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

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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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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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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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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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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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Width of the column view separation line in Finder

I'm using Mac OS X lion. In Finder, I use the column view. I know how to set up the width, but the thin line you use to drag the columns has suddenly become thicker and very visible. I know this ...
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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 do I remove crashplan from my Mac

I recently tried out CrashPlan on my Macbook, but I decided not to go through with that. However, now that I'm not going to be using CrashPlan after all, I can't figure out how to remove their app ...
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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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Where do I find my user folder in the OS X folder hierarchy?

In Terminal, how do I go from Macintosh HD to places such as johnsmith that contains Downloads, Desktop etc. In a Finder window, it seems they are independent of each other. From Macintosh HD, I see ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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In Finder's List view, is there a keyboard shortcut to go to top/bottom of list?

Before Leopard, hitting the Spacebar would take you to the bottom file in List view -- but that now initiates QuickLook. As far as I know there has never been a keyboard shortcut to go to the top of ...
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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 exclude Mail messages from Finder search?

I want to exclude Mail messages from showing up in Finder search. ->FINDER, NOT SPOTLIGHT<- I have asked this question on other platforms, and I have found the emphasis is very necessary. Yes, ...
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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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How to edit binary InfoPlist.strings in Mountain Lion (for Finder to display folders before files)?

The article Force your Mac to sort folders on top of files (windows style), lets the Finder change its sorting order to first show folders and next all files. This trick doesn't seem to work with ...
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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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“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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Is there a way to remotely restart Finder (or wake-up the desktop) from SSH?

Over the last few months I've found my MacBook Pro is getting increasingly unwilling to wake-up if it's gone to sleep of it's own accord - not when I put it to sleep deliberately, but when the machine ...
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Does Secure Empty Trash actually write random patterns of data?

This works by writing random patterns of data over a trashed file immediately after it has been emptied, http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/03/secure-empty-trash-mac-os-x/ Does Secure Empty Trash ...
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`LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -1712 for the file </path/to/folder>` when I attempt `open .`

I suddenly came across this error when I attempted to do open . to open the current directory in Finder, a command that I use quite frequently: ysim:~/Downloads$ open . LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed ...
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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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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 to use Finder to find all files that do not match a certain criteria?

How can I use Finder's search feature to find all files that do not match a certain criteria? For instance, all files that don't end in ".txt" in the current folder.