"Folder" is the colloquial term for "directory" or "subdirectory", an abstraction of the file system hierarchical divisions used to organize files, documents, applicatons and pieces of programming code.

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On Mavericks, in the Finder in List view, column widths keep changing

I'm on OS X Mavericks. In Finder, I use the "List" view. In this view, since upgrading to Mavericks, the column widths keep changing. Basically, the Name column expands to fill the window up, when you ...
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How can I separate mailboxes completely in Mavericks's Mail application?

How can I separate mailboxes completely in Mavericks's Mail application? I don't want any of this integrated inbox/folders with the same name feature. I just want clean/separated mailboxes with their ...
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Expand symlinked directory in finder

Is there a way to make it so that in list view in Finder a symbolically linked directory can be expanded like a regular directory? I would just switch to column view, but I'm using TextMate 2's file ...
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Cannot change permission of external ExFAT HDD folders

I can't change permissions of external HDD folders The file system is ExFAT and I am on OSX. Here is what is shown when I do ls: drwxrwxrwx@ I don't even understand what @ means at the end. Is it ...
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Strange background color on external drive folder names

I had folder on local Mac drive. And when I ls on terminal I see this: But when I copied on external HDD (FAT filesystem) I see this when I call the same ls command in the same directory: What ...
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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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When is a folder not a folder?

I have a "folder" (as it appears from Finder), but I can't cd into it from the terminal. if I ls -la this is what it looks like. -rw-r--r--@ 1 christopher admin 1317440 Oct 17 22:23 Tomcat ...
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What is the default folder structure for an iTunes library?

I have OS X 10.7.6 and I run iTunes 11.1.3. (8) I moved my iTunes library to a NAS and kept the indexing files on my Mac. The folders I find on the NAS looks as follows on the same level in my Music ...
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Folder locations for osx app

I am porting an application from Windows and Linux, to Mac OS X. The application is written in Qt. It has a few dependent dylib (some built, some sdk). The exact same libraries and same Qt version ...
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How to view an open file's location?

I have a file open but don't know what folder it's in. How can I determine it's location?
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Shared folder on one mac

I have two users. In "Get Info" I shared a User1 folder with the User2. But how can I access the folder from the User2 account?
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Determine if file or directory is encrypted?

I have FileVault enabled, so my home directory is encrypted. However, programs and libraries often use directories outside of /home; and Disk Utility allows us to create encrypted files and ...
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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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Downloads folder is “in process”

Since about 2 weeks the downloads folder always has the loading line under it, even though there's nothing to download. Do you know what that could mean? There's no antivirus installed on the machine. ...
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Copy folder into multiple folders

I have a folder that I need to copy into 400 other folders. Instead of writing code to do this is there an easy way to paste into multiple folders?
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Desktop files and folders always moving

In OSX 10.9.5 my desktop folders re-arrange when a new window is opened. I have "sort by" off. I can arrange my folders and then when I open a new window (not every time) all of the folders will ...
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How could I set apple icon image (xxx.icns) to file or folder?

There is already a related question talking about setting a png image to file or foler as icon ( How can I change a file or folder icon using the Terminal), but what if my image is an icns? I know ...
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How to close a file and a folder using bash?

Is it possible? I would like something which is the opposite of the command open file_or_folder_name. I have searched on the web but I got no results.
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Is there a way to order all the files and folders automatically?

I am new to OS X, but there's one thing that annoys me a little bit, which is that every time I have to clean up all the files (by name, for example) because they are always pasted in an unordered ...
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Move Documents folder to different drive

I would like to move the Documents folder to a different drive. I am running OS X 10.9.4. I am trying to preserve space on my OS SSD.
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Linked Folder in a shared folder in Dropbox

I have a folder, that I linked with one in Dropbox using: http://lifehacker.com/5154698/sync-files-and-folders-outside-your-my-dropbox-folder and was just wondering if that was situated inside a ...
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Can I remove user's home directory folders?

I have the following scenario: All of my files, documents etc. are saved on Copy.com. I have installed copy on my MacBooc Air all my files went to the following directory: /Users/username/Copy ...
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Macbook Pro file mods [duplicate]

When I run ls -l there are files listed with @ file mod for some folders: drwxr-xr-x 5 root admin 170 Sep 4 13:51 Users drwxrwxrwt@ 3 root admin 102 Sep 5 09:02 Volumes I realized ...
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Why is my test for folder under /tmp existence fails?

I'm trying to create a "flag file" under /tmp using AppleScript but the check for whether it exists keeps failing. Following the answer Why is my applescript for checking if a file exists failing?, ...
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iPhone iOS Exchange not showing new folders

for some reason my iPhone's Exchange account won't add new folders that I created in Outlook. Emails come in, but not new folders. I am not sure how long I've had this problem so I can't pinpoint to ...
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Word “save as” folder no longer original folder after Mavericks

Following upgrade to Mavericks, Word for Mac 2011 has different "save as" behavior. WAS: "save as" would default to the directory of the current/open file. Now: "save as" directory goes to word ...
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Folder changed into document

A folder and all it's contents have changed into an extensionless document. When I open the file in Sublime Text I get 100,000+ lines of text like: 0403 0000 46aa ee00 0000 0000 1800 0000. This is on ...
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Folder Action to convert with ffmpeg a whole subfolder of videos

In another question I have found a usefull script (below) that works on single and multiple files but only when they are added directly to a folder with action enabled. Problem is my program produces ...
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Folders with Icons on iOS

Recently, I organized all of the apps on my iPad, and came to a realization: it would be great if I could make the folders have their own icons. What I mean is this (right), as supposed to this ...
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Rename various folders ignoring current name with Better Finder Rename

I have the following folders trip to xxx folder-temp pic-temp my-xxx-videos I wanna rename all the folders to "my-folders1", "my-folders2" and so on. I am using better finder rename but I don't ...
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Move 'Pictures', 'Documents', 'Movies' etc folders

I would like to move folders like 'Pictures', 'Documents', 'Movies' to a different from default under the root of user's home location, preferably into a sub-folder under the same user's home folder. ...
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/opt directory doesn't exist on OS X 10.9

Just received my macbook air and discover that i can't run port command because of /opt directory not exists. Is it normal? (OS X 10.9)
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What are all the OS X special user folders?

I know OS X has a ~/Sites folder with its own icon for keeping your websites, and it isn't there by default, you have to create it. Are there more folders similar to this one that receive special ...
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How to make post-Lion Finders find special directory . and ..?

Before OS X 10.7, you can navigate to the parent directory in Finder using Go to (Shift+Command+G) to the special directory ... However, since Lion Finder is no longer able to do this and gives he ...
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How can I create custom right click context menu items in Mountain Lion? (“New File”, “Open Terminal Here”, etc.)?

I've been a native windows'er up until this year and have finally made the jump to OSX. I've found my workflow (web developer) has increased substantially and I love the general performance and ...
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Mac freezes when I try to open a particular Folder

I am using Mac Book Pro with Mavericks. For last couple of weeks, I have been noticing that my whole machine going in to Freeze, when I try to open a particular folder. Every time when I "force ...
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VMWare Fusion - Where does a shared folder appear if the Virtual OS is “Snow Leopard Server”?

I have a Mac running VMWare Fusion with "Snow Leopard Server" running as the guest, virtual OS. It says that I can specify a shared folder to shared between the main Mac OS and the virtual Snow ...
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Configure a separate root folder for Sites directory

I have re-written this entire post as I realized it originally did not make much sense (That would be a funny comment for a program). I'm developing a web project in localhost with a very organized ...
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Where are the minimize, maximise and close buttons stored in Mac OS X?

The question above says everything I think :D. The Icons are probably in the same folder in any version of Mac OS X I hope.
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How can I get my AppleScript code to move files?

Having used Automator to organise files by file extension successfully before, I decided to create an AppleScript application that will save me having to change parameters manually, as Automator ...
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Is it possible to remove or delete the “Music” folder?

Is there anyway to get Music out of my way in my home directory? Either deleting it, or moving it to someplace else. Now, I know that this question has been asked before (I've read this one and this ...
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What is standard for os x filesystem? e.g. /opt/ vs. /usr/

What does and should go into /opt/ and what should/does go into /usr/? My understanding is that /usr/ used to be for user home directories, but since that exists in /Users/ - what is the purpose now? ...
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Change background color of a folder in Finder

I have many white icons in a folder and they are not visible on white background of folder, how can I change background color of a folder in Finder?
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photo apps for ipad over wifi

I have a lot of family photos and home video stored on network folders (my PC, my NAS) accessible via wi-fi. Are there photo manager and photo editor apps for me to directly work my pictures on my ...
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Is it possible to change the Finder sidebar icons

I know you can change the icons of files, folders, etc, but in the sidebar folders appear the same. Is it possible to give them a custom icon for the sidebar like the Music, Photo's, Movies, etc ...
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Shell scripting: Select folder based on part of file name

My project I'm creating a bash shell script to execute from the Terminal. Its purpose is to archive lots and lots of project folders. Each folder follows a prescribed nomenclature: [YYYY.MM.DD] - ...
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Get 'special' folder icons in sidebar after Music, Pictures moved to 2nd drive

I moved my Pictures and Music folders off my boot drive (now SSD) and onto my second larger drive. Creating shortcuts to these new locations in the sidebar creates standard folder icons rather than ...
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Shell script: Move folders + preserve structure

My goal I organize my projects into folders. These folders all live in my Completed projects folder. I am beginning to archive them into an Archived Projects folder, and I want to archive them in ...
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Can someone describe the purpose of OSX root level folders in laymen's terms?

Simple and concise documentation on the OSX folder hierarchy is sparse. I'm looking for a simple description of each - what are the functions of each? /private /var /usr /tmp /etc /bin /sbin ...
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What is /Users/me/Applications?

I am on Mavericks (1.9.2) and I just noticed a folder called Applications in my home folder, i.e. I have a folder /Users/me/Applications. This folder is empty: cd Applications pwd ...