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Odd issue with same name files

I had a lot of junk files in my Desktop directory and i decided to select them all (Option+A) and create a new directory with those files (^+Option+N). I was surprised with a popup saying that i have ...
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How can I get rid of the “move to applications” window?

A few weeks ago I downloaded Brackets from the internet. Now whenever I turn on my computer, I see the following popup and nothing I have tried will make it go away. Can anyone explain what this is, ...
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How do I increase the size of the icons in a list stack?

When adding a folder to the dock to make a stack, I like to view it as a list. The only problem is, the size of the icons is too small. I know there is a way to change the size for the grid stack, but ...
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Into Finder, when clicking on a color tag, loading unfinishing and finally no folders displayed as expected

I have a bad experience with color tag into Finder. Indeed, when I click on red color tag, I expect the displaying immediately of the directories that I have associated to this red color tag (2 ...
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Drag & drop stops working sometimes on High Sierra

After a while of leaving my computer (macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra) on, drag & drop stops working. To be clear: I can only hold files and drag them, but cannot drop them at any location (in finder or ...
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Automatic removal of items from the trash after 30 days

Since Sierra, we can tell the Finder to remove items from the trash after 30 days. I have some questions about this: How can I tell how many days are left for a given file in the Trash? Where is ...
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File associations keep being reset to TexShop

I use Sublime Text as my editor for markdown (.md) files and have it set as the default program for this filetype. But occasionally the association changes to TexShop. This is corrected by going into ...
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Is it safe to delete the com.apple.appstore folder? It takes up 80gb on my 256gb hard drive

Is it safe to delete this folder? From what I've read, it just holds App Store cache. I'm running really low on disk space, and this folder is massive. Edit: The filepath is: Macintosh HD/private/var/...
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How to remove leading whitespace in a folder for OneDrive upload on mac os

I am currently transitioning my files from local to a OneDrive folder on my mac and after I have copied all of the files in I have hundreds of Sync issues which relate to file names containing spaces ...
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Automator folder action leaves files ghosted in Finder

This is my action: When I drop an item in ~/Downloads, this happens: I've redacted other files in that pic - they are black ink and I can do normal things with them in Finder. The pic-of-bigmac.jpeg ...
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Spotlight Search: Show ALL FILES, and exclude ALL FOLDERS

I am looking for a macOS equivalent of the Windows command: type:NOT"file folder" This command, when entered into Windows Explorer search bar, will display all the files of a directory or ...
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Successfully launching a shell script from Finder when the path has a space in it

Been trying to work this out this morning and beginning to wonder if this is even possible. When launching a shell script through Finder, either by using the extension .command or opening .sh files in ...
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macOS: Are nested disk images ok?

I am using nested disk images to secure some of my files. But I am getting read/write errors on a disk image that is inside another disk image. Around 95% of the files are OK, but occasionally I ...
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Can I customize how file information is displayed in Finder [duplicate]

There are 3 things I need from Finder for my work: I need finder to be in "Columns" view, I need the window to be relatively small, and I need to be able to see the "date modified" ...
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There is a file named index.dat, and subfolders named serially from 00 to 0f, a0 to af … f0 to ff in my `~/Applications` folder, can I delete them?

My User's Application folder does not contain the regular Applications' folders one might expect. Instead it contains an index.dat file and a lot of sub-folders that are serially numbered (00,01,...,...
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How can I make a homebrew application the default for opening certain file types?

I just installed mpv with homebrew on MacOS Catalina. Since I spend equal amounts of time using the terminal and Finder, I would like to open all video files with mpv from Finder. Unfortunately, I don'...
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Mysterious extra 100GB of hard drive space taken up [duplicate]

I have a 250GB SSD hard drive on my Mac. Last time I checked the remaining space was about a week ago when I removed Bootcamp and free'd up an extra 50GB of space. This left me with around 150GB space ...
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FUSE volume Finder window toolbar

Often, the Finder doesn't show the toolbar for FUSE volumes: if I show it and I detach the drive, the toolbar is still missing when I reattach the volume. Is there any workaround?
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How to change file icon for macOS native file type?

First up, there are several other posts here and on StackOverflow and SuperUser about this, but few of the answers are satisfactory, definitive or up-to-date. I want to change the file icon for all ...
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Is there any app or anyway for mac to search within a video's texts/transcription

This might be a very niche thing, but I have a lot of local and downloaded videos on my Mac that I keep for educational purposes, and was wondering if it's possible to search through the ...
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Restoring a new iPhone from backup fails with no error or message, why?

I am trying to set up a new iPhone by restoring a backup of my old iPhone (which has a dead battery and cannot be charged because the lightning port does not work) I selected to restore from backup on ...
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View hidden folders on MacOS Mojave? cmd+shift+. does not work [duplicate]

Since I'm not really great with using the terminal, I would like to see hidden folders on my Mac through the regular user interface. However, I cannot show my hidden folders. I tried things I found on ...
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Why is it still not possible to cut files to paste them elsewhere in Catalina? [duplicate]

I find it weird that this simple functionality doesn't exist in macOS, as it does in other OS. IIRC, it used to exist in the System 7 era. What would be the rationale to get this simple functionality ...
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When switching window with cmd+tab, focus not on open finder window, but on original monitor

Issue summary: Finder window not in focus after switching to it with cmd-tab Background: I'm using two monitors, A and B. I have 1 Finder window open only on B. Steps to reproduce: I start off on ...
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Finder on macOS: Search works by default with “Name matches” instead of “Name contains”

Is there any possibility to change default behaviour of Search text box in Finder to search with “Name contains” instead of “Name matches”? I know there is this possibility in advanced searching ...
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How to solve problems with safari download files

I am on MacOS Mojave and I have not enough data, for now, to upgrade to Catalina. I am getting this extension(and shown still downloading) as shown below even though the download is finished. But the ...
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Can only see half of folder screen?

My Finder folders today have a line beside the folders Since the view is half blank, I have to move the line over before I can view the rest. Can anyone help a girl out?
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Files grayed out in Finder. Can preview them, but cannot open, move or copy them

I don't know how they got this way. I have files with this problem in at least several directories. I found out about them today because I was trying to move a ton of directories to a new disk (...
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How to reduce file size of multiple pictures in Photos app?

I have some pictures in Photos that I simply don't need in the maximum quality my phone camera took them in. They're usually about 2-4MB when ~200KB would suffice. I am looking for the best way to ...
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Assigning Tags/Comments/Descriptions to Stock Apps in macOS

TL;DR- has anyone found a way to assign Tags or modify the Description/Comments on stock apps in macOS? I'm currently working on creating Smart Folders based on Tags and it's working incredibly well, ...
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Can't find a last taken screenshot in the Finder Recent Files section

I took a screenshot and few minutes later wanted to get it via Finder -> Recent Files which is sorted by "last open date" but couldn't find the file there. Is it a bug or Finder -> ...
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AppleScript: Clicking a button in a dmg file

I am trying to figure out what code will send 2 clicks to open a file in an opened .dmg file using AppleScript in Script Editor. I did create the .dmg file I've been searching for ways to create a ...
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macOS (Catalina 10.15.5) - Save dialog - no way to filter/search

In macOS, the Save dialog window has a search box, seemingly to allow for users to search/filter the output in order to use an existing file/folder name as a template to then modify for the new file/...
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Moving files (manually in Finder, via terminal MV, or via script) appears to leave a 'ghost' file in search results that cannot be deleted

Scenario: I use plex with a DVR and torrents to download tv shows and the accompanying files. The DVR files save to DRIVE_1, and the permanent storage for PLEX is DRIVE_2. Issue: When the files are ...
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Finder does not recognize all sharepoints available, opens only 1 that was previously mouned by default

Finder does not recognize all sharepoints available, opens only 1 that was previously mouned by default; runing macOS Catalina 10.15.5 acting as client connecting to AFP File Server running Mac OS ...
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Lost Permissions Can't Delete Folder

I accidentally ran a PHP script that creates a directory with permissions 0777 and I am now unable to delete this directory. Any help to delete it would be appreciated, I have inserted a picture of ...
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Hidden files saved by Mac OS X into USB drive

I inserted some USB device (I don't quite know which partition type it was) into my Mac OS X Yosemite, copied one file from this device into my Mac, and saved one txt file from TextEdit into this ...
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Is it possible to automate/add a shortcut to getting a link to an iCloud file in macOS finder?

I know that I can get a link by right-clicking on a file in my iCloud Drive in macOS finder, then selecting Share -> Add People -> Copy Link -> Share Options -> Anyone With The Link. If ...
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App to sort through every file on Mac?

I'm switching to a new computer and want to sort though my files to back up some of them. Basically, I'm looking for a Mac feature or app that I can use to sort through every user-generated file. I ...
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How to skip using Photos app whem importing photos

I prefer to keep sorted/labeled folders of all of my iphone photos via finder and a NAS system. With more and more system updates and phone/iMac changes, I am finding that now when I go to import ...
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MacOS Catalina: access subdirectories on iPhone

When iTunes had to be used for file transfer from/to iPhone, the user experience might have been confusing, but it was functionally achievable. Since MacOS Catalina - 10.15 - Finder seems to be the ...
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Finder not showing DVD/CD drive even when it is checked in the Preferences

I am playing a DVD so it's definitely "understood" by macOS to be present. But not by Finder ? I tried unchecking and re-checking the CDs, DVDs and iPods: no change. I have also rebooted ...
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How do I use sf2 sound packs in GarageBand?

So I've been looking for an answer to this in other's question threads, but I don't think they mention the use of sf2 sound packs. I'm kinda new to this so I'm not familiar with the Soundfont thing. ...
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Is there a way to send a music file from Finder to an iPhone's music library?

I have files in, for example, ~/Downloads/music that I'd like to have on my iPhone's local music library. Is it possible to do this via Finder or some Terminal command, rather than having to connect a ...
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Made a change to 'Path length on Finder Tabs' - I need to change it back to default

I read an article that led me to change the way the file pathway shows up on tabs in Finder. So instead of a Tab just reading "/Downloads", it starts with /Users/MyName/Downloads. This is ...
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How do I find files lost since I upgraded to Catalina 15.0154?

I have a MacBook Air Catalina 10,15.5 When I upgraded to 10.15.4 however, I may not have backed it up my because now I've lost all my documents except those created since the update. All my photos, ...
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Any way to make symlinks or aliases resolve over a network with macOS?

So I like to move my big folders from the home folder on the macOS System SSD to a hard drive and keep the SSD mainly for the system files and apps, a fairly common practice. Problem is when I want to ...
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Is there a quicker way to share a file with AirDrop on Mac?

I love AirDrop and often share files between computers using it. This is how you do it on macOS: Right-click on the file Move the mouse all the way down to "Share" and click on it Click on ...
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Catalina disconnecting SMB shares from Synology NAS during the night. How to troubleshoot?

I have an issue since upgrading Mojave to Catalina (10.15.5): my Mac disconnects all SMB shares mounted from a Synology NAS during the night and without any user interaction. It only happens when my ...
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iCloud Drive Saving Document Edits to Archive

I have an iCloud drive folder where I store my word documents. I edit the word documents while they are located in iCloud Drive. I recently noticed when I opened up a word document that it was the ...

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