"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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gnuplot version update

I have installed gnuplot several years ago on my Mac but can't remember how or where. Now I installed the new version (5.0) using brew but when I start gnuplot it still starts the old version (4.6). ...
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dock folders - how to view list/grid/fan on hover & open in finder with 1-click

I feel that its slowing my productivity, to have to click on the dock folders to see the list of contents. Are there any apps or tweaks that will enable me to view the contents automatically when ...
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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 to make the “Pictures” folder a folder again

Question: Is it possible to change a package directory into an ordinary directory, and how? Context: I was copying an old iPhoto library to my "~/Pictures" folder from an external drive, but I ...
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Missing folders after OS X El Capitan upgrade

Anyone else upgrade to El Capitan only to have all their folders disappear? Looks like all my files are still there but they are all under "All my files", years worth of archiving gone! Any help would ...
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Why does an empty `~/Movies` folder take up 273 GB?

My ~/Movies folder is empty according to both the Finder and Terminal. I've never seen this before. In case it's relevant, this is a 2012 Mac mini running the latest version of Yosemite. It runs a ...
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Seeking a clean way to mount a directory on one HFS+ drive as a directory on another such drive on same machine

I need to seamlessly mount (and automount, e.g. via fstab) a directory (folder) on one drive to appear at the commandline and GUI level as a directory on another, on the same machine. This is to ...
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How to view Root directory and subdirectories in Finder?

Apparently, the Macintosh HD icon on the desktop points to the root directory but it is not showing all the contents. Some of the files and directories are the same as those which I see when I ...
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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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Symlink TO dropbox folder in different user account

Recently purchased a new Mac to be used as a family Mac. We share my Dropbox account and I have installed this into my user folder. Question: Can I create a symlink into my wife's documents folder ...
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Examine a .DS_Store file?

My understanding of a .DS_Store file is that is contains details that describe a folder and the files within that folder. Based on that description, I can think of a few uses from being able to read a ...
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Am I supposed to have both a Library/Privileged Helper Tools & a Library/PrivilegedHelperTools folder?

Library/Privileged Helper Tools is empty. Library/PrivilegedHelperTools has 3 items belonging to known installed applications within it.
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Compress without .DS_Store and __MACOSX

When I compress a folder or file by right click menu of Mac OS X, the archived file contains .DS_Store and __MACOSX folders. Because I share the archived file online for download, Windows users ...
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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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Screenshot Save Destination [duplicate]

I am constantly using the command-shift-4 command to take a screenshot, since it is so easy, but it will always save to my Desktop, and I like having my Desktop clean. It is becoming a hassle to ...
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Copy new files only - is this possible? Basically want to merge two folders

I have a folder on Drive 1 called Music, and it is 100GB. I have a folder on Drive 2 called Music, and it is 116GB. It's the most updated version. How do I copy the Music folder from Drive 2 to Drive ...
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How do I get a folder tree view in the left column of the Finder?

I'd like to have a tree view of my current folder (it's children and it's parents) for navigation in the left column of the finder's UI. How do I get that?
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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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How do I search a given folder for videos that don't play on the iPad?

I have an iPad Air 2 that, according to Apple, supports the following video formats: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 5.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz,...
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How can I create custom right click context menu items in Mountain Lion? (“New File”, “Open Terminal Here”, etc.)?

I've been a native windows'er up until this year and have finally made the jump to OSX. I've found my workflow (web developer) has increased substantially and I love the general performance and ...
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Where does launchpad store folder information? (database, etc?)

So i've been searching around and trying to figure this out but can't seem to. I know that the launchpad SQLite db is stored at ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/some-uuid.db (ref), but as best I ...
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Open file dialog doesn't allow to select tagged folders

I use the latest OS X El Captain on MacBook Pro Retina, and I had this issue since Yosemite. When I try to select a file to upload in browser (same problem in Safari and Chrome, but not in another ...
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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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Empty Recovered files folder after shut down

A few weeks ago, I started noticing that every time I turn on my MacBook Pro, I get an empty "Recovered Files" folder in the trash. I have read online that this happens when an app is not completely ...
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Howto clean Photo Folder

I opened Photo. I deleted all the pictures. Then I emptied the "Deleted images". My Photo app is apparently empty. I open finder, the photo library package is around 7GB an subfolders are full of ...
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Open new folder window in Finder El Capitan - instead of same window

I have different Finder window sizes for almost each folder and just updated to El Capitan. Now sometimes it opens in the same folder and sometimes it even uses the last open folder like when I ...
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App-based folder organisation in iCloud

I am trying to migrate my local files from my mac filesystem onto iCloud folders such that I can view and edit files using Pages and Numbers seamlessly from either my the local apps or the web ...
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How can I move my notes from one folder (gmail) to another (iCloud)?

I use Notes on my iPhone, iPad and Macbook Pro. Of late, the gmail syncing has been unreliable. I want to move all my gmails notes to the iCloud folder. There doesn't seem to be a way to 'move' a ...
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How to get Cascading Folder Browser in Dock or Menu?

Windows offers a cascading folder browser on the menu. It enables very quick drilldown to a buried subfolder. How can the be done on a Mac, from the menubar or dock? This is vaguely similar to ...
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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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Show directory path in Finder in OS X El Capitan

How to see the directory path or navigation bar in Finder? Is there any ubuntu or windows like directory bar?
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OS X: View Zip File as Folder

One of the few good features of Windows is its ability to view a zip file as a folder. Is there some way, possibly using a third party app, to do the same on the Mac? I know there are a number of ...
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Basic OS X folders - folder structure regarding users

I am logged in as user "vlado" on my MacBook running El Capitan. If I go and type whoami in Terminal, it says vlado too. So this is fine. But in my folder structure in hd/Users/vlado/Applications I ...
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How to rename multiple files within different folders using folder names on OS 10.8.5?

I have multiple folders (about 200) with different names, and inside each of them there is a file with a static name like: 000.ts How can I use each folder name to rename the file within that? ...
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What is standard for os x filesystem? e.g. /opt/ vs. /usr/

What does and should go into /opt/ and what should/does go into /usr/? My understanding is that /usr/ used to be for user home directories, but since that exists in /Users/ - what is the purpose now? ...
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Apple Mail 9.2: IMAP folders only displayed to a certain depth

I have an IMAP email account with several depths of IMAP folders, say about 4 levels deep, but Mail only shows the first level. Can I get it to show the further subfolders? Thanks.
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Move 'Pictures', 'Documents', 'Movies' etc folders

I would like to move folders like 'Pictures', 'Documents', 'Movies' to a different from the default under the root of user's home location, preferably into a sub-folder under the same user's home ...
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Screenshots not appearing on desktop

When I take a screenshot with my Mac, the screenshots are not appearing on my desktop. Could the screenshot destination location have been changed on Mac? Is this a common problem?
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When I try to move the folder, the copying process begins

Why, when I move (using mouse) one folder into another, instead of moving, copying process starts? How to fix it? OS X El Capitan Folders are located on an external drive, GUID partition scheme, ...
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Change background color of a folder in Finder

I have many white icons in a folder and they are not visible on white background of folder, how can I change background color of a folder in Finder?
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Removing ALL characters with Command+Delete when renaming a file/folder removes/trashes the file/folder entirely

Reproducible steps: Open a Finder window (either via an 'open/upload file' in another application or directly) select a folder with one click hit 'Enter' to change the name Use 'Command+Delete' to ...
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What do some of the / directories do? [duplicate]

When I run cd / && ls I see some directories in which I know the purpose of, and then others I don't. Here are the directories I do not know the functions of: /etc /opt /private What do all ...
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How can I iterate through a folder and move/copy every Nth item

I want to make a time lapse from a folder of images, but there are too many and the time lapse progresses to slowly. How do I select, for example, every 10th item, and either copy or move the items ...
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How can I manage apps with File Sharing within iOS (without using computer)?

I want to know if I can manage (copy MEDIA (music or video) from it and paste MEDIA to it) the File Sharing folder of iOS apps using iOS devices (iPhone, iPad ...) without plugging the device to a ...
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Get AppleScript Path of Parent Folder

I am writing an AppleScript that will be run from a USB drive, but the dive name may change often so I need to figure out how to get the directory path of the parent folder that contains the script. ...
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Google Drive as a local storage folder (iOS)

I want to know if I can use Google Drive's File Sharing folder to store files offline and that with the new "open in..." feature (WiFi OFF so copying files to that folder with NO UPLOAD)
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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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Flashing folder with question mark OS X 10.11

It seems like I totally messed up my MacBook Pro Retina (15" mid 2014) today. I'll try to tell you the story as short as possible. My MacBook was encrypted and I decided to dual boot Arch Linux on ...
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Folders With Custom Icons Problem

On my desktop I have some folders, they all have custom icons. I'm now trying to add alias' to my desktop with custom icons, how can this be done? I've tried Custom icons on a alias folder ...
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Identify which folder on mail server is currently designated by Mail.app as Drafts, Junk, Trash, Sent, Archive

In Mail.app on El Capitan, the Mailbox menu offers the menu item Use this mailbox as. A submenu offers the items Drafts Mailbox, Sent Mailbox, Junk Mailbox, Trash Mailbox, and Archive Mailbox. After ...