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

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On Mavericks, in the Finder in List view, column widths keep changing

I'm on OS X Mavericks. In Finder, I use the "List" view. In this view, since upgrading to Mavericks, the column widths keep changing. Basically, the Name column expands to fill the window up, when you ...
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Shared devices not appearing in Network

I've encountered a somewhat strange problem on my Mac. Recently, all the devices listed in the 'Shared' section of the Finder sidebar have all disappeared and has been replaced an 'All..." option. ...
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“Where is FinderSyncAPIExtension?” (Google Drive)

For the last week or so I have been periodically getting this dialog popping up, shown below. It would seem from googling around that this is related to Google Drive. I have tried the recommendations ...
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Equivalent to CMD-clicking on a webpage title in Safari 8 on Yosemite

In previous versions of Safari one could CMD-click on the webpage title at the top of Safari's window and get a menu with the website's folder hierarchy. For example if you're at http://apple....
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OS X 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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Disable or Mute Trash Sound

How can I disable the sound when deleting a file from Finder in OS X Mountain Lion? I do not see any specific mention of it under System Preferences or Finder Preferences. I don't want to disable ...
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Can Mountain Lion be modified so that a double click will open “hidden” folders and files?

I've noticed something strange in Finder since upgrading to Mountain Lion; any hidden folder or files (that I've already run defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE for) can only be ...
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OS X Lion - Finder: Difference of “Sort by”, “Clean Up By” and “Arrange by”

There is an option in the Finder. Right click in the background of a finder window, the new toolbar icon or cmd+j. To change the view of the sorting/arranging I can choose between "Sort by" "Clean Up ...
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Is there software that implements John Siracusa's Spatial Finder concept?

Grumbling about how Apple wrecked the Finder when switching to OS X has been going on since OS X was first released. It's been ten years since John Siracusa outlined exactly how the Finder ought to ...
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How to show git files in Finder?

This may be too close to a duplicate for Git plug-in for Finder?, but I'm after a tool that will merely show me whether there is a repo in the current directory, and the state of the files within. I ...
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How to get Finder in Lion to set group permissions to read/write by default?

To have group permissions set to read/write by default in Snow Leopard and Leopard, I used /etc/launchd-user.conf to set the umask to 002. This still works in Lion in every app except the Finder. ...
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Changing Airdrop Folder

Is there a way to change the default Airdrop location from the Downloads folder to something else? I have changed the location of many other applications, so I assume it's possible, even is possibly ...
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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 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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How can I apply tags in Mavericks recursively?

Now that Mavericks removed that ugly colored bar and replaced it with a nice looking dot, I would like to use tags more. Basically I have work files in different places that deal with different ...
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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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I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. Is this possible?

I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. I'm not sure if this would be possible with an Automator script, or if I would have to try to program ...
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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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Cut-Paste files or folders on Mac OS X

Is there anyway to move some files/folders on Mac OS X as easy as in Windows? The only way I know is to side the two source and destination folders, and drag and drop the files from one to the other....
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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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Finder and Dock issues in OSX 10.10.1

I have been having issues with Finder and the Dock ever since the upgrade to 10.10.1 (I can't be certain they weren't there in 10.10). I am unable to drag items off of the Dock (to remove them). I ...
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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 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 exclude Mail messages from Finder search?

I want to exclude Mail messages from showing up in Finder search. ->FINDER, NOT SPOTLIGHT<- I have asked this question on other platforms, and I have found the emphasis is very necessary. Yes, ...
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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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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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Checking for folder/file changes using Automator?

Is there there a way to check a folder/file for changes (includes adding files, deleting files, changes in files,...). The 'Folder action' in Automator is only checking if any files are newly added.
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Create new file from contextual menu

Is there a program I can download to add an option to create a new file to the contextual menu of finder? NuFile doesn't seem to work in Snow Leopard.
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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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Finder does not show files in folders

When I open Finder all folders seem to be empty. Checking with the console shows that all files are there. This is also true if I try to open a file from within an application using the File menu. If ...
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`LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -1712 for the file </path/to/folder>` when I attempt `open .`

I suddenly came across this error when I attempted to do open . to open the current directory in Finder, a command that I use quite frequently: ysim:~/Downloads$ open . LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed ...
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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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How to display the full path of files found by the Finder “Find” function?

I'm trying to use the Finder to search my code base. For example I would like to find every files that ends with ".m" and contains "keyDown". Finder does this, but in the Finder window showing the ...
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Customize Quick Look to allow me to view .yml files

I would like to use "space" to preview *.yml files directly out of the finder on Mac OS X. I think I have to tell finder to launch the text file quick view handler for files with that type and this ...
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How to troubleshoot multiple apps on Mountain Lion all missing toolbar icons?

My machine awoke from sleep, and third party apps as well as Finder, Preview and Safari's toolbar only shows the blank buttons similar to the image below. After restart the machine, the problem ...
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Run Makefile from Finder

I often travel using Finder in the source directories of various project (LaTeX articles, programming stuff) for which the compilation is piloted by a Makefile. I was wondering if there is a simple ...
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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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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 com....
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Prevent other users from ejecting (or even seeing) my mounted disk images

I have an encrypted disk image (sparsebundle) where all of my private documents are stored; I mount it to a custom mount point with: mkdir -p /Users/gabriele/MyDocs hdiutil attach /MyDocs....
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Finder sidebar flashing text and high CPU load since El Capitan

After update to OS X 10.11 I started having these bugs: Finder sidebar text flashing Video Very high CPU load: I have Macbook Pro Retina 13" Mid 2014 I reset NVRAM. I deleted com.apple.finder....
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Width of the column view separation line in Finder

I'm using Mac OS X lion. In Finder, I use the column view. I know how to set up the width, but the thin line you use to drag the columns has suddenly become thicker and very visible. I know this isn'...
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Cannot eject from Finder (Lion)

I cannot eject anything from Finder, either by clicking the eject icon in the sidebar, or by dragging the icon to the trash (it does turn into an eject icon though). I'm using Disk Utility to get ...
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Why is emptying the trash so much slower than rm?

If there are a lot of files in the trash, sometimes the Finder will display a progress bar saying (for example) "Preparing to delete 62,736 files", then another progress bar for the actual deletion. ...
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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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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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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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Importing photos without using the OS X Photos app

I would like to import my photos off my camera without using the OS X Photos app and locate my photos direct in the Finder so I can store them in folders, edit them in Photoshop etc. (i.e. do whatever ...
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How can I remove old SMB connections?

Whenever I start up my old Mac Mini, I get an error indicating that it can't connect to an SMB share that I set up a long time ago: So that this question is findable via Google, the text of this ...
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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 ...