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

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Thumbnails for Image Files on Desktop won't load

I have a dozen or so image files on my iMac's desktop. Most of the time, after booting up my computer, it displays a thumbnail of each image (as it should). But sometimes, the thumbnails won't show ...
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AppleShowAllFiles does not show hidden files

I use OS X 10.8, I type the following defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES killall Finder but still I cannot see any hidden files like .bash_history, .Trash, .cups, .gem etc. in ...
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Make spring loaded folders open in front?

Is it possible to make spring loaded folders open in front of the active window? Just recently they have been opening behind the window I'm dragging into and that makes navigation difficult. Ideally ...
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Finder and other apps lagging behind with 1 click

My girlfriend is having a really weird and annoying problem with Finder and occassionally other apps. The app will start lagging behind with one click. Say that, in Finder, she clicks folder "A". ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut for “Open With” in Finder?

How can I open a file with an application, other than the default, using a keyboard shortcut? I don’t want to change the default application for the filetype. E.g. sometimes I want to open a .html ...
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How do I Get Info for multiple items in one window?

When selecting multiple items in the Finder and hitting the ⌘+I shortcut, OS X produces one window per file, which is painful when attempting to view a summary of, for example, the total size of a ...
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How can I change Finder tag name or color?

There are some tags in Finder by default. I want rename their name from color. How can I do this?
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How to change “Open With” option for folder in Mavericks

My Desktop folder is set to launch terminal. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to reset that. I have deleted /Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist and that did ...
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How can I make applications on OSX open new windows in the same space when opening a file from Finder?

OSX 10.8. Pretty simple. Right now when I open a file through Finder, if the filetype is set to be open by application Y, oftentimes OSX finds a space that has an open window of Y, and sends the file ...
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Finder treating symbolic links differently than terminal MacBook Pro Retina OS X 10.9.4

I created symbolic link jboss7 for hard link jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded and it worked fine in Finder. Then I made backup before modifying JBoss... ln -s jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded jboss7 ...
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retrieve lost selection in Finder

Everytime I have to manually select a lot of files by hand picking them from a big folder, I often click somewhere by accident and lose the whole selection and have to do the work all over again. I've ...
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Can I get Mavericks QuickLook to display Finder images scaled up to full screen like before?

In Lion if I used QuickLook to display an image, and then clicked the double arrows to make it full screen, it would scale the image to the size of my monitor (up too, not just down). Then when I used ...
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Consequences of deleting .DS_Store

If I manually delete a .DS_Store file from a directory, what's the worst that can happen? What important information might I lose?
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Prevent automatically appending file extension when renaming file

I originally have a file called config.yml. When I go into Finder and change its name to config.yml.old, it appears to have changed the extension. However, opening the file in TextWrangler reveals ...
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How do I not accidentally eject external drives?

I have a Mac Mini with a few external drives connected that I use as a home server. Normally the Eject buttons next to the drive icon are really handy as they let me eject an external drive very ...
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Get rid of lingering partition

Not sure what happened, but when I was setting up my new Mac, something wonky happened w/ the second partition. I ended up deleting it and naming the second partition on my laptop Machintosh HD 3. ...
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How to remap finder folder navigation shortcuts?

I don't like the default finder navigation shortcuts command-up, command-down because you need to press 2 buttons instead of 1. On windows, delete leads to previous folder ("back") and enter enters ...
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How do I stop Finder from warning me when I change a file extension?

When renaming a file in the Finder and changing the file extension, I get the following warning message: How can I disable it?
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Where are my finder windows after a reboot

I have a late 2011 MBP, running Mac OS X 10.7.5, 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, with 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3. When I reboot and I try to open a Finder window with command + n or from the menu File > New Finder ...
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What is Mobile Sync - Backup and why is it taking so much space?

I was checking my directory and found out that the Folder Backup in Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup, is taking 13GB of my Harddisk ... What is this and why is taking so much space ...
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Is it possible to remove the “Shared” folder under Users?

Under "Sharing" in System Preferences, I do not have anything shared. However, I have a "Shared" folder under "Users". Is there a way to remove this folder?
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How can I show again the text next to “Computer” in Finder? Only the icon shows

Somehow in my Finder's sidebar the "Computer" element under devices doesn't show any description text anymore. It won't kill me, but it's annoying. Does anyone know how to fix it? I couldn't find the ...
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“Clean-Up By Name” on all folders on Mac

Is there a command that I can run in Terminal which will Clean-Up By Name on all folders. It is bit of a job going into each folder and doing this.
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Mavericks Finder hangs on tagging

I'm having a problem with the new tagging feature in Mavericks and I have a feeling it might go deeper than just the tagging. The problem is this: When tagging anything on Mavericks the Finder ...
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Python IDLE can't be opened by double-clicking .py files in Finder

I can't open .py files in IDLE by double-clicking them in Finder (IDLE is currently set as the default program for opening such files). Nor can I open those files by right-clicking and selecting ...
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“All My Files” option in Open/Save dialog get 100% CPU on Mountain Lion for a couple of minutes?

"All My Files" option in Open/Save dialog get 100% CPU on Mountain Lion for a couple of minutes? How to solve this? Mainly this happens twice: once before drawing anything on screen and once again ...
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How to show file extensions in finder for all files

I'm using the Finder Preferences option, but it still won't show the extensions!
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Is it possible to hide the name of the desktop icons?

I know it is possible to hide the name by renaming the file/folder to something else. The problem comes with my cloud showing in the desktop. I want it to show and I don't want to change the names of ...
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Configure Finder dock icon to open another directory

By default, the Finder dock icon opens All My Files directory. How do I configure it to open a directory specified by me?
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Why does this bash script not work as an automator service?

I know very little about bash scripting or Terminal commands, this is all very new to me so please bear with me. Original script I would like to use a script I found on littlefield.info as an ...
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With the “small” Mac keyboard, how to simulate a HOME, END, and PageUp, PageDown key?

My desk is a little too narrow for the long type of Apple keyboard -- the one that has the keypad and the Home ↖, End ↘, Page Up ⇞, Page Down ⇟ keys... (it will take up the space for the mouse). So ...
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Cannot arrange finder files and folder by name

In OS X 10.9.2, I cannot arrange finder's files and folder by name and the files are sorted by random alphabetical order. Is that a bug or any work around?
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Why does the enter/return key rename a file/folder, instead of opening it? [closed]

Is there some sort of known logic behind Apple's choice to make the enter key rename a file/folder, rather than open it as is standard on Windows and Linux? For those of you coming here for the ...
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Finder: show video thumbnail for all kind of formats/containers

I wish that Finder show video thumbnail for all kind of formats and containers. *.flv doesn't get a preview, some *.mp4 not, *.mov not. Is this possible? Maybe a video browser in place of Finder? I ...
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Drives not appearing on desktop

I have gone into my Finder preferences and selected to show drives, connected servers, etc., on the desktop. They, however, do not appear. I have restarted Finder and rebooted, but they still are not ...
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Cannot delete Services via System Preferences

I have a bunch of Services that i want to delete from Finder, none of them are in the Library/Services ~/Library/Services System/Library/Services -folders. They are not in the "Contextual Menu ...
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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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Do ZIP files preserve all HFS+ features, when created using Finder's Compress command?

Is it a good idea to backup a directory on a HFS+ filesystem by using the Finder's Compress function, and then copying the ZIP file to a FAT32 hard disc, or to Dropbox, etc? Or might that cause data ...
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Finder Reports Disk is Full, Other Tools Don't Account for it

I looked at some of the other Q&A here and didn't see a duplicate of this one (e.g., How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? and other linked and related questions). Finder reports ...
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Can I force the Finder's Go Menu to open a new window?

The Finder's Go menu offers a bunch of shortcuts to commonly used folders, like Applications, Utilities, Downloads, etc. However, when I try to jump to one of these folders while I already have a ...
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How do I add more categories to Mac OS X Finder's sidebar?

My Finder sidebar has two categories: Favorites and Devices. How do I add more categories?
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Persistant name on Finder tabs

I'm looking for a way to always display a label on Finder tabs instead of the current folder name, to differentiate them when folder name is not relevant. (Long story) I use tabs to switch between ...
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“Show all” by default in Finder?

My question is directly related to this question in LION version. I use Icon view in Finder and I want to get rid of "Show all" behaviour, i.e. I want all files to be shown by default. Now, I am on ...
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Finding all files that contain a string in Finder

This should be easy, but for some reason it is alluding me. For background, I am trying to completely remove Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 due to a bug that renders the application nearly unusable. ...
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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 can I get right-size this column to show entire filename?

How can I get right-size this column to show the entire filename in the Finder on Mavericks? It used to work in previous OSs. I am in column view. Right-size all columns doesn't work either. It keeps ...
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When I changed permissions on an NTFS drive, all files are hidden in Finder. How do I make them visible again?

I have a Seagate external hard drive which is formatted in NTFS. The hard drive came with this Paragon NTFS driver. It works great, but when I clicked "Apply Permissions to Enclosed Items" in the ...
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Can't run an ova file

I download virtual box from http://www.modern.ie/en-US/virtualization-tools#downloads and extracted it. When I tried to run ova file, I couldn't. $ sudo ./"IE11 - Win8.1.ova" ./IE11 - Win8.1.ova: ...
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Moving files from bad external harddrive [duplicate]

I use OSX mavericks. My external 1TB harddrive is partially unreadable. I want to salvage its content as much as possible. I have tried dd but it took almost a day, so I killed it, and it could not ...
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Favorites disappears from sidebar in Finder

Running Mountain Lion 10.8.3 I find that after a recent reboot my Favorites have all disappeared from the sidebar in Finder. Finder > Preferences > Sidebar shows a number of boxes against Favorite ...