"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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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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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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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.
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On Mavericks, in the Finder in List view, column widths keep changing

I'm on OS X Mavericks. In Finder, I use the "List" view. In this view, since upgrading to Mavericks, the column widths keep changing. Basically, the Name column expands to fill the window up, when you ...
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How can I separate mailboxes completely in Mavericks's Mail application?

How can I separate mailboxes completely in Mavericks's Mail application? I don't want any of this integrated inbox/folders with the same name feature. I just want clean/separated mailboxes with their ...
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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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Cannot change permission of external ExFAT HDD folders

I can't change permissions of external HDD folders The file system is ExFAT and I am on OSX. Here is what is shown when I do ls: drwxrwxrwx@ I don't even understand what @ means at the end. Is it ...
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Strange background color on external drive folder names

I had folder on local Mac drive. And when I ls on terminal I see this: But when I copied on external HDD (FAT filesystem) I see this when I call the same ls command in the same directory: What ...
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Why do I have to Force Quit finder to see my new screenshot files?

On my mac mini (OS X 10.9.5), I have to Force Quit Finder in order to see the screenshot jpgs in my /screenshots folder I literally just took a millisecond ago. Even if I wait a few minutes, I won't ...
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When is a folder not a folder?

I have a "folder" (as it appears from Finder), but I can't cd into it from the terminal. if I ls -la this is what it looks like. -rw-r--r--@ 1 christopher admin 1317440 Oct 17 22:23 Tomcat ...
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What is the default folder structure for an iTunes library?

I have OS X 10.7.6 and I run iTunes 11.1.3. (8) I moved my iTunes library to a NAS and kept the indexing files on my Mac. The folders I find on the NAS looks as follows on the same level in my Music ...
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Folder locations for osx app

I am porting an application from Windows and Linux, to Mac OS X. The application is written in Qt. It has a few dependent dylib (some built, some sdk). The exact same libraries and same Qt version ...
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How to view an open file's location?

I have a file open but don't know what folder it's in. How can I determine it's location?
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Shared folder on one mac

I have two users. In "Get Info" I shared a User1 folder with the User2. But how can I access the folder from the User2 account?
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Determine if file or directory is encrypted?

I have FileVault enabled, so my home directory is encrypted. However, programs and libraries often use directories outside of /home; and Disk Utility allows us to create encrypted files and ...
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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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How do I restore the default folder icon?

I build web sites on a Mac and after the recent upgrade to Mavericks, the icon for all of my web template folders have changed from the standard Mac folder icon to the Parallels icon. I can change it ...
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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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Downloads folder is “in process”

Since about 2 weeks the downloads folder always has the loading line under it, even though there's nothing to download. Do you know what that could mean? There's no antivirus installed on the machine. ...
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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 folder into multiple folders

I have a folder that I need to copy into 400 other folders. Instead of writing code to do this is there an easy way to paste into multiple folders?
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Desktop files and folders always moving

In OSX 10.9.5 my desktop folders re-arrange when a new window is opened. I have "sort by" off. I can arrange my folders and then when I open a new window (not every time) all of the folders will ...
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How could I set apple icon image (xxx.icns) to file or folder?

There is already a related question talking about setting a png image to file or foler as icon ( How can I change a file or folder icon using the Terminal), but what if my image is an icns? I know ...
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How to close a file and a folder using bash?

Is it possible? I would like something which is the opposite of the command open file_or_folder_name. I have searched on the web but I got no results.
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Is there a way to order all the files and folders automatically?

I am new to OS X, but there's one thing that annoys me a little bit, which is that every time I have to clean up all the files (by name, for example) because they are always pasted in an unordered ...
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Move Documents folder to different drive

I would like to move the Documents folder to a different drive. I am running OS X 10.9.4. I am trying to preserve space on my OS SSD.
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Linked Folder in a shared folder in Dropbox

I have a folder, that I linked with one in Dropbox using: http://lifehacker.com/5154698/sync-files-and-folders-outside-your-my-dropbox-folder and was just wondering if that was situated inside a ...
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Can I remove user's home directory folders?

I have the following scenario: All of my files, documents etc. are saved on Copy.com. I have installed copy on my MacBooc Air all my files went to the following directory: /Users/username/Copy ...
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Macbook Pro file mods [duplicate]

When I run ls -l there are files listed with @ file mod for some folders: drwxr-xr-x 5 root admin 170 Sep 4 13:51 Users drwxrwxrwt@ 3 root admin 102 Sep 5 09:02 Volumes I realized ...
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Why is my test for folder under /tmp existence fails?

I'm trying to create a "flag file" under /tmp using AppleScript but the check for whether it exists keeps failing. Following the answer Why is my applescript for checking if a file exists failing?, ...
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iPhone iOS Exchange not showing new folders

for some reason my iPhone's Exchange account won't add new folders that I created in Outlook. Emails come in, but not new folders. I am not sure how long I've had this problem so I can't pinpoint to ...
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Word “save as” folder no longer original folder after Mavericks

Following upgrade to Mavericks, Word for Mac 2011 has different "save as" behavior. WAS: "save as" would default to the directory of the current/open file. Now: "save as" directory goes to word ...
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Folder changed into document

A folder and all it's contents have changed into an extensionless document. When I open the file in Sublime Text I get 100,000+ lines of text like: 0403 0000 46aa ee00 0000 0000 1800 0000. This is on ...
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Folder Action to convert with ffmpeg a whole subfolder of videos

In another question I have found a usefull script (below) that works on single and multiple files but only when they are added directly to a folder with action enabled. Problem is my program produces ...
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Folders with Icons on iOS

Recently, I organized all of the apps on my iPad, and came to a realization: it would be great if I could make the folders have their own icons. What I mean is this (right), as supposed to this ...
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Rename various folders ignoring current name with Better Finder Rename

I have the following folders trip to xxx folder-temp pic-temp my-xxx-videos I wanna rename all the folders to "my-folders1", "my-folders2" and so on. I am using better finder rename but I don't ...
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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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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 is a bit cluttered and I've already sorted them on kind, but all .AI, .PSD, .INDD, ...
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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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/opt directory doesn't exist on OS X 10.9

Just received my macbook air and discover that i can't run port command because of /opt directory not exists. Is it normal? (OS X 10.9)
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What are all the OS X special user folders?

I know OS X has a ~/Sites folder with its own icon for keeping your websites, and it isn't there by default, you have to create it. Are there more folders similar to this one that receive special ...