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

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mdfind gives different results from Finder

On my MBP running Mojave (with SSD drive), I noticed that when searching for a file using mdfind utility I get different results than when doing the same search from Finder. No location/path ...
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Permission of ~/.Trash is always gone after Time machine backup

Every day, permission of ~/.Trash is always gone(Pic1). And .Trash become zero bytes file. That mean, I can't move files to Trash, and Finder will delete files immediately. Every time ~/.Trash go ...
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Why would running rsync cause the Date Modified value on a particular folder on the source volume to change?

I ran rsync last night to backup some of my drive. When I woke up, the source folder (which is sorted by Date Modified, descending) had a particular sub-folder at the top which I haven't touched in ...
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Remove items from the trash after 1 day

I can currently automatically delete items from trash in 30 days. But I want to speed that up significantly. How can I make any items that have been in the trash for 24 hours be permanently deleted?
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In the finder, how to select a contiguous group of files?

On a Mac 10.13.6 I am trying to select a list of contiguous files. I open the finder and see a bunch of images. In the folder, I want to select all images from e.g. place 10 to 20. According to this ...
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Bug with Archive utility and Column view

On OSX Mojave, version 10.14.2. Related to this post, which does not solve the issue reported here. Step 1. Configure Archive Utility to prevent opening new Finder windows: Close all Finder windows. ...
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Change File Open Dialog to have Date Updated/Modified instead of Date Added

For the Finder app the Date Modified is shown as desired: However in the File Open dialog it is not: How can the File Open dialog be adjusted to show Date Modified instead of Date Added ?
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Unlike other folders, dragging apps out of /Applications create an alias. What controls this behavior?

I usually install Cyberduck by dragging the .app bundle into the Applications folder on the root of my hard drive (/Applications). However, on macOS versions 10.7 Lion and newer, if I later decide to ...
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How can I create a Finder alias in a bash script that reads arguments from the command-line?

I'd like to write a bash script that takes 2 inputs: path to actual file path of a Finder alias file (not a unix link) to be created that refers to 1. The bash script should pass these inputs to an ...
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How do I drag (and drag without holding) and drop with the force touch trackpad?

I just upgraded from a 2013 MBP to a 2018 MBP, which has the force touch trackpad. I used to be able to "Drag and Drop" by simply double tapping (not clicking down) an item and then dragging it to a ...
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Batch compress files with same name, and also grab the images folder

I have folders that contain pairs of html and js files with the same name. But I also have an images folder that needs to be included in each zip, as it contains the bitmaps the js file calls. This ...
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Removing horizontal stripes from Finder in Mojave

This used to work for Mountain Lion, but it doesn't anymore. Does anyone know how to permanently remove the horizontal gray stripes in Finder in Mojave? Many thanks!
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Open a picture with Photoshop or Preview based on file location

Let's say I want to open pictures from those specific folders with Photoshop by default (with double-clicking the file): /Users/bob/Project1/ /Users/bob/Project3/ And to open pictures with Preview ...
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OSX Mojave + Automator - run AppleScript as Keyboard Shortcut Service

I am looking to create an AppleScript that allows me to open up a new finder window pointing to Desktop from anywhere in the system, preferably without having to use any thirdparty apps. Ideally the ...
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Google Drive File Stream keeps enabling it's Finder extension

I do not want any Finder extensions and turn I them off in System Preferences. After quitting and reopening Google Drive File Stream, its Finder extension always turns back on. What can I do to ...
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How To Search For Property List Files That Contain A String On Mac

Is there a way to search for all property list files that contain a certain string? Spotlight doesn't search inside .plist files. Yes, I have 'System Files Are Included'. For example, say a plist (...
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How to open a second finder window in split view when the current window is in full screen view

Let's say I have a finder window open in full screen view. I'd like to quickly open a second one, where both would be in the same split view. Sort of like using command-tab. And preferably to the ...
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Shared Computers Occasionally Disappearing

I'm using a 2015 MacBook Pro running High Sierra (v10.13.6) / 2.2 GHz i7 / 16GB DDR3 / Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB Graphics. Each computer at my work gets a CAT7 connection that provides internet access ...
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Unable to cut-paste file and folder in Finder [duplicate]

I am a new Mac OS X computer user. This is my first time Mac and I have been using Windows previously. I just bought a new macbook pro. I learned that instead of Control in Windows, Command button is ...
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Open Google Drive Link Locally in Finder (not corresponding app) on macOS

I can copy a link from the Google Drive finder extension and paste in a document (notes for example), but when I click this link it opens in the browser. How can I make a link which opens directly in ...
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What is this extra divider line on my Dock?

Mysteriously, this extra divider-line has appeared between any app I launch now and the previously launched apps? What is the purpose of this 2nd divider line? Why is it appearing now? How can I get ...
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Why doesn't spotlight return this file?

I am on macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. I created a file with Python but when I search for its name inside Spotlight (or Finder), it's not there. When I os.getcwd() and manually follow its path, it is ...
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Automator: Move files into new subfolder based on file's name

Disclaimer, this may not be something Automator can do. I have a large directory of movie files. In order to use a piece of software, each movie needs to be in it's own folder. I'd like to create ...
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Opening a new Finder *tab* from command line

I'm wondering if there is a means of opening a new finder tab (not window) from the command line. I can do, e.g., open . but this opens a new window. It would be nice to open a new tab in the most-...
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Finder “copy as pathname” adding smb:// on Mojave

On previous MacOS versions using the "copy as pathname" option from Finder would provide me the local mounted path on SMB resources ex: /Volumes/mountname/folder1/folder2 Now on Mojave its giving me ...
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Previously deleted pinned favourites re-appear after restart

After installing box.com for enterprise my Previously deleted pinned favourites re-appear after restart in finder. To clarify these are the pinned folders inside finder sidebar Any suggestions ?
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Automatically tag newly shared files?

I'm loosing track of all my shared iCloud files throughout my Mac. Is there a way to automatically tag newly shared files with a tag called Shared for example, then remove the tag when it is no longer ...
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How do I fix a blurry arrow in an alias icon?

I keep an alias on my desktop. It points to a Terminal shell script .command file. The alias arrow appears enlarged and fuzzy. It's pictured here next to a normal icon. How do I correct the look of ...
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Can we open/run a file/executable in Finder using the keyboard?

In Windows, we can select a file/executable in Explorer and on pressing Enter with the keyboard, the file/executable is opened. Is this feature available on Mac OS? In Finder, if a file/executable is ...
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Easy way to bulk change folder icons in Mac

In order to change the icon of one MAC folder, all we need to do is: Open the image Copy the image from the menu ("Edit" -> "Copy") Right Click on the folder and click "Get Info" Click the icon at ...
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Change macOS Mojave system icons

In the past, I changed my folder icons for Applications, Downloads, Documents and for applications like Mail Safari. Now many have reverted or gone to a white page picture. How can I replace them ...
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Finder doesn't show thumbnails for Alias in OS 10.14.2

Since upgrading to 10.14.2, the Finder doesn't make thumbnails for aliases of jpeg image files, instead, it only displays the generic JPEG icon. Is this a new bug, or is there a hidden setting ...
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How do I move files to external HD via Terminal?

I am trying to move a couple of folders from my Desktop to an external Hard Drive as Finder is not working. When I type command mount, I get the HD listed, but when I try to use command ls or cp I ...
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How to manually “file” files into folder, quickly, only using the keyboard

I'm working to set up a paperless filing system. Although I've got several pieces in place, one of the parts that slows me down the most is putting a scanned file into the right folder. Find the ...
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Batch Reformat Date in Filenames

I am in need of a solution that will allow me to batch reformat/rename the date appended at the end of a filename and then move the date to the beginning of the filename. I'm adopting the ISO 8601 ...
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Finder showing weird captions

I was recently using my finder to locate some files but then I encountered something strange. My two folders look like this an I don't know what's happening there. Can someone explain to me where they ...
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Create a new file type for arranging by type in finder

When I arrange my files by type in Finder, I have several classes like folders, documents, images... and others. However, all my .tex files are in others (Autres) and I want them to be grouped in a ...
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Determine com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles status using command line?

Is there a way that I can grab the status of com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles in command line? I switch between AppleShowAllFiles yes & no frequently, I want to write a .command file to check ...
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Is there a way to reroute files downloaded from a specific domain to a new folder?

This seems like a really simple issue and perhaps I'm overthinking it. My specific use case for this is: I've downloaded a pdf/image/etc. from a website I'd like to take that file and move it from ...
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Why is my Finder Blue now instead of the dark gray?

My Mac finder color is now dark blue/purple instead of the new gray nightmode color. I'm on the latest update of Mojave.
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How can I remove cmd+shift+left/right shortcut in Finder?

How can I remove the keyboard shortcuts shift+command+→ (Show Next Tab) and shift+command+← (Show Previous Tab) from Finder? I need those two shortcuts to select text while changing filename. macOS ...
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Preview doesn't show the content of text file with a certain extension (`.jl`) in Finder [duplicate]

When looking for a script of a programm (.py for Python, .m for Matlab, .jl Julia or .txt in general) it is very handy to go in the finder a simply highlight that script file ==> then a preview of ...
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How to get the path associated to a favorite in Finder?

I have some favorites in Finder (10.11.4) and I can't open some of them: "Folder name" can't be opened because the original item can't be found. The folder can't be open because it is on an ...
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Is there a way to identify color type using Keynote for iOS

I am wondering if you could find the exact color (using RGB, hex, CMYK, HSL, HSV, whatever!) of an object (like a rectangle) using Keynote for iOS. I couldn’t find a way to do this on iOS, plus I don’...
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macOS Sierra - How can I replace my original Documents folder if I deleted it?

I previously moved my Documents folder to another drive, then deleted the folder using terminal, and created a symlink to the external folder. Now I have decided on a change in the way I organize my ...
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Show a preview of folder in preview column in column view of Finder

I want folders to show up as previews in the right hand preview pane of column view in Finder. Primarily I want this so that I can access some some Automator actions right there in the preview pane. ...
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In macOS 10.14 (Mojave), can Finder remember previously opened tabs like Safari pin tabs?

First of all, I am not asking to re-open Finder tabs on OS reboot, we all know it works. I am asking for a solution when I accidentally clicked on the red-cross (aka close window button) on Finder ...
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10.14: Only display full path in a Finder window's title bar and not in its tabs?

I just finally updated to Mojave, and there's a new behavior in the Finder for those of us that set the hidden preference _FXShowPosixPathInTitle to true. Previously when using that setting in 10.13, ...
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Automator - automatically copy files/folders when tagged a specific custom label

Being a Mac user, I really enjoy the simple feature of tagging files and folders. Its very useful to filter by tag to quickly access any files which I have tagged regardless of where they are located. ...
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Best way to copy FILENAMES, MODIFIED DATE & SIZE in multiple nested directories on external drives? [duplicate]

I want to create lists of ALL FILENAMES, MODIFIED DATE & SIZE in multiple NESTED directories on some external drives? I am a long-time Mac user but completely ignorant of UNIX-OS X command line ...