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Can't move files in root user desktop

I logged in as the root user so that I could pull all the files from all users into one folder to then transfer to an external hard drive. I had no problem moving files to the root user desktop but ...
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Stop finder from opening search by default

I open finder with option + cmd + space. Which on my second MBP opens a Finder Search window. (I then have to press cmd + n for new finder) On my primary machine I have somehow set it to open a new ...
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How can I Spotlight search exclusively in `.txt` files in `~/.` on my disk?

I was talking to Mr. Ramanujan at his desk when he gave me his cell phone number. I recall I had a text editor open and I wrote the number in a file. Normally I store such details in ~/phone-numbers....
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Is there a method to target an open Finder window from the “Save” dialog?

In some ancient version of the Mac OS, I seem to recall that, while in a "Save" dialog, there was a way (or an extension which provided a way) to click on an open folder in the Finder in order to ...
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Certain files greyed out in external HDD

My question is the same as this one from 5 years ago. I have an NTFS external hard drive and certain files on it are greyed out and can't be opened until I run certain commands on the command line. ...
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Is there any reliable, repeatable way to find a folder on MacOS?

I have a folder full of Logic projects on my local drive. Finder offers no way to get to it. It's a constant frustration. I can get to iCloud, Downloads, Applications -- but not my own files on my own ...
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Finder “Get Info” panel is showing different folder sizes for two folders that should be the same

I did a copy and paste of files from my MacBook Pro (2018) 15-inch (Mac OS 10.13.16)’s 256GB SSD (formatted APFS) to my 2TB WD My Passport hard drive (formatted HFS+). I wanted to confirm that all ...
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Can App Folders be moved inside iCloud Drive without disruption to their services?

My iCloud Drive root folder is increasingly chaotic, with all my personal files and manually created folders mixed with all the automatically-created app folders — such as Sketch, TextEdit, Shortcuts, ...
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Setting arrangement of new Finder Window via AppleScript

I want to create a new Finder Window, and change the default arrangement from "None" to "arrange by name". Here is my code that does everything except the arrange by name part: tell application "...
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Permission problem on Mojave and High Sierra

I received an error saying "The folder can't be opened because you don't have permission to see it's content." This is on an external drive and it's only happening to one specific folder on that ...
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How to deselect a file from Quick Look list preview?

When you select multiple items and press space (open Quick Look) you can click an icon1 where it shows a contact sheet with the thumbnails of the files, can you deselect an item without closing and ...
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Copying dropbox files on MacOS (shared folder icons)

I have a DropBox account that has folders in it. Some folders are shared and others are not shared. When accessed directly from Finder I can see the shared folders have an icon with three people on it....
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Trouble with Shared Folders Between 2 Macs

I have 2 Macs (a MacMini and a MacBook).The MacMini gives shared access to a couple of its folders. The MacBook connects and has read/write access to those folders. For many years this has worked, but ...
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macOS Mojave — Finder won't show favorites and can't drag new folders into favorites

Something happened to Finder on my Mac. It won't show the favorites I've selected (as per Finder->Preferences), and I am unable to drag any folder into the Favorites area. I've included a screenshot ...
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How to prevent macOS from putting icons on some areas of the desktop?

I have a 49" 5120x1440 ultrawide monitor with some windows always open on the sides and I don't want any kind of item hidden behind them (for example, mounted external drive, downloaded/copied file, ...
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Accidentally removed quicklook - Mojave

I accidentally removed the original quicklook.app, because i had installed a helper that did not work, which i then wanted to remove. I removed both the helper and the the original quicklook.app Any ...
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Deleted files from MacBook but space is not being cleared

Today I moved a folder (a folder I created myself that contained video files) from my HD that was almost 100GB in size to an external HD (I don't use Time Machine/never have) and once I ejected the ...
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Why does macOS create file mounts for each app?

I installed a lot of apps on my new MacBook, and I can see my desktop is filling with file mounts for each app. The Finder is also listing them like this. Can someone please help me understand why ...
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What is the easiest way to make a folder and every file inside of it read only?

Given that locking a folder in Finder only prevents copying files into it, not changing the files inside of it! I'm asking on behalf of a friend using macOS Mojave, who can't type, he solely uses ...
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Finder Search not working when searching network drive shared with SMB connection on Mojave 10.14.0

We went through the nightmare of finding out that 10.14.5 Mojave did not allow other Macs to connect via SMB without freezing client's Finders and/or not connecting or dropping connections. To fix ...
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Exclude files and folders from Finder search

I seek to excluding files when searching in Finder: When I perform a search in Finder, it will also show system and application files. I know I can save a search which only searches my user, but I ...
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Remove Finder item delete animation

When deleting an item in Finder (using Command+delete), there is a short animation which delays the process a bit. Is it possible to disable that animation (e.g. using defaults write)?
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Why is finder copy faster than Rsync for local volumes?

I routinely find that the finder is faster for local disk to disk copy operations than Rsync. For instance Rsync on a large directory (100gb with 14000 files) can take many times longer than the ...
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mounting NFS v4 results in “Invalid argument”

I recently bought a Synology NAS. I can mount via SMB and APS properly, but I can't make hard links. So I looked around and tried to use NFS. NFS ver3 does work, but Finder behaves strangely for some ...
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How to go to folders that start with that letter first then files

This is similar to "Quick search in folder by key press", but with a slightly different case. When I have a Finder window open and press s on the keyboard, it selects the first file that starts with "...
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Increase number of “Recent places” in Preview.app NSNavPanel drop-down

I frequently use the quick-save drop-down panel of Preview.app, and I want to increase the number of "Recent places" from the default 5. I typically use it to re-file downloaded documents into the ...
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Lost All Files in a folder because of undo on my mac [duplicate]

What just happened? I have a flash drive of mine with a lot of school files that I just planned on doing a format. So before I went to Disk Utility then erasing it to the format I wanted, First I ...
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Remove side menu(right side) from finder

When I open any Finder window it appears with options in the right side. I can hide it by dragging it to end. But if I open a new window of the finder it appears again. So, please help me to hide that ...
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Mac “open” command opens directories with Skim, not Finder

The open command on my mac breaks when I install Skim, a PDF viewer. When I try to use open to browse a directory with Skim installed, open launches the Skim app, and I am presented with the ...
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How to replace rather than add tags in MacOS?

I've been scratching my brain on this one for a while. In macOS, it's easy to add tags to a file (whether right-clicking on a file, using the toolbar shortcut button or using the File menu). In each ...
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Finder connects to FTP server, but has blank file list

Description When I mount a LAN or WAN FTP share in Finder under High Sierra (10.13.6), it lists no files or folders. Steps: Connect to the server via Finder's "Connect to Server..." command ("Go" ...
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Prevent files in a folder from being moved?

On a Mac, is there a way to prevent files in a folder X from being moved by any means (by the Comd+C then Comd+Opt+V on Finder, or by mv command on the command line, or by other apps etc.) to another ...
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Why does unplugging a drive lead to data loss when moving files?

I did a cut and paste (Comd+C then Comd+Opt+V) on my Mac 10.14’s Finder to move some .mov files from my internal SSD to my WD My Passport External Harddrive. Alas, after a while, I move my Macbook ...
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Removing connected servers from sidebar

The Macs that I admin all have Home Shares mapped (via AD - Force UNC path) and are appearing in the dock. However I need to get rid of the root folder that appears in the sidebar of Finder once the ...
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How to paste files using Applescript (or bash)?

I want to paste a file copied by Finder in the terminal. Sth like pbpaste but for binaries. (pbpaste itself just returns the basename of the copied file.)
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Data loss due to lost connection when transferring to External HDD - are they on the HDD actually?

I did a cut and paste (Comd+C then Comd+Opt+V) on my Mac 10.14’s Finder to move some .mov files from my internal SSD to my WD My Passport External Harddrive (connected by USB 3.0 with a USB-C to USB ...
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Unable to remove 'thumbnails.fraghandler' from bin [duplicate]

I'm running MacOS Mojave. For months, I have the following file in my bin which I'm unable to remove: ~/.Trash/Recovered files #1/(A Document Being Saved By Quick Look Helper)/thumbnails.fraghandler ...
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Search for all files whose parent is a specific folder

I'm trying to create a smart search which will match the top-level contents of all folders with a specific name. E.g., imagine I apply this search to "foo" in the following folder structure: /foo/x /...
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Sort files by spreadsheet

I have a folder than contains over 1000 text files. The text files are supposed to be organised in folders. I have a spreadsheet which states which text file goes in which folder: Is there any way I ...
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Removing Spotlight index for a no-more-existent Time Machine drive

Suppose that an old full Time Machine drive is attached to a new macOS installation, and configured as the main backup storage (but no backup of the new position already begun). Spotlight started ...
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“Compress item” inside Time Machine backup

Trying to compress (by right-click + "Compress item") an item inside a Time Machine drive's /Volumes/drive_name/mac_name/Latest folder will put the resulting .zip file on /Users/user_name/Desktop on ...
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How can I make downloaded files appear in “Recent” in Finder?

I'd like files downloaded via browser to also appear in "Recent" in Finder, as well as the normal content there. I really miss this functionality from Ubuntu and am aware of how much time and clicks ...
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How to Enable Paste Menu Item in System 7

I recently got a Macintosh Color Classic running System 7.1, and I am trying to move old files off of it. My goal is to copy files from the Macintosh to a floppy drive, then read them from a USB ...
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How to get statics on OS X finder folder visits?

Is it possible to know which folders I'm visiting often in the finder app? I want to put those often-visited folders on the sidebar.
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I have override a file in bin folder and this affect other programs

I was installing phpstorm. It use shortcut to use it in bin files as "ps" to use "ps" in terminal to open phpstorm. I didn't know that a file with that name already existed, and I found that when I ...
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How do you move up one folder in Finder?

I used search to find a folder, and so using the back button takes me back to search. I would like to view folders that are in the folder-I-searched-for's parent folder, but I don't know where it is ...
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Network drive in finder sidebar disappears, is there's a way keep them in unmounted state?

I use Automator to mount my network drives on boot by following instructions from this link: http://osxdaily.com/2012/05/04/automatically-connect-to-network-drive-mac-os-x/ and then drag the drives ...
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Finder preview: See file size and date in column view

I use Finder mostly in the column view, which has a preview option. This shows a thumbnail of the selected file. Previously this showed file information like a date and file size. I prefer this much ...
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Finder accesses SMB share while computer sleeps

I have a networked drive being served over SMB which is regularly accessed from my Macbook Air. The problem is that it spins up even after my Macbook Air has had its lid closed and has been sleeping ...
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Clock icon next to some apps on macOS Mojave

Notice the clock or piece-of-pie icons next to 3 of the apps in this screenshot of the Finder. The icon has been there for two days. All three apps work; I have used each of them. ➥ What does that ...