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

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Is there a way to auto mount SMB storage without nobrowse option?

I want to create an permanent SMB mount and read SMB storage in Finder. So I read following articles. Create a Permanent SMB Mount in OSX (Updated) Automounting NFS share in OS X into /Volumes ...
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Location of the resource files for the spinning wait cursor?

For a presentation I am making, I want to find my Mac's system's default "Spinning Wait Cursor" resources. I was told that the cursors are in here: /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices....
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Toggle Hidden Files without Relaunching Finder

I'm pretty new here, and I looked for an answer to this question, and found some answers but none seemed to work for me. I want to be able to run an applescript that toggles hidden files and ...
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Hiding finder preview panel… forever

I'm not sure why but quite recently Finder likes to show me the Preview panel on new Finder windows. I've tried every method I could find: Hiding the preview. Close the finder and open a new ...
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External Hard Drive Not Showing Up after dragging it to Terminal?

So from the left side of the Finder I accidentally dragged my external hard drive and now it doesn't appear there. I would like to see it there, I know it's reading it because I did an ls /Volumes and ...
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Finder Error 36 with SMB, not with CIFS

I have the following problem with a client's infrastructure: When a network share is mounted using the SMB protocol (via the "go to -> connect to server" function in finder), Finder displays an error ...
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Open Finder window from current Terminal location?

If I am in a specific path in a Terminal window, how can I open that same window in a new Finder window? Note: This is the opposite of opening a Terminal from Finder.
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Set the default search to current folder?

The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders. However, typing into this bar always searches the entire ...
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USB drive not showing on my MAC after using it on widows!

I have noticed this on my pin drives and also my external hard desk. they were perfectly working fine on my mac pro, and then after using them on my friend's windows they don't show up again on my ...
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Can't change user for network share - always guest

I'm trying to login to a local share to make file changes which requires more than guest access. I've tried comm-K server login for both afp & smb, with and without: afp://username:*...
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Can't change color default folders yosemite 10.10.2

I've got a brand new mac with Yosemite 10.10.2 but like everybody I just hate that blue color of the folders I'm looking for a proper way to change ALL folders's color I've seen that http://...
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Yosemite won't uncompress .zip files when I double-click on them

I recently upgraded to Yosemite (10.10.1). Today I tried to unzip a .zip file for the first time since upgrading. I already had 4 or so unzipping apps that worked just fine on my previous OS X, so I ...
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Applescript with get every file loop fails

I want to run a script on all files with two specific extensions on a disk with a hierarchy of multiple nested folders. My script works fine when I choose a folder further down the line with fewer ...
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Need tighter connection with my Time Capsule as external drive

I am not familiar with the right jargong or semantics but will try to explain it as well as possible. I have a Time Capsule which I use as an external drive to save media. I use a MacBook to access ...
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How can I create an alias for Finder in OS X El Capitan?

I want to add a Finder shortcut to my Launchpad, but I am unable to do it. Is there any way to create an alias for Finder in OS X El Capitan?
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Cannot restart Mac, Finder issues in El Capitan

I've been having some issues with an iMac running El Capitan. The issue seems to be Finder. I tried leaving it to shut down by itself overnight to no avail. On occasion I get this message: The ...
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How do I display file names in an encoding other than UTF-8?

I have a couple of files/directories that are named in GBK. I think because finder assumes UTF-8 encoding, all of those file names are displayed as gibberish. How do I make Finder display their file ...
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How to make the “Pictures” folder a folder again

Question: Is it possible to change a package directory into an ordinary directory, and how? Context: I was copying an old iPhoto library to my "~/Pictures" folder from an external drive, but I ...
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Wrong number of items displayed when moving or copying files

When copying or moving files in Yosemite, Finder says it is preparing (for example) 400 items, when there is actually only 200 items in the folder. This has been happening a lot recently, on both my ...
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Fastest way to disable daemons gone wild; how to know if attempts to interrupt will break app?

As software advances so do the installers, which have become vehicles for all kinds of needless bloat ware. I do not believe this to be an inevitably, its possible for software to progress without ...
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Is there a way to increase the speed of the “hover open folder” thing when drag and dropping?

So when you drag and drop a file, while you are still holding it, you can move the file to say on a folder and hover there for like 2 seconds and that will open up the folder for you and you can ...
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How to remove an icon from launchpad that does not appear in the Finder?

I have moved an installer into the launchpad (uTorrent-Installer). The problem is that I would like to remove it now but as it is an installer it doesn't appear in "Applications" in the Finder. I can'...
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My Finder is not responding and there are no documents on Desktop after downloading OS X Yosemite

I've just upgraded my Macbook Pro (15 inch, mid 2009) to OS X Yosemite and it is running slowly and my Finder is not responding at all and none of my documents are on my Desktop. I have tried taking ...
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Finder quit unexpectedly

I've got an issue where Finder quits at startup and then every 2-5 seconds after. Problem details and system config are as follows: Process: Finder [3103] Path: /System/Library/...
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Create a line separation for finder in the dock? (osx 10.10)

I was wondering if it would be possible to create a line separator for the finder app, just like the one found next to the trash can? The only behaviour difference that I'd like is for the line to ...
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Why does the icon of a PC show a blue screen?

So in Finder, Mac finds a Windows PC in the Network. When I right click on it and click Get Info, I see an icon that shows a computer monitor with a blue screen. By blue screen I mean a crashed PC. ...
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How to set default finder window size?

How do I set the default size of my finder window to a size of my choice? Currently each time I open a finder window, it opens up in a very small size and I have to adjust it before I can start ...
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Mac OS X Finder filter image by orientation

How can I filter images by orientation in Finder to show only portrait/vertical images or only landscape/horizontal images?
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Quicklook not updating when file changed

Back on Snow Leopard, if I was viewing an image file (e.g. png) using Quick Look and the file changed on disk, the preview would instantly update. I found this very useful, and ended up writing a lot ...
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Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files

I have dozens of folders that I need to compress into individual zip files. If I select all of these folders in the Finder and do "Compress [X] Items," I get one zip file containing all of the ...
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“File Open” dialog is missing sidebar items

I'm having the strangest issue since updating to OS X El Capitan. My "Open File" dialogs show the sidebar but all my main (and useful) locations are missing. Take a look at this screenshot. This ...
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Where is my missing drive space?

I have a 2012 Mac mini running the latest Yosemite that I use as a server for file sharing, FileMaker, calibre, Time Machine and Plex. The Finder reports that the internal drive has a capacity of 499....
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How to change sidebar icons in OS X El Capitan?

Without using a 3rd-party application, how do I go about changing the icon in the sidebar for the Developer folder? When I click on "Get Info" for this icon it's showing the icon does have the hammer ...
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Play folder with right button with VLC

as a "switcher" I have discovered one functionally that I like in Windows and I don't see in Mac. I want to play all the media files in a folder with VLC with the right click and "Play all" but in ...
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How to add Service to Finder Toolbar

In the contextual menu (right click) on a folder or file object in the finder will give you the option to select "Services". I wonder if there is some way to move those services into a button on the ...
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/Users folder (and any other high level folder) missing when trying to attach files to gmail

When trying to attach a file located in /Users/"user"/ dir to a gmail email, the /Users/ folder doesn't exist, and there is no top level directory (i.e. /) for me to navigate to. The workaround is ...
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How do I clear the application used to open a file, i.e. set it to none

When you double click a file the finder will select an application to open it with. What it's going to do can be changes or viewed in the info panel for the file. Viewing some files you'll notice ...
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qlmanage (quicklook) crashes on file update

So has a possible bug and I want to know if others can reproduce it or if it's unique to my system. If you open a file with qlmanage -p foo.gif &> /dev/null & a debug mode of quicklook ...
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Change Application folder presentation w/out disabling SIP

I keep my apps organized in the /Application folder by arranging their icon manually. But in El Capitan, SIP prevents the modification of this folder privileges so I cannot set it to read and write ...
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Menubar and Finder icons missing

Sind about 5 days all system icons in the Finder sidebar (folders, disks), the Finder Menubar (view options, buttons, back and forward) and in the display menu bar (spotlight, wifi, bluetooth) have ...
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How to prevent find sidebar from going to default

I am trying to get back to using the default finder (I have been using path finder and no longer like it). I opened finder and found that the sidebar has just a button to the root. I added other ...
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How to view Root directory and subdirectories in Finder?

Apparently, the Macintosh HD icon on the desktop points to the root directory but it is not showing all the contents. Some of the files and directories are the same as those which I see when I ...
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How to disable (unwanted) tags for new files automatically created by El Capitan?

at the moment, whenever I save a new file (can be a downloaded tutorial movie or a PSD file I created) the finder in El Capitan (10.11.5) automatically flags these files with a (unwanted) red and an ...
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Macbook Pro finder error -50 appearing randomly

I've done a lot of research about this problem, but cannot find solution. My mac randomly gives an -50 error - nothing can be written and ReportCrash is using like 200% of CPU... Restart helps, but ...
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Ways to find messages from blocked contact info

Is there a way, or ways, to retrieve iMessages or text messages sent to me by a number or email address I have blocked on my iPhone 6?
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Preview refuses to open pdf file, incorrectly claiming a permission issue

I had to force quite Preview (it became unresponsive after trying to open a 200Mb animated gif), but after re-starting it some files there were open before no longer open. Instead an error box pops up ...
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How do I make the hard drive visible in the Finder?

On OS X Lion I don't see the hard drive in the Finder and I seem to have no permission to create a folder under / from terminal. I know I can do this if I activate the root user, but I need to be ...
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Favorite list of servers of “Connect to Server” window disappears

Usually, when I connect to a server (cmd "⌘" + K), I can see the list of my favorite servers : But after upgrading to El Capitan (Mac OS 10.11.X) and after freshly booting my MacBook, this list ...
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Fastest and safest way to copy massive data from one external drive to another

I need to be able to copy about 2TB of data from an external drive (single USB external disk) to a another external drive (Drobo attached via Firewire). Finder is not an option. If it hits any ...