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

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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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How can I view the root directory along with all its subdirectories in Finder?

I want to view the all (sub-)directories on my Mac partition in Finder. Both hidden and unhidden directories. How can I do this?
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Is there an app that helps you move files without drag-and-drop?

I know that I can move files at the command line, but I'm looking for an elegant desktop solution besides the traditional drag-and-drop of the Finder. Basically, I want to right-click on a file and ...
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Can I remove just Music from All My Files?

I like how Lion gathers everything in All My Files. I often use it to download and post pictures without thinking where exactly they are saved (Desktop, Downloads, whatever). However it really ...
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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 turn off Finder Tabs in OS X Mavericks?

Initially I did not have tabs in Finder after installing OS X Mavericks. After pressing Command+T, now I always have at least one tab in the Finder window. How do I turn the tabs off?
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How do I Get Info for multiple items in one window?

When selecting multiple items in the Finder and hitting the ⌘+I shortcut, OS X produces one window per file, which is painful when attempting to view a summary of, for example, the total size of a ...
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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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Finder open new Finder tab in the same directory

Is it possible to configure finder in Mavericks to open new tab (by clicking plus sign or cmd+t) in the same directory by default?
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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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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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Moving folder to Trash in Finder is not synchronized with Terminal

I tried to delete a folder which I access via terminal.app. Though the Finder moved the folder to the Trash, I was still able to see the contents and edit the file from terminal. created a textfile ...
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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 ...
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How do I make symbolic links invisible in the Finder?

I use SetFile via the terminal to render files and folders invisible inside Finder windows. This does not appear to work on symbolic links: the symlink destination is made invisible, rather than the ...
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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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How do I change the name of the hard drive

Right now my hard drive is called "Macintosh HD." How do I change it to something cool like "Death Killer"
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How do I restore the default folder icon?

I build web sites on a Mac and after the recent upgrade to Mavericks, the icon for all of my web template folders have changed from the standard Mac folder icon to the Parallels icon. I can change it ...
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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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Why isn't finder finding all files?

I had a Smart Search for my Photo Stream files located at ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub/, searching for JPG and PNG files. I found that not all files were showing up. ...
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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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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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Open location of a photo in Finder from Photos.app

In Yosemite, I am trying to upload a photo to website. So I open Photos, select a photo and then try to locate the location of the photo. However I could not find it. Before Photos it was possible in ...
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Disk Images no longer show up in Finder's Sidebar

I've been dealing with an issue for a very long time, I feel like it used to be a problem randomly, but at least for the last few months it's persistent. The Finder no longer lists mounted Disk Images ...
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Why does Finder use 59GB of swap space?

My new retina MacBook Pro(with 16GB RAM) keeps receiving this "Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory" message. I have 300 GB of free space on my hard drive, and ...
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Can a Yosemite extension enable itself without the user turning it on?

I'm working on Yosemite Finder sync extension, and I need to know if I'm able to enable it by myself without forcing users to turn it on. I've noticed that on start it writes message into log: PM ...
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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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Finder- Reopen Last Closed Window

Finder does not seem to navigate to the last folder opened. For instance, when I am saving several files or images - it would be nice to (and used to ) open in the last place I placed something - now ...
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Prompt When Ejecting Time Machine Drive

Whenever I eject the external drive that I use for Time Machine, I get this prompt: However, in actual fact, this particular drive has got only ONE (1) partition, so it's rather annoying that I ...
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Any way to get the “Open With…” list via AppleScript?

I want to create an AppleScript that gets the Finder selection and displays a list of applications that are capable of opening it. In other words, is there any way to get the list of apps that ...
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Can I access a secondary hard drive on another computer via AFP

I am on machine LOC. I would like to connect to a directory on the second hard drive of machine REM. Both machines are running Lion 10.7.1. I use Finder on LOC and Command-K to connect to a server. I ...
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Why does the Network icon in the Finder sidebar in Lion have no function on my Mac?

Since installing Lion on my Late 2007 MacBook Pro, which cannot support AirDrop, an icon called "Network" has appeared under Favorites in my Finder sidebar. This icon seems to have no function. ...
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Exclude sub-folders from Finder search

How can I force Finder to only search the current folder, ignoring the contents of all the sub-folders? I don't want to exclude the sub-folders permanently from Spotlight, just for a certain search. ...
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How to change the background of an DMG Software License Agreement dialog?

When I create my own dmg-images, I always attach a software license agreement to them. When I opened the flattened image, I always got the Jaguar "X" in the background of the agreement dialog, where I ...
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Adding SMB share to sidebar in OSX Mountain Lion

Is there a way to add an SMB share to the sidebar in Finder, such that when I click on the alias, it mounts the share and opens it up like a regular folder? You can do this in Linux and Windows, and ...
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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 ...
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Can you hide hidden files in specific folders (like the desktop) while keeping them shown everywhere else?

I work with hidden files all the time, but I like an uncluttered desktop. It would be nice to make files like .DS_Store, and .localized invisible just on the Desktop. Please note I am already aware ...
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How can I change a smart folder's icon without changing the default icon?

I want to add a smart folder for each label in the sidebar (I believe there is no way to directly to add the labels, so I have to resort to smart folder). However, all of them have the gear icon in ...
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Toggle Finder sort order with AppleScript under Lion 10.7?

For years I've been using this AppleScript to toggle the sort order of a Finder window: if sort direction of column id size column of list view options of window 1 is normal then set sort ...
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How can I associate URL files with a specific browser in Snow Leopard?

Until Snow Leopard URL files (.webloc files that you get when you drag a URL onto the desktop) opened with OmniWeb on my computer and some URLs were configured to open with Safari. After upgrading to ...
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Disable “Tags” prompt in OS 10.9 Save dialog

In Mavericks, the Save dialog now offers the ability to add Tags to the file you're saving: Supposing I want to remove this prompt, likely by running a shell command involving defaults write ...
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Finder always jumps to top of window in list view

When I expand or collapse directories in list view in a Finder window (every time i click on the expansion triangle), the window jumps to the top (with nothing selected). I found this article: ...
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Why does iTunes create multiple exact copies of my music files and hide them from view in Finder?

Quite a while ago I downloaded an Indie/Rock Playlist and added it to iTunes, and it was all good. There weren't any doubles of songs or anything, in iTunes. But just now I've noticed that in the ...
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Force Spotlight to index a normally un-indexed folder

Spotlight only indexes a limited number of folders and doesn't index all of the files on your system. This makes sense and for the average user this usually isn't a problem. However, I recently ...
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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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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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Automating ffmpeg using Automator Service

I often use ffmpeg off the command line to convert video files into mp4 on my Mac (running Mavericks). Do note, however, that I am NOT re-encoding my videos; am just changing the container from an avi ...
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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 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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What Is The Go To Folder Command Within Finder?

I have been told that the Go To Folder option in OS X contain many crucial system files. What exactly is the Go To Folder command within Finder and would it be therefore advantageous to disable it, ...