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

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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 can I make applications on OSX open new windows in the same space when opening a file from Finder?

OSX 10.8. Pretty simple. Right now when I open a file through Finder, if the filetype is set to be open by application Y, oftentimes OSX finds a space that has an open window of Y, and sends the file ...
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How to create a text file in a folder

In windows I right click and then there is an option to create a text file. How to do so in mac?
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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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Gray file 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 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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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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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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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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Fully displaying volume size info on the desktop

No matter which combination of icon size, spacing, font size I use for the desktop Finder view, the info for my drives on my Mac Mini hooked up to my TV (1080p) shows up as: 999.85 GB, ...06 GB free ...
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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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Disable thumbnail generation in finder

Is there a way to tell Finder to not peek inside or generate thumbnails for files based on a particular network share or folder? I've got a tape archival system which presents an SMB (Windows) ...
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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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can i delete “developer-old” folder?

I've got a "developer-old" folder besides for my "developer" folder. "developer-old" contains "headers", "SDKs", etc folders. It'd be nice to delete this folder bc it takes up 10GB. Can I?
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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 ...