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

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Automatically eject disk image x minutes after mounting

So I have an encrypted disk image that I use to store sensitive files. However, I often forget to eject it when I'm done, which obviously negates the whole point of encryption. What I'd like is some ...
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Where on the file system are my photos imported to?

I'm using OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. I have connected my Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Camera via USB to my Mac and automatically a window launched that imported my photos. The Photos application (version ...
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Performance problems, possibly malware?

I have concerns about malware or something significantly affecting the performance of my iMac. As you can see from the screen shot below I have updated to OS X Yosemite Version 10.10.5, but I did ...
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Replacing the Finder Icon

I changed my Finder icon to give it a mustache by replacing the Finder icon .png file in /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/ with the .png I made (same name). I cleared the icon ...
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How to delete all “Audio” files from my MacBook

Through the disk utility, I can see I have over 10 GB of "Audio" files. When I search on Finder for music files (kind "Music") no more than 10 MB comes. What exactly is considered to be "Audio" ...
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How can I solve the multiple clicking issue in Finder?

I have to click on something multiple times for it to open in Finder or open up (either as an app, or in a different app), to an extent that I will break my trackpad or mouse (I have tested them ...
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Finder copying dialog freezing from time to time during transfer

I'm trying to backup 2tb drive I have connected to my mac to another drive using this enclosure via firewire 800: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/M3QX2KIT0GB/ The problem is that from time to time ...
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Duplicating and renaming Finder selection to the same folder in one clean step?

Is such a thing possible? I have this code which can do the above: set now to do shell script "date +%Y-%m-%d' '%H.%M.%S" tell application "Finder" set finderSelList to selection as alias list ...
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How to search for documents on OSX that are NOT contained within a given folder using Finder, Spotlight or some other native tool?

I have a bunch of formatted spreadsheets scattered all across my computer. There are literally thousands of them. I want to get them all into a centralized folder and have mostly done that, i.e. most ...
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Cannot set Finder window background colour / image

I have created a folder inside HD>Users>Username (the folder where default things like Pictures, Movies, Sites, Documents etc. are) and I'd like to change the background image. The only thing is, the ...
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Remove “move to dropbox” menu in Finder

I want to remove the annoying "move to dropbox" entry in the menu when I right click a file in Finder. I can turn off Finder extension all together but I do like the green check marks. I just don't ...
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Hard link '~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs' to ~/iCloud

Is it possible to do this at all? I've tried the following command: ln /Users/Rowan/Library/Mobile\ Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Documents /Users/Rowan/iCloud which results in: ln: ...
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Native open and save dialog boxes all have an unpopulated Favorites section? [duplicate]

This started happening after the 10.11.1 update. Whenever an application creates up a OS X native open or save dialog box, the Favorites section in the side bar is unpopulated. My favorites ...
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How do I search for *.ai files (Adobe Illustrator) by file extension in El Capitan?

So I have tried doing kind:ai, and also tried doing it via the kind selector (see image below). I know how to do this using the linux "find" command already, but I really want to find a way to do this ...
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What is the best free option for automatic ftp sync with finder? [closed]

I was quite happy when I found out that Finder had native support, but it didn't take long until I realized it was read-only access. What is the best free option for automatic ftp sync with finder? ...
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Opening a selected folder path in OS X El Capitan 10.11.2?

At work we have a file server to share files and in the past I have been able to open the folder path in finder by highlighting the path a coworker provides and then pressing cmd+option+ctrl+o. At ...
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How to use Applescript to find duplicate files and .mp3 files in my iTunes “Music” folder and subfolders?

I recently moved my iTunes music library onto a new computer set-up by copying the "iTunes Media" folder onto an external HD and then onto my local disk. When I opened iTunes for the first time, it ...
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Activate desktop using Applescript

Basically, I have this short script to "clean up" the desktop. This is the code: tell application "System Events" tell application "Finder" to activate desktop delay 0.1 tell process ...
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Terminal command that causes the Finder to stop and not relaunch [duplicate]

I am looking for a terminal command that causes the Finder process to stop and not automatically restart itself. The command killall Finder will cause the Finder to just relaunch.
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Moving the save dialog?

I have the following frequent issue (since I read a lot of PDFs for my job): I open a PDF in a browser on my computer (e.g., Chrome, but this happens on other browsers as well) and I go to save it. I ...
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Any way to remove all folders that contain only .DS_Store recursively?

If I try sudo find . -name '.DS_Store' -delete then, within a few seconds, the .DS_Store files get re-created by Finder before sudo find . -type d -empty -delete can take effect. I can do ...
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Fails to Reboot during installation of El Capitan upgrade

Downloaded El Capitan when it first became available. After downloading, I could not reboot to install the update. At some point, and I am not sure when, the update installed on it's own as my ...
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Getting real smb- / afp based network file path of opened files or folders

is there any opportunity to copy or read out the real network path of a file that you are displaying through the finder on a network share? examples.: smb://network-share.mydomain/DirTop/DirSec/Dir ...
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AppleScript - extract a string of characters from similar filenames and group into a folder with that string as the name

I have a folder full of files like this: SA-2A05_3.psd SA-2A05_4.psd SA-2A05_5.psd SA-2A05_6.psd SA-2A05.psd SA-2A06_3.psd SA-2A06_4.psd SA-2A06_5.psd SA-2A06_6.psd SA-2A06.psd and I want to create ...
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Applescript - how can I select all *non*-folders in an expanded list view window?

I am trying to write a script which will select all non-folders in a given Finder window which is in List View and has revealed/expanded all sub-folders (see image). As there tend to be many more ...
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Is there a way I can mount an FTP Server as a network drive in Finder, and make it writable?

I've tried Transmit, Forklift; they cost a lot, and I'm not that willing to spend money on this. OS X Fusion says it is installed, but the application seems to be installed nowhere. And obviously ...
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Find the file that corresponds to a certain message in Mail.app?

Every message in Mail.app corresponds to a file in the filesystem (typically located somewhere here /Users/[username]/Library/Mail/V3/[account name]). Is there an easy way to locate the corresponding ...
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How to customize drag-n-drop-to-Terminal path escaping results?

How can I change the way in which filenames are escaped (formatted) when dragged from applications and dropped into Terminal? For example, paths may be escaped with \, just spaces (), or other ...
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Is it possible to modify the behavior of Finder UI elements with AppleScript?

I wrote an AppleScript that scans my entire iTunes library and tags those files with their Genre (so I can easily access them in Finder by just clicking the right tag). The next step on my list would ...
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Automatically deleting files that contain a specific content

I would like to make use of the command that looks for a specific phrase in a file: grep -lr "text to find" * provided here and delete all of the found files. How can I generate the relevant ...
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How to delete a list of files and folder generated via find in terminal?

I'm generating a list of files and folder that meet certain criteria with use of a command: find ~/ -iname "whatIwantToRemove" The command will generate some results: ...
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Is there any way to search image by image in Mac finder?

Mac version is OS X EI Capitan What I want is just the same like google image Search by image service but the search region is a specific folder of my Mac disk.
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Finder freezes from time to time and relaunches when I click on a tab

I use El Capitan on MBP 2014 Retina. I have tried almost everything already: Logged in as a new user. No joy. Reinstalled El Capitan (in situ) - still happening Logged in on safe mode - no joy Ran ...
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Convert PDF images to PNG using Automator

I want to convert a bunch of PDF images to PNG images. How do I tell Automator to resize the final images to a specified size (in pixels) like 100x100? Automator is also adding a number to the end of ...
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Finder's window body always cover my folder list

this annoying things constantly happen now and then, especially when I enlarge the width of the column, it scroll up automatically. any help to solve this? my system is EI Captain, installed ...
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Time Machine Icon on Desktop showing the yellow icon

My Time Machine in Finder shows the correct icon, however, on my Desktop, it shows the Yellow icon that is used for normal external hard drives. It only changes on the desktop to the time machine icon ...
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Screen wave in Desktop while powering up, then in Chrome & iTunes (started with Finder not responding?) and flickering in Contacts

I am on OS X El Capitan v 10.11.1, MacBook (13-in, Mid 2010) I am not a power user so if I should ask this in another community would someone please let me know? Current issue: kind of like "the ...
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Unable to copy OSX Installer from external drive to Mac

As usual I wanted to prepare bootable USB with OSX. Some time ago I've made a copy of my Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan to external drive. I wanted simply to drag & drop El Capitan to prepare ...
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Icons in Finder, Safari, Mail, and Dock are not visible

I booted my MacBook Pro a few days ago and some of the icons on my dock were not visible. I noticed that there were icons missing in Safari, Finder and Mail. I attach a screen-shot to make my issue ...
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Permissions errors thrown, but permissions appear to be correct

On my HD, I have a bunch of files that I've generated via Python scripts (or otherwise). When I run "open foo.png" from terminal (or via finder), I get a popup that says The file “foo.png” ...
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Return key shortcut change in El Capitan?

How to change Keyboard shortcut for opening folder from Command-O to Enter(return) key?
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Emptying trash sound played for no reason

It happened to mew few times last week: while I was working in browser/text editor I've heard emptying trash sound for no reason (i.e. I haven't interacted with trash bin at all). I think I haven't ...
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Finder reports error code -36 when copying some files

I have a 4.6GB file on my hard drive. Today when I tried to copy it to another machine through network, I got the following error message from Finder halfway through the copy: The Finder can't ...
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How to remove bold from desktop font on OS X El Capitan

I find the bold font on the desktop takes up more room than necessary and doesn't make the text any easier for me to read. Is there a way I can remove this bold formatting independently from the rest ...
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Make Finder Windows Tiny

Is it possible to set OSX to allow tiny finder windows? The minimum window size on 10.9.5 is 452 x 294. On a 30" monitor, 452 x 294 is still much larger than I need; wasting screen real estate. On ...
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Show Date Created in Finder

My teacher doesn't believe that I did my homework, just because I did like 95% of it. So he thinks that I did it this morning and I want to prove to him that I did in fact do it last night @ 6 pm. ...
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Finder does not update

I have an issue in a folder were some files, that was recently put there by an installer, does not show in Finder. Files are not hidden (ls -Ol), they show in Terminal, and has the same file ...
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Is there any way to have disk images open in a normal finder window?

Why do disk images open in a finder window without the sidebar? Is there any way to have disk images open in a normal finder window? I find this really inconvenient when I just want to drag ...
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Grayed out folder won't open in finder

I've never see this before. Here's the facts: It appears to be grayed out in the finder I can not open it by clicking I can move the folder The permissions are set to 777 (overkill i know) I can ...
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How can I kill Finder if it's not responding?

I have some Finder windows that I just cannot close. They are completely unresponsive, and have the rainbow wheel whenever I select any of them. Force Quit / Relaunch doesn't help, because the ...