"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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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 ...