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Troubleshooting: 90 seconds to eject external Time Machine drive?

I have a 4gb USB-C drive attached to my 16" MacBook Pro running Big Sur 11.2.3. I use this drive exclusively for Time Machine. When ejecting the drive, it takes anywhere from 90 - 120 seconds ...
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There is no application set to open the URL

Similar to There is no application set to open the URL rstf3://, I am getting the following error when clicking on https://miro.com/* links from another application (Slack): There is no application ...
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Delete duplicate/older program versions from openwith - Mac Big Sur

As you can see here I have so older versions of for example visual studio code. But how to delete them to only show one version? I tried this tutorial from gadgethacks which didnt work because it is ...
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Automatically Delete Files From Downloads Folder Daily Unless Tagged With “Keep”?

How can I automate the deletion of files from my downloads folder but keep files I've tagged with "Keep"? I've been able to use Automator to delete files daily, but I can't work with tags in ...
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Weird folder setup in Big Sur compared to Mojave. Lots of questions

I just upgraded to Big Sur from Mojave. Why are there 3 Applications folders in Big Sur? One listed on main hard drive which seems to contain everything Another in system folder: only some programs ...
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How can I export a list of files within a volume or folder?

I would like to export a list of files contained in a Volume into legible text, or a spreadsheet document that I can easily share. Things I have tried so far that didn't work: TextEdit: If I select ...
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Is there a way to get Finder to remember all my tabs and reopen them after restarting?

Just like with Terminal, I tend to have many Finder tabs open most of the time. Sometimes, I need to restart Finder and OneDrive (e.g., see https://superuser.com/questions/1546441/very-high-cpu-usage-...
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“Automator could not convert the input data to the desired type.” in quick action

I want to be able to view a location embedded in a HEIC file quickly by using 'quick action'. It is how it looks like when I tried to use the function via finder. Here is the definition of the quick ...
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Why does Finder give several different sizes in Get Info?

I'm looking at the size of a folder in get info, and Finder is giving me two different sizes, differing by about 10 GB! I'm curious as to the reason and source of this size difference. In the image ...
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How to stop asr restore remounting image after completion? Or at east stop the Finder window appearing?

I'm making a bash script and I need to run a asr restore command in it, but it automatically re-mounts the image after it's finished. This produces a Finder window that could trick someone into ...
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How to create and send “move folder to trash” AppleScript message to the Finder using C or assembly?

How to create and send "move [folder as FSSpec record] to trash" script to the Finder application using C or (PowerPC or 680x0) assembly language? I did a PBCatSearch (1) and got a dozen of ...
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Some Application keeps creating folders

I opened a write-protected and locked PDF-file with the Preview app. Originally it was located within a folder at the desktop. Afterwards, I moved the file within its folder to a different location. ...
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Can no longer connect to shared Windows folder when selecting via finder

For some days I cannot establish the connection to shared Windows folder when selecting via Finder -> Locations/Network -> <hostname>, I always get Connection Failed. When I click Connect ...
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How can I disable Finder notifications?

Every time I disconnect my mac from its dock, I get a Finder notification about ejecting a drive before disconnecting. It's a drive I use for time machine backup, and I just don't think it's worth it ...
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Renamed an icloud drive folder with the .tmp extension and files have disappeared

I read that I could rename a folder to have the..tmp extension to prevent it syncing over. I did this to a folder that had some confidential files, but I renamed the folder in my icloud drive and the ...
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Finder cannot see any files on NTFS mount

I installed osxfuse and ntfs-3g and it worked well till today to read NTFS partitions. Since today, after brew upgrade yesterday, Finder cannot see any file in NTFS root or folders, though they show ...
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Hide the Finder toolbar, but show the sidebar

It seems that the sidebar is automatically hidden (and the menubar option to show it becomes greyed-out) when the toolbar is hidden on Mojave 10.14. Is there a way to hide Finder's toolbar while ...
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Annoying “ghost” calendars show up in Finder sync app on macOS (while doing iPhone sync)

I'm syncing my calenders from MacBook (macos 10.15.7) to iPhone using the Finder sync (i.e. NOT iCloud). The problem: in the Finder sync app under the tab "Info" there is listed a huge ...
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Is there a way to copy the album art from an MP3 in the new MacOS Music app?

I bought an M1 Mac and it has the new Music app instead of iTunes. I was organizing some MP3 into folders and decided to use some common "covert art" graphics as custom folder icons. I know ...
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Filter or Find Finder Items Using Variable

In the Filter Finder Items and Find Finder Items actions, Automator lets you type out criteria for what your looking for like: Folder Name Contains: (Manually Insert Text Here) Here is an example ...
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Delete invisible files on removable media [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive. macOS automatically saves files like ".Trash" and ".DS_Store" ".fseventsd". I was able to delete some files using the terminal. However, &...
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Finder Tags just show list of tags, not tagged files?

I like the idea of Finder tags and I want to use them. I tried tagging files in Finder. Then I clicked the tag in the sidebar and... it just shows a list of all my tags... instead of the documented ...
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How can I use the keyboard to move quickly between folders in Finder?

In terminal, I have set up bash aliases which give me quick access to all of the folders that I use most frequently. Is there anything similar which I can do in Finder? I know that I can use CMD-SHIFT-...
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Big Sur Finder tab changes when focus returns to Finder

I am on Big Sur 11.2.3. Tabs change on Finder when I return to Finder from another desktop or switch focus to it from another application on the same desktop. Here are the steps to reproduce this I ...
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Copying greyed out files between drives

I am trying to copy data from an external NTFS drive to an exFAT drive. However, some files are greyed out and give me this error when I try to copy them: One or more items in “IMGP0029.AVI” can’t be ...
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Question mark on finder's side bar — could it be malware?

When I click on this question mark finder tells me it can't open it because the original item couldn't be found. A week ago I downloaded a file that I suspect could have been malware. Could a malware ...
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How to reset the Finder to its default settings?

Can the Finder be reset to all original Default Settings? Note there is a specific motivation: I no longer can view external DVD/CD drives from Finder even though they both can play movies/music CD's:...
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Airdrop file notification on Mac - missing “open in finder” option

When I send an image from my iPhone to my Mac for which I preferably use AirDrop, I'm annoyed that the notification doesn't give me the option to open the received file in Finder, only to open the ...
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How to change the system folders (Pictures, Movies etc)

It used to be possible (before Big Sur I think) to rename and remap the system folders (Pictures, Movies etc). What I am trying to do is move the folders to Dropbox like this: sudo mv ~/Documents ~/...
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Automater Move Finder Items Error

I am trying to move any item ending with .package or .ts4script from Downloads into the folder called Mods. No matter what workflow I choose, I keep getting the error "The action 'Move Finder ...
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Cannot resize Finder Columns in List View

Even when trying to drag the size the columns do not resize. I've tried holding Alt while dragging to no avail. This only seems to apply to the Date Modified/Created/etc. columns
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Mojave: iconservicesagent explodes in RAM usage when file has custom icon

I am running macOS Mojave 10.14.6. I have some large (over 1GB) files with custom icons (copy and paste onto the Get Info window). When I go into the folder with these files, iconservicesagent ...
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Disable “Folder shared with File Sharing” banner in Finder

As of macOS Big Sur or Catalina, folders shared via File Sharing have a banner when viewed in Finder: Is there any way to hide this banner without removing the folder from File Sharing?
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Fixing macOS Big Sur Finder SIDEBAR width prefs from command line?

My default sidebar width in Big Sur is too small. While I can click/drag to make folders look wider, that fix only works for folders that I open. If any application calls a new window to open - say ...
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How to change / replace the associated image of an icon located in the menu bar (BigSur)?

I know how to change the icon of an application (.APP) with .ICNS (same method applies to folder and file icons), but how can I change the specific icon related to that app in the menu bar? I have ...
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Change Google Drive Icon in Favorites Sidebar in Finder

How do I change Google Drive icon in the Favorites sidebar? As you can see on the picture, I have stripped the icon from the folder, but in Favs it still shows this huge triangle. How to replace it? ...
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Which encryption algorithm do external hard drives use?

if external data carriers are encrypted via the Finder, which encryption do you use?
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Big Sur: Documents & Desktop folders totally empty after turning off “Desktop & Documents Folders”

In the latest Big Sur 11.2.2: My documents and desktop folders went totally empty after turning off "Documents & Desktop" syncing in iCloud Drive settings. Steps I did: I went to ...
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Enable confirmation window when a folder is moved or deleted

On Mojave I would like to enable a confirmation window every time a user tries to drag a folder to a new location or delete a folder in Finder. Any kind of confirmation window in Finder. I also need ...
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Finder opens new tab/window every time

I'm on macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 (20B29). I have an issue with Finder - each time I click on Finder, it opens a new tab/window and I don't have any issue with the tab/window option. Steps given below: ...
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Finder not responding when logged in to iCloud

Finder has completely stopped working (is unresponsive/won't open.) I have to force quit each time I try to use it. My Desktop items have stopped showing too. Some other apps on my machine have also ...
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Display charset info of files in finder

I know that file -I (input file) in terminal get me the charset of a file. Is there a way to get that info displaying directly in Finder ? (something like QLVideo which allows Finder to display a ...
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Drag open Excel or Word file into Mail as an attachment

Say I have an Excel file open and a new Mail message open. If I want to attach the Excel file to the email, my usual approach is to locate the file in Finder, and drag the file icon into the Mail ...
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How to convert file format of massive image

How can I convert a very large Portable Pixel Map (ppm) file into a png on MacOS? I have a massive ppm image on my computer. The file is ~70 GB and I need to convert it to a png which would make it ~...
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Sidebar items disappeared

My finder sidebar items have all disappeared apart from Google Drive, network and my laptop disk... Everything else has gone e.g. desktop, downloads, applications etc etc. I have been into Finder ...
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How can I make word for mac docs open in front of the current application, not behind

Before I upgraded to Big Sur my word docs used to open in front of whatever application I was using, e.g. Finder, Mail. Now when I open a Word doc from Finder or a Mac Mail attachment it opens behind ...
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The application “XQuartz” can't be opened

I'm quite puzzled by the following issue. I tried to open XQuartz after some time I hadn't used it and I got a dialog box saying "The application "XQuartz" can't be opened." I went ...
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Absurd finder search results on my mac

I have MS Teams installed on my MacBook pro. So I set to find it and tried using finder. However, I got the following search results: All the initial search results have no similarity in their names ...
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MacOS - Manually open as read only

I hope this is not a repeat question—searching mostly turned up various versions of people having the opposite problem. Is there a way to manually open a file as read-only? The use case would be a ...
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Can I recover files lost in OneDrive Mac App Store update installation that had not been synchronized to web?

I am on 10.12.6. I know I should have had a backup. I have not used OneDrive locally for years, not launched the app etc, but I have a local OneDrive folder on my Mac where I stored things in the past ...

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