"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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Why does it take so long for the Application folder to open?

My computer is pretty snappy, and the UI is typically silky-smooth. However, for some reason, on virtually every Mac OS X computer I've used, opening the Applications folder takes an inordinate (>5 s) ...
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Badge count for number of items in a folder on the Dock?

After clearing hundreds of items out of my Downloads folder, I'm eager not to repeat the process. Anyone know of a plugin/app/hack that will let me badge a folder in the Dock with the current number ...
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Remove desktop folder which is on the desktop and contains everything on the desktop

I don't how this happend, but I feel like my machine is experiencing a Being John Malkovich syndrome. There is a folder on my Desktop called Desktop which contains all the other folders on my ...
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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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Is there a Mac equivalent to Windows 7's library feature?

Having several related files in different folders, I was looking for a way to combine them in the same view, like the "Libraries" of Windows Explorer in Win7. While Finder has great smart folder ...
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Re-appearing folder in OS X Lion

At some point in the past, I had a folder on my desktop that I placed temporary music files off of my Aunt's iPod. I imported the files from her old school iPod in order to add to her iTunes library ...
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Where can I test a path?

I have tto check a path like "volume1:FTPRoot:StenRoot:Stnp00:A12:B38:f000031913". Is there an easy place where I can paste this to unsure me that this path is valid ? PS / I can follow it manually, ...
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Why folders keep shifting their positions?

I bought a new MacBook Pro 15-inch model with highest specifications in this June. I also installed newest version of Mac OS X, Lion (updated). Yesterday, I turned on my computer and noticed that ...
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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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Folders in Applications not in sync with Launchpad

I created a folder in /Applications to move all Games into a folder called Games. Launchpad is not in sync with the folders that I created. Looking at the folder Utilities, I was under the ...
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Is there a way for Spotlight or Launchbar or Quicksilver or similar to just return matching folders not files?

I frequently need to just get a finder window up that's a ton of folders deep. There's only so many favorites you can put in the finder sidebar. I'd happily configure a dedicated launcher to just ...
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How to “star” messages or mark them as important in iPad mail app?

I would like to mark messages as "important" in the iPad mail app via my gmail account. The app can move messages to a new folder, so I can put them in Gmail's "starred" folder, but that moves it out ...
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Automatically sync folder contents in the background

Since Lion still won't allow me to search the SMB volumes I need, I'm planning on syncing them to a local folder that will be indexed by Spotlight. What's the best way to sync folders automatically in ...
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Repairing macports after deleting image folders

I was having problems uninstalling a package in macports (gimp2-devel, to be exact) due to some "directory not empty" errors. I discover from comments made by the maintainer of macports that it's OK ...
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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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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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Creating folders in the Applications folder

I like to keep things neat in my computer, so when I started to have too many apps, I decided to create subfolders within my /Applications folder and move tings around. Sometimes, I got asked to ...
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Change OSX Folder Icons (Working on OSX Lion)

I have a certain PNG I'd like to replace a folder icon with. I noticed that when i Command-I this .png file, it will preview on the bottom, but not on the top left part (generic ".png" text appears ...
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How do your library folder back? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where did the ~/Library folder go in Lion? I upgraded to Lion but now under ~/User there is no library folder. What happened to it? Is there a way to get it back?
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Can I safely rename all directories in my home directory to lower case?

I am somewhat picky about my filesystem structures. I really, really dislike directories with capital letters. I'm more used to Windows where there are a lot of "special" folders in the home ...
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Is there a shortcut to expand all folders in Finder's list view?

I have my Finder window set up to display in "list" view so that it shows all folders with triangles on the left to click to expand. I have a number of levels of nested folders. Is there any way ...
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How can I rename a folder in Lion's Launchpad?

I created a folder by dropping one icon on top of another. Now I want to rename that folder, since the default name, "Utility" isn't the one I want. According to all advice I find on the internet, I ...
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Opt / Private Folder visible on HD?

for some reason my /opt /private folders are not hidden anymore while the rest of my finder's hidden files are. What would cause these to be visible again, and how do I change them back? I know it ...
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organising apps by multiple levels of folders possible?

I like the idea of putting our apps in "folders" , but is there anyway we can furthur put those "folders" into "folders" ?
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What are the default permissions on the Applications folder in OS X supposed to be?

I was trying to run VirtualBox on OS X when I got the error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine tinyXP. Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE). Unknown error creating VM ...
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Password protect folder without disk images?

Is this possible? I know you can protect a .dmg file, but is there a more convenient solution, by using a third party application?
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How can I find out what is deleting my ~/.Trash folder?

Some application or action is deleting my ~/.Trash directory. I obviously don't know when this happens, save for the "Are you sure you want to delete..." dialog box. I can restore the Trash, by ...
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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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I have a shared folder called “Foldername” that shows up on another computer as “Foldername-2”

I shared a folder on my computer, called "Foldername". My account on the computer is UserA, my wife's account is UserB. I gave UserB read+write access on Foldername, and clicked the "shared folder" ...
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simple MP3 player with folders

I've been using SoundJam MP since it came out and many years ago I found a beta version that worked on OS X and that's the reason I can still use it. Unfortunately, with OS X Lion, PPC support is ...
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How to delete protected folder?

I'm using external NTFS HDD via Tuxera-NTFS.Suddenly some of my folders turn to be protected (I don't now how it has happen): I'm trying to delete such folders but still without any luck. I've ...
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Why does iOS remove aps from folders upon update?

Has anyone else seen the issue where apps are removed from their folders when you do a mass update from the App Store? I've seen it with my iPhone 4 and my original iPad. It only seems to happen when ...
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Issues with document syncing between iOS and host computer [closed]

I had an app in my iphone which i recorded a meeting, (TSA) it said it was ready to sync to document folder. so I syncd and they all disappeared. Where is the document folder located? When itunes ...
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Mail.app folders + iPhone/iPad = missing emails?

I have a specific mail setup on my mac where I use Mail.app to access my Gmail via IMAP, and the app filters emails into folders ("On my mac" as opposed to in Gmail itself) for my different projects, ...
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iPad's Mail won't check for new messages in folders

I have a number of folders and filtering rules on my various e-mail accounts (Gmail, personal email, company email, etc). The problem is that the Mail app only checks for e-mail on the "received ...
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Workflow for dealing with incoming files to keep the file system tidy?

The cluttered desktops of our computers at home (Macs and PCs) made me think about a better workflow to deal with new files (self created or downloaded from the internet). My question is: Which ...
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Date of Download

When I download an item, I would like the modified date to be the date the item was downloaded. Is this possible somehow?
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System Extensions Cannot Be Used Error

When installing certain software, usually anything printer related, I receive this error System extension cannot be used The system extension "/System/Library/Extensions/Belcarra. ...
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Automator: Archive a folder, whilst excluding certain files

I am trying to create an automator based workflow whereby I create archives of folders but exclude certain files from the final archive. I would also like to specify the files or folders to exclude ...
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Automatically delete a folder daily

Is there a way to automatically have a folder deleted every day at 4am? I'm running 10.6.7.
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Can't gain write access to secondary hard drive root-level folder

I have a second hard drive installed on my Mac. On its several root-level folders there's only one I can't get write access to. I've tried right-clicking it, select "Get Info", unlock it, click the ...
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User folder on 2nd partition with link?

I have a hackintosh system. Fully working one. I have a secondary partition called "Storage". I would like to move my user folder from /Users/"Username" to "Storage"/"Username". Afterward create a ...
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What is the function of /home in Snow Leopard?

I would like to mirror the directory structure that I have on my linux machine at work. There, my home directory resides in /home/emiller rather than /Users/emiller as it does on Snow Leopard. I was ...
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Parallels Desktop is using my home directory for a VMs home directory

I have installed Windows Vista on a Parallels Desktop virtual machine on my MacBook Air. But it seem that my Windows Vista home directory is stored in my Mac OS X home directory. E.g. at my Mac OS X ...
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New File Action in Finder

Why finder doesn't have 'New File', but 'New Folder'? Is there any way/tool for having 'New File' in Finder? ADDED Pathfinder provides the feature of making 'New File'. I need this function in ...
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I rename a app folder on the iPhone 3GS using iTunes 10.1 on Mac; then sync causes it to revert

I run iTunes on the Mac MBP (Snow Leopard). I have a folder of apps called New Folder. I click on it to open it, rename it, then close it. It shows the new name. But then after sync it changes back ...
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Checking for folder/file changes using Automator?

Is there there a way to check a folder/file for changes (includes adding files, deleting files, changes in files,...). The 'Folder action' in Automator is only checking if any files are newly added.
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Multiple apps in one icon for the iPad

My husband's iPhone has the multi app icon and wanted to get the same on my new iPad. Is it possible to get it on the iPad?
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directory location of sync files?

I am using my iPad with windows 7. So..everytime I connect my ipad to my pc, itunes downloads applications that I bought on iPad. So..to what directory does the Itune download purchased application ...
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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 ...