"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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Folders on top, on desktop

Is it possible to get 'folders on top' on the desktop (too) by any plist file hack or third-party app? My desktop (OS X Mavericks) is a bit cluttered and I've already sorted them on kind, but all ...
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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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Login Script for deleting contents of /private/var/folders

We have fleets of laptops that have limited space once our software is installed on it. What ever the issue that is causing the creation of theses files and --err not flushing them, we are ignoring ...
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Apple Macbook Moving Desktop Files, Folders, Icons

When I go to organize my desktop by moving multiple Files, Folders, or Icons at the same time it groups them all together. How to I prevent it from doing this? Thank you. (System - Macbook Pro OS ...
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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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How to modify Finder to show only current directory instead of the cascade of prior opened subdirectories?

Is there a way to force / modify Finder (either 'vanilla' or in combination with XtraFinder) to always show only the 'direct/non-recursive' content (directories / files) of a given directory instead ...
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Mac Outlook 2011 - moving folders from On My Computer to Exchange Server

I've just noticed a very odd peculiarity about using Mac Outlook 2011 with an Exchange server. I am hoping to write a script that will allow me to highlight a folder On My Computer and move it onto ...
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icloud activity folder shows pictures but then is empty when i open it

I have a friend that seems to have pictures that he should no longer have. I can't tell for sure though what is going on. When I go on his windows 8 PC into documents and then into "icloud photos" ...
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OSX Hierarchy questions and organization

I've done extensive searching on these questions and have even come across others, however, they do not answer any of my questions. What are ~/Library and /Library for respectively? I can see they ...
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Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive icons doesn't change

I tried to change GoogleDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive folders in finder but get sync to their original state after sometime. This happens after 2-6 days. I have changed other folder too but in case of ...
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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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How do I access the Volumes directory in Macintosh HD? [closed]

I am trying to get into the Volumes directory. Hidden files are being shown. However, the Volumes folder won't let me access it, it's "greyed out". How can I bypass this?
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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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Automatically sort Finder items based on file type?

I work in video production, when a new job comes in we use Post Haste to create a new directory with our folder structure and default files included. What I'm looking to do is automate the process of ...
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Where is the documentation on /tmp?

I've read that /tmp will automatically have files deleted that are older than 7 days or upon restart, but I can't seem to find where this is documented. Can anyone point me to a man or web page from ...
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Folder content recovery

I just got a new mac book and took a hard drive to make a backup file of my documents (I used time machine). One of the Folders did not get saved the way it was before, When I now click on the folder ...
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Pictures folder showing 39GB for 0 items! Please help?

new here and hoping some wiz can point me in the right direction.... pictures folder showing 39Gb but there are no files in it trash is empty have tried rebooting searched everywhere on the net, no ...
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Encrypt folder on Mac without dmg file so that the contents can expand in size

I want to encrypt some folders on my Mac. I know there is a way of doing it by making a dmg file, but I also want to keep editing those folders. So I just want to encrypt that folder while being able ...
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How can I move an email without deleting it from iCloud server?

I have local rules on my Mac to move emails from certain people into their own local folders, and sound a unique alert. The problem is that it appears that moving it causes it to be deleted from ...
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Trying to move a mail message to folder, but it doesn't move

I'm trying to move many mail messages to subfolders and they won't move. They moved before—what's going wrong?
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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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MacBook Pro mid 2012 OS X Yosemite hard drive error

So I went to my MacBook the other day and the screen shows nothing but a folder with a question mark flashing. It won't reconize my hard drive. I can still hear it spin up and running so is this still ...
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Folders created through “Save As…” dialog not immediately visible in Finder

One my favorite OS X features is creating folders through the "Save As..." dialog. But recently I've run into an issue. When I try to browse to folders recently created using the "Save As..." ...
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How can I create a folder in the current directory?

I browse to a folder, then expand through a directory tree to find the file I'm looking for. Now I want to create a folder at the current location within that tree. "New Folder" from the menu ...
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Network Folder Alias Causing Finder to Hang

I've done some research and I can't seem to find anyone who is experiencing the issue that I am in the same way that I am, and I'd appreciate any help you folks can offer. Background: I have a ...
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creating new folders requires password

I am being asked for a password every time I create a folder. The folder is read only. I have tried to repair permissions and put a code in terminal. Neither has worked.
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Automator - Indesign file and folder creation, naming & editing from Spreadsheet

I'm fairly new to Automator, just learning some of the basics right now, but I have a big project, and I'd like to know if it's feasible with Automator. Basically our company needs to create files and ...
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How to deal with whitespaces in OS X along filepaths when certain UNIX programs dislike it

I am trying to include a command in a TeX file to a bibliography file that I am storing centrally. However, when including the filepath, like /Foldername with whitespace/ANOTHER folder name with ...
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Outlook for Mac 2011 - when searching all folders for messages, how do I find the folder hierarchy of resulting e-mails?

I store messages in folders and subfolders, e.g. /foo/bar /bar/bar /baz/bar When I search for messages and one is found in one of the above folders, the Folder column of the reading pane shows ...
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What folders should I be backing up? Are there any I should avoid?

I'm in the process of configuring a cloud backup for my OS X machine and am trying decide what folders to back up and whether there are any folders I should avoid. I have complete control, by ...
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Quickly open your favorite folders on OS X?

What are the options which would be faster than opening Finder and browsing the folder, to open it? (I like to keep the desktop completely clean so will avoid Desktop shortcuts if other options are ...
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Moving desktop folder back to where it should be!

I've had a real headscratcher... the other day I was downloading a large folder from FTP to a folder on my desktop. When I went to check the files half were missing, I soon found out it was because ...
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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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Drag-and-Drop from Stack in list view

I have a few "Stacks" in my Dock, where "Stack" is apparently the name for having a folder in the Dock. If the Stack is in grid view, I can drag-and-drop files from the grid. But if the Stack is in ...
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Wrong icon for Application folder

For some reason, my Applications folder is using the Address book icon in the Dock. How do I change this back to the correct icon. I am using Mac 10.7.2 (although the problem has been there since ...
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Apple Mail incorrectly showing IMAP folder for Inbox

I added my email account from my shared hosting to Apple Mail as an IMAP account. Everything seems to work fine except a folder without name with a subfolder inside shows up like this: And that ...
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Compare content of two folders, including subfolders

Over the years I have imported photos from iPhone to Mac and organized them in folder by month. I now want to import all photos I have on the iPhone and compare those with the files that I've ...
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Complete Time Machine restore is only partially recovering my files

I recently renamed my home folder on my new MacBook Pro (Retina, 13"). I restarted my computer not realising that it would result in a complete wipe of my drive. Previously having backed it up with ...
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How do I force OS X to treat a file as a Folder?

I happened to name some of my photo folders "*.Playground" (e.g., some date plus the ".Playground"), it got picked up happily by Xcode and now OS X treats it like a file associated with Xcode, even ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to change the colour of the launchpad folders? How?

I'm running Yosemite and the launchpad folders (groupings of apps?) are shown in gray. Is it possible to configure that colour? The idea is that in Mavericks, that colour was an elegant black. On ...
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Leopard remove folders from top bar of a folder

When I click on a folder and open it, this is what I see: In the top bar you see two question marks and two blue folders. These occur in the top bar of every folder. How do I remove them? (The ...
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Pictures folder - 10.46 GB for zero items

I'm trying to clean up my hard drive so Final Cut Pro will run more smoothly. My Pictures folder is empty but the info shows that it is somehow using 10.46 GB. I've emptied the Trash. I've emptied ...
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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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Safe to Delete Mobile Applications

I back up my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to iCloud. Is it necessary to keep my Mobile Applications Folder? There are over 12GBs of space being used by this folder on my Macbook. Could it be thrown out?
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Is it possible to map doubleclick on folders in Finder List View to Expand/Collapse triangle?

I really hate all these windows cluttering the desktop, and spring-loading isn't a big help. So to have a more Windows-Exploreresque view, I try to use the collapse/expand triangles in List view only, ...
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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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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 get GMail default inbox tabs (primary, social…) in Mail (Yosemite)

I'm using the default GMail inbox, where emails are magically filed under the proper tab: Primary, Social, Update and Forum. In Mail on OS X Yosemite (10.10) however, all end up in the Inbox. I can ...
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Weird folder names in ~/Library/Preferences

These empty folders are in my Library > Preferences. Have I been infected with malware? I am running OS X 10.10, Yosemite, with the latest update on a Mac Mini.