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

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10.11.2: QuickLook and thumbnails crashing finder

I have a strange problem: Finder crashes ("not responding") after performing one of these: pressing space on a file that can be previewed with QuickLook, e.g. a sound file or an image simply ...
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OS X wont show desktop

I have upgraded to El Capitan, but I was having this problem for a while, where the desktop background doesn’t display. The folders have white letters, and the background is white, and this makes ...
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Is it impossible to delete/move a file named “␀” on mac?

When I try to move, rename, or delete a file named ␀in Finder, I get this error message: The operation can't be completed, because an unexpected error occured (error code -50). With mv, rm or ...
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AppleScript Save As Dialog in Safari Reader Save As PDF

I have an AppleScript to open move a Safari webpage into Reader view and then to Save As a PDF. I would like it to Save As the PDF with default filename, but always in the same specific location. I'm ...
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OS X give focus to a window after showing

I have noticed something that really annoys me. Say I have some applications running and then I select a particular one using Dock. This application appears on the screen but does not receive focus (...
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Browse iCloud Photos in Finder

I have an iPhone and a Mac and I am sharing all my photos on iCloud. If I am on my computer and I want to change my Facebook profile picture to a photo I took on my phone, where do I look? I have ...
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Finder Window when Uploading or Opening Files Missing Items [duplicate]

For some reason, my file window when I am opening a file/folder or uploading something the sidebar is missing a lot of items which makes navigating to my destination a pain. What am I missing? My ...
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Cannot create a dmg file and save it onto a usb flash drive. Error: Unable to create “ ”. (Operation not Permitted)

I currently am trying to create dmg files from folders inside my 128 GB flash drive. I recently re-formatted it into the exFAT format. The folders I am trying to convert into a dmg file are around 15 ...
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Sort folders first, then files [El Capitan]

I am aware there are many posts about this problem, but many are just workarounds for Finder. However I use console more often then Finder because of programming. I am also aware of something like ...
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Show Picture in Photos App

I have a referenced Photos Library (pictures are not copied to the Library File) and sometimes I am browsing my Finder structure and want to view a file (that has already been imported to Photos) in ...
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Show a single hidden folder in Finder

How can I reveal an individual hidden folder, as opposed to showing all hidden folders and files? I'm trying to move folders and files around, but I cannot see one of the folders or it's files in ...
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Using Finder, how can I view /System/Library?

Using Finder, how can I view /System/Library? In fact, I'd really like to do the equivalence of a recursive grep for file names from the root directory using Finder. How can I move around the entire ...
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Hard disk default icons

This is just a curiosity: what's the reason I ended up having two different icons for two external hard drives? In my case in the Finder I have: The information panels for these two are: On ...
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How Do I Reset the Sharing & Permission Setting on a MacBook?

When you select the "Get Info" option, the mac will bring up a pop-up with the various attributes of the object selected. In the "Sharing & Permissions" section, you can set the access level. I ...
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ForkLift with Alfred and Chrome

I'm using ForkLift. I wanted to set it as the default file viewer, so I followed these instructions. Unfortunately, it did not work, and every time I try to "Show in Finder" (say, from Alfred or ...
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How do I create a browsable index of my External Hard Disks?

I have 7-8 External Hard Disk Drives. I would like to be able to know the content of each of the drives (files and folders) without having to connect them to my system (cumbersome). Is there and ...
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How to have Finder display file Size in fixed units such as MB or KB?

The default behavior of Finder will show file Size in bytes, KB, MB, GB depending on the file size. Is there a way to have Finder display the file Size in a fixed unit such as MB or KB? (This makes ...
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Folder cannot be deleted from the Launchpad and is not displayed in Finder

I have installed a wrong version of Anaconda from python 2.7 on OS X 10.11.1 and to remove it, I deleted its files from the Finder. Now Launchpad is confused and the Anaconda folder is still there, ...
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MacBook Pro, Yosemite: change Finder shortcuts

I want to reassign Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ F to a custom command, but Finder reserves it to open 'All My Files'. I have looked around Preferences-Keyboard-Shortcuts, but the Finder shortcuts do not seem ...
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Grey folder in iCloud Drive

I have a grey folder on my Mac in the iCloud Drive Directory which I can't access. If I go to the iCloud Drive Website I see the folder and can easily navigate in it. Does anyone know a solution on ...
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Services shortcut not working properly

So I have set ctrl+T to open the folder I have selected in Terminal. But usually it doesn't work and nothing happens entering the shortcut. When I go Finder->Services and then don't press anything ...
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How to find offending Finder Extension?

I'm constantly (about every half second) getting this error on my MacBook Pro's console flooding my system log... I've tried to kill all processes in hopes to find the offender, but no luck so far. ...
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Alias use from Terminal - What's the magic recipe?

I wanted to make a shortcut at my root, entry Terminal directory Goal an Alias for /someLongPath/someProject/ at ~/someProject Problem I create the Alias and locate it at ~/. For me this is ~/...
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File not visible in Finder

I've saved a file with the name filename\.svg and it didn't appear in finder. When I check terminal, there was a file named .svg in the folder I saved my file. I changed its name to test.svg but it ...
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OS X Blu-ray support to read / write BD-R discs for data storage

What I'm looking to achieve is to write (and read) data files on BD-R discs for storage / backup / archive purposes, just like one can do with CD and DVD discs. For clarity, I am not interested in ...
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Move a file to a specific folder by name

I'm looking for a plugin or a trick that will let me move a file to a specific folder that I type in the name of. I'm thinking of functionality like MsgFiler, the Apple Mail plugin. I want to be able ...
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Unwrap Finder Folder

I really like the (new-ish) Finder contextual menu option to move selected files into a new folder. I was wondering if the opposite exists too, where a folder is "unwrapped", where the contents are ...
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How preserve JPEG date stamps during Automator scaling?

Automator services embedded as a context menu are a great way to quickly scale down JPEGs in the finder. Right click the file, choose your scaling script, done in seconds. The problem is it ...
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Query Status of Path Finder.app

I use Path Finder as a replacement to Finder.app (but still leave Finder running). One of the main reasons I use Path Finder, is that it lets me queue file transfers. However, it seems that Path ...
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Manage Finder favourites with defaults write or similar?

I've been unable to find any preferences list file with the locations for the 'Favorites' list shown in the Finder sidebar. No luck from likely candidates com.apple.finder and com.apple.sidebarlists. ...
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Info.plist is always readonly

I want to edit Finder Info.plist file that is located here: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Info.plist But when I try to edit the file by vi the file is readonly. # vi /System/...
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Logic Pro X and SymLinked Files

I use Logic Pro X, and it's very particular of the naming of the directories it uses. I'm SymLinking the Gigabytes of extra content it's downloaded from external drives. HOWEVER I wanted to ask ...
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Photos.app does not see DCIM folder on MicroSD card

I have some photos in the DCIM folder on a MicroSD card that normally lives in an Android phone. When I mount the card on my Macbook Pro using a USB card reader, Photos.app automatically launches. ...
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Finder wont respond on every restart attempt

Starting recently, every time I try to restart my laptop (MacBook Pro 15-inch, Mid 2012) everything exits fine, the menu bar disappears, but then finder won't quit. If I open the dock and right-click ...
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Change 'New folder' default name

When we create 'new folder' in finder it will automatically named 'untitled folder'. Is it possible to change that default folder name to current date name, for example "20151223"?
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System files not showing in Finder Search Results

I have enabled showing hidden files in Finder and I can see them when viewing containing folder. However, when I search for such files they do not show in the search results. Specifically I was ...
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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 1....
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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" files?...
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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 both)....
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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: /Users/Rowan/...
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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 are......
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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 ...