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Persisting Fullscreen Split View Bar

This often happens when I quit apps in fullscren split view mode? Has anyone encountered this too? Any known fix for this?
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Application refuses to open files via Finder

I have an application that I'm trying to automate opening a file for. When I try to associate this app with a specific file type in Finder, I get this error: The document "Document.<ext>" ...
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Clipboard paste hangs application for 30s

I'm on MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 (Darwin 19.3.0). My Mac frequently gets into a state where every attempt to paste from the system clipboard freezes the application I'm pasting in to for about 30s, ...
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Quicker way to copy files to a set of different folders for classification purposes

I think this is a pretty classic setup, hence I'm hoping for a solution here. In the finder, I have a folder "pictures" containing 15,000 pictures. For each of these pictures, I'd like to send it to ...
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Script or App to auto write URL of browser-downloaded files to their respective Comments field (metadata) in the files Get Info sheet?

I'm looking for a script or any other way to automatically write the URL of a download file to its "Comments" field, as shown in a files Get Info sheet (Command+I in Finder). Anyone know if I could ...
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How can I hide a ramdisk from Finder?

I'm creating ramdisks on MacOS following the usual procedure (ie: diskutil erasevolume HFS+ mydisk after hdiutil attach -nomount ram://SIZEINBLOCKS). They work, but they show up in Finder windows with ...
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How to open a network drive on MacOS?

On Windows if I want to open the internal bugzilla file server I just used to run (Windows+R ) //engweb.eng.company.com/bugs/files/ and it would open up the files on the Windows explorer. How do I ...
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How to use iCloud as a stacks folder?

I'd like to know if anyone knows a backdoor way to use the iCloud drive as a stacks folder in the dock? Like shown in this picture: Apple advisor told me that it's not possible. Another Apple ...
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Problem with ffmpeg and automator

In my work, I often have to merge video with audio, ffmpeg and automator seemed to me to be the best solution for this, and indeed it works quite well. However, I have a problem: I used the "service"...
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Is there a way to configure Finder to move files to external drives by default, rather than copying them?

I was recently helping somebody move their Mac's information to Google Drive, and the best solution turned out to be using the Google Drive client for Mac. I moved the relevant files to their Google ...
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Mail: attach file located in folder that begins with dot [duplicate]

In Mail, I would like to attach a file in a directory beginning with dot (in my case ~/.ipython). But the Finder-search in Mail does not see these files. Is there a solution?
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Compare two folder structures and list files which exist in both, but are different

I have a local working folder which mirrors part of a web server’s public folder. I usually work in the local copy and then auto-upload files to the server when saving. Trouble is, I’ve realised ...
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Network drive connected via ForkLift not accessible via Finder nor Terminal

When I connect to a WebDAV network drive via ForkLift (using CMD+K shorcut), I only see that drive in ForkLift, I cannot access it via Finder nor Terminal. Why is that and how can I access it with ...
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Can't relaunch/use finder on a 2019 MacBook Pro

The finder app on my new 2019 MacBook Pro is unresponsive and if I relaunch it then nothing happens. It's a newer MacBook and thus the power button is the touch ID button. I tried to power off the ...
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Is it possible to download an app and install it on iPhone/iPad by using Finder

Actually, after updating to Catalina iTunes is divided into Music macOS application and Finder abilities. So for backup and etc, we should use Finder, now I want to know: Is it possible to download ...
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Automate emails with attachment or link to file on box.com

I have video files that are being produced automatically. The filename of the video files have the user email address in them. There is also a google sheet that has a column with the file name and a ...
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Copy with Finder from external HDD to MacHDD(data) fails with zero byte entry and no warnings or copy dialogue

I have an old NTFS backup disk (simple copy) used 2007-2014. Disk File system is OK. I can open the files (Canon raw images) from the HDD using applications on the Mac so the Mac talks to the HDD. ...
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AppleScript Automation for select all files in folder, create/rename .zip name of parent folder

AppleScript Automation for select all files in a folder, create/rename ZIP with name of parent folder Can somebody help me with AppleScript? I tried to solve my problem with Automator but cant get it ...
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Drive can’t be opened because the original item can’t be found

Something happened on my Macbook Pro such that whenever I click on anything located in the left column of the Finder, particularly anything external located under Devices (aside from the Macbook ...
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Don’t select extension buy default “Save” dialog

If I’m not mistaking, before I changed computer, the extension wasn’t selected in the "Save" dialog. Is there a way to achieve that?
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Opening multiple finder directories simultaneously [duplicate]

Is there a way to open multiple finder directories at the same time without necessarily opening two windows? I'm thinking something similar to opening multiple tabs in a mac terminal.
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Is there a way to change the order in which the finder alphabetizes?

On Linux,on GitHub, in bash on iTerm2, and generally by convention most everywhere else, the following files would have the following order: _01_file _03_file _2_file In Mac® Finder, however, they ...
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Batch removing part of filenames using Automator

I'm trying to create an Automator script that removes portion of a filename after a delimeter while preserving the extension. Files are usually called like 1-cropped_DSC5888.jpg, 2-...
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Mac OS Extended (Journaled) HDD showing space used, but empty in finder

I have a 1 TB Toshiba USB External HDD that I formatted to Mac OS Extened (Case-sensitive, Journaled). (I'm not sure why I did the "case sensitive" part, probably an accident). When I open the drive ...
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Remove bucketing by date in Finder results

I have sorted by Size but Finder still sub-buckets by Date: e.g. Previous 7 Days Previous 30 Days etc. I need to have that sub-bucketing removed: how to do this? Update I am on Mojave and the ...
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Finder icons without thumbnail preview and a cross?

Today I imported (MacOS Catalina, 10.15.3) some RAW and JPG images from my Canon EOS R camera using ImageCapture. They are 3 CR3 bracketed (AEB) images and the JPG HDR created by the camera. Strangely,...
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Can you add Tags to pre-installed apps on macOS Catalina?

I'm trying to add Finder Tags to some of my apps in Catalina, but I notice it doesn't seem to let me add tags to pre-installed apps (Messages, News, etc.). Is this still possible or has this ...
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Screenshots take forever to appear in Finder

Fresh install of macOS Catalina 10.15.2 In screenshot's options I turned off that "show floating thumbnail" thing and set the screenshot folder to ~/Downloads. Sometimes I take a screenshot and it ...
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Add search criteria in the Finder in Catalina

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inches, mid-2015) with a 2.8 GHz Intel quad core i7 processor, now running macOS Catalina 10.15.3. Before the upgrade, I could do a search as follows. Press ⌘ + F to ...
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Finder file dialogue very restricted - any way to enhance it?

I am referring to a finder dialogue which opens e.g. when you chose to open / save a file in another application. The context menu items that finder exposes are quite limited (you cannot open a file,...
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Custom Image for Symlink on Mac OS

I've seen how to set a custom image for a folder, by passing into the icon in the "Get Info" menu. However, this doesn't seem to work for symlinks. Is it possible to modify a symlink to have a custom ...
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Is it possible to remove hidden iCloud folders in Mobile Documents? [duplicate]

I discovered that inside the ~/Library/Mobile Documents folder is a trove of directories for what seems like every app that has been granted access to a user's iCloud drive. Some of these folders can ...
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How to restore files, keeping original “Date Added”

I had an automation problem with my Downloads folder (no doubt my fault), losing the correct filename for > 2,000 files. No prob: I'm obsessive about backups (internal Time Machine plus 2 external ...
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How do I stop my Mac from trying to open new tabs when I make normal clicks?

Yesterday I was using musescore and was playing around with keyboard shortcuts and eventually my mac is now acting weird. Every time I click on something it opens a new tab (on all my browsers) and ...
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Finder shows different folder sizes, and number of items

I am having a strange issue.. I have a Synology server, whose mounts are attached via smb in my Mac. There somewhere I have a folder, which I want to copy paste to another external hard drive, which ...
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How to get keyboard shortcut for downloads folder work again after deleting downloads folder?

I tried to get my downloads folder synced with iCloud and followed this tutorial: How to sync an additional folder to iCloud Drive similar to how macOS Sierra does it? However, I did not like the ...
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MacOS Mail cannot access folders on external drive via symlinks

My 2012 Mac Mini is running High Sierra, and I have copied older mail folders to a partition of an external drive. In the User mail folder, I then placed symlinks. In Finder, the symlinks show the ...
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Remove or resize icon-preview in column view in Finder [duplicate]

When working I often have a small Finder window in the corner of my screen, in column view. The preview of the icon is so large that it forces the file properties info (ie. file size, creation dates ...
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Is there a way to disable dragging (drag-n-drop) in a read-write dmg file?

I´m creating a dmg image that should be able to use drag-n-drop of a folder onto an application. The user installs my app by dragging a folder onto an application (.app) that is made by Automator ...
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Chrome's URL field prohibits some URLs from being drag-drop'ed into Finder for auto .webloc file generation. Why is this?

Here is a six-second video to demonstrate the scenario I can't seem to figure out. Why won't the second URL become a .webloc like the first one? ..and is there a useful workaround if not a solution ...
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Files and Folders services do not appear

I'm running macOS Catalina 10.15.2. I enabled "Files and Folders" in Services under Shortcuts in the Keyboard tab and I enabled all services under Files and Folders. The services do not appear in ...
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MacBook Pro: “Zero bytes left on iCloud” even after upgrading storage plan

I am facing an issue with my iCloud Drive. My MacBook Pro does not want to sync up the files anymore which are on my machine. My iCloud storage was full so I upgraded my storage plan. I can see the ...
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Finder closes after emptying trash or ejecting a disk

Is it possible to change some Finder settings so that it doesn't automatically close the window when the Trash is emptied or a usb disk/hard drive is ejected?
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Does google drive work with Finder integration?

I know there is an app from google, but it is to automatically upload files from macos to drive. I would like to be able to see the files that are in my drive from the finder, open then and when saved ...
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In Automator, can I combine 2 or more variables into a new variable?

First off, let´s set the scene. I am trying to make a small applet (.app) to include in a DMG-file for distribution. The .app file will only activate when a user drags a folder with my product-files ...
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iPhone files not showing up on Finder

I have an iPhone 11 Pro Max running iOS 13.3 and a Macbook '16 running macOS Catalina 10.15.2. When I connect my iPhone to my Macbook, it is recognised in Finder "locations" but I do not have access ...
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Convert image and save to same folder in Automator

I'm trying to figure out an Automator workflow (to make as a Service/Quick Action) to convert an images' file type - easy enough with the "Change Type Of Images" option. BUT, doing that alone replaces ...
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How to view Hidden Files in Finder? [duplicate]

I have some .m2 files which I need to copy from Finder in Mac but I don't see them there. How can I see the hidden files in Finder. One workaround is to open the folder in terminal and use ls -a ...
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Finder directory containing latest iCloud Photos

I often want to included a recent photo in an email, file upload, or other similar context. I want to select this image via the normal macOS file picker. I do not want to go through the hassle, each ...
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Spotlight overlay stopped working on Catalina

The spotlight overlay that is available via cmd+space suddenly stopped working. First I thought it was maybe a conflicting keyboard shortcut. But clicking on the little search icon in the top right ...

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