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

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Gray file 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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Why are FTP connections read-only when I use “Connect to Server…”?

I'm just trying to connect to the server hosting my website through Finder, but it's always read only, even though I'm logging in with my username and pass. Obviously, I can connect with an FTP ...
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Why does changing “Open with” also change a files “Modification date”?

Something I noticed a while ago. I use Carbon Copy Cloner for backing up my files and I noticed one day when I changed a video's "Open with" flag to always open a video file with Movist instead of ...
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How can I change Mac Dbl-Click on Title Bar to be like Windows

I love my Mac eternally but there is one thing I miss from my former Windows days. When I want to toggle between maximize and restore window, on Windows I would double click the title bar, and that ...
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Non-recursive spotlight search?

When using the Spotlight search at the top right of a finder window, I often want the search to be non-recursive, i.e. only look at files in that specific directory, not any directories within it. Is ...
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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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How do I keep QTKitServer (QuickLook Helper) CPU usage from exploding out of control? OR How do I disable QuickLook entirely?

I've been watching lots of .MKVs lately, opened from the Finder. In Column View, when you single-click any file, QuickLook will load a viewable thumbnail into the next column over. This causes ...
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How to select all similar files in an directory

If I want to view images I made with my camera using Preview, I have to select all files separately. Because when I select all files (cmd + a) all the videos I made get selected (and opened in ...
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How to turn off Finder Tabs in OS X Maverics

Initially I did not have tabs in Finder after installing OS X Mavericks. After pressing Command+T, now I always have at least one tab in the Finder window. How do I turn the tabs off?
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Why can't I open downloads from Google Chrome's download bar?

For some reason, clicking on downloads in the Google Chrome download bar does nothing any more; I'm pretty sure it did until some time recently, but it's been a while since it did. Also, choosing ...
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Mountain Lion - Finder - Search by file name

I just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion and I seem to be missing one bit of functionality that I used all the time in Finder. I could press Command+Shift+F and search for files by file ...
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Why isn't finder finding all files?

I had a Smart Search for my Photo Stream files located at ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub/, searching for JPG and PNG files. I found that not all files were showing up. ...
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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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Unable to delete a file

I have a file on my system named "2011.09.08įU0.G80.Šsl" that I'm unable to delete. Here are the different steps I've tried, but haven't had any success with yet: sudo rm file - Results in "No such ...
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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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Can I disable tabs in the Finder?

I frequently use command-click in the titlebar to open the parent folder of a folder in the Finder. In Mavericks, instead of opening a new window with the same view style, it opens a new tab in ...
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Is there a Terminal shell command to compare the contents of folders?

Sometimes you may want to see the differences in folders in order to: See what files are different See what files are missing See what files have been added Which may prove useful if you wish to ...
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How can I remove a program from “Open With”?

I recently installed VMWare Fusion and added Windows 7. Now when I right-click on a text file and choose Open With, there's an option to open with Notepad in Windows 7. This is not something I want ...
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How can I make OS X recognize new file extensions?

In Finder.app, you can hit Enter to edit the name of the currently selected file or folder. OS X will automatically select only the file name part, not the extension: This is very useful, because ...
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Fully displaying volume size info on the desktop

No matter which combination of icon size, spacing, font size I use for the desktop Finder view, the info for my drives on my Mac Mini hooked up to my TV (1080p) shows up as: 999.85 GB, ...06 GB free ...
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Speeding up and improving directory listing from windows Servers?

When I connect to windows servers (called PC-servers in OS X) getting the list of files in a directory is really slow (20-30s) in comparison to using a windows machine (<1s). Sometimes the files in ...
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Mac, dragging items into desktop folders keeps on opening a finder window immediately

I'm not sure why I'm suddenly having this problem since I haven't changed any of my finder preferences. Say I drag an image from the browser to a folder on my desktop, it opens up a finder window for ...
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How can I make files I drag to the desktop stay where I put them?

In Mountain Lion, when I drag a file to the desktop, it's automatically moved to a neat grid in the upper left of the desktop. But I want it to stay in the spot to which I dragged it (usually ...
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How to prevent Finder from waking up the second hdd?

I do use a SSD+HDD setup on MBP but from time to time Finder is trying to access files from the HDD and is waking it up. I'm not saying about usual cases, this happens even when I do nothing. Doing ...
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What does Mail do when you try to quit it?

For some reason, Mail takes significantly longer than most of my other apps to quit. It might become unresponsive for a period of time after I hit [command]+[q] before it actually quits. What is ...
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How do I disable quarantine on Lion?

I've been tearing my hair out trying to get rid of the quarantine "Do you want to open this?" warning because I don't like it. The well documented way (defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices ...
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How can I force Finder to be opened in a specific size? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mac OS X Lion Finder Window Size Every time I open Finder it open in a small windows I want it open in a bigger window how can I do this?
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Replace Finder with Forklift

Is possible to have Forklift open folders, paths, etc instead of Finder?
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How to disable ._ AppleDouble files for SMB?

I have a small problem. I don't want that our Macs here create the ._ files to the network drive. For example when you copy an image over the finder to the SMB storage. Is there a way to disable this ...
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Group running apps in OSX?

Since I'm working on several projects that require different resources (shells, files, chrome windows, etc), I'd like to organize them better. Is there a mac utility or something that will allow me ...
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Missing a lot of options from Finder's right click context menu

No idea what caused this or why it's happening, but when I right click something in Finder I'm missing a lot of the standard options that should be there (dropbox options, labels, etc). I've ...
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Add and remove multiple tags at once from a file or a folder

Using OS X Mavericks I want to add multiple tags at once to a file or a folder and I also want to remove multiple tags at once. There are different ways to add tags to a file, one of them would be to ...
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Why is Lion’s “Keep Both” option missing from the file copy dialog?

I am running Mountain Lion (10.8.2), and when I attempt to copy a bunch of files from Directory A to Directory B (which contains some files with names matching those from Directory A), I get this ...
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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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Keeping both files when moving them to a different folder?

When I'm moving files to a folder with another set of files named the same, it doesn't give me the "keep both"-option. However when I move the files one by one, I get this option. Any tips on how I ...
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Upload file directly from a URL in upload (File/Open) dialog

On Windows, if I go to a web site that needs a file upload, I can paste a URL into the "Open" dialog box that pops up, and Windows will download the file and upload a temporary version of it to the ...
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Moving files in Finder with drag and drop opens a new window

I'm trying to move files around in Finder by using my trackpad to drag and drop files. The problem is that I'm using tap to click with dragging enabled. So, when I decide to drop the files onto a ...
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Remove services from context menus (but leave them in the app's Services menu)

I created a few services with Automator and it seems OS X automatically adds these to the context menu of files/folders that they apply to. Is it possible to remove the services from the context menu ...
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“All My Files” in Finder of Lion has stopped working

"All My Files" in Finder of Lion has stopped working. I suspect that this has happened after installing Path Finder 5.7.8.
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How can I disable media playback in Finder document icons?

I'm on Lion now, and hoped that Apple would have added the option to disable the quick preview buttons on the icons some way. Here's the problem I have: When I click on a video in Finder just to ...
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can i delete “developer-old” folder?

I've got a "developer-old" folder besides for my "developer" folder. "developer-old" contains "headers", "SDKs", etc folders. It'd be nice to delete this folder bc it takes up 10GB. Can I?
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Disable thumbnail generation in finder

Is there a way to tell Finder to not peek inside or generate thumbnails for files based on a particular network share or folder? I've got a tape archival system which presents an SMB (Windows) ...
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Tile Finder background image in Snow Leopard

I have seen a guide/tip on the internet to make Finder tile it's background by editing ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist however the guide is now outdated and no longer works on Snow ...
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Can I get the Media browsers from the File Open dialog in the Finder sidebar?

The File Open dialog has three very useful Media entries in the sidebar (Photos, Movies, Music). They are backed by the various iLife applications, so that you can select, for example, from your ...
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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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Git plug-in for Finder?

Is there a plug-in for the Finder which lets me see and do all my git-related stuff? It seems silly that I have to use different apps or the terminal for such things when the files are right there in ...
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Why does Finder interact so slowly with NAS?

I have a Synology NAS D213+. When I want to connect the NAS to my Mac, Finder mounts a new volume which behaves like a normal partition. But it interacts so slowly - I click on a folder, and it ...
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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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Can't relaunch Finder and the menubar is missing

I booted up my MacBook Air (running Mac OS X Lion) and the desktop doesn't have a menubar. I used option+right-click to relaunch Finder and there isn't an option to relaunch it. When I launch an ...
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Finder dragging hang / stuck

Sometimes when dragging files from folder to another, or moving a folder, the items being dragged are stuck in the dragging mode and it hangs. I can see Finder use 30-35% CPU at that moment. Anyone ...