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Can no longer drag files to the tab bar in Finder since updating to Mojave/Catalina

This is a very small pet peeve of mine. In High Sierra, you can drag a file to the tab bar in Finder, and it'll move/copy the file whilst putting it perfectly into place. However, in Mojave and ...
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Add/replace image in Keynote 9.1 (6369) from outside Photos or Movies

I am working in Keynote 9.1 (6369). Apple support shows one can drag-and-drop in an image. But is there really no more direct way to, having clicked on the photo icon in the bottom-right corner of ...
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How to view the Home/Library file on an external drive?

Im running OSX 10.13.6 and I have an external drive in an enclosure that was originally an internal drive of my previous computer running 10.12. I need to retrieve a file from the /Library external ...
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Correct location for “Security… usr…” folder in Catalina

I just emptied my Mac's trash can. Mac OS would not delete the folders "Security… usr…". usr contains an alias named "X11". (See screenshot) Catalina says these folders and alias can't be deleted ...
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How does Finder sort by filename? Not lexicographically it seems [duplicate]

I can't determine the rule that Finder uses to sort files by name. Here's an example: This doesn't appear to be lexicographic. I have "View" -> "Sort by" set to "Name" and "Arrange by" set to "None". ...
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Where does a large file go when I delete it from a volume?

I deleted several files around 1 GB or more from an external drive with Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I cannot see them in ~/.Trash and Finder refuses to go to /Volumes/<volume name>/.Trash by ...
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How to replace a tag with another tag system-wide?

Say I have two tags, "Green", and "Green 1". How do I replace all instances of the "Green 1" tag with the "Green" tag, across all files on my device?
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Frameworks have generic folder icons

I just noticed this recently so I'm not sure whether it started being like that after installing Catalina or some time later. I’ve installed Xcode version 11.2.1 from the App Store and some of the ...
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Inconsistent thumbnail generation in Finder? [migrated]

Ok, just saying, but this site seems a bit broken. The exact question I want to ask has been addressed, but I can't enter that conversation/thread because I don't have 50 reputation points. So ... I ...
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ipad: “Recents” in safari fileupload offers outdated document version

When selecting recent in safari fileupload on ipad, the version of the files offered there tend to be not the current version of the file. In more details: In goodnotes5, I export the current ...
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What are Finder Smart Folders? [closed]

What are smart folders in the macOS Finder? What can they do, and how do you use them?
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How to find picture in Photos that shows up as wallpaper (after Systems Preferences work) in Mojave

I have a large Photos library with approximately 100+ folders in My Album. I have set System Preferences Desktop to use my complete Photos library as source for wallpaper. Occasionally I have a ...
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Lost folders after upgrading to Catalina. Any chance to recover them?

Two days after upgrading to Catalina, I have noticed that some subdirectories are missing. I'm not exactly sure when these directories went missing as I was on vacation, but here is what happened. I ...
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Why does AppleScript “exists” sometimes always return “false”? (part of question regarding checking documents in Pages)

I'm new to AppleScript and I've reached this problem after several other problems and work arounds (see further down for more details). My current problem is that I'm telling Pages to check if any ...
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Why do files and dirs placed in httpd document root have group changed to _www?

This is a bit technical: I do localhost development on Mac High Sierra and other Mac systems on my local network. I have been working on content management code in php. Recently I have come up with ...
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How to set a default application to open a file in mac?

In a mac (10.14.6) I want to set the default application to files of type 'err' (i.e. files like test.err or output.err) to be TextEdit. For that I follow the description given here, and set the ...
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macOS not reading SDHC cards either with internal slot or external reader

2012 Mac Mini, still running High Sierra (10.13.6) Has suddenly stopped reading SDHC cards (even showing the card is available). Things I've tried: relaunch Finder (via right click) - occasionally ...
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Installed Software Can't Be Found

I recently tried to install some software via a .pkg installer, and it said it installed successfully, but I can't find the files where the software documentation said it would be, even using Finder. ...
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MacOS 10.15 Catalina asks “AMPDevicesAgent wants to use your confidential information stored in iOS backup in your keychain”

I have just updated to MacOS 10.15 Catalina, and it asks "AMPDevicesAgent wants to use your confidential information stored in iOS backup in your keychain" when I try to backup my iPhone. It is a bit ...
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Finder: Colored tabs

Is there any app or trick to color Finder tabs? Something like this:
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Search finder for all photos in a given folder?

Prior to iOS using the HEIC image format (I'm aware this can be turned off) I used to be able to search for all images in a given folder taken on my iPhone, by using the search feature of macOS finder ...
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Organizing Favourites in Finder with Symlinks and colons

On my machine I have repeating patterns of directories. E.g,: notes/2019-01 records/expenses/2019-01 records/taxes/2019-01 customer/project/notes/2019-01 Links in the Favourites bar show up as: ...
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Can I force the Finder to refresh network mounted smb: drive?

My laptop (running Catalina 10.15.1) has a network-mounted (smb:) drive onto a Windows 10 filesystem. When the Windows 10 updates files, the changes don't always show in the Mac Finder. Short of ...
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Change Finder Icon in macOS Catalina without rebooting?

I found similar question: On previous versions of macOS, it was possible to change the Finder icon in /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/. However, this doesn't seem possible in ...
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Finder Single Click Sometimes Renames File

OSX 10.14.6 MacBrook Pro (15-inch, 2017) Using either USB mouse or trackpad, occasionally in Finder a single click is acting like I've selected "rename." I understand if I single click a previously ...
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Find files in current folder without spotlight

I have often read about how good the MacOS finder is, but I cannot for the life of me work out how to get it to actually find something. Is it possible to type in a partial file name in the Search ...
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Reconnect to SMB share does not work after resume from sleep (Catalina, Synology NAS)

After "resume from sleep" my MacBook Pro can not reconnect to an SMB share on a Synology NAS Server. The operation can’t be completed because the original item for “XYZ” can’t be found. This ...
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How do I prevent .localized files from being created, the same way I can do with .DS_Store files?

Mac creates a bundh of .localized files inside my folders. When I use the terminal they show everywhere. Is there a way to disable the creation of such files, the same way I can do it for the ....
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Empty trash from external hard drive

When my external hard drive got disconnected (without ejecting), it created a .Trashes folder. Now, I'm not able to delete the folder by emptying the trash. I keep on getting The operation can’t be ...
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Applescript problems with renaming a file and getting the alias to change it's name as well

I have run into a particular problem with a larger script that I am writing. I am trying to rename all the files in a folder with a prefix of "temp_" and in doing so have the alias to that file still ...
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Does Spotlight index the contents of symlinks?

From what I can tell, Finder searches do not follow symlinks. Is this expected behavior? I can't find it documented anywhere. Background: I've been syncing some PDFs using Dropbox (location A), but ...
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How to read and manipulate ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.apple.finder.savedState/data.data

Due to a bug in MacOS i've identified that this is the file that is being edited when I make a certain change in MacOS finder. "~/Library/Saved Application State/com.apple.finder.savedState/data....
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How do I show the local available space instead of iCloud available space for synced folders?

I generally keep all of my work files in a Projects folder in iCloud. It's become an effective replacement for Dropbox, allowing me to access project files on all my devices. But the Finder's status ...
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Finder hiding items under a grey box in list view

In Mojave, when I open a finder window, I don't see all the requested columns displayed. For example, the finder should open for the desktop and look like this: However, I see this: Which looks ...
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How To Strip All Finder Attributes for Some Device

After copying files to an NTFS and FAT Extended devices, I ended up with numerous misplaced finder attributes, due to the broken NTFS and FAT support in OSX's Finder. I.e. I get these can't be changed ...
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Error when updating app to open a hidden file

I'm trying to change the application that opens a hidden file. In this case, it is a .RData file. For some reason, MacOS has Text Edit as the default application to open it. When I go to Get Info > ...
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macOS Catalina - how to set up Finder to use file sorting logic same as ls command (alphabetical order, not “natural”)? [duplicate]

I noticed today that Finder has some strange logic of sorting files by name and I cannot figure out why is that. Screenshot 1 - folder in "column" view with folder's options opened: Screenshot 2 - ...
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Understanding Files on iOS / iPadOS: Accessing stored files

iOS 13 and the new iPadOS offer the Files app as a Finder replacement. I do not quite understand the integration with the rest of the system, however. I have copied a set of image files into the "On ...
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screenshots take so long to appear in folder

When I screenshot something (with cmd-shift-4 or cmd-shift-3), it takes at least 10 seconds or even longer to appear in my Downloads folder (which is what I've set the screenshot save location to). ...
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Custom icons are displayed in lower quality in the Finder when using 32px or below

Custom icons for any kind of item (e.g., folder, file, app) are displayed in lower quality in the Finder when choosing smaller sizes (i.e., below 32px). I usually set the Finder to display my files in ...
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apply a terminal conversion command to each file in a folder

How do you apply this terminal command ffmpeg -i $f -ac 2 -codec:a libmp3lame -b:a 48k -ar 24000 -write_xing 0 $f_converted; to every file in a directory? ($f is the filename and $f_converted is the ...
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How to be able to edit files under “Application Support” without saving as a dupe

So as a person that enjoys (sometimes) making weird resource packs in Minecraft, I find it inconvenient to grab the resource pack I'm working on out of the folder, then put it back in. The reason why ...
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macOS - How do I Create a smart search for items that are (or aren't) contained within specified folders?

I am trying to create a smart search folder that only searches for items contained within specified folders. I have tried using the "Document Container" attribute, but I can't figure out how to use it ...
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Change the default for dragging files to a different volume

When dragging files and folders to a different volume the Finder makes a copy by default. I know that I can press command to move instead of copy. Is it possible to change the default and always move ...
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Automatically open Finder when disk image is mounted

I created a Disk Image (.dmg) with Disk Utility with the APFS filesystem. When i open the .dmg it gets mounted, and i can go to finder and manually open it. How do i make Finder automatically open a ...
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SSD on MacBook Pro - Strange capacity reporting in Finder

This is less of an issue and more of an 'enquiring minds would like to know' type question. I have a 1TB SSD in my macBook pro. I've been utilising the space to sort through years of duplications of ...
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Automator action to run python script on series of files fails in Catalina

Major edit I've just discovered that the Automator workflow I'm having problems with works perfectly if I run it by pressing 'play' in the Automator window, and it seemingly only fails when I save it ...
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Deleting Photos From “Photos” App Does Not Delete Them From Local Drive

I have some photos and I want to remove some of them by first previewing and then removing, like I always do on Windows. Because "Preview" does not let me look multiple photos and "Quick Look" has no ...
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How to open new Finder tab without showing parent directory structure on the left?

After upgrading from macOS High Sierra to Mojave, I can’t open a new window or tab in a specific folder without showing all the directories from root downwards. I hoped that it would change after ...
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Media Browser only shows videos and a few photos

I have an older MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid 2012) that I just updated from MacOS Sierra to Catalina (10.15.1) so that I could download and use Pages. I also deleted my Photos Library and created a new ...