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

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Changing the default folder for opening a new Finder tab or window in macOS High Sierra?

When I press ⌘+T or ⌘+N in Finder to open a new tab or window, for some reason it always starts in this folder: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/MyLibraries/...
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Files disappeared after icloud shutoff

I wanted to backup certain folders on my mac and switched off icloud. I'm not sure whether I have done everything correctly but icloud started copying my entire Documents folder which was not what I ...
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How can I see which filetypes a given application can open?

I have an app, it's refusing to open a file with a certain file extension. How do I check which file extensions it will open?
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Problem with displaying file path in Finder's Get Info -> Where

I occasionally need to check some file's location and copy it to the clipboard. I used to use Finder -> Cmd-I then I used to copy the content of "Where" section. Ever since updating to macOs Mojave, ...
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smb not working for me on 10.13.6 (dtruss inside)

my Finder is not able to connect to ANY smb-share. It doesn't matter, if the network-folder is on linux (SAMBA 4.1.17) is on OSX (10.11.6) is on Windowsserver is public for everyone or in a ADS It ...
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Am i supposed to have access for “com.apple.TCC”?

I was doing some snooping around on my Macbook Air after the update to macOS Mojave and noticed a folder that i have permission to view its contents that i dont have permission for on my iMac. The ...
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Is there a way to set a Finder Shortcut for 'Tags…' in macOS 10.14 Mojave?

Prior to Mojave, I used a custom Shortcut (System Preferences>Keyboard> Shortcuts>App Shortcuts) for the 'Tags…' command (Finder, File>Tags…), as in this answer: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/...
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Laggy Finder on 10.13.6

New 27" iMac just a couple of months old. This thing is usually FAST, it's 4.2Ghz Core i7 with 40GB RAM. Recently doing some file renaming en-masse using an app from The App Store (Name Mangler 3) I ...
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Terminal command to remove custom icon from file (HFS+)

Context In Mac OS X / macOS you can select a file in the Finder, click Informations then click the icon, and paste any image/icon that is in the clipboard. Now this file has a custom icon made of ...
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Stop opening finder/photos when airdrop

When I send a photo to my MacBook (macOS 10.14) from my iPhone via AirDrop, finder opens and steals focus. When I send a photo to my iPhone (iOS 11) from my MacBook via Airdrop, Photos opens. How do ...
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Use as default - missing in Finder's Show View Options [duplicate]

As outlined in this SE/AD post, in High Sierra 10.13. I am not seeing the Use as default button, referred to in nearly every post I can find out there on the internet.
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Is it safe to `rm` folders from the .Trashes folder on an external drive?

I trashed some folders from an external drive using the finder. They are now in that drives .Trashes folder. When I right click them in the trash (aka Finder) and select "Delete Immediately..." it ...
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Desktop became frozen after upgrading to Mojave

Recently I upgraded my mac mini(late 2012) from 10.13.6 to 10.14 using app store. The first day it worked perfectly. But today, when I booted & logged in, its frozen on desktop screen. No items ...
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Spotlight crashes when entering a specific query string

I have a folder on my mac which I access occasionally, let's say its name is FolderABC. I usually hit CMD + Space to bring up Spotlight, then type the name into it and it will be the first result. ...
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Sorting files on extension (kind) and then date in Finder? (Mojave)

When viewing a folder in Finder, by clicking the different column headings you can select how you want the folder contents sorted: by name, kind (extension), modified date, et cetera. What I would ...
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Any way to get back separate icon/list/column buttons when opening or saving a file in Mojave?

Noticed this change in Mojave: In Finder, you have the standard 3 View buttons: Icons, List, Columns, plus Gallery ---> no changes here When opening or saving a file, you have a single button with ...
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finder won't launch after Mojave upgrade ( high system cpu )

it appears my finder will not launch after I upgraded to Mojave. It is always unresponsive. My system cpu load is constantly around 75% also. I am unable to relaunch it even if I do a force quit ...
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How to restore icons?

I use TeXShop for TeX/LaTeX, and all the files with tex extension exhibit the TeXShop icon. Some false move had the result that all .tex files exhibit the Excalibur icon. I have used the Info window ...
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Mojave quicklook stuck at loading

Some days after installing Mac OS Mojave my quick look startet showing the spinning icon in the finder sidebar and when i press space on media files (.jpg, .png, .gif, .psd, .pdf, etc.). Here what i ...
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How can I reset position and size of a application window in macOS High Sierra or higher?

I was wondering if there is a way to reset the window size and position of an application via Terminal or plist, that will reset above properties like you have a new Mac. Is this possible? I already ...
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Mojave: Finder can't load any thumbnails. Even after reinstall the system

I know this's been asked a lot, but I really tried everything, but still no luck to get the thumbnails back. Here's what I already did: Regenerated Finder related .plist files; Toggle on and off the "...
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Mac refusing to shut down because of finder?

When I shut down, restart, or update and restart my mac goes about shutting applications down to get ready to turn the computer off as it normally does but after my top bar and desktop icons have gone ...
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Free Space Differs Between DiskUtility, Finder, TimeMachine, and Storage Tab

The actual question: Time machine calculates the size of my backup as 925GB, while diskUtility shows only 858GB is used, while OmniDiskSweeper and GrandPerspective apps show that I am only using ~...
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Automator: Service to move files into new subfolders based on file extension *within any selected folder*

I've been searching for quite a while now but can't seem to find relevant instruction for this particular task. I'm brand new at this so apologies if I'm missing something basic. Like many ...
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How to open any program from the terminal [duplicate]

Often in the terminal I want to open a specific file (since I've already browsed to the right directory). A few programs I have come with their own links ready, like subl index.html will open ...
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Keyboard shortcut to show Tags… dialog

In the Finder, you can select a file and choose Tags... from the File menu or contextual menu. It will show a little dialog that allows you to select or type tag names, and you can press Enter to ...
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What happens with the appearance of the folder icons in dark mode of macOS Mojave Finder?

In High Sierra I used some custom icons for my folders in the Finder; but with the new update to Mojave and the dark mode, the predefined icons also become darker. However the custom icons don't. ...
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How to stop Finder window from disappearing during drag and drop from Chrome?

While downloading files, I want to drag them from the bottom download bar in Chrome, the Finder disappears behind the Chrome window when I try to drag and drop the file. Is there a way to lock the ...
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.putty/randomseed in home folder

I have recently found out that there is a hidden folder in my Home Directory named putty with a file named "randomseed" inside. I know PuTTY on Unix stores its data there, and I have read around that ...
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Can I safely delete three icloud drive (archive) folders that take almost 80GB of storage?

I know there's already a similar question about this, but the answer "If you don't need their contents, you can delete both of them." is not clear to me because I need the contents, just not three ...
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How can I remove the “downloaded from the internet” security from all files in a directory?

I have a bunch of files I copied from another computer and am unable to use them as I get various security and permission errors. When I compile using Xamarin I get permission denied. When I try to ...
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What is the correct application to call to be able to use date?

In AppleScript if you have a string with a date and try to convert it to a class of date it will error out in Finder and System Events. Example: set testDate to "Friday, September 21, 2018 at 6:54:...
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iMac Memory and Performance Issues

I have a 27 inch late 2012 iMac with 32GB of RAM and a 3TB Fusion Drive. The hard drive was replaced in June 2017 so only has a year of wear on it and should thus be in good condition. For the last ...
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How can I make newly created photoshop files appear on Recents in Finder?

I'd like my Recents folder to include recently created or modified files instead of just recently downloaded files.
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Is there a way to get OSX Finder to search through .ts (textscript) files?

I really like using OSX's finder to quickly find a particular file and its content based on search, I need to work on in my web projects. We often have 100s upon 100s of separate files and I need to ...
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Starting applications, `open` vs mouse click

What is the fundamental difference, for .app-bundles/applications, between open Application.app in a bash-shell and opening it by clicking on it in for example Finder or the dock? It seems the ...
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Need script or app to convert filenames and folder names from day/month/year order to year/month/day

I have recently been sent a large number of tif files where for some misguided reason the file names have all been recorded in DD/MM/YY format ie 130307 whereas I need it as YYYY MM DD. The files are ...
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How can one trigger the creation of an iCloud Drive alias?

I am not referring to traditional symlinks in general, but specifically to the "alias" files used within iCloud Drive. I am also not referring to "stub" files that indicate that a file has not yet ...
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Deleted time machine backups from external HD, but did not free space

Time machine backups filled my 4TB external HD. To free space, I deleted a handful of the particular backups from: /Volumes/Winston's 4TB/Backups.backupdb/ Those files ended up in the trash bin ...
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How to exclude a filename pattern in Finder search

I'm interested in how to negate a search pattern in Finder, something like not *-2.jpg or foo*.txt and not *bar.txt.
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Is there a way to create file references that won't be broken when files and directories are renamed or moved?

Is there a way to create file references that won't be broken when files and directories are renamed or moved? For example, references that refer to files by something like a UUID rather than an ...
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Printing directly from Finder with Print Dialog?

Looking for a way to start printing a PDF directly from the macos Finder with a keyboard shortcut (e.g. Cmd + P), but instead of sending it directly to the printer, opening the Print Dialog. Can I ...
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Random folders are considered apps

Recently I had switched over to a mac and pulled over my project from git that I was working on in linux environment. Now when trying to import the said project into various applications, Finder ...
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Excluding specific file names and types (not categories, not folders) from Spotlight

How can I completly and permanently exclude specific files (with names like readme or general file formats like .php) from Spotlight search? One practical example: I have important notes saved as ...
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Open files in background on MacOS Sierra?

I often want to open several files, and then check through them. They may not appear consecutively in Finder or Calibre, so I have to select a few, open them, select more, open them, etc. ...
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External HDD (Apple_HFS) not recognised by Finder under Sierra 10.12.6

my external HDD (used for TM backups and some other stuff) suddenly stopped working with my MBP 2017 (Sierra 10.12.6). I can see it only through the Terminal (see screenshot 1) DiskUtility won't load ...
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How to save files to Google Drive in Finder?

I read a previous post on this topic: "How to you get the “Share with Google Drive” contextual menu option in Finder?" How to you get the "Share with Google Drive" contextual menu option in ...
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Is there a way to search in current folder in file open dialogs?

In normal finder window, I have set it to search in current folder by default. However, when I want to open a file in the open file dialog, the search is still a global Mac search. Is there anyway ...
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Mojave: disable or control the “[SOME_APP_NAME] wants access to control [ANOTHER_APP_NAME (often Finder)] …”?

A new security feature in Mojave revolves around a system dialogue that prompts you to grant access to apps that want to control other apps, such as Finder (I'm finding frequently happening with some ...
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How to change `view options` in download/browse window dialog?

I know how to change view options in Finder. But I failed to figure out how to change view options in download/browse window dialog. Many apps will allow you to browse files/folders with a popup ...