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

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Is it possible to hide the name of the desktop icons?

I know it is possible to hide the name by renaming the file/folder to something else. The problem comes with my cloud showing in the desktop. I want it to show and I don't want to change the names of ...
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How can Finder permanently show a specific file starting with a dot/period?

I have a folder on my Mac that I will set up to git-sync with a folder on my web server. I’d like to be able to see the .htaccess file in this folder without having to unhide hidden files all over the ...
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Adding application to “Open With” context menu - QNapi problem

I have tried many available solutions (searched through similar questions), most of them was quite obvious - like editing Info.plist in the application package, but oryginal application Info.plist ...
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I can't see usb-drives and archives in the sidebar of the finder anymore

When I plugin a usb-drive or open dmg-archives they don't appear under the 'Devices' section in the sidebar of the Finder anymore. The drives are there when I check with 'Disk Utility', they appear ...
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“The operation can’t be completed because the item is in use” when deleting from Samba mounted drive

I have a USB drive plugged into my Asus RT-N66U router and shared over SMB. I originally formatted this drive on a Mac. I have two Trendnet TV-IP572PI surveillance cameras that records snapshots/video ...
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Automatically hide latex aux files in finder (files with a certain extension)

I'm a LaTeX user in OSX. I use TexShop primarily. LaTeX automatically creates lots of helper files with various different extensions (.log, .nav, .aux, .out, etc). It's almost never necessary to view ...
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How to create a 'New Email with Attachment' option in Finder?

With OS X Lion, the 'New Email with Attachment' option is missing from Finder. It is supposed to be replaced with the new "Share Button". Unfortunately, the only two ways I can share a file are ...
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Keyboard shortcut in Finder for selecting a different custom Favorite?

I know I can get to e.g. Desktop with ⌘+⇧+D, but what about custom folders that I have added to Favorites? Can I move which Favorite is selected up and down?
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Personal sorting system in the finder's windows

Is there a way to use a personal sorting system in the finder's windows ? I don't want to sort the files and folders using the "Labels" (because of the colors). I just want to have the list ordered ...
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Showing hidden files in specific directories?

I use this command quite often to show hidden files on my machine: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES Is there a way to show all hidden files only in specific directories. E.g. ...
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How can I exclude the display of specific pictures and videos in the Finder?

I have some pictures and videos on my Mac (OS X Lion, OS X Snow Leopard) I'd rather have NOT show in Finder>Images. For example, if I'm in a meeting with clients and want to show some document, I have ...
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Finder does not show Path Bar and Status Bar, what to do?

I have OS X Lion and when I open a finder window everything seems OK. But I can't see the Path Bar nor the Status bar. When I activate one of the bars with View->Show Status Bar or View->Show Path ...
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osx lion finder problem

Ever since i upgraded to lion, finder has been having problems for me. At first I thought my Quicksilver was broken when I tried to summon my downloads folder and it didnt appear. I then went to ...
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How do I get rid of the sub headings in finder with “arrange be date created” in Lion

So I installed Lion and I can't stand the way finder arranges icons arrange by date. Finder makes a bunch of sub headings like: today, yesterday, past 30 days or earlier. These settings have a show ...
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New File Action in Finder

Why finder doesn't have 'New File', but 'New Folder'? Is there any way/tool for having 'New File' in Finder? ADDED Pathfinder provides the feature of making 'New File'. I need this function in ...
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Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files

I have dozens of folders that I need to compress into individual zip files. If I select all of these folders in the Finder and do "Compress [X] Items," I get one zip file containing all of the ...
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Change filename in Preview

I end up with lots of screen shots that look like this: Obviously after a while I do not know what they are. So I open them in Preview to see, and would like now to change the file name to ...
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How Finder can find this file with long name?

Macbook Air 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 8GB Memory DDR3 OSX Yosemite This is because of the long name, I think: Hans-Jorg Oestern, Otmar Lorenz Trentz, Lorem Ipsum Lorem Vascular Injuries- Trauma ...
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Is it a bad idea to compile Samba from source for Mac?

We have a Linux NAS and we’re doing some basic Samba sharing. Windows machines are quick and peppy to connect with the device, as are the Linux VMs I’m running on my Mac. The SMB stack Apple has made ...
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Force OS X Finder to always show dimensions of images in sidebar

OS X Finder does sometimes, but not always, show the dimensions of an image selected in Finder, in the sidebar. Why? Is there a way to force it to always show the dimensions? It seems very arbitrary ...
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Downloads folder is showing empty when it's not!

My Downloads folder looks utterly empty, not a single file or folder. And I have already emptied the Trash too. But for some reason, a Terminal ls run for this folder says there are 16 items! Here's ...
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How do I automate this repetitive task?

Automator would seem to the appropriative tool, but ehmac.ca is stumped and so has this board been so far — my "Automator Newbie" question asked yesterday (my first ever on this site). Two sticking ...
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How to fix blank icons for Download and Documents stacks in the Dock

I'm getting blank icons for stacks (e.g. Downloads) and grids (e.g. Documents) in the Dock. Nothing seems to fix it. Have tried relaunching the Finder and even a full reboot, but nothing helps. Any ...
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How do I get the full path for a file in finder?

I look for a file in finder, finder finds it. But, I'd like to find it's full path. How do I do that?
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Hide all files with a specific extension from Finder

I have an application that creates MANY .log, .upload, and .json files each day, so that when I go to my "Today" smart folder, it's all clogged up with those. I'd like to hide all three of those file ...
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Spotlight Woes! Can't search, can't reindex, can't find [closed]

Help! Spotlight stopped working ... if I go to spotlight search (top right), it just hangs. Same with Apple-F in Finder ... it causes Finder to hang for a minute or so. Cannot search. I went to ...
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Unhide /etc dir but NOT using 'AppleShowAllFiles'. Possible?

I frequently use and edit config files inside /etc on OS X Lion. I would like to be able to access this dir in Finder easily, but don't want to unhide hidden files system-wide using defaults write ...
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In Terminal, can I find out the current Finder folder?

It is commonly asked how to get a Terminal prompt from a Finder window. I am asking the opposite. I would like a command-line way of determining the working directory of the "current" Finder window. ...
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Restore Trash (~/.Trash/)?

I accidently deleted the ~/.Trash/ folder. How I fix this? I do not want to: Restore files currently in the Trash can Restore files emptied with the Trash can
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How to install and run nautilus using macports (or any other way)

I've installed macports and then done 'sudo port install nautilus' to install nautilus, which all works fine. Now i'm not sure how to actually run nautilus - there's no app in the applications, and if ...
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Preview refuses to open pdf file, incorrectly claiming a permission issue

I had to force quite Preview (it became unresponsive after trying to open a 200Mb animated gif), but after re-starting it some files there were open before no longer open. Instead an error box pops up ...
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Spring loaded folder settings missing in Yosemite

My spring loaded folder settings are missing from the Finder prefs in Yosemite. What might be the cause of this and how do I get all my options back? FYI, I do have XtraFinder 0.25.4 installed but ...
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Sort items in folder by date…only for that folder!

Normally I have all my Finder sorted alphabetically but, for some folders, order by date would be better but changing order in those folder will change order for all Finder... Is there a way to sort ...
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troubleshooting Finder (and disk access?) speeds — Dropbox extension problems?

I am on Yosemite 10.10.3, though in the public beta program (which now is in sync with releases). I am also in the Dropbox beta, now on 3.5.58, for what it's worth. File access is curiously slow now. ...
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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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Finder does not sort correctly in mavericks

I have both 'sort by' and 'arrange by' sorted as last opened and still finder is not showing the files and folders correctly. e.g., I have some documents made in 2014 but finder shows those ...
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⌘T does not open a new tab

In Finder under the File menu, the "New Tab" command has ⌘T as a keyboard shortcut. However, when I use those combination of keys, a new tab does not open. I am currently running Yosemite, but this ...
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Finder not showing correct free space?

I have a software called Daisy Disk and it says I only have 70 GB left in my drive. However in Finder I see 131 GB available. How is this 60 GB difference possible?
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How do I add a script to the Service menu?

See "How do I automate this repetitive task?" I'm posting here so I can show some screenshots of the work in progress. I'm very new to both StackExchange and also Automator. Don't yet know my way ...
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How many files in a folder is too many?

Many years ago I vaguely recall that the Finder in Mac OS X would start having problems if a folder contained 2,000 - 3,000 items or more. Apple doc says that the HFS Plus file system has a ...
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Transfer labels (“tags”) from a SMB share to an AFP share

I had a SMB share from my NAS (based on illumos aka OpenSolaris, I used the kernel CIFS) and now I installed Netatalk for better performances. The metadata apparently cannot be read back, that means ...
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Can I mount an encrypted image BEFORE Finder loads?

I have most of my ~ folder on an encrypted sparse bundle disk image. I have it set to automount via Prefs>Users, but it loads AFTER Finder, so my Desktop is blank unless I force-relaunch Finder. Is ...
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Finder closes and reopens over and over

I recently created a RAID 1 set with two external 2TB drives, and it caused me lots of issues. First, my iMac (10.8.4) kernel panicked a dozen times before I found out it was the 256k block size ...
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Disable ALL password prompts in Finder

I FREQUENTLY mess with system/hidden files in /Library, /System, /bin, etc. and I'm tired of constantly being prompted for my (20+ Alphanumeric character) password. I'd like to have my "Administer" ...
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How to include secondary drives' files into 'All My Files' feature

I have a dual drive setup (SSD as boot, HDD for storage in my Mac). I would like to know how I can include files form my HDD into finders features like 'All My Files'
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Cannot Save/Edit to Mac Share Using Mountain Lion

The problem: Under Mountain Lion (10.8.3) I cannot create new files or save changes to a particular share, which is running Lion (10.7). I can connect to the shared Mac on my local network (in a ...
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Finder folder icons look like document and image files

I've got an annoying issue for a couple of weeks now. My folder icons got corrupted from time to time: Left side is the view I get when I'm switching between views, but when I open finder or ...
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Difference between du and Finder file sizes

I was having a look at the size of libBLAS.dylib at some location in my Mac and du showed it's file size as 572K while the allocated file size (showed by Finder) was 1.4MB. I've read that the lack of ...
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How to focus on list of found files after search in Finder using the keyboard with full keyboard access activated?

I like using the keyboard as much as possible. In particular, I'd like to be able to activate a search, type my search term, press a key to move to the search list, and then use cursor keys to ...
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OS X Finder customize default folder display

There are several ways to display folders in the OS X finder: Folders as icons you can arrange List of items you can expand (collapsable triangles) Graphical "flip" display A column mode where you ...