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

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Is it possible to keep dot files with specific extension unhidden in Finder?

I know that all the hidden files (dot files) can be viewed in Finder by using the keyboard shortcut: Command + Shift + . or by running the following in Terminal: defaults write com.apple.finder ...
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Can I know approximately when the uploading to iCloud is finished?

I deleted a few files on iCould and now Finder is showing the following on the bottom of the window. Uploading 180 items (25.36 GB of 25.36 GB). However, even after I have waited for hours, it ...
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What could cause iCloud Drive to refuse to sync Desktop & Documents?

After a sort of manual system restore in which I copied my ~/Library/ from my now-dead 2017 MacBook Pro's BackBlaze to a 2019 MacBook Pro, pretty much all my software has nicely restored its settings, ...
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Finder layout changed in “Recents”

Yesterday i noticed that my Finder's layout for the "Recents" tab changed out of the blue; my view options for Recents are "Group by: Kind" & "Sort by: Date Last Opened" for anyone's reference. ...
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What is the “ls” directory in my home directory?

I was just exploring the directory structure on my Mac and there's a directory in my root/home directory, named ls. [~]$ ls -l . . . drwxr-xr-x 6 XXXX staff 192 Dec 8 2018 ls [~/ls]$ pwd /...
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How to check if any file on Volume Y is missing on Volume Z?

I have multiple external HDD's, many USB thumb drives, a boat load of SD cards and so on. I've not diligently kept everything centrally stored. This goes back years. I now want to clean up this mess ...
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Prevent macOS Finder from Changing .service file extension to .app extension

I am trying to backup a systemd .service file, that I use on my Ubuntu cloud computer, on my iCloud drive on my Macbook. However it appears that my Macbook Finder automatically changes the file ...
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how to open file type with app on remote machine via apple script app as default app for file type

I would like to set the default file association for a file type (PDF) to an Apple Script app. The Apple Script app will open the file type on a remote machine (using remote Apple events) with a ...
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OSX 10.14 Mojave SMB locking files and not releasing them

I have a Windows server with a file share accessed by a few Macs running 10.13 High Sierra and 10.14 Mojave. The Mojave Macs keep locking out every file they access on the SMB file share. So, the Mac ...
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Open a Finder window for another user account

I'm switching between a couple of different user-accounts on my mac at the moment. Quite often I need a file that's in the other user account and most of the time I can get it by scp'ing from the ...
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Show original shortcut in MacOS 10.14

I often make symbolic links of folders. I recently had to change my laptop and move from Sierra to Mojave. In the old OS I used to type Cmd + R to go to the original folder. This seems to no longer ...
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Why is my ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist “damaged”?

I'm trying to edit my Safari bookmarks programmatically. When I try to open the file ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist, I get an pop-up with the error: “Bookmarks.plist” is damaged and can’t be ...
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How do currently downloading files show a circular progress indicator besides them in Finder?

When downloading a file using Google Chrome, Mac App Store, or some other app, Finder usually displays a circular progress indicator besides the file name. Out of curiosity, is there any technical ...
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Is it necessary to “Restore” files from a Time Machine backup if I can already access them directly from the backup disk using Finder?

I have an external hard drive that I've separated into two partitions: one that I use for additional file storage, and one that I use as a dedicated Time Machine backup disk. Something has gone wrong ...
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Bypassing Gatekeeper in macOS Mojave 10.14.5

At least until macOS Mojave 10.14.4, a user could run any application on a Mac, signed or not, by right clicking it in Finder and manually selecting Open. Does this still work for all applications ...
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Finder- getting rid of divider bar in every new window

I have had new finder windows open with a weird divider bag (marked in red in picture below) on the right side for quite some time now. I have dealt with it by dragging the bar to the right until it ...
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How can I find out which Automator folder actions are attached to a folder?

I spent some time experimenting with building a Folder Action for my Desktop folder. However, it seems like it's running twice. I might have created the Folder Action more than once. How can I find ...
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Finder tags not appearing in Save Dialog

If I select an existing file with tags in the Save dialog, the Tags field is not showing any pre-existing tags. For example, the check.txt file in the dialog below is tagged (and sitting at ~/Desktop),...
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How to remove an application that doesn't show up in Finder, but is listed in System Information?

I want to uninstall the ConnectWiseControl Client, located in the Downloads folder, as shown by System Profiler: This app doesn't show up in Applications, and if I try to delete the app manually, by ...
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Why do some files on iCloud suddenly force me to download again?

I found that sometimes my files which I put on my iCloud are going to disappear from my local hard drive and thus force me to download them again. These files have the "download from the cloud" icon ...
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What does Finder (10.12) and IP Scanner require to run?

I am working on creating a macOS 10.12 Live USB, and need to know what /System/Library/Frameworks/ frameworks Finder and IP Scanner requires (and how do I install them/track all of their files down)? ...
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spotlight search for folder within finder

I hit cmd-shift-g for go to folder, but I have to type the full path Is there some way for me to search a folder name and go straight there? Like how automjump/z etc. work in the terminal
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Cannot launch executable with source file using drag-and-drop in Finder

I always thought I could drag-drop a target file onto a src executable in Finder, and make macOS perform src target. But I don't seem to be able to do it and I’m not even able to recall if this was ...
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System Info says my Documents folder is 170GB when Finder says it's only 8GB!

Today I got a warning that my disk was running out of space, and up popped the System Information Recommendations window. It claims my Documents folder is 170GB in size as you can see here: But ...
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Does the Console app in macOS keep a log of when I deleted a certain file?

Today a weird thing happened while I was copying two large files from my Mac to my hard drive. The two files vanished from the original folder on my Mac during copying! And in the end, I got a warning ...
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Importing CDA song files into iTunes

I have a mac without a disc drive on it, I also have some CDA files on my computer that need to be interpreted into an audio format that is more compatible with modern music programs so that I'm ...
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Reassign shortcut with variable in it

I made a shortcut with Automator to open a file with VS Code in Finder. But I can't assign it to the desired keyboard shortcut (command + option + c) because it is already taken by 'Copy "filename" as ...
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Finder: “RIght Size All Columns Individually” in Column View by double click (without Option pressed)

In Finder in the Column View mode, right-clicking the handle at the bottom of any column separator brings up the popup menu that allows the user to resize the columns. There are three options, and ...
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Finder window Column view, possible to change color?

Is it possible via Finder or Terminal (or other tricks) to change the background color of the Column view background?
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Finder opens Terminal when clicking on homedir icon

I have added an icon for my homedir to Finder. However, when I click on it, Terminal opens instead of the expected Finder view of $HOME. Is there some sort of file type or other metadata that has ...
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Files disappear when I copy them (MacBook)

I am using a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) and 1 TB Lenovo HDD 3.0 (Format: NTFS). I use Mounty to re-mount write-protected NTFS volumes. Some files appear greyed out as shown in the image ...
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Cannot access my Documents

I updated my iMac to 10.14.5 and seem to have some problems. The folder “Documents” can’t be opened because you don’t have permission to see its contents. The permissions look OK (not sure what ...
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Automate moving and renaming files

I have files nested within multiple sub-folders. I want to move these files, one folder up the folder structure and rename the files as per its new parent folder. I will need this to be automated with ...
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Change permissions of a folder with cronjob [duplicate]

I have a scanner that can "save to folder" only with FTP or CIFS protocols. I managed to set it up with CIFS to save the file to a shared folder on a Mac, however although the folder has read/write ...
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Firefox on MacOS: Default filename when downloading

When downloading from Firefox on MacOS, I would like the filename to be prefixed by the ISO-date (YYYY-MM-DD-original-filename.extension). This can be achieved with a folder action in the downloads ...
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Finder alters mount dir names to share names. How?

Issue mounted a share with mount_smbfs //srv/myShare ~/Desktop/myDir. According to Shell, this folder is ~/Desktop/myDir According to Finder, this folder is ~/Desktop/myShare. How does Finder do ...
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In Finder, first tag vanishes while adding a second tag

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011) macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 (17G7024) This is a problem I've been having since Mavericks first came out, and it has persisted through at least two complete OS reinstalls ...
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Can the document desktop stacks be split for a specific file extension?

I have documents I would like to have stacked on my desktop. Specifically, to group all files with a particular extension all together using Mojave's new Stacks feature. Is there a way to register ...
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Can I close Finder application? [duplicate]

It looks like Finder can't be closed with Command+Q shortcut. Command+W works though but it's not the same as Command+Q. And there is not option for Finder to be closed whatsoever, only Hide. Why ...
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Can't open or quit Finder

I'm trying to open Finder, but every time I try I get this error message: I've tried restarting my Macbook Pro as well as doing a "Relaunch" from "Force Quit Applications": However, nothing happens ...
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Mac Menu Bar Won't Show Up (Not Hidden) and Unable to Start Any Apps

I think I might done something stupid so that I encounter such an error. Firstly, I am using MacBook Pro (late 2013), running on the latest Mac OS Mojave (ver.10.14.5). Today I was trying to save ...
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Smart Folder from arbitrary script output?

This is a long shot, but is it possible to create a Smart Folder which, instead of building its search using the Search Criteria UI, but instead use the properly formatted output of necessary for a ...
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How can I simply and sustainably remove Chess from my macBook Air, Mojave? [duplicate]

I have a list of applications I was interested in possibly removing as long as the OS does not need them to function. For starters I want to remove Chess and Stocks as I never use them. However when ...
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Restore Downloads icon to Finder Sidebar

So I symlinked my Downloads folder from my boot drive to an external HDD I always keep connected to my mac. I deleted the original downloads folder from my home folder and replaced it with a symlink ...
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Option + Command + Spacebar opens Searching this mac window instead of Finder

A normal Finder window used to open when I pressed Option + Command + Spacebar but not its a Search window. I know this happened once and I found how to fix it but I can't find it anymore.
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Finder thinks non existant file still exists

So I have an SMB share hosted off an ubuntu server 18.04 computer. I connect to ZFS pool using smb://my-server.local in finder. It works nicely, except for one main issue that makes me fear using SMB ...
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Optimize Mac Storage: Keep local copy AND iCloud backup of directory

My active projects in a directory under ~/Documents/, which puts it in the path of iCloud's Optimized Storage. Often, I'll open a project folder to find files replaced with .icloud placeholder files. ...
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“Open with <application>” not working properly

I've noticed that when I try to open a file in any newly added applications, the application opens, but not the file. I've noticed this problem with multiple Wine versions, and also web-based games. ...
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How do I remove the left column in finders column view?

When in column view in finder, there may be several columns displayed, one for each folder. Let's say the one I really care about is 5 folders deep, and so its far to the right side of the window. How ...
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How to change the default file association for a file with “nothing better” assigned?

The default file association for an unrecognized file extension is TextEdit. I'd rather it use Emacs. How can this be changed? High-Sierra and Mojave, if it makes a difference. Note: This is not ...