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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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Finder application window without with the minimize icon disabled

I noticed that sometimes, mostly after a restart, the window of my finder application has the minimize icon disabled like this: I can't click on it, and I have to close and reopen the window in order ...
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Cannot set default file associations for .xml files

I'm on MacOS Ventura. I use it for work so MS Office is installed. No matter what I do, XML files seem to always want to open with MS Word. I want them to open with another app. I'm using TextEdit as ...
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Why can’t Mac compress files faster than ~60MB/sec or so?

It seems like this has remained relatively constant over the last 5+ years or at least as long as I have been paying attention. Files on an internal SSD can be copied to other drives much faster… ...
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Automator will only propagate "Home" from an AppleScript list picker through Selected Finder Items

I'm trying to have a user select a primary key from a MySQL database, merge that string at the beginning of a list of selected Finder items, then feed the resulting string into a bash shell script. It ...
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How to have MacOS finder show unmounted drives in sidebar?

I want to be able to always show my external drives on the sidebar even after they are unmounted so I can just click them to remount quickly. I feel like this is possible through a terminal command ...
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How can I reset my ipad [closed]

I have an Ipad that has find my phone on it and I cannot reset it. The person who owned it is not alive anymore to ask the proper questions
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How to unzip XCode.xip downloads? Archive Utility gets stuck at the end

I've downloaded the 7.68 GB Xcode_14.2.xip file from http://developer.apple.com/downloads onto a 60 GB USB drive. I double-clicked it to expand it using macOS' built-in Archive Utility. However, both ...
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Wrong Folder Sizes - Tried everything

Folder sizes on external drive dramatically wrong, yet system shows correct aggregate size used. Get info shows 2.56Tb used on drive (out of 4Tb). Yet, 3 folders show about 2Tb, 2Tb, 50Gb. That ...
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Spotlight not working fully for Recents - how to resolve?

Im working from a new MacBook Pro , 16" with Apple M3 Max chip. Computer was set up a week ago using Migration Assistant and importing settings, user info, etc. from a 2019 MacBook Pro with ...
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Why do I get a deadlock warning for a simple job on a cloud file?

I have a file that sits on a Cloud directory managed by a cloud storage service that uses the Apple FileProvider API. No, this is not iCloud, but this is apparently the same API framework in use. The ...
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In the finder: How many files are you selecting?

I don't seem to find a way to have Finder tell me how many files are selected? How can I see how many files I have selected in the finder ?
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How can I delete photos off my iPhone using my Mac?

I would like to open up my iPhone like a USB drive, navigate the folders, and delete things. I do not want to sync anything up. I don't use iCloud. Ideally I would be working in file space, not in ...
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Timemachine Sparsebundle from 2014 is missing partion map and file system [duplicate]

I need to get data off of an old sparsebundle file but when opened, it says eject or initialize. In finder it says it is 56 GB but once its mounted it shows the full size of the external (2 TB). It is ...
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Can't open multiple Finder windows from terminal

In iTerm running bash I run: open -a 'Finder' that correctly open Finder. Actually a window already existed so it just brings up that window. With this command I want to open another window even if ...
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how to write in system directories

Why I cannot write in /System/Library/QuickLook/ not even by sudo command? I try to add the Mail.qlgenerator plugin in that directory, but macOS replies I haven't permission to write in it.
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How to open a Microsoft Word document from the command line in macOS Sonoma?

In earlier iterations of macOS I would use open -a Finder.app <filename> In Sonoma that is resulting in two of the following dialog boxes : The application "Microsoft Word" can't be ...
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Help converting .pkg to .app

My question is very similar to this post: How to convert a macOS .pkg into and .app to run it? It comes very close to giving me a solution, but in my specific instance, I’m trying to install DaVinci ...
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How to add/keep vscode in dock

How to add/keep vscode in dock? Here it says: Add VS Code to your Dock by right-clicking on the icon, located in the Dock, to bring up the context menu and choosing Options, Keep in Dock However it ...
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How can I stop Microsoft SharePoint keeps adding itself to my Login Items

My office uses a software suite created by an independent developer called Microsoft. An app within this suite keeps adding itself to my Ventura 13 startup items. I neither asked for nor approved this ...
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macOS Sonoma 14.2.1 - reset sidebar to default

Is there a way to reset the sidebar in the finder to the default? rm -rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist doesn't seem to be working.
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Spotlight indexing problem with external SSD in macOS Sonoma 14.2

I have a problem with my Sandisk Extreme external hard drive in exFat format; When using Spotlight it does not find the files, and if it does, there are few results when there are many more on my ...
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Folder structure in finder different than terminal (and different from expected). Not hidden dirs

If I open Finder on my Mac, under settings I have it set to open at my home directory. From there I see Downloads, Music, Movies, Pictures etc directories. I don't see Documents though. If I command + ...
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Forcing printing from Quick Look or Finder to open the print dialog

When I print from Preview, the print dialogue opens so I can choose settings. When I print from Quick Look (either from the menu or cmd-P), it doesn't; it automatically sends to the printer. When a ...
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Default application not respected—cause/fix?

I have an album in Music.app with 21 .m4a files and two .mp3.  The .m4a were purchased from Apple.  The other two were purchased but converted to MP3 by Amadeus Pro.  Default opener for all .m4a is ...
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How do I set CMD+TAB to show Mission Control

I dislike the cmd + tab app switcher, since I can't switch between apps for my needs. I prefer Mission Control for this. Is it possible to re-map cmd + tab to show Mission Control on macOS?
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Replicate Finder's behaviour when mounting SMB share with mount

I'm trying to mount a smb share on Sonoma 14.2.1 (23C71). It works perfectly using Finder (open smb://username@host/Directory), it asks for my password and mounts it successfully, but I can't make it ...
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How do I remove this redundant icon in my app switcher forever?

For some unknown reason, I sometimes have two Firefox icons in my app switcher, one is always stuck on the left, slowing or confusing me when I try to switch between apps: It slows me down enormously ...
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How to show correct Content creation date for photos/files in Finder

How do I see the correct Content creation date in Finder? I know from looking at the metadata on my phone (which the photos are synced with) that they should contain the correct date. About 2100 files ...
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Files hidden on desktop on iMac M1

I recently bought a new iMac and I have the following problem: all the files present on the desktop disappeared. If I display hidden files, physically, they are still present but they are hidden. If I ...
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Add a keyboard shortcut (hotkey) to Finder to copy path and open in QuickTime

I'm looking to build a script which does 2 things: Copy the full path of a file in Finder to the clipboard (currently you have to right-click a file to open the context menu, and then hold down the ...
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