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

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Can't Turn off Finder Tabs on Mojave

MacBook Air with Mojave (14.2) and the option in Finder > Preferences > General NOT Checked: "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows." Yet Finder stubbornly opens all new windows in tabs. For ...
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All of Google Drive doesn't appear in my Finder [on hold]

Only some of my Google Drive Files appear in my Finder under 'google drive' on my Mac. Why?
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Keyboard shortcut for moving (not copying) files in Finder

I copy and paste files in Finder all the time, but when I do I end up with both the original file and the copied file. Is there another shortcut besides CMD-V that will just move the file instead?
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Virtual files and directories on Finder OS-X [on hold]

I'm doing a research to decide what is the best way to show virtual files and folders on OS-X's file explorer (Finder). In Microsoft's Explorer, there is an Explorer's extension called "Namespace ...
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Open file/folder in Wine explorer in Finder

I am using: $ wine explorer on macOS terminal. Once the Wine Explorer is open, can I select a file or folder and "open" it in Finder?
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Automator :: Remove 6 digit date from filename; append current date

I apologize in advance if this has been answered but have performed a lengthy search in hope of a solution. I have a working Automator app that appends the current six-digit date (YYMMDD) to the end ...
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How can I identify and assure the integrity of built in functions for Finder? [on hold]

How can I identify and assure the integrity of built in functions for Finder? How can I identify functions that have been user defined?
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Set image file as container folder's icon (script)

Unfortunately, if we download our music from Non-Apple distributors like Bandcamp, the folder's icon containing the music files and the Album Art are not set as the folder's icon by default. I know ...
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Is there any way to get a log of all the recently installed files and their respective folder paths and source directories?

I recently installed an open source game. The file type is .pkg . Now, during installation the installer asked for permission to access the system UI server. I didn't knew the reason behind it so I ...
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Applescript: Help with idle and hiding from finder?

I'm trying to get my script that works to do 2 things: run in the background every 60 seconds, and disappear from the finder and the dock. Original: tell application "System Events" set ...
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About This Mac → Storage suggests more space in on the SSD than is actually being used [duplicate]

I've got a 480 GB SSD in a MacBook Pro running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6. I have recently reformatted the drive and clean installed the OS. I have very limited programmes installed on this machine and ...
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Eject an external disk after improperly disconnecting it

I have a repeatedly run into this problem. On the one hand we could say, "always remember to eject your external drives before removing them". However, it's a matter of fact that I will forget, at ...
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How does Finder keep track of downloaded files' original URLs?

When you open the info window, i.e. Get Info, of a downloaded file, Finder will show you the downloaded origin, called Where from. This information is there even the file is moved or slightly modified....
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Mac location not found for opened .dmg

I tried downloading android-studio-ide-181.5056338-mac.dmg to install it, but double clicking the .dmg does not nothing but put Android Studio 3.2.1 under the locations sidebar in the Finder. When I ...
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Cannot remove item from Finder sidebar

Note that there are other questions on Ask Different with similar issues, but this appears to be different to those - none of the solutions offered in the above questions solve the issue. I'm using ...
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How do I correctly set strictly only one desktop?

With Desktops, you can have more than one Desktop. I want to assign absolutely only one Desktop, not two. How do I do this exactly? When I click F3, it looks like this: (Does that mean I have only ...
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How can I make use of info from a `file-bookmark` entry in a plist?

I am trying to create a shell script, or less ideally some AppleScript, that interacts with the folders listed in the Finder’s Go → Recent Folders The contents of this list are stored as an array ...
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How to remove shared devices from my iMac?

My Sidebar is showing that there is a shared device on my network. I am not on any network whatsoever, this is my home computer used by me only. It says "not connected" but makes me nervous. Is this ...
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Network Trash Can on macOS 10.13 or higher?

We currently have a Mac that functions as a file server on our network. The files are stored locally on an internal drive array. We would like to setup a Network Trash Can on this machine so when ...
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macOS Mojave: Alternating between merging and replacing folders when copying?

For some reason macOS Mojave offers me to merge folders some of the times when I copy a folder to a destination that already has one with the same name. Other times a nearly identical dialog box pops ...
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Finder hangs when using Ctrl+click /right mouse click

Running 10.11.6 on a Mac Pro (Early 2009) The OS is on a SSD After a cold start ie shut-down and start; whenever I Ctrl+click/right mouse click on a desktop item - file, folder etc the finder hangs. ...
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Why are iCloud-synced folders hidden in Finder; can they be unhidden w/o disabling sync?

If I opt to sync folders (such as Documents and Desktop) with iCloud, they become hidden in Finder. I can still access them in Finder by keyboard shortcuts commandshifto and commandshiftd (and by ...
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iCloud files were deleted, yet show up again in trash

I have an issue (where I have been searching around and found similar questions), yet no solution so far. Situation is like this (iCloud on Mac device): 2 files were deleted from iCloud (cannot ...
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How can I empty the trash with old backups in it?

since my backup disk is full, I wanted to delete old backups to free space. Since I didn't figure out how to do it on TimeMachine itself properly, I selected all the folders with backups on the ...
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Can’t use convmv in right way?

I’m trying to convert name encoding of some path tree with files using convmv utility. Folders look something like this: Some names are typed with transliteration. This files is okay, and I ...
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Display the long names in Finder

As far as I learnt OS X allows only certain number of characters for a file name. However, I connect to a remote Linux server where the names have hundreds of characters. The Finder cannot handle it ...
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Finder File Sharing: How to access the hard disk?

I use an iMac and a MacBook in my local network. I want to access the iMac's hard disk from the MacBook via the Finder's File Sharing. On both the Macs, I have a user account with the same name and ...
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Alternative for Cover Flow in MacOS Mojave

As always, Apple could care less about their users or needs. They just go ahead and do whatever they want, without realising if it really messes up people's day-to-day activities. With that being ...
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I created a new folder on the terminal and is not shown in the finder

I came across this issue in my new mac book pro. I created a folder using iterm and I have some content on it (I cloned a git repo). When I go to finder I don't see it. So maybe I'm not in the right ...
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Finder not displaying a folder icon. How do I get it back?

In the screenshot above, my Real Estate folder on the right (a dropbox folder) isn't showing the littel blue folder icon. It isn't affecting anything functionally yet it just drives me crazy every ...
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MacOS default folders missing

I noticed, I am missing some of my default folders in the finder (Public, Sites, Movies, Library). However I can list them in the terminal and enter them with the cd command. I tried to use chflags ...
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Increasing the size of the search field in the file-picker dialog

This is a Finder window's bar. The search field in the top right is about 25% of the width unless I make it quite narrow. This is a file-picker dialog. The search field is always this tiny, ...
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Renaming Files in Finder using Keyboard

When renaming files in Finder I end the renaming with "Enter" which irritatingly opens the file. Websearch tells me that the "Enter"-key should start (and end) renaming while Cmd+O opens a file. How ...
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How to quit finder

I am trying to quit finder along with the dock and status bar through terminal and I can't seem to find out how
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How to change Open/Save dialog speed

Open/Save dialogs on my Mac (macOS 10.14.1) delay about 0.5 to 1 seconds. How do I change this delay to zero seconds?
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How to systematically change a default app for files in a given folder

I would like all of the (say) pdf files that land in my Download folder to open with (say) Acrobat instead of my default Preview (but I want to retain Preview as a default for all other pdf files). I ...
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Show all button on finder [duplicate]

On Finder, using the View as Icons grouped by document type, is it possible to visualize all the elements instead of to have to click every time on "Show All" button?
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Is there a way to turn off the ‘Are you sure you want to open 25 items?’ warning in Mojave?

Ever since upgrading to Mojave, every time I try to open 25 or more files using either cmd+down or cmd+o I get this warning: Opening a bunch of files at once is something I do a lot so I would like ...
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Finder windows moving from other monitors as soon as the computer hibernates

I have 3 monitors. I have finder opened with windows on monitor 1, 2 and 3. The middle one, 2, is the main screen on the iMac. As soon as the computer hibernates, the windows on other monitors are ...
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Determine if the original path of an alias is local or remote

I have a folder full of thousands of aliases and need to isolate the ones referencing a remote path on another computer on an AFP network. I can iterate all of the alias files over a terminal command ...
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Cannot see JPEG files extracted from a .VOB video file by VLC on the Mac Finder or Terminal

I was hoping someone would be helpful with "ghost" files on an iMac. With the VLC media player app. I was extracting JPEG files from a .VOB video file and saving them on my iMac. When I looked for ...
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Force Finder to use only a single window?

I constantly find myself closing down Finder windows. It seems that every "reveal in finder" command pops open a new finder window. This creates unwanted window clutter since I almost never need more ...
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Can AppleScript get folder contents with file extension exclusion?

Looking for a way in AppleScript to get the contents of a directory with an exclusion to parse through. I know how to do this using find in a for loop with the command: find . -not -name "*.bat" but ...
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Shift–Command–Left/Right Arrow started switching tabs in macOS Mojave Finder, clashes with text movement?

I often need to rename longer filenames in Finder. I used to do Shift + Command + ←/→ to select text from cursor to the start/end of the field. But in macOS Mojave, suddenly this combination started ...
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How to set the file order (arrangement) permanently in Finder?

I use High Sierra and each time I have to set the file order to "Date modified" but then the next time it defaults back to "None". Any way to set it permanently for all folders?
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automate tasks in safari and finder

I'm trying to automate a right click, open image in new tab, select tab, drag image to a finder window and enter rename more od file. I thought I'd by able to do this by creating a service on ...
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Sort by reverse option

When I arrange my folders with the Sort by option (I mostly use Date added) it will sort the files by the most recent one being the first and the oldest being the last. I want to reverse this that ...
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Add a button in the Finder toolbar

How can I add a button in the Finder toolbar? I don't use the dropdown menu. For example, I want to carry out the first (only the button), not the second (dropdown list menu).
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How to sort two image sets with slight creation data offset

I've done a wedding photo shoot for friends using two camera's. When combining the images it turned out that one of the camera's time was about 15 minutes wrong. Because both camera's were used at ...
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Cannot hide the extension for some files

Typically when I get a PDF file like Lecture 1.pdf I can hide its extension by the dialog “Get Info” in context menu. In the “Name & Extension” section there is a checkbox “Hide extension”, as ...