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How do I update date modified to now in finder?

I want to update the modified time of a file in finder, just like touch a.txt, how do I do it?
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Automatically open folders in Forklift instead of Finder

I use Forklift (version 3.5.8) instead of Finder. When I type open . or similar to open a folder, I would like it to automatically display the folder in Forklift, not Finder. But note that the ...
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Finder not remembering a newly associated Default application for opening files?

I have already opened a .docx file using "Other", selected LibreOffice and Always open with. However Finder is not remembering this - and also open on the terminal/command line is still ...
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How to view logs of deleted folders

2 days ago I edited some files on my iMac. I came back today and inexplicably there was no folder containing those files. I would like to know how to view reports of files deleted during this sort of ...
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Finder: force update of "locations" for USB memory stick

MacOS Ventura 13.6.6 lsusb returns Bus 020 Device 008: ID 0781:XXXX SanDisk Corporation Cruzer Blade Serial: 04014931 Is there a terminal command or other method to force Finder to add the USB device ...
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Can't change default app, "not enough information available"

I am attempting to change the default text editor on my Mac from TextEdit to Smultron. I... selected a text file that was opening in TextEdit Get Info popped-up Open With and selected Smultron ...
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macOS Shortcut to hide folder

I'm trying to create a shell script shortcut in the Shortcuts app that can hide folders in macOS (because tons of apps annoyingly create folders in the user Documents folder). This is what I have: It ...
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Open DjVu with an app that doesn't declare DjVu support

To open DjVu files on a Mac, I've downloaded Okular. Unfortunately Okular's Info.plist doesn't declare any supported file formats. I've manually selected okular.app in Get Info > Open With > All ...
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Why is the Finder not counting some items for folder Get Info?

macOS Sonoma 14.5 In a couple of instances I've noticed so far, Finder's Get Info window's "Size:" line shows a significantly reduced number in "for [number] items". Using command-...
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How to attach a DMG with different mount AND browse name?

I have a DMG foo.dmg which when I attach it via hdiutil attach foo.dmg appears in the Terminal under path /Volumes/foo and in the Finder side bar as "foo". Now when attaching the DMG I want ...
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Finder search shows 0 results for searches inside user folder

It seems from a bit of research that Finder search is a frequent source of issues for people, and I have tried the standard System Settings and mdutil approaches to rebuild the Spotlight database, but ...
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TextInputSwitcher prevents Finder from using Command + Shift + (.) keyboard shortcut

I've encountered a strange issue on my M1 MacBook Air running macOS 14.5 Sonoma where Finder is unable to take advantage of the Command + Shift + . shortcut to show/hide hidden files. When I use the ...
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Python symlinks not working as Finder aliases

I'm writing some python code in JupyterLab and want to make symlinks that work in the Finder as aliases. But using the Python os.symlink command doesn't work as an alias. The Finder treats the ...
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File picker forgets last location (always uses home folder) and can’t access recent folders

In all apps, when I summon the “File, Open” dialog (file selector, file picker), it is supposed to open with the last location accessed. But instead, it is always opening at my home folder. Also, any ...
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How to troubleshoot why custom Finder search keeps breaking?

I use macOS 12.7.5. I have a custom Finder search (a .savedSearch) that searches a folder for files matching two criteria, Kind is Music (All) and Composer is Example. I set this up on an older ...
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Copy file from terminal into clipboard and paste in Finder [duplicate]

What I can do is: open finder, copy a file, or directoy paste it in some other directory What I want is: open terminal copy a file (the name?) into my clipboard open finder paste it in some ...
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Disable "Go to Folder" in Finder views in apps

I have macOS Monterey. I have created a user, "user1", that has read and write access to a path /usr/local/.work/. Now, I have provided this user only VNC access and disabled Finder for it. ...
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Use Smart Folder as default Finder folder

I tried to follow the answer to Use smart folder as Finders default folder, nothing happened for me. I'm on Mac OS Sonoma Version 14.5 (23F79) with the beta program, but my Terminal seems to just ...
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Delete photo from photos app in mac does not remove that photo from the storage

I don't see the point of the Photos app on Mac. I tried to use it to look at all my photos and delete unwanted ones, but it looks like I am only deleting them from the Photos gallery. And yes, I also ...
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How does one split a PDF into individual pages with Preview

I would like to take a single 30-page PDF and split it so that it is 30 individual 1-page files (one file from each page of the original PDF). I know that I have successfully done this in the past ...
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How can I reset the "Recents" search criteria in Finder?

Somehow I deleted the search criteria for the "Recents" Sidebar entry. What is the default search criteria used by "Recents" and how can I restore it? cat /System/Library/...
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Reorder applications when hiding with command-h

It used to be the case that command-h ('hide application') would also reorder applications, and put the hidden one at the back of the list (i.e. all the way to the right in the alt-tab list). In ...
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Ho can I find "offline files" in the terminal (due to fileprovider / OneDrive)?

I've been having trouble with Microsoft OneDrive, which throws up a lot of sync errors and syncs very slowly if at all. However, despite having selected for the directory at issue "Always Keep On ...
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How do I edit "Open With" menu to remove duplicated items (macOS 14)

The problem is my Edge has upgraded from 80 to 97, so the answer here How do I remove specific items from my "Open With..." menu in High Sierra?, open the app to edit Info.plist won't work ...
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Unable to Clear 'Manage Recent Places' in Finder on macOS

I've encountered an issue with clearing the 'Manage Recent Places' list in Finder on my Mac. Previously, I was able to clean this list using the following command in the Terminal: defaults delete ....
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Desktop Folders show in terminal (ls) and cmd-finder stack, but not on the actual desktop

The folders that are clearly in ~/Desktop, and used to show up on my actual desktop, don't any longer. The boot drive icon is still there. ls ~/Desktop shows my folders, and if I open one of those in ...
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How to delete Finder Quick Actions?

I installed some software before, and it add a Quick Actions to my Finder. How can I delete these Quick Actions?
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How to prevent Icon? files from being created?

I have a local directory that Google Drive is syncing to the cloud, and "Icon?" files keep appearing in directories. I can delete them with: find . -name $'Icon\r' -delete but they keep re-...
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To save a file to the last folder you have used in Finder

Here is what I mean. For example, usually you save your Safari downloads to ~/Downloads. But today you have found a useful PDF on the web, and you want to save it to ~/Documents/your_project. You have ...
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How to replace Finder and make SpaceDrive as the default file explorer on Mac

I have started using Spacedrive on Mac. But the default Finder is still in use. I want to replace Finder and use SpaceDrive as the default Explorer, such that all default actions such as save file, ...
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Where to find the "generic folder" icon?

The "generic folder" icons can be found in two places: The GenericFolderIcon.icns file in /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources and PNG files from Folder_16x16....
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Desktop > Clean Up By > Size : The resulting arrangement makes no sense. Am I missing something?

If I run the action: Desktop > Clean Up By > Size : The resulting arrangement makes no discernible sense. Am I missing something? I have had this problem persist through many macOS updates. I do ...
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Remove rounded corners in image preview when using Quick Look

Is there any way to remove the rounded corners of the image preview in Quick Look? Maybe some hidden preference? I have to preview large amount of small images (assets for the applications I develop),...
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slow disk ejection macbook air M3

On a new Macbook air M3 (macOS 14 Sonoma), when I try to eject my external hard drive (eject button in the Finder), it takes a very long time. The hard drive is connected through a hub via USB-A 3.0 ...
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To understand how Finder uses icons [closed]

I cannot speak for everyone, of course, but it seems there are many people, not just me, who have or had the issue that Finder shows wrong icons. For example, you have Sublime Text installed, and you ...
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How to exclude a folder from `find`?

In a MacOS terminal I am trying to find files with the find command and to exclude the folder .Spotlight-V100/ . I tried find . -name .Spotlight-V100/ -prune -o -type f and find . -path .Spotlight-...
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Simple applescript to copy files from SD Card?

I'm sure this is simple enough to most, but I am just starting to play around with Apple script. I simply want to have a destination folder highlighted in finder and run a script that will copy all my ...
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Trying to merge multiple folders - I messed up

I wanted to merge multiple folders into one, so I used this command in terminal: cd containing_folder mv */* . Well that didn't really go as planned and resulted in lots of folders being moved to my ...
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How can I keep a connection to a file server active?

I have an M1 mac mini connected to my television. I use it to watch content including a library of movies stored on a Windows file server. I access these files using the "connect to server...&...
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Errant behavior in distribution of '.DS_Store' files

I am currently using macOS Ventura. According to "About this Mac", I am using ver. 13.6.5. Like some of you, I also employ a NAS (network file server+) for backups and general file storage. ...
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Exclude certain files from finder search results [duplicate]

I have a bunch of massive xml files with the extension .nml that appear every time I search for anything in the finder and crowd out the files I'm actually searching for. I need a way of making the ...
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Items vanished from Finder sidebar

macOS 14.3.1 (23D60) & Finder 14.3 Earlier today, most of the icons vanished from my Finder sidebar.  I did not change any settings, and in fact, they are still selected to be there: I do not use ...
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Is the Date Created file attribute in finder a reliable install history timestamp to reference?

I'm looking at my MacOS /Applications folder and looking at the Date Created column and was surprised to find a date newer than the date of a .band file I created from GarageBand which is listed as 2/...
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Drag-and-drop files to another folder on the Path Bar?

In Finder, you can show the Path Bar (View > Show Path Bar). Is it possilbe to select a group of files and drag-and-drop them to another folder there? For example, I may want to copy/move file1 and ...
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Finder sorts by filename but in negative order - permanently

All my finder windows are configured as list, sorting files by name. But for the files are sorted in inverse alphabetical order, while I'd like to have them in regular alphabetical order. The view ...
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Is there a way to delay the launch of the Finder app when logging in in macOS?

In recent macOS releases (Ventura/Sonoma), I have had this problem where, when I reboot and log in, the Finder launches before macOS has finished mounting my external (Thunderbolt) volumes. I don't ...
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"The operation was cancelled" when trying to open files on my desktop

There are some files on my desktop (a few png images and pdf files) that I can't open anymore using the Finder. Double-clicking the file icon brings up a popup dialog saying "The operation was ...
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How are directory contents determined in Finder?

Specifically I'm asking about the mechanism where Finder will show entries that do not exist in the directory on the filesystem as shown by the terminal. Example 1: /Applications shows App Store.app ...
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How to prevent application from access Autosave Information folder under /Users/user/Library

I've created a UI based Application that attempt to access a restricted folder which require user consent as can be seen in the following popup window. According to fs_usage analysis, the file seem to ...
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Remap standard ~/User folders Pictures, Documents etc to a different drive while keeping the *special* Finder Sidebar icons

Does anyone know of a definitive modern (Ventura-onwards) solution to moving the standard folders in a user directory to a different drive, NOT moving the ~/User directory itself, but moving ~/...
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