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I have a hand full of folders that contain the .service in the name. When I attempt to open these folders in finder, it shows an icon that indicates that the file cannot be opened.

Is there a way to tell finder that these "files" are in fact folders so I can browse them?

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They are still folders, just packaged. You can right-click the folder and choose Show Package Contents to show the contents of the package.

If you want to permanently set .service packages as not assigned to OS X so they're normal folders, you can remove item 257 from…

/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Info.plist

Note that editing this file incorrectly can break many things. Be careful and have backups.

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