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How to change computer name so terminal displays it in Mac OS X Mountain Lion? [duplicate]

When I setup my computer I named it "Scott's MacBook Pro". And so when I go to System preferences->Sharing, it says Scott's MacBook Pro there as my computer name. However, opening up a terminal gives ...
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How to rename multiple files at once?

I want to rename multiple files at once. For example: Picture1.jpg Picture2.jpg Picture3.jpg Picture4.jpg into Vacation-Picture1.jpg Vacation-Picture2.jpg Vacation-Picture3.jpg ...
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How can I rename a folder in Lion's Launchpad?

I created a folder by dropping one icon on top of another. Now I want to rename that folder, since the default name, "Utility" isn't the one I want. According to all advice I find on the internet, I ...
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Revert an account's “full name” back to the original

I don't think this is a "short name" question. I changed my "full name" to include my last name, but I'd like to revert back to just my first name. When I try to change the full name entry under ...
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Is there a way to rename a sound card in Mac OS X?

I have multiple sound cards connected and would benefit from being able to rename them from their device name to something like "Headphones", "Surround system", etc. Is there a way to do this?
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Renaming files/names in bulk, any smarter solution?

I have few thousand files to rename. The thing is I have the old file names and new file names as columns in a spreadsheet. Without renaming them one by one. Is there a better way to do this? ...
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How to batch rename images, in reverse numerical order?

My camera names its images IMG_0001.jpg, IMG_0002.jpg, IMG_0003.jpg, etc. I have about a thousand images and would like to rename them without having to do it manually if possible. Is there a good ...
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Mass change a portion of a file name?

I have a whole bunch of files named as following (example): ADVANTE 18''8.0 PCD5'114.3 ET45 CB73.1.jpg ADVANTE 18x8.0 PCD6139.7 ET20 CB110.2.jpg ADVANTE 'A MI576B 20''8.5 PCD6'139.7 ET25 CB110.2 ...
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How to bulk rename in OS X with my requirements

Is there a utility that can rename filters in multiple subfolders and then rename the files inside sequentially? E.g. I select my-pictures and it'll do its magic and sequentially rename all the files ...
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I rename a app folder on the iPhone 3GS using iTunes 10.1 on Mac; then sync causes it to revert

I run iTunes on the Mac MBP (Snow Leopard). I have a folder of apps called New Folder. I click on it to open it, rename it, then close it. It shows the new name. But then after sync it changes back ...
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Local name changes every 10 - 20 minutes

I have just bought a new MacBook Pro after my previous one died ( mother card seem to had been the problem). In this one like in my previous the computer's local hostname keeps telling me that the ...
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How to turn off click-to-rename feature in Finder

There are two ways to rename a file in the Finder which is already selected - press return, or click on it again, then wait a second. I find that the second option leads to a lot of unintentionally ...
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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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Change filename in Preview

I end up with lots of screen shots that look like this: Obviously after a while I do not know what they are. So I open them in Preview to see, and would like now to change the file name to ...
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What is the Computer name that appears on new Macbooks ?

I'm selling my Macbook online and I want to reset the name of the computer to the generic name as if it's completely new from the apple store. In system preferences > sharing > Computer name. I forgot ...
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How to rename all images together in OS X Mavericks?

I am looking for the easy way to rename all images, or other groups of multiple files, together in OS X Mavericks. Is it possible with Preview or any other standard OS X application?
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Space in Volume Name; can you remove?

I have two drives in my machine: An SSD with the OS on it a HDD with all my data. I have a symlink on the SSD for my home directory on the HDD so /Volumes/SSD/Users/Ross/ points to ...
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iTunes on OS X: How to rename files using in-line editing in main window, using keyboard only?

When I'm on my Windows computer and using iTunes, I can conveniently hit the F2 key when I have a song selected, rename the song using the in-line edit field that appears, and then hit Enter to commit ...
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How to rename a hard drive?

I tried to rename the hard drive of my Macbook from "Macintosh HD" to something else without the freaking space. However, after renaming it, many of my applications showed errors immediately and I ...
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Clear thumbnails for renamed files

I ran a batch of images through an AppleScript Finder script that replaced text substrings in the filenames and did so once more to change the extensions to something other than .jpeg. As expected, ...
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Can I safely rename all directories in my home directory to lower case?

I am somewhat picky about my filesystem structures. I really, really dislike directories with capital letters. I'm more used to Windows where there are a lot of "special" folders in the home ...
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Mac Terminal - Rename Keeping Last 6 Characters

I'm using the built in Terminal, and I am totally new to this coding so I will need to know exactly what to type when I open the Terminal. Also, please don't direct me to any other software. So lets ...
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Visible Hidden Folder Disappears After Renaming it to [Dot Underscore]

I was temporarily changing the name of a folder before moving it. The name I randomly chose was "._". The folder immediately disappeared and Finder would not allow me to undo the operation. (I know; ...
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Renaming a populated iMac Snow Leopard external HDD a possibility?

I want to place my iMac Snow Leopard Users Folder on a separate external HDD. It is already populated with data in my Documents, Downloads etc., and Media Folders. My problem is I have already named ...
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How can I add “.mp4” to the end of multiple files in a folder?

I just received a bunch of videos (for editing) and something weird happened. I was told the files are .mp4, but when I received them they did not have a filetype assigned to them. I can add ...
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How To Change the name of different install partitions on USB drive

I seached the whole stack exchange & the inter webs about how to change the names of this install partitions of my USB harddrives. I want them called i10.5 i10.6 i10.7 i10.8 i10.9 Anyone the ...
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How can I batch rename files to copy them from OS X to Windows NTFS?

I am trying to copy a large number of files to an NTFS formatted Windows 7 machine from a Mac OS formatted external hard drive. I am mounting the drive by attaching it to my Airport Extreme Router. ...
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Is there a way to remove the artist name from a large number of titles in itunes?

I have a few hundred mp3's which are labeled, e.g., "Rush - 01 - actual title of song". Is there a way to automatically remove "Rush - XX - " form the title names?
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Terminal: Remove specific extension recursively

I have a folder, containing many other folders. Some of the folders contained therein (at arbitrary depths) have a specific extension, let's say, .ext: TopFolder + Folder1 | + Folder11.ext | ...
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Cannot log into MAC OS X after rename the disk

I tried to rename the hard drive of my Macbook from "Macintosh HD" to something else without the freaking space. However, after renaming it, many of my applications showed errors immediately and I ...
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Automator sequential file rename with variable padding

I want to rename selected files in the finder sequentially. To do this I have created an Automator workflow. In the Automator workflow you can specify how many digits long you want the rename to be ...
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Reading creation date from file an change

I have files named "clip-2016-03-01 10;01;14.mp4" and would like to make filename to creation date of file. Found this thread read creation date from file name and change - batch for f in *; do ...
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How can you simultaneously change the name of a song in iTunes and the actual file

When I download music it automatically goes very quickly to iTunes before I can change the name of the download to just the song's name. How can I change the name so that it then changes in iTunes as ...
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How do I get my computer name to show correctly in the finder?

I recently upgraded to Yosemite and following that upgraded to an SSD drive. Life is good and I am happy with everything except that since the upgrades I am seeing a silly variety of names for my ...
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Older time machine backups not showing after renaming the backup HDD

I have a HDD for time machine archives. In Finder I renamed it, then made it start a new backup. Now none of the older backups show when I enter in Time Machine mode. I get why this is happening but I ...
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Terminal shows hostname from old machine, not new machine

Right now I have a Mac Mini. I migrated macbook pro data from a time machine, but I didn't do it from the beginning of my startup. I used the migration assistance to migrate the data. However, I'm ...
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How to confirm Finder's rename prompt using the keyboard?

Using the keyboard, how can I confirm the rename prompt from Finder? If I press return/enter the “Keep .doc” option is selected. Using the keyboard arrows ←, ↑, → and ↓ doesn't seems to help. ...
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Adding suffixes to file names according to previous suffixes

I have a folder containing files like ABC - 2001 DEF EFG - 2001-2002 HIJ KLM - 2003 NOP QRS - 2004 I want to add the year to all file names that currently have no year suffix. The suffix should ...
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Camera Roll vs Photos App, what name is correct?

What is the name of the default native App that stores all photos and pictures on an iOS device? Since iOS 8 it seem to be called "Photos" were before Apple used to call it Camera Roll. Or do I mix ...
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Merging pdfs with automator

I'm scanning my mail and end up with two versions: front & back. Files are named: scanf 01.pdf & scanb 01.pdf I'm scanning about 40 pages a day, so it ends up to quite some lists. Now, with ...
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Finder allows rename on Exposing desktop

When I press F11, It directly shows me the current-desktop of OSX. Now, Let me describe the issue ( which is an issue according to me ). Step 1) open any finder window ( for example as follows. ...
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Rename pictures in iPhoto

What's the best way for renaming all the pictures of an event or an album in iPhoto?
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Wrong device name displayed in iTunes

Whenever I sync on any computer my 3G iPhone, it will recognize and sync but doesn't show my original name for the phone. How do I replace it?
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Why can't I rename document from the top of the window anymore?

I've re-installed my old system (10.7.5) and "things are different!" Is there a setting somewhere I need to change? I always used to rename a document from the top of the document with that little ...
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How do I mass-edit the titles of songs in my iTunes library?

I just went through my CD backlog and imported a ton of music to iTunes. However, many of the tracks have the format of "Composer - Piece - Movement" as their title. For albums that contain just a ...
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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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Cannot change case of an application name

I have an application called LICEcap. It's a pretty handy app that allows you to take a GIF video of your screen. But for some reason, I cannot change the case of the app name. It comes as ...
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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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Rename App Process Name

I'm trying to get around a block that's on my computer that closes down a process if it has a certain name. How can I rename a process? (The name that you see in Activity Monitor.)
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Applescript or Shell rename a file?

The following is the code I have, however, it doesn't let me choose the extension I want to save it as. How can I save the file as a ".plist" ? do shell script "echo '{ Filter = { Bundles = ( \"'" ...