files to a folder. I must authenticate almost all move operations. After entering password the file is not moved, but copied instead. Apple is not ...
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How to prevent Yosemite's Finder from seeing a folder with a .epub extension as a epub file?

This is a problem new to Yosemite. I have a folder called "com.acme.epub". The Finder sees this as an ePub file and won't let me access it as a folder. I can access it as a directory via the Terminal ...
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When using Finder to copy a specific file, the copy is a zero byte file

Trying to copy a 37GB Quicktime .mov from an external disk using the Finder. The copy should take a few minutes, and show a progress window. But the copy seems to be done immediately (no progress ...
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Folder/File Name “Truncation” or “Wrapping”

I have been trying to find a solution for a very very long time on how to have the longer names of my folders and files to drop down to a 2nd line when viewing in the "Grid" Icon view in the My Finder ...
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Spotlight data size to big

I have have was cleaning up my Macintosh's Hard Drive. I was using Windows 8.1 for that purpose(Bootcamp). I found that the size of spotlight folder was too big(951 MB). Is it normal or I should ...
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Finder keeps crashing even in Yosemite 10.10.3

I have had a lot of crashes by Finder especially when trying to delete a file. At first I thought it may be because of "Quicklook extensions" I installed e.g. to quickly look at markdown file and ...
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How do I unlock a .plist file in /private/var/db/receipts so that I can change it?

I want to edit some com.myApp.plist. I'm running OS 10.10.3, and I do have Xcode installed. But every time I try to edit the file, it's locked and I can't save my changes. If I try to save it with ...
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Is it possible to use `tmutil delete` or another command to prune one file from multiple backups?

I'm having problems clearing our a backup drive. I want to get rid of a couple large files so I can preserve the other incremental backups. I can't use the tmutil delete command on entire backups ...
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How to speed up Finder on Yosemite

I have two MacBook Pros running Yosemite and both have an incredibly slow Finder. Finder was blazingly fast with Mavericks: as soon as I upgraded to Yosemite it became sluggish. When opening a folder, ...
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Remotely Access WD MyCloud EX2 Using Finder

We recently purchased a WD MyCloud EX2 NAS storage drive in my office. On our local network, we're able to use Finder>Go>Connect To Server, mount the drive, and access files simply through finder. ...
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Yosemite Finder Window: See Item count/selection and available size

I’ve just upgraded to Yosemite (10.10.2) and would love to know if anyone can help me figure out how to make my finder window display a line at the bottom letting me know how many files i have in each ...
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Change default view on removable drives

How can I make Finder default to "list view" whenever browsing a removable drive (and it's subfolders)? I need it to remember this preference even after the removable drive has been ejected and then ...
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How to Find/Filter for 24-bit audio files in Finder or iTunes or another software (if needed)? (audio bit depth / sample size)

I have a large iTunes library of lossless music. Some of it is 24-bit, which does not work on iPhones nor with Google Play (most audio is 16-bit, and this metric only applies to lossless formats). I'd ...
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Permission denied problem on just one NTFS folder

I have an old (Maxtor One Touch) 300G drive that years ago I used for backing up files from a Windows PC. It's NTFS. On my (MacBook Pro, Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013, Yosemite 10.10.2) system I can ...
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File Open/Save dialog boxes hang infinitely

Today for the first time I have this issue where any app showing a file browser (load/save) dialog box hangs indefinitely until I kill it. The Finder works just fine however. I can browse everything, ...
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What's the difference between “open with” and “recommended apps”?

Some applications show up in the "Open With..." menu for a given type. But some applications that don't show up in that list still show up in the Recommended Apps list if you choose "Other..." and ...
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File or directory called ~ (tilde) in the root of my startup volume

I just noticed that I've got a mysterious file simply called ~ in the root of my harddrive. I suspect that I've created it by accident while using terminal. I know about using ~ as an alias to ...
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force quit keyboard shortcut not working

While I can choose "force quit" from the Finder, I cannot: Choose Force Quit from the Apple menu, or press Command-Option-Esc (this is similar to pressing Control-Alt-Delete on a PC). ...
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Cannot Customise the Finder Toolbar

The Toolbar on my MacBook Pro running 10.10.2 became corrupted (possibly because of some software I was trying to install). I thought it would be a simple case of Customising the Toolbar, but I can't ...
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Slow Finder - Caused by external disks?

I've been finding Finder slow on my brand new Retina MacBook Pro. I've got two external disks connected to my Mac most of the time. One is a Time Machine backup, the other is a Clone, also for ...
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Making Favorites in Finder collapse according to number of items in it

I know favorites can collapse completely but how possible is it to make a dropdown collapse inside the Favorites itself so that when the items reach about 5, it automatically hides all others with a ...
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How to replace all Finder files with a placeholder file for each

I have lots of files from a database which are to be copied to a new database, but the files for these are corrupt (They are zero-byte in size and contain no data). Rather than the new database ...
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The “Open” and “Save” system dialogs get taller every time I open them

I'm using Mac OS 10.10.2, and I believe this problem only occurs with Mac OS X Yosemite. Here is the dialog box I am talking about: I just pressed Cmd+S on Ask Different to trigger this dialog. ...
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Yosemite 10.10.3 - New Files and Directories Not Showing in Finder

When I create a new file or directory, it does not dynamically appear in Finder. I need to manually relaunch the Finder. Any tips on how to fix this? I know I can create an AppleScript to add a ...
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“problem connecting to server” when trying to access local disk

Ever since I have upgraded to Yosemite, I get two pop-up windows with error "there was a problem connecting to server" when I try access one of my two hard drives through Finder. I dismiss the errors ...
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How do I set the default search for Finder to filenames which INCLUDE the search term (rather than just begin with it)? Yosemite

I'm using Yosemite (OS X 10.10.1). If I search for the term "foo" and want a list of all files that include that term, I get foo.doc and bar.foo.doc and foodstuffs.xlsx and even The Foo History. But ...
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Is there a way to force OS X / Finder to use Windows File naming conventions?

We have a number of Mac workstations (OS X Mavericks) which connect to a fiber attached SAN. This SAN is also accessed by a number of Windows workstations. Windows file naming conventions (and path ...
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How do I force OSX to always save file extension?

When saving a file without an extension not even OS X is able to open that file anymore. Still it is very easy to accidentally save a file without an extension. Example: When using Firefox and you ...
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How do I tell if a network directory is empty, or just loading in Yosemite?

Basically, I keep a lot of files on the network. In (at least) 10.8, there was a little spinner indicator that the directory contents were still loading, that tells you that something is happening. ...
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My Files are all classified as “Other”

In Finder, every single file on my disk is classified under the "Other" section. However, when I go to "about this Mac", it shows only a fraction of my disk is actually "Other". How do I fix this? ...
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Automatically Move Files Created In Folder

I have a project I've inherited from an ex-employee that is missing the source, so I am attempting to debug from the temp files it creates in a directory. The issue is that it creates and deletes some ...
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Why does netbeans not showup in finder, after typing net

In finder, when I type netb, netbeans shows up. Full name is "netbeans 8.0.2" and its in my Applications folder. However, it doesnt show up when I type n, or ne, or net. Only "network utility" shows ...
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Project based Finder window presets

Does anyone know of software that would allow me to pull up a set of finder windows based on a project type. I'm a user experience manager who's constantly switching between projects and it would be ...
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Unable to overwrite some file formats via Share Drive

I have some files on a SMB-mounted shared drive. Filesystem is NTFS. Case 1: PSD (Photoshop file) I edited the Photoshop file in Photoshop CS5.5 (also tried Photoshop CC), select File > Save. For ...
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How to remove the Finder menu bar when in fullscreen?

Trying to use an application in fullscreen mode, but if I move the pointer just a little too far when trying to select things at the top of the display the menu bar drops down instead. Is there a way ...
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Command-F (search) in Finder

As shown in the screenshot when I do a command-F (Find files ?) all of the files in the directory just do not show anymore (there are hundreds of files in the /shared directory) Update Of course / ...
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weird character on end of folder name in Finder

I'm seeing multiple folders with this character at the end on my nfs mounted external volume.  which is ASCII  (ampersand-pound-61480-semicolon) When I try to delete the character, the ...
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How to set ⌘ + H to enable show hidden files

I want my Mac to show hidden files when i hit ⌘ + H (like ubuntu). I can see hidden files by putting this defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES command in terminal but i want to get a ...
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How to modify Finder to show only current directory instead of the cascade of prior opened subdirectories?

Is there a way to force / modify Finder (either 'vanilla' or in combination with XtraFinder) to always show only the 'direct/non-recursive' content (directories / files) of a given directory instead ...
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Partition on External Hard Drive not showing in Finder

My external hard drive is partitioned into three parts - but somehow I made one of the parts go away/stop showing up in the Finder. I ran a set of recommended commands in terminal, and this is what I ...