"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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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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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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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 ...
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When installing some apps, I get an “Extras” folder, where do I put this?

I'm new to Macs. I understand how to install Apps by dragging and dropping into the Applications folder and then opening the App, but sometimes installations come with an "Extras" folder (for ...
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Symlink to hidden file

I have 2 macs, and use Dropbox a lot. On my MacBook I have one folder synced with Dropbox (through a symlink, ln -s ~/folder ~/Dropbox) that is actually in my ~/Library directory, so it's hidden. It ...
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how to execute mkdir in /home/ directory

I want to create a directory 'administrator' in my /home/ directory but it won't allow me as it alway returns the error Operation not supported. Any ideas? Roberts-MacBook-Pro:home robert$ pwd /home ...
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How can I automaticly move every file on desktop to specific folder based on extension?

I'm looking for something, probably some kind of action script, that will at any time move everything that's on my desktop directly to a specific folder on my desktop, based on the extension. Just to ...
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How to move iMovie library to external hard drive folder?

I would like to move all iMovie (iMove '11) events to a specific folder of an external hard drive. Apple documents a means to do this, but without specifying the folder; iMovie files are created in ...
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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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moving the downloads folder inside another folder (10.8.2)

i was hoping to utilize this trick How to move the Downloads folder (in Mountain Lion) to another disc to move my Downloads folder inside a directory called "disktop zi5" which is inside the directory ...
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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 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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How to set multiple folder icons in finder (for symbol- and list-view)?

I'm using OS X 10.8.2. By default the system folder icons differ in symbol- and list-view in the finder. If I use the list view a small icon (16x16px) is displayed. In symbol view finder switches to a ...
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Downloads folder removed from the bottom

I have a new mac (purchased about 3 months ago). Somehow the downloads folder isn't pinned to the bottom anymore (I didn't delete the folder, I somehow moved it). I tried minimizing the folder and ...
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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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Rebuilding Itunes Music library

I've just reinstalled my Win 7 but had some issues when I tried to re-install Itunes the first time (folder permission ones I couldn't easily overcome initially), so decided to uninstall it and ...
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Where does Apalon's Pimp Your Screen mac app does saves downladed images?

I've just installed Pimp your screen Apalon's Mac app and downloaded a bunch of images, where are images stored on my system after download? I've searched in the application contents in my ...
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Why is the Lock feature not working on my folder?

I have a private folder on my drive that I keep personal docs in and i want to make it password protected. So I thought I would click Get Info > make it write only in the Sharing & Permissions ...
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How to know which directory contains the file that I'm editing in TextEdit?

Very basic question - I am editing a file using the basic system TextEdit app. As I actually have the file in question in several locations, how can I tell what directory the one that I am editing is ...
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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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Why would a Folder script stop working in 10.8.2? I have been using this script for several years

property disk : "Webserver:RAID:active_jobs" -- name of mounted disk where all work resides property folderactive : "Active" -- name of Folder were active jobs folders are held property destination : ...
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What photo organizer software can store keywords/tags in EXIF without mangling other EXIF metadata?

I would like to organize my photos into folders with labels/tags/keywords, possibly also with captions or descriptions for each photo. I would like that information put into the EXIF metadata of the ...
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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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Recover partition from NTFS drive with folder structure

I ran disk utility and looked for errors on a NTFS drive that was working fine but had been ejected abruptly after the computer was forced to shut down. After that a bunch of errors just appeared in ...
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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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Can't access /etc folder in OS X Mountain Lion

In OS X Mountain Lion's Finder, I can see a grayed-out /etc folder, but cannot see inside. Using Terminal's ls command, I can see the existence of a file that one of my programs is trying to find ...
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Is there a way to tell ios mail app to put emails from specific senders in a special folder automatically?

Is there any way to tell iOS mail app to put emails from specific senders in a special folder automatically?
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Can I get my mail folders on my iPhone synced to my Mac?

I've made many mail folders on my iPhone and they are automatically synced to my iPad, but not synced to my Mac. Anyone have an idea?
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Why file links appear in the folder sidebar and how can I prevent this from happening?

My question is related to Remove link to something that is not a folder in the Finder sidebar, but my problem is fundamentally different. I still have file links appearing in my folder sidebar. But ...
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How to manage a huge folder collection in two places

I have a huge collection of movies (over 2,000) on my external hard drive, and since my girlfriend doesn't like those old movies, she would like to make distinguish between the old movies and those ...
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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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Tab key sometimes fails to autocomplete in Go To Folder… sheets in Mountain Lion

I like keyboard navigation, so I frequently use Shift-Command-G to Go to Folder… when saving files. I type the first few letters of the directory I want then key Tab to complete the rest. This worked ...
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How to make windows of new folders open in my size?

In OS X 10.8.2, I create a new folder by right-clicking in the Finder and selecting New Folder. When I open this folder, the size of the window is not the size of the foremost window. The window size ...
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Using Safari to list all contents of a folder/path

Is there a way I can use Safari to list the contents of a folder? More like of an "index" page where you get to see the files and sub-folders inside a path/folder. Like this one: When I use Chrome, I ...
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Keyboard-only folder navigation with auto complete

This is one feature of Windows 7 Start menu that I haven't been able to replace in OS X ML. In Windows: Press Windows key Start typing, for example: H:\folder\phot Use arrow keys to highlight the ...
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messages disappeared from some mailboxes and smart mailboxes following removal of an account from Mail

I upgraded to Mountain Lion recently. My email changed as well. I used to have my 40K emails in different mailboxes and now I realize that the new way to do so is with 'smart mailboxes' (I actually ...
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Need help finding a specific folder for a friend

I am a Windows user, so I have no idea what the Mac equivalent of different locations in Windows are, but they still came to me for some reason... The folder I am trying to find for them is their ...
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What is the /data/db folder in OS X?

I'm using OS X 10.6.8 and cleaning up my almost full hard-drive using the free tool Disk Inventory X. I stumbled upon the /data/db folder which weighs more than 600Mb. Before deleting some of its ...
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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 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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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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Copy contents of a smart folder to a new folder in Mountain Lion

I admit that my music collection is a royal mess. This is the result of merging many sources of music (external drive, old iPod sync, iTunes purchases, etc) into my iTunes account. iTunes Match has ...
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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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In Finder, directory size is not shown

I linked Mail.app to my Gmail account and to my surprise it downloaded all of the 300000+ (!) messages that are on it (I looked in the Preferences for a way to limit the amount of messages downloaded ...
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Deleting home folders ~symbolic links in Mac OS X

I bought an SSD, so now I have SSD + traditional HD on my Mac. On SSD OS + Applications. On HD data. I wanted to keep applications and library on the SSD and move my home folder from SSD to the ...
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Organizing user home directory between SSD and HDD

I've installed an SSD into a new Mac mini. I've installed ML, and used the migration tool to copy programs and user settings from the stock 500GB drive. What doesn't fit onto this 64GB SSD drive ...
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Using Terminal, how can I find which directory is my USB drive mounted in?

I am using Terminal and have looked through directories. I just can't find where my USB drive its directory is. Which directory is my USB drive mounted in?
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How do I create a keyboard shortcut to go to a specific folder? [duplicate]

I have a folder called ~/Documents/Work and I'd like to make the Finder shortcut cmd-shift-W go to that folder, similar to how cmd-shift-H goes to the Home folder (and the equivalent shortcuts for ...
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How to edit binary InfoPlist.strings in Mountain Lion (for Finder to display folders before files)?

The article Force your Mac to sort folders on top of files (windows style), lets the Finder change its sorting order to first show folders and next all files. This trick doesn't seem to work with ...