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

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Finder takes long time to load some folders

When opening some folders, the Finder takes a long time (30-60 seconds) to load all the files in it. Specifically, these folders typically contain 10-50 PHP files (which are text files), each about 10 ...
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Lots of Finder windows opening all at once

Last Sunday I was looking through Finder on my mid-2011 MBA. (I was clearing out my 'cache' and 'preferences' folders.) I must have either clicked something (I use an external mouse) or pressed ...
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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 doesn't work since Yosemite

Has anyone experienced any issues with using finder since updating to Yosemite? Since updating, I can't open finder at all. I click on the icon and the pc just hangs up and in activity monitor, ...
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What are these files in my “~/Library/Safari/” folder?

So, I was messing with this folder and while doing this I turned show hidden files on and saw some strange files. These are the names of them, and sizes .dat8ad4.007 (733K) .dat011e.000 (704K) ...
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“Fetching…” Behavior in Finder “Open With” Menu in Yosemite

I don't know if other people have notice this in Yosemite: With a file in Finder in focus, when you move the cursor to "Open With" entry, whether from context menu or menu bar -> File, a ...
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Can I generate a clickable link to local file using relative path like “file:///~”

This is the background: in my company, we use Google Drive and often have to tell each other the path to a particular file. Paths are long as we use a lot of nested folders, so it's pretty boring and ...
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Automatically sort Finder items based on file type?

I work in video production, when a new job comes in we use Post Haste to create a new directory with our folder structure and default files included. What I'm looking to do is automate the process of ...
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How can I open a Finder window in Desktop without switching to another one?

I have these five desktops with a dozen of full screen apps and feel very happy. Say I'm at right Desktop 5 now. (Sadly my picture is deleted since it wasn't uploaded to the site hosting service) ...
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Emptying trash, with file-in-use: Is there any difference between 'skip' and 'continue'?

If you delete a file, but it's still in use (e.g. a document still open), and then try to empty the trash you get something like this: As best I can tell the three options do the following: Skip: ...
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Why is cp command 4 times slower than copying in Finder in OS X 10.6?

I accidentally stumbled upon this issue: Copying a 119 MB zip file took 4 times longer in Terminal (cp) than in Finder! I copied a file of 119 MB size in Terminal with time cp file.zip file2.zip ...
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Make alias take icon of the .app it points to

I have a blah.app, and on desktop there is an alias to this app I went to blah.app/Contents/Resources and replace the icon with my icon, same name I went to blah.app/ and created a new folder next to ...
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Unzipped files mystery location?

I used the Terminal to unzip a file by typing Unzip then dragging the file to terminal. The file unzipped successfully and a few GBs were used from my SDD. However, I have no idea where the files are ...
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How can I get the tags section on Finder sidebar on OS X 10.8.5?

Yesterday I reinstalled Snow Leopard because Yosemite is too heavy for my MacBook. How can I get the tags section on the Finder sidebar on OS X 10.8.5 like Mavericks or Yosemite?
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How can I view hidden files in the Finder?

I noticed that whenever I add files and delete them, their physical space remains on the disk drive. I uninstalled NTFS Tuxera and I still have the same problem. So I had to insert the disk under my ...
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How do I search ??_doc.xml file in a specified folder in Finder?

I have a lot of ??_doc.xml files in a folder, it's like: 13_doc.xml 16_doc.xml 87_doc.xml The filenames are all like two digits with _doc.xml combined together. I want to search them and have them ...
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Finder won't remember window size in Yosemite

In previous versions there was a way to set the window configuration as default. But now in Yosemite they seem to have got rid of this option. There is however a way to make it remember for a while ...
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Does a `.hidden` configuration file for Finder exist?

Is there a way to hide files and folders from Finder like I do with Nautilus using .hidden config file? On Nautilus I can create a file named .hidden and put inside it a list of files I want to hide. ...
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Is it possible to put the contents of a folder on the outside cover of the folder

Is it possible to put each item in a folder on the outside cover of the folder - like on a pc where each item in the folder looks like a box on the outside of the folder so that you don't have to open ...
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Mysterious OS X File Extension (bug?)

I know that OS X uses the Launch Services.framework to manage the file-extensions. But the icons which belong to the file-extension are part of the Info.plist in the package contents of the ...
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How do I get multiple cursors throughout OSX?

I enjoy using the Sublime Text 3 editor—especially the multiple cursors feature. I constantly find myself in need of the multiple cursor functionality in other OS X apps like Finder or Outlook. Does ...
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Picasa Face 'albums' How to Apply to Spotlight Finder Tags and/or Comments?

Goal: All the Tags and Faces in Picasa, written to Comments (or Tags) in Finder Spotlight 'Get Info' area - for searching. I'd like to do this via Folder action, automator or applescript, if possible! ...
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How can I navigate any directory in Finder?

The Finder shows several particular directories in the home folder. It does not even show directory I made in the home folder. But I do want to navigate any directory of the file system. How can I do ...
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What takes so much space in my external disk?

My external disk (LaCie) is full! When I look at the individual folders within my disk, I see that only little space is occupied by visible documents. So I displayed the hidden files and found small ...
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How can I add new folders to the Favorites in the Finder sidebar?

I'd like to create a new Favorites folder item in the Finder, how can I tell the Finder that I would like a particular folder to appear in my list of Favorites shown on the left hand sidebar of the ...
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Yosemite keyboard shortcut for “keep both” “stop” or “replace” when moving files in Finder?

When you copy or move files in the Finder in Yosemite and there is a conflict, a small dialog box pops up proposing: keep both stop replace (or "skip" if you press option). However, I can't ...
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Changing Airdrop Folder

Is there a way to change the default Airdrop location from the Downloads folder to something else? I have changed the location of many other applications, so I assume it's possible, even is possibly ...
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What is /System/Library/CoreServices/WiFiAgent.app?

Recently, I've been a bit worried about malware, so I've been examining my system and searching for out-of-place applications/programs, and this one stood out. For one, when looking at the file in ...
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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 to display tagged files inside hidden directories?

Keeping hidden files hidden, how can I see content inside hidden directories using Finder tags. I can assign a tag to directory A, but it does not show in Finder when I list all tag-tagged content. ...
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SMB share can't rename files/folders

On occasion cannot rename or delete files & folders on a Windows Server 2012 R2 SMB share from a Macbook. Mac OS X 10.10 build 14A389a The SMB share has granted "Everyone" with Full Control ...
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In MacOSX 10.10.2 the finder's preview function is not working

In MacOSX 10.10.2 the finder's preview function is not working. If I select some image or pdf files I cannot see file's preview and only see wait logo. How can I fix these error? I found some ...
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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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Changing the name of app containers in the iCloud Drive on OS X?

I am using the iCloud Drive, and sometimes the name of an app folder is too clumsy and too long to own a place on the Finder sidebar. Per the previous attempts by others, the Finder sidebar uses only ...
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Stop Finder from Opening in 1st Space

When I have an application that I use the contextual menu for 'Show in Finder' it opens finder, but it always opens it in the 1st space, never in the current space i'm in. For example, I have Xcode in ...
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Repurposing “menu” button on Windows keyboards used in OS X

Windows keyboards map pretty intuitively to OS X, leaving only the "context menu" button a little purposeless. I would like the menu key to behave as another Command key. How does one define what the ...
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Copied application showing “prohibited” instead of app icon in Finder

I copied "Dead Island" to HDD from DMG file and it showed a "prohibited" icon instead of the game icon (2nd row, icon in the middle). I had to kill/restart Finder to solve it, but would like to know ...
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Hide .DS_Store and .localized from Desktop only without 3rd party app

There is an app called XtraFinder which does exactly that - it shows hidden files while it can still hide those two files from Desktop only. Is it possible to do something like that without ...
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Symbolic link icons don't update

When a symlink is created, it gets the icon of the target folder (with the addition of a black arrow in the lower left corner). The issue I am having is that the symlink icon does not update when the ...
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How to show fullscreen get info?

Once I press some key,OS X shows partition get info in fullscreen in big icon in black background,I don't know how to do it again.
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move a file, replacing existing (if any), ideally by putting existing in the trash

I am trying to find a way to automatically (without user intervention) move a file from A to B, replacing B if it exists, ideally by putting the existing copy of B into the appropriate Trash folder. ...
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Applescript to update MP3 Spotlight tag from iTunes tag

Here is my situation. I have a large iTunes library that has songs tagged with the "Year" in iTunes. I have a Hazel Rule for the noodlesoft hazel software which reads from Finder's "Year Recorded" ...
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Finder sidebarlist won't update after changing

I'm trying to update sidebarlist without rebooting computer (in this case they sidebar is updated well after changing values). My operations are: Convert into XML plutil -convert xml1 ...
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File extension shows in BASH but not in Finder

I created a text file with a specific extension: Vendor_0408_Product_3008.idc It displays in finder link this: and BASH like this: -rw-r--r--@ 1 raven staff 1903 Feb 19 10:31 ...
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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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How to change the default file manager for OSX?

I've downloaded muCommander and find it better than Finder. When I open folders with QuickSilver it still uses Finder, though. How do I change this behavior?
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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 create a text file in a folder

In windows I right click and then there is an option to create a text file. How to do so in mac?
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How exclude a specific folder from spotlight search but not from search window?

I'm trying to set up my Mac so that it will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results in spotlight only. The reason is because these files are mostly private, and I don't want ...
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Finder bug - wrong drop zone highlight

Sometimes I experience strange behaviour within the Finder. When I drag files to another Finder window the highlighted drop zones are incorrect and if I attempt to edit a file name the location of the ...