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

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Executing files directly from read/write WebDAV server

I’m using the Finder’s built-in Connect to Server... feature and use it for connecting to a read/write WebDAV server. Everything is working except executing files hosted on the server. I tried ...
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Show UNIX directories in Finder?

I want to know how to show the UNIX directories (/usr, /etc, /dev, ...) in the Finder, but not all the files starting with a '.' (Basically everything you see when you ls /) Everything I've found on ...
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Dragging file at the Dock creates a copy of a file?

When I drag and drop a file from Finder to Dock, it creates a copy of the file somewhere? I would like to create some type of link as I know from Windows. Until now I created a link (context menu ...
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Fan on Mac Book Air & Finder crash always

This is my first question here. So I hope to be clear in my explanation. I own a Mac Book Air 13-Inch Mid 2013, 1,7 GB, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3. OSX Yosemite. Version 10.10.2 FINDER CRASH Every time I ...
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Custom desktop icons not updating on paste (Yosemite 10.10.2)

I've had custom desktop icons for the longest time and it has worked beautifully until I updated to Yosemite. Now, changing desktop icons works intermittently at best, if not at all. When I paste a ...
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Finder tags via server

We are a group of Mac users (mix of Yosemite and Mavericks) that share files on a OS X Server (Mavericks). When someone has done a job on a file, they tag it. All users have made similar sets of tags. ...
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Finder gets confused after using the mv command in the Dropbox folders

I should mention I'm new to command lines. I want to rename files using the mv command in the Terminal. I type: mv oldFileName.pdf newFileName.pdf Afterwards, I use the ls command to check whether ...
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Automator “Filter Finder Items” issues with spotlight

When using an automator workflow with the following actions: Get Specified Finder Items (some zip files) Open Finder Items (with an unzipping utility) Move Finder Items (to an existing folder) ...
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Can't move files to trash

Lately, my computer will not let me move my files to the trash. It doesn't give me an error or anything, it'll just give me the usual 'moving file to trash' message and it gets stuck right there. I ...
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Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive icons doesn't change

I tried to change GoogleDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive folders in finder but get sync to their original state after sometime. This happens after 2-6 days. I have changed other folder too but in case of ...
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How to set default finder window size?

How do I set the default size of my finder window to a size of my choice? Currently each time I open a finder window, it opens up in a very small size and I have to adjust it before I can start ...
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What is this grey bar underneath the home icon row?

I'm getting this 'grey bar' in my home icon row: It is the same colour as the 'grey dot' underneath some of the applications in the home icon row that are active. My question is: What is this ...
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SD Card, Error Code 36 after copying additional files to a camera memory card using finder

I'm getting an Error Code 36 when trying to retrieve files from a FAT32 SD card (from my camera) onto a mac formatted drive. Half of the files will not even open, let alone copy across from the card! ...
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File upload problem?

For some reason when I attempt to upload files anywhere it doesn't give me the option? I can't click on any part of the files in any of the view options. Here are two as an example, in the second i ...
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Ways to find messages from blocked contact info

Is there a way, or ways, to retrieve iMessages or text messages sent to me by a number or email address I have blocked on my iPhone 6?
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Error message when copying files over to Mac Server

I keep receiving the following error message when copying files, from my iMac and my Macbook, over to my Mac Mini Server. The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in ...
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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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Can't access password protected smb share

I have a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router with an attached HDD which I'm trying to access with the ReadyShare feature. I've created 3 shared folders: no_pass (no password required) pass_write ...
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Hide Shared Network Drive in Finder

Is there any way to hide a shared network drive in Finder? I don't want to hide all shared drives, just one. I am using an NAS server for backup purposes and I don't want users to be able see or eject ...
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How do I access the Volumes directory in Macintosh HD? [closed]

I am trying to get into the Volumes directory. Hidden files are being shown. However, the Volumes folder won't let me access it, it's "greyed out". How can I bypass this?
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What are these files in my “~/Library/Safari/” folder?

So, I was messing with this folder and while doing this I turned show hidden files on and saw some strange files. These are the names of them, and sizes .dat8ad4.007 (733K) .dat011e.000 (704K) ...
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Automatically sort Finder items based on file type?

I work in video production, when a new job comes in we use Post Haste to create a new directory with our folder structure and default files included. What I'm looking to do is automate the process of ...
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Lots of Finder windows opening all at once

Last Sunday I was looking through Finder on my mid-2011 MBA. (I was clearing out my 'cache' and 'preferences' folders.) I must have either clicked something (I use an external mouse) or pressed ...
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Emptying trash, with file-in-use: Is there any difference between 'skip' and 'continue'?

If you delete a file, but it's still in use (e.g. a document still open), and then try to empty the trash you get something like this: As best I can tell the three options do the following: Skip: ...
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Can I generate a clickable link to local file using relative path like “file:///~”

This is the background: in my company, we use Google Drive and often have to tell each other the path to a particular file. Paths are long as we use a lot of nested folders, so it's pretty boring and ...
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How can I get the tags section on Finder sidebar on OS X 10.8.5?

Yesterday I reinstalled Snow Leopard because Yosemite is too heavy for my MacBook. How can I get the tags section on the Finder sidebar on OS X 10.8.5 like Mavericks or Yosemite?
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Why is cp command 4 times slower than copying in Finder in OS X 10.6?

I accidentally stumbled upon this issue: Copying a 119 MB zip file took 4 times longer in Terminal (cp) than in Finder! I copied a file of 119 MB size in Terminal with time cp file.zip file2.zip ...
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How do I search ??_doc.xml file in a specified folder in Finder?

I have a lot of ??_doc.xml files in a folder, it's like: 13_doc.xml 16_doc.xml 87_doc.xml The filenames are all like two digits with _doc.xml combined together. I want to search them and have them ...
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Make alias take icon of the .app it points to

I have a blah.app, and on desktop there is an alias to this app I went to blah.app/Contents/Resources and replace the icon with my icon, same name I went to blah.app/ and created a new folder next to ...
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Is it possible to put the contents of a folder on the outside cover of the folder

Is it possible to put each item in a folder on the outside cover of the folder - like on a pc where each item in the folder looks like a box on the outside of the folder so that you don't have to open ...
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Mysterious OS X File Extension (bug?)

I know that OS X uses the Launch Services.framework to manage the file-extensions. But the icons which belong to the file-extension are part of the Info.plist in the package contents of the ...
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How do I get multiple cursors throughout OSX?

I enjoy using the Sublime Text 3 editor—especially the multiple cursors feature. I constantly find myself in need of the multiple cursor functionality in other OS X apps like Finder or Outlook. Does ...
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Does a `.hidden` configuration file for Finder exist?

Is there a way to hide files and folders from Finder like I do with Nautilus using .hidden config file? On Nautilus I can create a file named .hidden and put inside it a list of files I want to hide. ...
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Picasa Face 'albums' How to Apply to Spotlight Finder Tags and/or Comments?

Goal: All the Tags and Faces in Picasa, written to Comments (or Tags) in Finder Spotlight 'Get Info' area - for searching. I'd like to do this via Folder action, automator or applescript, if possible! ...
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What takes so much space in my external disk?

My external disk (LaCie) is full! When I look at the individual folders within my disk, I see that only little space is occupied by visible documents. So I displayed the hidden files and found small ...
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Yosemite keyboard shortcut for “keep both” “stop” or “replace” when moving files in Finder?

When you copy or move files in the Finder in Yosemite and there is a conflict, a small dialog box pops up proposing: keep both stop replace (or "skip" if you press option). However, I can't ...
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How to display tagged files inside hidden directories?

Keeping hidden files hidden, how can I see content inside hidden directories using Finder tags. I can assign a tag to directory A, but it does not show in Finder when I list all tag-tagged content. ...
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In MacOSX 10.10.2 the finder's preview function is not working

In MacOSX 10.10.2 the finder's preview function is not working. If I select some image or pdf files I cannot see file's preview and only see wait logo. How can I fix these error? I found some ...
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Changing the name of app containers in the iCloud Drive on OS X?

I am using the iCloud Drive, and sometimes the name of an app folder is too clumsy and too long to own a place on the Finder sidebar. Per the previous attempts by others, the Finder sidebar uses only ...
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Stop Finder from Opening in 1st Space

When I have an application that I use the contextual menu for 'Show in Finder' it opens finder, but it always opens it in the 1st space, never in the current space i'm in. For example, I have Xcode in ...
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Copied application showing “prohibited” instead of app icon in Finder

I copied "Dead Island" to HDD from DMG file and it showed a "prohibited" icon instead of the game icon (2nd row, icon in the middle). I had to kill/restart Finder to solve it, but would like to know ...
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Repurposing “menu” button on Windows keyboards used in OS X

Windows keyboards map pretty intuitively to OS X, leaving only the "context menu" button a little purposeless. I would like the menu key to behave as another Command key. How does one define what the ...
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How to show fullscreen get info?

Once I press some key,OS X shows partition get info in fullscreen in big icon in black background,I don't know how to do it again.
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Applescript to update MP3 Spotlight tag from iTunes tag

Here is my situation. I have a large iTunes library that has songs tagged with the "Year" in iTunes. I have a Hazel Rule for the noodlesoft hazel software which reads from Finder's "Year Recorded" ...
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File extension shows in BASH but not in Finder

I created a text file with a specific extension: Vendor_0408_Product_3008.idc It displays in finder link this: and BASH like this: -rw-r--r--@ 1 raven staff 1903 Feb 19 10:31 ...
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How exclude a specific folder from spotlight search but not from search window?

I'm trying to set up my Mac so that it will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results in spotlight only. The reason is because these files are mostly private, and I don't want ...
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Finder bug - wrong drop zone highlight

Sometimes I experience strange behaviour within the Finder. When I drag files to another Finder window the highlighted drop zones are incorrect and if I attempt to edit a file name the location of the ...
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How can I copy a selection of files from multiple folders into multiple folders?

I am developing an Android-app in OS X, and want to use some third-party icons. I have downloaded and extracted the icons into this folder structure: drawable-mdpi ic_icon1.png ... drawable-hdpi ...
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Tilde (~) File in Macintosh Directory

Last night I discovered what looks like an unusual file named "~" (tilde) in the root of my "Macintosh HD" directory on my MacBook. Finder reports the file is 2.2MB in size, of kind "TextEdit.app ...
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Macintosh HD disappeared from finder after “disk damaged and cannot be repaired”

I have a MacPro 13.3 Inch mid2011 with 500GB storage and recently while performing a Mac update, it froze and was still stuck on a grey screen even after multiple restart attempts. I finally tried ...