"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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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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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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is it possible to get finder to automatically create a folder with the same icon as the parent parent folder?

I have a folder with a custom icon, and was wondering if there was any way I could get all folders within it to automatically get the same custom folder icon, that way I don't have to keep changing ...
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How can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

I'm trying to set up a Saved Search of my Mac that will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results. The reason is because I'm getting a ton of false positives from that folder that ...
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Dock stack with multiple folders

I like to have a stack in my dock with my applications folder in it, but some applications (especially games installed by Steam) appear in my ~/Applications folder, instead of my /Applications folder. ...
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Can't view my folders/mailboxes that live on my computer on iCloud

When I open my mail on iCloud I want to be able to see the folders that are stored on my Mac's Mail on my main computer. A few of the "folders" are visible, but I don't know why they are and the ...
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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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Download OS update only once for all home computers [duplicate]

I want to upgrade all my home computers (4 macbooks running 10.8) to the new Mavericks OS. I have a download cap, so i dont want to download it 4 times. How can i download it once and install it on ...
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Finder folder icons look like document and image files

I've got an annoying issue for a couple of weeks now. My folder icons got corrupted from time to time: Left side is the view I get when I'm switching between views, but when I open finder or ...
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How to join the files into a similar directory tree?

I've two similar directory tree in different HD, but inside many groups of subfolders named e.g. B and C (note inside B and C there are others subfolders) there are different files (e.g. file 1,2 in ...
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AppleScript: Find all instances of “Folder” and list the contents in a drop down box/list

I'm trying to make a script I can use to find all instances of a folder, be it on the root drive, external drive or mounted networked storage, and list all the contents in either a drop down box or a ...
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Replacing The Blue Folder Icon With A Customised Image?

How can I select a JPEG image and use that to customise/replace the usual blue folder icon for a given folder (which additionally may even make it easier to tell folders apart, when looking for one)? ...
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How do I move up one folder while browsing Time Machine?

When I'm viewing a folder in Time Machine's "Star Wars" view, how do I move up one folder, to view the current folder's parent folder? In Finder, I have several ways to do it: I could either hit ...
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How to pull Newsstand apps out of Newsstand, or else put other apps into Newsstand?

I was happy to find that in iOS 7, Newsstand can finally be put into another folder. However, Newsstand, Passbook, FaceTime and the other default factory apps still cannot be removed from the phone ...
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Finder does not show content of some folders

I'm running Lion on Macbook2,1 and after I've upgraded from Leopard, I've noticed that some folders including Pictures are shown empty in Finder. Size of folder says otherwise and in Terminal I can ...
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Folder icon shows the amount of files stored in it

Is there a way to create a folder icon which shows me how many files are stored inside this folder? I would like to create a To Do folder, which should show me the amount of files stored in it, so I ...
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Delete default folders: Documents, Public, etc — permanently?

I do not use the folders ~/{Downloads, Documents, Public} and so I remove them. But some Mac OS X process keeps recreating them. How can I disable the creation of these folders permanently? What ...
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MacBook Core2Duo OSX 10.8 GetInfo on my user account says Mac (me) not username

When I log in to my account Phil and view the sharing and permissions on my home directory it says I have custom access and the name is "Mac (Me)" when I expect it to be "Phil (Me)". It shows as a ...
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Tiger/Safari 5.0.6 THREE different bookmark features… Answer doesn't speak to One of them

Good answer for Safari bookmark options, but it still fails to address the option in the Book-icon menu titled simply BOOKMARKS (capitalized). In that menu, below the listings for "Bookmarks Bar", ...
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How can I rename music videos on my iPhone?

I want to find some music videos and rename them, but I can't figure out how to do that? I am using iPhone 4S - iOS 5.0.1 - a jailbroken phone and using iFile And iFunBox.
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The contents of a folder disappeared

The strangest thing just happened. I accidentally moved some files around within a folder on my desktop. I pressed command Z to try and un-do the action (I may have accidentally hit some other keys in ...
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Samba OSX file issues

I've recently set up Samba 3.6 on a i7 mac mini running 10.8.4 (via macports - I'm a refugee from OSX Server 2.2.1). I'm reasonably happy with the setup. However there are a few issues I'd like to ...
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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 be asked (I've read this one and this one ...
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How do I create a Folder Action Script to tar items dropped in folder?

I would like to drop/copy files/folders and have them compressed then copied to my desktop. This is what I know so far... and it isn't much so any help would be appreciated. on adding folder items to ...
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Git repository workspace folder not displayed in Finder

I have a project in Eclipse that is not navigable in Finder. All the other projects within the same Git repository are fine and can be browsed with Finder. This image should be displaying an ...
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Merging Two Folders Into One in OS X?

When trying to drag various items into a folder in Finder in OS X and some of the items have the same name, OS X will ask if you wish to replace the items in the folder you are dragging to. However ...
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Creating A Folder From Any Number Of Selected Items In Finder?

Is there a quick way to select several items and place them into a new folder?
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What is special in /Applications/ folder?

What happens when an .app bundle going copy to the /Applications/ folder? Are there any processes starting, any preferences copied to /Library/ ? Is a copy to /Applications/ folder a special ...
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Migration Assistant didn't copy all my email folders from my old pc

I recently decided to switch from a pc to an iMac. I set up my account on the iMac first, and used it for a few days before I decided to migrate things over. Since I already had setup the new ...
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How to disable Finder triangle reveal animation in 10.7 Lion

In Finder's list view, you can click the little triangles to the left of folder icons in order to reveal the contents of the folder. In 10.7 Lion, this reveal/expansion is accompanied by a vertical ...
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Show folder a file is contained in with finder list view in OSX 10.8.4

I am trying to consolidate files that may be spread around my mac (photos in this case). I can tell the finder to search for images, but I am very used to in Windows where I can search for the file ...
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Make folder private so other users can't access

I've just noticed that the contents of some new folders that I created under my users/[myname] folder, are visible to other users. The original ones all have the 'no entry' sign. How do I make ...
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How can I open a folder called something.app in various applications?

For whatever reason, I created a folder on my Mac called customer.app, and it contains a python module. I want to open that folder and it's files in applications like BBEdit and GitX, but the open ...
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Merge folders is not working

I'm trying to merge two folders with the same name but different contents in Finder on OSX Mountain Lion. The folder is located on my iMac and I am dragging a dropping to my External Harddrive where ...
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Is there a way to preserve app icon categories (folders) in iOS when factory resetting an iPhone?

I have a lot of them, and it takes literally hours to arrange them. Any shortcuts to make it easier?
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How to include secondary drives' files into 'All My Files' feature

I have a dual drive setup (SSD as boot, HDD for storage in my Mac). I would like to know how I can include files form my HDD into finders features like 'All My Files'
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How can I use Terminal to copy all files of a certain type from a failing hard drive?

I need to use terminal to copy my Pictures folder from a failing harddrive onto another drive, but I can't actually change into the folder and use just cp *.jpg ~/Documents. Is there a way to do this ...
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podcast directory

all my podcasts used to download to Music\iTunes\iTunes Music\Podcasts. after clean installing windows 7 and latest version of itunes, all podcast downloads are directed to Music\iTunes\iTunes ...
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Is there a way to hide/remove the drop box folder (not dropbox.com) that is inside of public folder?

Inside Public folder there is a folder called "Drop Box" (I'm not talking about dropbox.com) which is used for network/sharing purpose. Since I only use the machine locally, I would like to delete ...
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iPhone drive removed upon installing iTunes

When iTunes is installed my iPhone does not appear as a drive in Windows Explorer. When iTunes is removed, the iPhone does appear as a drive. I use Windows 7 64bit I would like to have iTunes to ...
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When using Mail with Gmail IMAP, how to move emails to different folders and not label them?

I'm using Mac Lion Mail app with Gmail IMAP and when I drag and drop or command-click to move messages from my Inbox to a folder called Personal, it appears to work in Mail. But when I look at Gmail, ...
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Determining The Complete Size Of A Folder & Its Sub-Folders in Finder?

Simply how do I see the complete size of a folder within Finder ? (AFAIK there is no default setting to automatically turn this feature on - correct me if i'm wrong)
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Why are home folders in Mac OS X located in /Users, and not /home?

My question is as title stated. Why mac osx user directory located at /Users, but not /home? Because /home is the default directory of user's home of Unix and Linux.
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Finder move does not merge but replaces old folder, how to get old folder's contents

I moved folder named FOLDERA to another folder where same name folder exists. Finder asked me to replace? I complied thinking that it will merge two folders like windows. It completely replaced my ...
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Playlist folder not showing songs from all child playlists

I have created a playlist folder which contains 2 regular playlists (i.e. not smart playlists). The hierarchy is like this: Occasions | +--- Party mix 1 | +--- Party mix 2 In iTunes, if I click on ...
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Is there a workaround when Finder spends forever “calculating size”?

Has anyone else had the issue of it taking forever to calculate the size of a folder? I have a folder of about 500 GB on an external USB drive, and it seems to never finish "Calculating Size" when I ...
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Can't get folders to download photos?

I used to have an iPhone that I had sorted pictures into folders on. I had to get a new iPhone because it was cracked and the camera didn't work, along with other problems. While I was in the mall of ...
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Folder Actions for folders inside main folder [duplicate]

In Mac OS X, you can program Folder Actions, which basically are scripts that run when something is added to a folder. I was wondering if I can have a Folder Actions programmed for a main, big ...
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Rules in Mail randomly don't apply

I have a very simple rule set up in Mail like the following: If [any] of the following conditions are met: [From] [Contains] @gmail.com Perform the following actions: [Move Message] to mailbox: ...
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Can't drag folder to desktop

Since upgrading to Mountain Lion, every time I try to drag a folder to my desktop it only makes an alias. Is there any way to reenable moving regular folders? It's really obnoxious to have to make ...