"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 move Desktop folder to Google Drive

I'm trying to sync my desktop folders across computers and platform through having a single Desktop folder in Google Drive. I was wondering if there is a simple method of moving the Desktop folder to ...
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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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Can you disable toolbar by default in Finder?

In Yosemite, opening folders in a new window by default is extremely difficult. You can press CMD as you click (not optimal) or right-click/option-click the folder to open in a new window (not ...
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Can you automatically resize a window to fit its content?

Before Yosemite, you could resize a window in the Finder by clicking the green "street light" button on top of the window. It would do a more or less ok job. Now in Yosemite and above, you need to ...
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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 find duplicate folder names and resolve naming conflicts in OS X?

I have my music collect on my NAS and would like to copy it to my laptop. When I try to copy the music folder and paste it to a new location on my laptop I get messages that OS X can't paste the ...
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Which applications should be in the Utilities folder?

A while ago I wanted to make things more convenient so I organized the my Mac applications in folders. Little did I know, it prevented Software Updates to detect needed updates. Now, I've been trying ...
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Merge several folders, but keep only the newest file when conflicts are encountered

I've hit a bit of a wall with my backups. I have three backups, each is different, some contain newer files than other backups. I want to merge these three folders into one, but when a conflict ...
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Temporary .DS_store files, phantom connections?

I have my machine set up not to write .DS_store files, the reason being because I was suspect they may have been causing access issues on shared drives (folder is considered "in use" even when it ...
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Does OSX cache hidden files which can lock folders open?

We've identified the cause to some strange behaviour we've been experiencing on our server. We have a shared drive on the network that all of our graphic designers connect to using cifs:// or smb://. ...
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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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Set default directory whenever I open a file from any application

Whenever I attempt to open any file from any application (whether it be microsoft office, texmaker, etc) the default directory is 'Documents'. How can I change this to a different directory? Because I ...
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AppleScript: move a folder to library (to root) in iTunes

Does anybody know how to move some folder to library playlist in iTunes? I can move some folder to another folder using the following script: tell application "iTunes" move folder playlist "3" ...
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Content of folders vanished when moved to Macintosh HD

I tried to move some folders from my Desktop to my hard drive by dragging them. It would not let me copy them on the hard drive for an unknown reason (red not permitted sign appearing when hovering ...
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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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OSX: How to compare and merge two folders and their subfolders and differing files of the same origin

I'm among those unlucky few (I'm hoping there are more than one) that are stuck with truly utterly messy backups from multiple machines, in multiple folders. I've now managed to figure out that I've ...
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Create a directory in Mail to categorize emails from Exchange

I want to create some folders in Apple Mail so that I can put in some important mails in there. This can be easily done in Outlook, but is there also something similar on Mac? I saw that there is a ...
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Chrome keeps creating Application folder in Home folder

So has anyone noticed Chrome (around version 39?) keeps creating an Application folder in their Home folder? The only way I've verified that it is Chrome is that after a fresh boot, it was the only ...
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How do I change the generic folder icon in Yosemite 10.10.4?

I'm running 10.10.4, and can't seem to be able to change the generic folder icon. I've tried going into /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/ replacing the icon there but ...
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Can't see imported pictures on my iPhone

I copied the pictures from my USB to the 100APPLE folder where my pictures are. I copied them succesfully, but I cannot see the pictures on my iphone. Why is this and how can I fix it?
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Automator/AppleScript: Sync 3 folders when an item is added to one

Background I'm fairly new to the Automator/AppleScript tools. There are 3 folders on the Mac and external hard drives that should sync when a file is added to one. So, for example, when I add a ...
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Why is this folder 4.2mb? It only has a handful of relatively small text files in it!

I have a WordPress plugin which was originally 26kb zipped (79kb uncompressed). I installed it, then made some live changes, then downloaded it and found that the plugin folder is showing 4.2MB in ...
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Moving exclusively to tags to manage files in OS X

Has anyone using OS X abandoned folders completely and moved exclusively to using tags? If so, has this been successful (a better way to manage files)? What are the pros and cons? What advice would ...
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Applescript: Duplicate selection (folder) to desktop and moving the folder to a different location

First of, i'm an applescript noob;-) What I'm asking for is simple but nearly impossible for me to execute. See the script below. tell application "Finder" set selected_items to selection ...
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How to display standard Linux libraries of OS X in terminal?

Platform: OS X: Yosemite 10.10.4; MacbookPro 15" Retina (mid-2015). I am new to OS X, I want to explore the underlying operating system and it's Linux components especially. Linux has standard ...
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How to change size of ALL icons/folders in Finder?

I only know about this: defaults write com.apple.finder DesktopViewOptions -dict IconSize -integer 188x188px.; killall Finder’ But it’s only for the Desktop…
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Is there a way to hide/remove the drop box folder (not dropbox.com) that is inside of public folder?

Inside Public folder there is a folder called "Drop Box" (I'm not talking about dropbox.com) which is used for network/sharing purpose. Since I only use the machine locally, I would like to delete ...
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Automating Creation of Hundreds of Symlinks in Finder

What's going to be the most painless way to automate the creation of hundreds of symlinks? My iTunes Movies folder contains each .mp4 film in an individual folder. These folders are named for the ...
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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 ...
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Preventing files from being changed

I hate programs like Flash and others that install crappy settings on /Library/LaunchDaemons and /Library/LaunchAgents, stuff to launch daemons that check for updates of flash. I generally replace ...
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iCal Google Sync — how to get rid of folders (delegates)?

I've got my calendars in Google, but when I sync them with iCal I get all these ugly folders. How can I clean this up?
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What does an X in the upper-left of a folder icon mean?

I created this at the volume root per instructions to install MongoDB. I haven't seen this before. Is it invalid for me to create a top-level folder like this?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Applescript Move current file to Folder

I want to create a script that takes the current file selection and moves it to an already existing folder. I will then duplicate this code for 9 other folders and assign them all keyboard shortcuts. ...
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How to recover a deleted account (the home account was also deleted)

I am running a mac osx version 10.9.5 I have 2 administrators running in my mac (admin A and admin B). admin A is the primary account that I am using and it contains all my files there. I was ...
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Importing Finder Folders to Albums in Photos app

I organize all of my photos into folders. I have years of photos organized properly by year_date_event_name. I would like to import the folders directly into the Photos app as Albums named as the ...
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No colour dots to tag folders. Macbook Pro, OSX 10.10.3

I have just recently bought a used Macbook Pro with Yosemite installed. So far everything seemed to work ok, except today I tried to tag a folder with the coloured dot and found it not possible. The ...
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What is the `/private` directory [duplicate]

The Apache httpd 2.4 server is bundled with Yosemite. It seems to me that the directories /etc/apache2 and /private/etc/apache are the same. However I don't see any symlink. Did I missed something ?
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Use Home as Desktop directory in Yosemite

How can I use my Home as the Desktop directory in Yosemite? Deleting the Desktop directory doesn't work after a restart. I would like to do this because I don't like to switch to Desktop dir everytime ...
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Where are TextEdit files that are not moved to iCloud Drive stored?

After upgrading to Yosemite I did not migrate to iCloud Drive and iCloud text files were in a local folder which was very difficult to locate. I can't find these files now. They were in a folder ...
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Change default view on removable drives

How can I make Finder default to "list view" whenever browsing a removable drive (and it's subfolders)? I need it to remember this preference even after the removable drive has been ejected and then ...
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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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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 ...