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

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How can I restart Finder when it keeps “stopping” an stopped copy process?

Every now and then, mostly with USB sticks, Finder decides to copy forever, either at the end of the copy process (i.e. the files are already copied), or at the very beginning. Stopping the process ...
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How to fix gray files 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 do I change the name of the hard drive

Right now my hard drive is called "Macintosh HD." How do I change it to something cool like "Death Killer"
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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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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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“Open folder in new window” for Finder?

In Finder, how do you open a folder in a new window, while the existing window keeps the same view? All file managers I've ever used (on Linux only) have something like "Open folder in new window" ...
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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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Replace Finder with Forklift

Is possible to have Forklift open folders, paths, etc instead of Finder?
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Icons remains the same after I have changed the default program for opening the file

I have just uninstalled a program from my new mac. The program was making itself default to open all .r files. I installed a new program, and I maked it default for opening .r files, but the old icon ...
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Finder- Reopen Last Closed Window

Finder does not seem to navigate to the last folder opened. For instance, when I am saving several files or images - it would be nice to (and used to ) open in the last place I placed something - now ...
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Prompt When Ejecting Time Machine Drive

Whenever I eject the external drive that I use for Time Machine, I get this prompt: However, in actual fact, this particular drive has got only ONE (1) partition, so it's rather annoying that I ...
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Adding SMB share to sidebar in OSX Mountain Lion

Is there a way to add an SMB share to the sidebar in Finder, such that when I click on the alias, it mounts the share and opens it up like a regular folder? You can do this in Linux and Windows, and ...
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Any way to get the “Open With…” list via AppleScript?

I want to create an AppleScript that gets the Finder selection and displays a list of applications that are capable of opening it. In other words, is there any way to get the list of apps that ...
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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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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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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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Xcode doesn't show up in spotlight results, neither search results

I haven't noticed exactly when it happened but previously I was always using spotlight to run Xcode. Now if i'm typing "Xcode" in it, only folders containing this name show up, or some xcode projects, ...
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How can I disable the Option+click hiding behaviour?

In Mac OS X Mountain Lion at least, if you Option+click ( Alt+click ) on another a window of another app, this will make the other application to gain focus, and the current app to be hidden as if ...
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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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Best way to create icons (buttons) in Finder toolbar matching OSX feel?

Is there an existing template/program/guide to create icons for the Finder toolbar that match the look and feel of the standard icons (buttons)? The reason I ask is that I have created shortcuts apps ...
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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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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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Free software for mounting an FTP share as a writeable folder in Finder [closed]

Transmit and Forklift are paid, we can't use finder, macfusion doesn't work... so I'm wondering... Is there any free option left to mount an FTP on finder so that I can write files to it? Maybe using ...
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Taking forever to move files to the trash

Finder is taking forever to move, rename, etc. files, especially when moving to the trash or emptying the trash. Here is a video ...
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Finder on Yosemite misbehaves: doubled text, blank windows, lack of updates

Since updating to Yosemite, Finder has been acting strangely. I can usually get it to show a normal-looking and -behaving window for a few operations, and then the window will either: Be blank, ...
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Why is emptying the trash so much slower than rm?

If there are a lot of files in the trash, sometimes the Finder will display a progress bar saying (for example) "Preparing to delete 62,736 files", then another progress bar for the actual deletion. ...
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How to recover file from Trash

Windows user here. How am I supposed to recover file without using a command line? I run Mac OS X 10.8.5
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Merging folders when copying & pasting in Finder

I've recently switched from Windows 7. One Windows feature that I'm missing is the possibility to merge folders (the German version of Windows is calling this "integrate") when copying & pasting ...
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How can someone coming from Windows learn Mac OS X file system and Finder?

I have recently purchased a Macbook Pro and I am very impressed with the machine and OS X. Coming from Windows the one thing I have struggled with is the file system and the Finder application. I ...
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When will Finder use large amount of memory?

Sometimes I see the iMac with 4GB of RAM having a few MB of swap file only, and after I left for a few hours and come back, the swap file is 2.7GB. Looking into the Activities Monitor, the Finder is ...
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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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Renaming files/names in bulk, any smarter solution?

I have few thousand files to rename. The thing is I have the old file names and new file names as columns in a spreadsheet. Without renaming them one by one. Is there a better way to do this? ...
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Automating ffmpeg using Automator Service

I often use ffmpeg off the command line to convert video files into mp4 on my Mac (running Mavericks). Do note, however, that I am NOT re-encoding my videos; am just changing the container from an avi ...
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What Is The Go To Folder Command Within Finder?

I have been told that the Go To Folder option in OS X contain many crucial system files. What exactly is the Go To Folder command within Finder and would it be therefore advantageous to disable it, ...
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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 does one add a custom iCloud Drive folder to the Finder Favorites sidebar?

Recently, I upgraded to iCloud Drive and began storing a number of files in it. I created a new folder in iCloud Drive (not one of the default "Pages" or "TextEdit" folders) and put my files in it. ...
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How can I remove old SMB connections?

Whenever I start up my old Mac Mini, I get an error indicating that it can't connect to an SMB share that I set up a long time ago: So that this question is findable via Google, the text of this ...
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How can I show the “Dimension” column in Finder?

I clearly remember seeing Dimensions column in Finder to show image dimensions (width x height) but I can't find it now. Does anyone know how to show this column?
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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 ...
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How to set ⌘ + H to enable show hidden files

I want my Mac to show hidden files when i hit ⌘ + H (like ubuntu). I can see hidden files by putting this defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES command in terminal but i want to get a ...
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Drives and dmg's mounting okay but not appearing in the Finder sidebar

Drives and dmg's are mounting okay on my Mac, and I can find them at /Volumes/. However, they aren't appearing in the sidebar in the Finder. What's the best way to start fixing this?
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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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Finder does not show files in folders

When I open Finder all folders seem to be empty. Checking with the console shows that all files are there. This is also true if I try to open a file from within an application using the File menu. If ...