"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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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 ...
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merging folders via Cyberduck

I want to upgrade my existing MODX install and this is the message that was in the upgrade instructs: "Do Not Overwrite Directories! Make sure your FTP program merges directories and does not ...
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Changing background colors in my folders

How can I change the folder color from black to grey in my folders. I am using OS X 10.6.8. I tried going to View, Show View Options and there is nothing there for me to change colors
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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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Remember shared folder on server

I'm new to Mac. I have files on a shared folder that I often access and every time I restart the computer I have to go to Finder->go->connect to server->fill in the information and press connect. Is ...
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Directory contents into a spreadsheet entry

I would like to turn the contents of a folder into entries for Numbers (or Excel) - is there a way to automate doing this?
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What does a darker grey arrow in finder represent?

I use Finder with the 'view as list' setting. Today I noticed that one of my folders had a darker grey arrow next to it than all the others: (The notes folder is the one with the darker arrow) I ...
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Is there anything special about the “Utilities” folder?

I download a third party app, e.g., Carbon Copy Cloner. Since I think of it as a utility, not an normal application, I want to put it in the /Applications/Utilities folder. I notice that I'm asked to ...
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Yet Another Custom Sidebar Icon Question (System Info.plist Question)

I have perused just about every Google search I could think of and have gotten what I think seems to be close to an answer on how to set custom icons in the sidebar WITHOUT having to resort to ...
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Hard Drive Scraping Noise and the Flashing Inquisitive Folder

Hey I'm having the flashing question mark folder issue. My hard drive is also making this noise like tschhh, tschhh, tschhh, tschhh. Holding option does nothing, it just makes it load to a grey ...
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Hidden Folder not showing in Finder with show all hidden files

I have a FreeBSD server where I store my web files. One of the files I have been using for years has the naming convention ._Folder When I try to open this file in the Finder it doesn't even show, ...
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Where is “All My Files” folder?

I used to think "All My Files" is not a real folder but it turns out otherwise. I accidentally moved some of my files into "All My Files" folder and now they are disappeared! How can I locate "All My ...
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renamed folder becomes a file with an extension

When I create a folder and name it "test.tmp" the finder asks me if I want to add the file extension ".tmp" to my folder. When accepted, the folder changes to a document with an icon. I then can no ...
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Lost a users home directory files

I have been helping someone with their iMac that is refusing to boot but after finally getting it to boot from a DVD and running disk utility on the HD, it said that it couldn't repair it and it ...
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How can I apply tags in Mavericks recursively?

Now that Mavericks removed that ugly colored bar and replaced it with a nice looking dot, I would like to use tags more. Basically I have work files in different places that deal with different ...
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How to Extract Icon or Image From Folder File (Then automating the process)

I just purchased a new macbookpro (retina - late 2013) & when I transfered my extensive library of icon images and files almost 50% of them were nonvisible as they simply read as "folder" files. ...
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Create new 'super-category' in iTunes heirachy

In iTunes, I have many audio files which aren't music. In my case they are guitar tutorial tracks, but others may have similar things which are for language learning or self-help/hypnosis tracks. I ...
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How do I hide folders in OSX?

Is there a way to hide folders in OSX like you can in Windows? And if so then how?
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Automator action to upload a file/folder

Is there an Automator action that can upload a file/folder? Specifically, I want to upload a folder automatically at a set date/time. I know I can create a "Calendar Alarm" action that'll trigger ...
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Accidentally created a folder containing a copy of itself and so on

I have a folder MyProject. It's an Xcode project folder (not sure if relevant). I am well aware that this folder is around 800MB. Recently I noticed that Get Info said that it was 17GB large. I ...
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Last Opened not clickable in Applications folder View Options

I’m trying to sort my applications by Last Opened column, but the option is not clickable (is grayed out) in the view options (⌘+J) panel (see image below). Why and how can I fix this? (I’m on Snow ...
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Automatically move files to a parent folder + delete subfolder

I'm trying to figure out how to automatically move files from a folder to its parent folder and delete the original folder. To illustrate, here's my structure: Parent Folder – Subfolder ...
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Mac folder which is Not Shared is shared and fully accessible from a Windows machine

On my desktop, I right click on Macintosh HD and then on Get Info. The Shared Folder checkbox is Unchecked and under Sharing and permissions, I have: system (read and write) myUser (me) ...
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Copy new files only - is this possible? Basically want to merge two folders

I have a folder on Drive 1 called Music, and it is 100GB. I have a folder on Drive 2 called Music, and it is 116GB. It's the most updated version. How do I copy the Music folder from Drive 2 to Drive ...
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Two Version of an Application

Creating two directories in /Users/yourname/Library/Application Support/ with slightly different names and just changing the name to the one recognized by the application works, however, this takes ...
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Can you delete documents from the library on Mac without serious consequences for your computer?

When I checked my Mac's harddrive I noticed that it was almost completely filled with files in the category 'other'. I used mac cleaning software to see what files were taking up a lot of space and ...
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cd to a directory by typing its name?

For example if a directory 'blob' exists and I just type 'blob[return]' then the system cds into the blob directory for me. In Linux (Ubuntu) I can add shopt -s autocd to my .bashrc file, but on OS X ...
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How to prevent accidental deletion or move of folders/files in Mac?

I have recently got a new Mac and keep accidentally moving folders around when using the trackpad and have managed to delete a couple folders as I am not used to this whole trackpad business. Is there ...
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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 many files in a folder is too many?

Many years ago I vaguely recall that the Finder in Mac OS X would start having problems if a folder contained 2,000 - 3,000 items or more. Apple doc says that the HFS Plus file system has a ...
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How to save sent messages in Outlook to the same folder as message being replied to?

If I am replying to an email in Folder "TEST", how do I get a reply to automatically go to the Folder "TEST" as opposed to the Sent folder? This helps with productivity so that I don't have to move ...
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Multiple spam folder in Gmail!

I changed the setting (That I cannot remember) and now I have two set of folders with a "more" button. Spams are on the new span folder not where they always was I checked filters, there was one and I ...
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Size in bytes is significantly less ( half the size) then size in MB in get info window

In the get info window it says 387,037,139 bytes which is 387 MB whereas the size on disk is 716.9MB which is 716,900,000 bytes. du -sh paramgen result (in MiB) 684M paramgen Why is there such ...
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Is there a Mac app that will open all images within a folder, regardless of the folder depth?

I have a folder full of additional folders, each of which then contains images. The directory looks something like this: folder0 folder1 image1.jpg image2.jpg image3.jpg ...
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Permanently show hidden directories

I am trying to repair a friend's USB drive that got a virus. All directories became .lnk and the original ones were hidden. I don't know how to permanently show the folders. I've used sudo chflags ...
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Moving a folder copies it, no longer moves it

I changed permissions on a folder to allow another user of that same computer, so they could access it while logged in. I wanted to then move that folder (formerly in Pictures folder) to the Shared ...
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how can I create a new mail folder?

How do I create a new folder in my mail. I've have gone through every menu option I can see and don't see it.
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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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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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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 ...