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

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Why is it not possible to use the “cut” command to manipulate a file in the Finder?

On OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I don't seem to be able to us the "Cut" command on a file in the Finder, like you can do in Windows Explorer on Microsoft Windows. (In Windows, once you select a file and ...
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How can I open a Terminal window directly from my current Finder location?

I was wondering if there was any was I could right click inside any instance of a "Finder" window such that I have an option that says "Open Terminal Here". It would be really helpful.
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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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Where did the ~/Library folder go in Lion?

I just installed Lion, and I can't find the Library folder in my user folder. Does the folder no longer exist? If it doesn't, where are my preferences? If it does, how do I get to it?
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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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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 remove duplicate “Open With” context menu items in Finder.app?

For whatever reason, the "Open With" context menu in Finder is always listing every app four times (exactly). I've read about (and tried) rebuilding the Launch Services database to restore the ...
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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 can I mount SFTP/SSH in Finder on OSX Snow Leopard?

My Question is seemingly simple. I need to mount an ssh/sftp volume and make it visible in finder to be able to use it as if it were a local volume (think smb share). I have tried everything I could ...
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Copying the current directory's path to the clipboard

What's a quick way of copying the path to the directory that's currently open in Finder? Copying that path is very easy in Linux and Windows file managers - you just need to copy it from the address ...
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How to set PATH for Finder-launched applications

Apps launched via Finder seem to not respect the PATH as set in .bash_profile. So when I try to run code from an IDE (Intellij) I no longer have access to programs in /usr/local/bin, which is ...
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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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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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How can I make all folders in Finder “snap to grid”?

I don't like how in Finder, you can drag a folder and drop it anywhere, even overlapping on another folder. For example: That is just annoying. And when I resize the window, the files stay how they ...
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Can Finder delete a file directly and bypass moving it to the Trash?

Is it possible to really delete a file (ie, bypass the Trash) from Finder? Currently, when I want to reclaim space from a USB drive, I rm files/folder from the Terminal, but I'd like to do it from the ...
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How did this ominous file end up in my Application Support folder?

Deleting this file will break the whole internets, for the sake of our children don't do it!. The above quotation is the content of a text file called STR8369805638PUB6932583035105 that I found ...
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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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Displaying combined file size of selected files in Finder

To find details about a files size, you can right click and select "Get Info": When I select a large number of files, and want to get information about all if them together as a single selection, ...
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How do I prevent document preview over slow connections?

Once in a while I have to work over a 3G network, which is reasonable, until I mount a file system on the other side of the world. When that happens OSX tries to show me "previews" of every single ...
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How to determine original location of file that is currently in the Trash?

Suppose some file "Any File.pdf" is in the Trash (aka ~/.Trash). How can I determine its original location? By "original location" I mean the folder where that file would be moved to if one were to ...
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What is this symbol? ⎋ (it is listed as menu shortcut)

The shortcut that is reported in the -menu, for Force Quit menu-item, is ⌥⌘⎋ (the last character is the Unicode broken circle with northwest arrow). What key should I press to invoke the Force Quit ...
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How to remove an accidentally dropped file shortcut icon from Finder toolbar?

I accidentally dropped a file in the Finder toolbar instead of the destination folder (the ZIP icon on the right of the screenshot): How can I remove it from the toolbar?
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What is the significance of 1946-02-14 08:34:56?

When Finder is operating on a file or folder on the system, the file/folder is greyed out and unable to be opened, as well as unable to be trashed. This is most notable when copying or moving a file ...
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How to always show “Library” in the Finder its “Go”-Menu without holding a modifier key?

I often use the "Library" folder in my home folder ~/. The Library folder there (~/Library/) is shown (unhidden), and that is not the question. I would like to also always show the menu point ...
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How to set to open folder with enter in finder?

I want to set to open a folder in finder with Enter. I know it's possible to open a folder with ⌘ Command + ↓ Down Arrow but I don't like it and I never use it because it's easier to use the ...
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How can I remove the Finder icon from my Dock?

I've started using Forklift as a Finder replacement, so I don't need Finder in my Dock. In fact, I would much rather have Forklift be the farthest left icon so I don't accidentally click on Finder. ...
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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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Never create a .DS_Store file again

I'm tired of finder creating these .DS_Store metadata and finder view tracking files in all of my directories. How can I disable this in Finder?
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How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?

I just batch edited some pictures with Preview and changed the name of one file in the Preview window. Minutes later, Finder still didn't show the changed file sizes (not even when opening the Info ...
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How come Dropbox gets an icon in Finder sidebar?

How come Dropbox gets a non-generic icon in Finder's sidebar, when other directories like Google Drive and Sites (native in OS X before Lion) all have the same generic one? How can I customise the ...
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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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Hide files/icons on the desktop but not in finder

Not sure if something like this exists in OSX. I would like to display a cheatsheet on my desktop as a wallpaper and to make it visible at all times I would like to hide all the icons/files/folders ...
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How do so set “date added” metadata in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

The Finder in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion shows a new piece of file metadata, "Date Added," which tracks the date an item was added to a folder. After upgrading to 10.7, none of the items in my ~/Downloads ...
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Restore functionality of Escape key in Finder (Mavericks)

It's always been possible to remove focus from all selected files in Finder by pressing the ⎋ Escape key. It would appear that this is no longer possible in OS X Mavericks. I navigate the Finder ...
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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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Mounting shares with Login Items at login, Finder windows popup

I have some shares that are mounted during login. I used Users & Groups' "Login Items" panel to do this. When I login, all of the shares pop up in their own Finder windows. How can I keep the ...
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Why does “Copy” replace stuff instead of merging it?

This is started to be really annoying to me If you have an original folder with 2 files and you copy something into it's parent folder where the folder name is the same, and, let's imagine you are ...
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Arrange by exact file type (not just by kind) in OS X Lion

Currently .mp3, .aac, .m4r, etc. are all looked as "Music". So when I do an Arrange or Group By in the Lion Finder, all of these files get displayed under the heading "Music". Is there an option to ...
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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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File sizes greyed out (strange extended attributes) in Finder on Lion?

I just got a new machine with Lion preinstalled. After transferring all my applications, I noticed that the file sizes (and only the sizes) of some applications and folders are greyed out: Does ...
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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 show hidden files and folders in finder?

I have a folder that starts with a dot . but unable to display them in Finder. How can I say that for folder X Finder should also display hidden files/folders?
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What happened to the Finder window 'jellybean' in OS X Lion?

Before I updated to Lion, whenever I would mount a disk image (.dmg) the Finder window that would pop-up would always have a little 'jellybean' in the top right corner that would expand this window ...
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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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How can I change the default width of Finder columns?

I have found OS X's default column width to be a bit too narrow. Is there any way to make it wider? I know how to resize columns manually, but it's annoying to repeat the process every time I open a ...
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Choose a default app for opening files with no extension?

Is it possible to set a default application to open files with no extension? I'm not referring to files with hidden extensions, but those completely lacking an extension -- e.g. README, CHANGELOG, ...
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OSX Mavericks horizontal scrolling doesn't work well in Finder?

I've noticed since updating to Mavericks last week (though this is a new Macbook, and I've been on Snow Leopard forever so not sure if this is 10.9 or 10.8 or what....) that horizontal scrolling in ...
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How do I browse /tmp in Finder?

I can use the command line to :- cd /tmp ls -al What is the equivalent to do so in finder? I can't seems find a way to browse to that folder using finder, (my intention is to view images which I ...
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How to close all windows of Mac OS X Finder?

Having 30 or 40 windows of different folders open, is there any way to close all of them at once? I tried to relunch Finder, and I was happy for a second having no open window anymore, but it reopened ...
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How do I show hidden files in Finder with a keyboard shortcut?

What is Ubuntu's CTRL+H equivalent in OSX Lion Finder to toggle display hidden files? My all searches point me to use: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE which is not exactly the ...