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

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Fastest and safest way to copy massive data from one external drive to another

I need to be able to copy about 2TB of data from an external drive (single USB external disk) to a another external drive (Drobo attached via Firewire). Finder is not an option. If it hits any ...
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How do I make use of the remote disc icon in the sidebar of Finder?

I bought the new Mac Mini, which doesn't have a SuperDrive, and I noticed an icon in the sidebar of the Finder: Remote Disc. To which device is referring? When I clicked over the sidebar icon with ...
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Built in FTP client (cmd + k) - can't upload files (Mavericks)

I have just found out that I can enter a built-in FTP client on my Mac by simply pressing ^ Ctrl + K. Great thing! But after I have successfully connected to my server and a 'folder' with files ...
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make new Finder windows open at current folder

In Windows when I browse in Explorer, if I open a new Explorer window, it is opened to the same location as the window I had selected when I hit Ctrl-N. Is there a way of doing the same with Finder? ...
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How to remap delete and shift+delete keys to delete and permanently delete a file in Mac OS X Lion?

I would like to delete and permanently delete a file in finder using del and shift+delete (windows style). Is there any way to remap this in OS X lion?
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Single-purpose app to prevent .DS_Store creation under Mavericks

Asepsis is currently not working under Mavericks. It's, in my knowledge, the only single-purpose app existing for this job. Therefore, what is the less intrusive solution to prevent .DS_Store creation ...
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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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Dot-files and other meta data on non-Mac network shares

Is there a way to tell Finder to not use (or worry about) the ._* files and other meta-data files it normally tries to use when it's on a network share? Currently when I'm in Finder and I try to copy ...
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How to close all Finder inspector windows?

In Finder, I had a ton of files selected, and I ran Get Info instead of Show Inspector. This opens an info window for each file, instead of a single multiple info window. How can I close every info ...
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How do I make the hard drive visible in the Finder?

On OS X Lion I don't see the hard drive in the Finder and I seem to have no permission to create a folder under / from terminal. I know I can do this if I activate the root user, but I need to be ...
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How to get the Dock to open the Documents and Download folder in Finder?

When I click on the Documents or Downloads folder in the Dock, a Grid comes up. Is there a way to get it to just open in the Finder? Instead of having to click on Documents and then click on Open in ...
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How can I get Network drive shortcuts added to the Finder sidebar in Mountain Lion?

I updated to Mountain Lion from Lion and I noticed that my network drives are no longer shown in Finder's sidebar under Devices. Under preferences I have all checkboxes ticked. And when I click on ...
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How do I open a file from Spotlight in Finder?

When I search for something e.g. a PDF file, in Spotlight and has i displayed in the search results list. How can I open the file in Finder? If I click on it, the file is opened e.g. in the pdf ...
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How to edit binary InfoPlist.strings in Mountain Lion (for Finder to display folders before files)?

The article Force your Mac to sort folders on top of files (windows style), lets the Finder change its sorting order to first show folders and next all files. This trick doesn't seem to work with ...
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In Finder, the file size is dimmed

I copied a file from my Mac to a server on my LAN. In the Finder window for the destination, the filesize is slightly smaller, and is dimmed. What does it mean that the filesize is dimmed? In the ...
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What are the best mnemonics to remember important short cuts?

In my job I teach a lot of people to use macs. Since you use what you remember I'm always on the look out for funny or memorable ways to remember keyboard or system shortcuts (like you have the option ...
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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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Where does Mac OS X save the list of items/icons it shows in the Finder sidebar?

Because a problem of compatibility between Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 (the problem was that the computer with Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 were both synchronized with the same Mobile Me account), I see an icon ...
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Is there a way to remotely restart Finder (or wake-up the desktop) from SSH?

Over the last few months I've found my MacBook Pro is getting increasingly unwilling to wake-up if it's gone to sleep of it's own accord - not when I put it to sleep deliberately, but when the machine ...
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Does Secure Empty Trash actually write random patterns of data?

This works by writing random patterns of data over a trashed file immediately after it has been emptied, http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/03/secure-empty-trash-mac-os-x/ Does Secure Empty Trash ...
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How do I open folders in new windows/tabs by default in the Finder in 10.9?

In 10.9 Mavericks the default for the Finder is to now open the selected folder in the same window instead of a new tab or window. How do I go back to the old behavior where a new window (or tab) is ...
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How to Create New File in Selected Folder Using LaunchBar?

Using Launchbar, I'd like to be able to do the following: Navigate around by normal means in Launchbar > Once I'm in desired folder, I'd like to be able to run a command/action that asks me to enter ...
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How can I restart Finder when it keeps “stopping” an stopped copy process?

Every now and then, mostly with USB sticks, Finder decides to copy forever, either at the end of the copy process (i.e. the files are already copied), or at the very beginning. Stopping the process ...
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Mystery computer appearing in the Finder's source list

On my MacBook, in the Finder's sidebar there's a machine appearing under "Shared" that I don't recognize and definitely doesn't exist on our local network. When I attempt to connect to it, I get this ...
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How to customize Finder sidebar icons [duplicate]

I'm using Dropbox and replacing some of the standard user folders like Documents and Pictures with symlinks to locations in my Dropbox. I can easily set the icons of these symlinks to match the icons ...
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QuickLook HTML plugin?

I'm looking for a plugin that will display me the text of HTML files in QuickLook rather than a preview of the rendered HTML. Does anyone know of such a plugin?
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How to change the Finder title bar font from the command line?

I'm sure the fellow who wrote TinkerTool, which lets me change the Finder title bar font among other things, is a fine fellow and surely TinkerTool is not malware. Nevertheless... I want to change the ...
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Finder search does not find all relevant documents MacOS 10.6.8

I'm having problems with the search in Finder windows in MacOS X 10.6.8. If I'm typing a search keyword in the textbox in a finder window and search for "file name" or "content", I get no or only a ...
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How can I make files I drag to the desktop stay where I put them?

In Mountain Lion, when I drag a file to the desktop, it's automatically moved to a neat grid in the upper left of the desktop. But I want it to stay in the spot to which I dragged it (usually ...
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Set ForkLift as default file viewer

Is there a way to set ForkLift as the default file viewer, to a degree? PathFinder somehow does this, see http://cocoatech.com/faqs#3, but how does it do this and could that option be set to redirect ...
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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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How to customize Finder's Share menu?

Is there a way to add custom services to Finder's Share menu? I have created an automator service to copy selected files to my Dropbox directory (similar to this). I enabled this service in the ...
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How can I disable the Option+click hiding behaviour?

In Mac OS X Mountain Lion at least, if you Option+click ( Alt+click ) on another a window of another app, this will make the other application to gain focus, and the current app to be hidden as if ...
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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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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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Permanently mapping a network drive on MacBook Pro?

THE QUESTIONS: How can I make my MacBook Pro automatically mount a network share when it wakes up? How can I make sure that when it is mounted it is mapped to the same path (/Volumes...) MY SETUP: ...
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Show speed in Finder Copy progress window

Is there a way to show more details in the Finder copy window? I'm mainly interested in the speed.
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Why does it take so long for the Application folder to open?

My computer is pretty snappy, and the UI is typically silky-smooth. However, for some reason, on virtually every Mac OS X computer I've used, opening the Applications folder takes an inordinate (>5 s) ...
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Can't open files after upgrading to Mavericks

After upgrading from ML to Mavericks (MB Air, 13", 256GB, 2011) I can't open any file or folder from the standard Open menu from any app (except MS Office -2011). But, I can search for a file (and ...
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Mavericks Finder hangs on tagging

I'm having a problem with the new tagging feature in Mavericks and I have a feeling it might go deeper than just the tagging. The problem is this: When tagging anything on Mavericks the Finder ...
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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 ...
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How to recover file from Trash

Windows user here. How am I supposed to recover file without using a command line? I run Mac OS X 10.8.5
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Quickly open your favorite folders on OS X?

What are the options which would be faster than opening Finder and browsing the folder, to open it? (I like to keep the desktop completely clean so will avoid Desktop shortcuts if other options are ...
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Is it possible to convert window into tab?

I can drag a tab out of window, and it becomes independent window in Safari, Finder and other apps that support tabs. Is it possible to reverse this operation, convert window into tab by dragging it ...
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Merging folders when copying & pasting in Finder

I've recently switched from Windows 7. One Windows feature that I'm missing is the possibility to merge folders (the German version of Windows is calling this "integrate") when copying & pasting ...
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How to batch rename images, in reverse numerical order?

My camera names its images IMG_0001.jpg, IMG_0002.jpg, IMG_0003.jpg, etc. I have about a thousand images and would like to rename them without having to do it manually if possible. Is there a good ...
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Finder slow/freeze under Mavericks

<rant>I wish I never upgraded to OS X 10.9, it is so buggy!! But the alternative to stick with the unpatched earlier version of OS X was not a solution! Anyway, so I am on this crappy Mavericks ...
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How can I see my home folder in the finder?

How can I go to my home folder in finder? and/or how can I navigate up a folder tree in finder I am used to Ubuntu and finding /home/name easily in the gui
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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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How to set a folder view as default for all folders in Finder?

I'd like to get the same folder view for every folder, that means, to have my stuff being sorted always by type and then by name. is that possible with automator? Till yet, I set my view via cmd+j ...