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The default file manager used on the Mac OS, Mac OS X and macOS operating systems.

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Find, select and move/copy multiple files at once via Terminal

I looked for relevant posts extensively before writing but I apologise if it has been already asked and solved. I'd need to find, select and move/copy some files from a folder starting from a list in ...
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Revert killall -KILL Dock

I'm playing around with Dock and until now I was using killall Dock command to relaunch it. Now I used killall -KILL Dock and my Dock went down without relaunching itself. I tried restarting my mac ...
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Refreshing files without killall Finder?

I would like to have a file list refresh in a Folder (like after switching between YES/NO in hidden files option). The only way I found is killall Finder which is fine, but it causes the screen to ...
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How can I stop documents from popping out of folders littering the desktop?

I have a MacBook Pro, early 2015. I work on a number of projects at a given time. Each desktop folder is labeled by client and I probably have 10 folders with 2-7 subfolders. I save documents to ...
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How to get the actual PDF icon rather than the stock one

I understand that with most apps etc. you can simply press CMD + I to get the Get Info and then from there you can simply select the icon and copy and paste it into another file so that the icons ...
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Changes in terminal are not displayed in finder and other programs

I am a new Mac user. Recently I've noticed that the changes that I make in terminal, e.g. moving files, creating new ones and removing are not displayed in finder and other softwares - its like I am ...
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Set folder properties to show extra information

I have seen that for certain folders such as Pictures, Movies, Music, show extra information in more columns when viewed in List View in Finder. For e.g., if I Ctrl click on one of the column names ...
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Empty AssetsV2 folder in Finder

I was doing some snooping around in the Finder on my mac and found that there is an empty folder titled "AssetsV2"(https://i.imgur.com/ohxkTp6.png). Im unsure of the direct path but it's found by ...
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Use a custom thumbnail for the (QuickTime) videos without distorting it

I'd like to use a certain frame of a video as the thumbnail. To do that I right clicked on that video file in Finder and opened its information. Then I selected the QuickTime Player icon and copy-...
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Getting file path of latest added file in a folder - Mac OS 10.9

As learned from google and sister stack sites, this is the working solution I've come up with for getting the path of latest added file in a folder. But this is not giving the accurate result. I'm ...
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Icons with .js extension

I ran CleanMyMac 3 earlier today and after cleaning my MacBook all my .js files have PHPStorm icon. How can I reset it to default icon ?
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Finder Running Slow When Running Big Folders

I have a late 2012, 27 inch iMac, with a 3TB fusion drive and 32GB of RAM. I'm only using around 650GB of my Hard Drive's storage and rarely, if ever, push the limits of my RAM. I also keep my files ...
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Automator workflow: Find Finder item, prompt user for text, append said text to file name

There's lots of information online for batch renaming files using Automator, but I can't figure out how to prompt the user for text and then append this inputted text into the file name. I see the '...
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Finder doesn't auto-refresh

If Finder is open on a folder, e.g. ~/Downloads, when I download something it doesn't show up. I have to click on another folder, then open ~/Downloads again to see the download. I am on macOS 10.13....
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Trim escape characters from file path

I generate file paths for use in emails by dragging the folder/file in question into Terminal.app then copying & pasting the generated text into an email text. The copied path with escape ...
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iCloud Drive not downloading files after reset

I'm on a 2016 MacBook Pro with macOS High Sierra 10.13.5. Yesterday, due to the huge amount of 'Purgeable' storage present on disk, the system started to 'purge' it, freeing about 200GB of space. In ...
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VM volume showing up in /Volumes

I notice that if i run a first-aid scan in the Disk Utility app on what's known as "Container disk1", it shows a mounted volume called "VM". To my understanding, VM stands for "VirtualMemory" and its ...
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MacBook Pro, El Capitan - Finder does not search through file content [duplicate]

For some reason the Finder searches only filenames in particular directories. For example in Download directory everything is normal. But in directory /var/www/http/Something it returns only files ...
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High Sierra very slow Finder update

I have recently formatted my MacBook Pro and installed High Sierra (v10.13.6). Ever since, although I do not have many apps installed, finder changes are shown very lately.. For example: I take ...
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Is there a way to change the color of rows in Finder corresponding to a folder when the folder is selected?

I sometimes find it difficult to tell visually what folder a deeply-nested file is in. For example, take a look at this screenshot. It can be hard to tell that emailTemplate.html is at the path ...
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Shortcut to rename multiple files in the Finder

In the Finder, it is possible to rename the selected file by pressing the "Enter" key. When multiple files are selected, it is possible to batch rename them using some simple rules by right clicking ...
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macOS - External drives doesn't show up in Finder

External hard disks and pen drives connected via USB no longer show up in Finder. What could be the possible reason, and how do I resolve this issue?
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Recovery Volume mounts & stays mounted in /Volumes/ in Finder after a restart?

Ive noticed twice now that after i restart my computer i get the Recovery Volume mounted in /Volumes/ without entering terminal commands to mount it like normal. The way i know its mounted and stays ...
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Finder stopped showing the content of a text file

I have been using MacBook pro-2017 for about a year, in the mean time I have added a couple of quiclook generators (e.g. QLStephen.qlgenerator) for various services for the Finder. For quite a few ...
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Accidentally moved framework file to trash and now finder continuously fails [duplicate]

I have the exact same problem as this person: Accidentally deleted a system framework, macOS screwed!, except that I removed; Social.framework, Weathkit.framework and ContactsAgent.framework. Finder ...
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Finder forgets /Applications folder's view options on each log in

I recently did a fresh install of macOS 10.13.5 on my MBP, and came across a problem with my /Applications folder that I haven't been able to solve. Finder will forget that folder's view options and ...
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Customize the way Downloads appears at the bottom of the Dock area

The Downloads folder appears at the bottom of my Dock area (which is on the left side of my screen). When I minimize a window, like from Finder, that window goes into the Dock area directly above ...
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2009 iMac harddrive getting error 36 and not mounting properly

I have the hard drive out of a 2009 iMac. It's inside an enclosure and I'm trying to move the entire hard drive over to a new external drive. The hard drive mounted, but then I realized I hadn't ...
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iCloud Drive is showing me I have more space left even though I have gone over the limit

I'm subscribed to iCloud 200GB plan. However, somehow my iCloud Drive contains 260GB+. Moreover, Finder and iCloud Preference Pane both tell me that I have 22GB free space left. Right now I'm setting ...
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AppleScript / Automator to sort files based on filename

I want to select a folder of QuickTime movies and copy each one into separate sub folders depending on the filename (by copying not moving). I have a folder that I want to contain sub folders called ...
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CloudDocs > session folder filled with version of a Pages file

I'm on a 2016 MacBook Pro with macOS 10.13.5 In (User)Library/Application Support/CloudDocs there is a folder called session weighing approx. 35GB. Inside there is another folder called r(why r?) ...
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External HD not showing up in Finder

I have an external hard drive, been working perfect as an extra backup. Now all of a sudden I cant see the content in Finder. I can't eject it and it's greyed out in Disk Utility. Any idea what I can ...
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Cannot install application from DMG as it assumes a different source

I downloaded a dmg for Docker from their website and when I try to run it, it opens a window with the name of an application I installed earlier The title bar says Franz 5.0.0-beta18 which is ...
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How can I directly open a file on the Web in a normal application?

Suppose there is a file on the web such as: http://www.example.com/something.txt I know that I can read it in any number of browsers, or that I can download it using any number of techniques and ...
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Where did the content of my Downlods folder disappear to?

My actual downloads have completely disappeared. Not just in the folder in the dock, but the Finder downloads folder is also completely empty. The continuously given answer is to assume one just needs ...
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External Drive, can't empty trash, rm sees a file, but ls -la doesn't

I was clearing a music folder in my external drive and found a directory I can't delete no matter what I try. If I put it in trash bin via GUI The operation can’t be completed because the item “...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to organize or align two finder windows?

I know that there were some 3rd party apps that could do this in the past, but with each new version of Mac OS X, it seems that many of those 3rd party apps stop working or the project ages and loses ...
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Remove Program Association from Directory

I have a directory, ~/Downloads, which has accidentally become associated with Terminal.app. I would like to remove the association so that the directory can be used with Finder.app again. Thus far, I ...
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what does the pie symbol mean in macOS finder?

could someone explain this symbol? The files are on a AFP share which is mounted.
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ALT+CMD+SPACE Suddenly works differently

It used to be that ALT+CMD+SPACE opened up new finder window. And without making any update to my mac, it started opening up finder in search mode. What could have changed? How to turn it back?
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Paste path from clipboard in file dialog

I have a full absolute file path on my clipboard (ie: /Users/Noit/Pictures/Screenshot - Jul 9, 2018 3.27 PM.png) I then go to say Skype or gmail in my web borwser, and click "attach". This opens a ...
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Error Code -36 Copying Files from Windows NT Formatted Drive to exFAT Drive (select files only)

The gist of the problem is this: I have a large amount of video and audio footage that I need to consolidate from multiple drives - namely this Windows NT Filesystem formatted Seagate Expansion Drive ...
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Why is “tomorrow” displayed as the “Date Modified”?

This is a bizarre situation-on my MacBook Pro (2017, High Sierra 10.13.5), when I opened a folder on the Finder, the Date Modified column for the files in a folder displays "Tomorrow at 2:34AM" and ...
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How does macOS store Unix file permissions in ZIP files

I am trying to extract a ZIP file in Java which was created on a Mac using the built-in archive functionality of the Finder. As the ZIP file contains an application bundle, it is important to retain ...
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Finder not responding

My Mac is working perfectly but for the fact that Finder won't respond. Unless another app is running, my Mac's toolbar isn't showing up. Also, some of Finder's functions e.g. shut down, restart, and ...
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Enable the display of harddrives in the finder sidebar from terminal

I administrate MacBooks (os version 10.13) most of the time remotely and as much as possible from terminal only. I know how to display Hard drives in the sidebar of the Finder using the graphical ...
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Weird iCloud Drive view

How do I get to see all of the folders shown in the folder in this question. When I go to iCloud Drive all I see is: (Parts of image containing personal information whited-out)
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Why is date modified for a folder earlier than date modified for files inside in Finder?

I’ve noticed that when I check the Date Modified for a folder and then open it, some files inside have a Date Modified later than the folder itself. This is confusing, because I sometimes sort folders ...
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Dropbox: Remove “filename.docx” from everyone's Dropbox account and all devices? When it's synced

Forgive me if this is the wrong place: Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,4 System Version: macOS 10.13.5 (17F77) Getting the following message every time I move a folder around. Remove "filename....
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Control + W shortcut not working in Finder and Terminal

I set CtrlW as a shortcut for all applications in the System Preferences => Keyboard => Shortcuts. They are working in many apps (like Safari), but not in Terminal and in Finder. Is CtrlW a system ...