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

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How do I set the default search for Finder to filenames which INCLUDE the search term (rather than just begin with it)? Yosemite

I'm using Yosemite (OS X 10.10.1). If I search for the term "foo" and want a list of all files that include that term, I get foo.doc and bar.foo.doc and foodstuffs.xlsx and even The Foo History. But ...
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How Do I Know If A File Has Been Successfully Synced To iCloud Drive?

I am trying out iCloud Drive as a potential replacement for Dropbox. One of the nice things about Dropbox is that it produces little green checkmarks on file and folder icons to let the user know that ...
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OSX Yosemite Finder sort by date modified wrong?

In the image of an OSX Yosemite 10.10.2 Finder window below, you can see that the content of the 'blog' folder has been most recently modified. However, the 'Date modified' sort of the parent folder ...
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Anyone know of a Finder replacement?

I am starting to dislike the Finder. Does anybody know of a good Finder replacement, something Unixy or Nexty which will still work with all Mac OS X applications?
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Is there a way to force OS X / Finder to use Windows File naming conventions?

We have a number of Mac workstations (OS X Mavericks) which connect to a fiber attached SAN. This SAN is also accessed by a number of Windows workstations. Windows file naming conventions (and path ...
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How do I force OSX to always save file extension?

When saving a file without an extension not even OS X is able to open that file anymore. Still it is very easy to accidentally save a file without an extension. Example: When using Firefox and you ...
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Are there any free alternatives to finder?

Relatively new to the Mac world, I still find the 'Finder' not really that user friendly. What free alternatives to Finder exist? *I mean really file browsers, not application launchers like ...
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How do I tell if a network directory is empty, or just loading in Yosemite?

Basically, I keep a lot of files on the network. In (at least) 10.8, there was a little spinner indicator that the directory contents were still loading, that tells you that something is happening. ...
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“All My Files” under other

So my Mac is really messed up and I'm trying to fix everything. I have this one problem where nothing seems to work. I don't go to forums unless I am extremely frustrated (very rare) and that is now. ...
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Built in FTP client (cmd + k) - can't upload files (Mavericks)

I have just found out that I can enter a built-in FTP client on my Mac by simply pressing ^ Ctrl + K. Great thing! But after I have successfully connected to my server and a 'folder' with files ...
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Terminal command to move a number of files containing brackets to another folder or trash

Last night I consolidated a music collection into one place and each song is separated by an Artist folder and the track. The problem is that there are a high number of duplicates within these ...
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How can I “link” different files to my folder without using soft link?

I have some some folders look like this structure: Buy folder -> state_diagram_for_buy, activity_diagram_for_buy Sell folder -> state_diagram_for_sell, activity_diagram_for_sell Search folder -> ...
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How can I find alert-type dialogs that prevent other windows of the same application to be focussed?

Here's the problem: I just finished burning a CD using the standard feature through Finder, I could hear the "done" sound. At that time, I had a different application focussed (e.g. Chrome). An ...
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How Finder can find this file with long name?

Macbook Air 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 8GB Memory DDR3 OSX Yosemite This is because of the long name, I think: Hans-Jorg Oestern, Otmar Lorenz Trentz, Lorem Ipsum Lorem Vascular Injuries- Trauma ...
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Automatically Move Files Created In Folder

I have a project I've inherited from an ex-employee that is missing the source, so I am attempting to debug from the temp files it creates in a directory. The issue is that it creates and deletes some ...
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Make a file a Stationery pad via command line

Is there a way to set make a file into a Stationery pad from the command line? You can do it by clicking "Get info" on a file and checking the box, but I would like to do it without clicking. An ...
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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 does netbeans not showup in finder, after typing net

In finder, when I type netb, netbeans shows up. Full name is "netbeans 8.0.2" and its in my Applications folder. However, it doesnt show up when I type n, or ne, or net. Only "network utility" shows ...
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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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Project based Finder window presets

Does anyone know of software that would allow me to pull up a set of finder windows based on a project type. I'm a user experience manager who's constantly switching between projects and it would be ...
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How can I browse the hard disk attached to my Airport Extreme from my iPhone?

I have a gen 5 AEBS which has a total of 3 HFS+ partitions across 2 USB hard drives (USB hub in the middle). On my Macbook Pro Retina, I can see all 3 HFS+ partition in the Finder. Finder shows the ...
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Unable to overwrite some file formats via Share Drive

I have some files on a SMB-mounted shared drive. Filesystem is NTFS. Case 1: PSD (Photoshop file) I edited the Photoshop file in Photoshop CS5.5 (also tried Photoshop CC), select File > Save. For ...
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Right-click, create a new text file. How?

In Finder > Select a folder > Right click, we get a popup with an option to create a new folder: Is there a way to add menu item New Textfile for adding a new text file?
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How to remove the Finder menu bar when in fullscreen?

Trying to use an application in fullscreen mode, but if I move the pointer just a little too far when trying to select things at the top of the display the menu bar drops down instead. Is there a way ...
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Problems Accessing (Synology) NAS over AFP directly over the finder and time machine with Mavericks MBPr

we have two Macs, an older iMac and a MBPr both with Mavericks (10.9.3). Only one of them has a very annoying problem with our new synology ds214+. With the iMac I can access the NAS over the the ...
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Command-F (search) in Finder

As shown in the screenshot when I do a command-F (Find files ?) all of the files in the directory just do not show anymore (there are hundreds of files in the /shared directory) Update Of course / ...
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Finder freezes when deleting files across a network

I have my MacBook 5,2 hooked up to an Ubuntu 10.10 'server' via ethernet. I've installed netatalk (AFP fileserver) and avahi-daemon (Bonjour for Linux) on the server. I've disallowed Spotlight from ...
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Synchronise/Merge MP3 collections without duplication or huge copies

I have one drive containing about 90GB of MP3s which is used at home, it serves three Squeezebox players though the Slimserver software running on one of the desktop Macs. I have a separate firewire ...
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weird character on end of folder name in Finder

I'm seeing multiple folders with this character at the end on my nfs mounted external volume.  which is ASCII  (ampersand-pound-61480-semicolon) When I try to delete the character, 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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Partition on External Hard Drive not showing in Finder

My external hard drive is partitioned into three parts - but somehow I made one of the parts go away/stop showing up in the Finder. I ran a set of recommended commands in terminal, and this is what I ...
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How to modify Finder to show only current directory instead of the cascade of prior opened subdirectories?

Is there a way to force / modify Finder (either 'vanilla' or in combination with XtraFinder) to always show only the 'direct/non-recursive' content (directories / files) of a given directory instead ...
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Filename and editing permissions are gone from Finder Tags

I just added two pdf files in a Tag group and I the filename is blank even though in a normal finder windows I can see it. An other problem is that if I select the file and I press enter to edit the ...
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Executing files directly from read/write WebDAV server

I’m using the Finder’s built-in Connect to Server... feature and use it for connecting to a read/write WebDAV server. Everything is working except executing files hosted on the server. I tried ...
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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 ...
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Preventing Icon Previews on Network Volumes

Anyone that's tried to connect to a remote drive with a lot of images or movies on it knows that the Finder just falls to pieces when you do, as it hammers the server with requests to generate all the ...
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Show UNIX directories in Finder?

I want to know how to show the UNIX directories (/usr, /etc, /dev, ...) in the Finder, but not all the files starting with a '.' (Basically everything you see when you ls /) Everything I've found on ...
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Dragging file at the Dock creates a copy of a file?

When I drag and drop a file from Finder to Dock, it creates a copy of the file somewhere? I would like to create some type of link as I know from Windows. Until now I created a link (context menu ...
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Shared devices not appearing in Network

I've encountered a somewhat strange problem on my Mac. Recently, all the devices listed in the 'Shared' section of the Finder sidebar have all disappeared and has been replaced an 'All..." option. ...
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Fan on Mac Book Air & Finder crash always

This is my first question here. So I hope to be clear in my explanation. I own a Mac Book Air 13-Inch Mid 2013, 1,7 GB, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3. OSX Yosemite. Version 10.10.2 FINDER CRASH Every time I ...
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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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Name my Finder windows

Can I name my finder windows like I can name my Terminal windows? Why : good to use one for 2-3 things. Helpful when you want to keep one for project 1, 2, OR for Db and scripts, app servers, ...
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What's triggering my Finder's CPU binges?

A few times a week, the Finder on my Macbook shoots up to around 100% CPU use, and the fans start blasting. I've done everything I can think of - repaired permissions, rebooted, trashed preferences, ...
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Finder gets confused after using the mv command in the Dropbox folders

I should mention I'm new to command lines. I want to rename files using the mv command in the Terminal. I type: mv oldFileName.pdf newFileName.pdf Afterwards, I use the ls command to check whether ...
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Tilde (~) File in Macintosh Directory

Last night I discovered what looks like an unusual file named "~" (tilde) in the root of my "Macintosh HD" directory on my MacBook. Finder reports the file is 2.2MB in size, of kind "TextEdit.app ...
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How can I rename multiple pictures simultaneously?

For example,I have 20 pictures downloaded from the Internet. They have some crazy names like "XFGHDHR345" or "SDEREWQ230", and I want to name them: "Picture 1" "Picture 2" "Picture 3" "Picture 4" ...
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Custom desktop icons not updating on paste (Yosemite 10.10.2)

I've had custom desktop icons for the longest time and it has worked beautifully until I updated to Yosemite. Now, changing desktop icons works intermittently at best, if not at all. When I paste a ...
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Finder tags via server

We are a group of Mac users (mix of Yosemite and Mavericks) that share files on a OS X Server (Mavericks). When someone has done a job on a file, they tag it. All users have made similar sets of tags. ...
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Automator “Filter Finder Items” issues with spotlight

When using an automator workflow with the following actions: Get Specified Finder Items (some zip files) Open Finder Items (with an unzipping utility) Move Finder Items (to an existing folder) ...
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Can't move files to trash

Lately, my computer will not let me move my files to the trash. It doesn't give me an error or anything, it'll just give me the usual 'moving file to trash' message and it gets stuck right there. I ...