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

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Lost Dropbox context menu entries, file and folder status indicators in Finder after updating to Yosemite

I've lost all the Dropbox context menu options in Finder after updating to Yosemite. All indications of sync status on the files in my Dropbox location are also gone. The odd thing is, those context ...
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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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How to adjust the color of the folders in Finder in Yosemite?

After upgrading to Yosemite, the color of the folders in Finder changes from a nice soothing blue to some brighter blue that has much higher contrast. I am curious that is there any way to change ...
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Terminal prompt 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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A shell script to open files as root in an IDE?

What I'm trying to do: open multiple system (Apache and PHP config) files to edit in my IDE of choice (Coda). The files are owned by the system, so root permissions are needed to edit them. sudo ...
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1x icons appearing on retina MacBook Pro

I updated my retina MacBook Pro to OS X Yosemite and noticed that a number of the icons in preference windows are appearing at 1x, which looks terrible. The weird thing is that it seems to be the same ...
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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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Why can't I drag columns in Finder's Column View?

Sometimes, when I'm working with Finder (Mac OS X 10.8), with a folder in Column View, I suddenly notice that the separator between columns has changed to a thick one like this: When this happens, ...
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How to force Finder to update file thumbnails?

Recently I updated album covers in most of my mp3s, but their respective thumbnails on Finder did not get updated. Things I tried: Removed (rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist) without ...
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Is there any way to create a hard link in the finder?

Is there any way to create a hard link in the finder? A hard link in terminal would be created with: ln /path/to/file /path/to/newpath whereas a symlink / alias can be done by holding command ...
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How to clear the settings of default app to the files with special file extension?

I set the default app to open the files with special file extension by mistake: the app could not open them at all for they're only file fragments (or, say, no app can until I combine them as one ...
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Finder search doesn't work properly after Yosemite update

Ever since I upgraded to Yosemite, search no longer works properly in Finder. Spotlight works fine but Finder search just gives me a blank window with a spinning ball. I've tried reindexing and I've ...
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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 make Finder show icon thumbnail for some Excel documents?

I have two Microsoft Excel documents that are, except for the data contained within, virtually identical. One was created as an offshoot of the other. In the Finder, the original displays a thumbnail ...
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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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After upgrade to Yosemite Time Machine says “Disk Full” even if there's 350GB free space

I upgraded to Yosemite yesterday, and just now I got a Time Machine alert Disk is Full although there are 350+ GB on the backup disk according to Finder. It said it had deleted an old backup ...
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How do I restore the default folder icon?

I build web sites on a Mac and after the recent upgrade to Mavericks, the icon for all of my web template folders have changed from the standard Mac folder icon to the Parallels icon. I can change it ...
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Why do I have to Force Quit finder to see my new screenshot files?

On my mac mini (OS X 10.9.5), I have to Force Quit Finder in order to see the screenshot jpgs in my /screenshots folder I literally just took a millisecond ago. Even if I wait a few minutes, I won't ...
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Can I delete private/var/vm? What can I delete from the private directory?

What is this folder? It's huge and I can use the extra room. I've read sleepimage isn't necessary—is this true? Should I just deal with it? Is the "private" folder emptied automatically, or would I ...
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How do I make Finder snap to grid regardless of the number of items in the directory?

Maybe I have a case of acute OCD, I don't know - but this issue irks me more than it really should. I set up my Finder settings to display four files or directories horizontally, snapped to a grid in ...
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Restore deleted sidebar icons after moving user folder to another drive

I moved my user directory to another hard drive, as I am using an HDD (for Data) beside my SSD (for system). After that, all the sidebar icons in Finder got lost and now that are just folder icons. I ...
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How to refresh the shared list in the Finder's side panel?

In the left side of the Finder, under favorites and devices there is a shared list that contains computers and other devices on the network. I use the MacBook in two places, both with wifi. When I ...
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Is there a shortcut to expand all folders in Finder's list view?

I have my Finder window set up to display in "list" view so that it shows all folders with triangles on the left to click to expand. I have a number of levels of nested folders. Is there any way ...
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Modify “open with” list for file type (not for duplicate removal)

Is there a way to modify the "open with" list for a file type? I don't mean simply to remove duplicates - that's been answered; I'm not asking how to set the default program - I know how to do that. ...
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Webpage bookmark on desktop

I'd like to have a bookmark for a webpage, shown on my desktop that, when clicked, opens that page. I know there are workarounds (applescript etc.) but is there a direct approach? I'm using Google ...
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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: ...
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Google Chrome empty Finder window

Today without (yet) no evident change in my working Mac running Mountain Lion (10.8.5) I saw at least 10 times an empty window pop up on top of my working environnment.. At each of these events, I ...
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Devices folder in Finder?

Is there anyway that I can view the /dev folder with its contained pseudo-files inside of Finder? I can access it just fine in the terminal with cd /dev, but in Finder it doesn't show up even with ...
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Why does my Finder window close when I eject an external drive?

Why does Finder window close when I eject an external drive sometimes? It's still in the menu system, but no open window to toggle to. I was not in any folder on said external drive, but in the ...
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Tagged items not appearing correctly in Mavericks?

I'm running OS X 10.9.5. Recently, I used Handbrake 0.9.9 x86_64 (2013051800) to convert some WMVs to MP4s. There are roughly 150 videos, and I have attempted to tag them all. When in their respective ...
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Where did folder “merge” or “keep both” go in OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

Before Mavericks one could hold the ALT key and move a folder "A" onto a folder "B" where already an "A" existed. In this case Mac OS X asked in Lion if I want to merge - or on Mountain Lion if I want ...
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Flat view in Finder - does it exist?

I have seen this useful feature in several Windows File Explorer clones - the flat view. Basically the feature allows you to view all the files in the current directory and sub-directories, ...
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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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Finder crashes/closes when copying files to NAS

OS X 10.8.2 Latest series MBP 13" I am experiencing a problem where Finder crashes, or rather closes without notice when I move large folders into a NAS folder. (WEstern Digital Black Armor 6TB NAS ...
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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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When copying a directory from one external HDD to another Finder tells there are more files than in the whole HDD

I have this problem when trying to copy files from one external HDD to another, the thing is that in the first HDD the Disk Util app says it has 10,702,660 items and when I try to copy them the ...
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User and System Appications Folder

In Mavericks (OS X 10.9), the User's Application folder is a separate folder from the System Application folder. Is there a way to see these two folders as one, similar to how it works on Windows? ...
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Finder Continually Freezing

I have a problem with the Finder App in Mac OS 10.9.4 where the finder will freeze after a few minutes. This is very similar to the issue here: Finder slow/freeze under Mavericks In fact, deleting the ...
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com.apple.IconServices is causing high CPU usage and Finder problems in Mavericks. How to fix this?

In OS X Mavericks, com.apple.IconServices seems to be causing almost 100% CPU usage and is causing Finder to become unresponsive (the "beach ball"). This happens periodically, usually when accessing a ...
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Force Preview to open all selected images in one window

Before mavericks, selecting several images in Finder and choosing Open on them would open them in Preview in one window, with all image thumbnails nicely on the left hand side bar. Since Mavericks, ...
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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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To measure the effectiveness of Finder's search

I have noticed that the Finder's search misses many times matches from PDF documents even in strict Folder search. It would be very nice to get information about possible skipped matches. One ...
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Finder question: missing expansion triangle in list view

I have a list of folders shown in list view mode in Finder. But for some weird reason the regular click to expand triangle button which is present on each folder icon has disappeared. This issue is ...
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To prevent Finder from showing .noindex files

I can restrict Finder searching files by adding .noindex -extension, this thread. However, I want hide those files in Finder search. How can you prevent Finder from showing .noindex -files?
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Mavericks Finder spins when opening folders

Since upgrading to Mavericks, Finder sometimes hangs when I select a folder and am waiting for its contents to populate the window. This happens primarily in Open dialog boxes: It'll spin for about ...
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Applescript to automatically add .noindex extension to a file?

I'm interested in excluding certain files from Spotlight, and it was suggested to add the .noindex extension. I'd like to automate this. How is it possible to do via Applescript?
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How to exclude certain particular files from Spotlight?

I know that you can exclude entire directories or files with a particular extension from Spotlight. But can I hand-pick files not to be searchable by Spotlight, preferably with a file system flag? I ...
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external hard drive found only by disk utility, cannot eject or mount

I'm using a Seagate GoFlex that seems to have encountered some trouble. The drive does not appear on the desktop or Finder. I've double checked that Finder > Preferences allows for it to appear in ...
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How to turn off Finder Tabs in OS X Mavericks?

Initially I did not have tabs in Finder after installing OS X Mavericks. After pressing Command+T, now I always have at least one tab in the Finder window. How do I turn the tabs off?
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Finder constantly forgets sort by

So in Finder I sort a folder by kind then name for example.. Then I restart my computer etc, and when I open up Finder the folder will not obey the sort rule. I will click on any other folder, any ...