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Cannot ⌘+V paste into Finder Go to Folder field

When using Finder Go to Folder [⌘+Shift+G], the field will not accept ⌘+V pasted text. I've tested this on 2 Macs (Monterey) with the same result. The workaround is to paste from the right-click menu, ...
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Where does the list of iPhone movies in Finder come from?

When I connect my iPhone to my MacBook, then go to Finder and click in the left column my iPhone name, I get to the syncing tool. At the top of this are the tabs "General", "Music",...
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Copy/Paste big folder results in different size folder -- no way to verify if it's an accurate copy

After a copy-paste of big file between two partitions similarly formatted on MacOS, I would like source and destination to have same size and same number of files. That way I know if copy has been ...
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Shortcut to Open finder without clicking the icon

I want to save a click, is there a shortcut that regardless of which app I have in my active view, it opens Finder into view?
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Delete Applications shown in Launchpad

I recently got a new MacBook Pro and used migration assistant to transfer files over from my old MacBook Pro via an intermediary external hard drive. After completing the transfer, my new Macbook’s ...
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Attempted to replace ~/Documents/, now can no longer access it from Finder

I wanted to move my Documents directory to a different hard-drive and create a symlink in my home directory, so after copying the contents, I did sudo rm -r Documents The command did not show any ...
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Why can I no longer drag photos from Photos to Finder?

Using Photos on Mac OS X 10.13. After importing photos from iPhone, they appear under Imports. There, I used to be able to drag them to a Finder window, but this suddenly seems not to be possible ...
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How to export Voice Memos from iTunes to Finder?

How can I export iPhone Voice Memos from iTunes to Finder? Everything I find on the web does not work: Right click on a Voice Memo in iTunes and select "open in Finder". - I do not have ...
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Configure Spotlight to follow symlinks in directory tree

When using the search box in a Finder window, I would like to configure Spotlight so that a search will follow symlinks in the directory tree below the present folder. For example, I symlinked several ...
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Mac Finder sort by date of file name change

Last night I went through 90,000 photos in a folder on my Mac. I changed the FILE NAME of maybe 200 of these jpegs. I now want to select JUST these in my Finder ( so I can move them to another folder )...
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Script executed when application Bluestacks is deleted from Trash

I just noticed something interesting when uninstalling Bluestacks on MacOS Monterey. I dragged the app to the trash and when I clicked empty trash, there was a prompt to allow to run a sh script. I ...
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Dragging file to 'select a file' dialog results in file transfer

I'm working with macOS for many years now, but lately, I noticed that when I try to select a file by dragging and dropping in the "file selection dialog", the file is transferred to the ...
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Finder can find "deploy keys" in Word doc as quoted phrase but not as separate words

I opened Finder to a folder full of Word documents and searched for deploy keys. No hits. I searched for "deploy keys" and found it. In a brand new document, I added the following text: ...
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Loop through this folder content and delete first file

I'm trying to delete the first file from each subdirectories of the main folder using automator. Parent Folder ├── 160x600-SubFolder1.1 │ ├── AnotherSubFolderEN-Test display_a98765bcd0e12345fg │ │ ...
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Setting Individual Folders To a Different Sorting Method? & Icon Size

How do you set each folder on the MacBook to a different sorting method? It's driving me crazy: I've watched videos, googled & nothing, no answers. Say I have 3 Folders on the desktop. I want to ...
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Switch focus to another app automatically after closing last Finder window

Is there a way to automatically switch the focus to another app after closing the last Finder window? The default behavior is to stay focused on Finder, yet it has no windows open. I tend to ⌘W the ...
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Solution to automate setting MS file formats to open in LibreOffice

Does anyone have a solution to swiftly set the default application across MS format documents to be LibreOffice for a largish number of users. To set out the problem: Fifteen users have installed ...
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Copy and paste from multiple Finder windows at once?

I have a very specific use case where I would like to gather video and audio files as revealed in the Finder. When I run a reveal in Finder command in Final Cut Pro it reveals multiple items in the ...
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Prevent "Yesterday", "Previous 7 days" groupings when uploading files on macOS?

When uploading to chrome (presumably in other browsers/applications too), how can the files be made to appear as a regular list without the gaps/sections for "Yesterday", "Previous 7 ...
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Where does APFS hide the resource forks and/or persistent Finder data?

Opening a directory in Finder used to create a .DS_Store in the directory.  But I just opened one today and that file was not created.  However, it did add eight kilobytes to the size of the directory....
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Why do Finder tags still appear on my Finder side pane when the tagged files are missing or not accessible?

As a follow up to Does macOS store the tags of Finder separately from the tagged files?, I now understand that Finder tags are stored in the metadata of files, together in the same disk as the one ...
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How did I accidentally summon this helpful Finder search feature, and what is it called?

In MacOS Catalina (10.15.7) I somehow inadvertently turned on this very nice search feature in a Finder window. I can select several search criteria in pulldown menus and build a search via GUI rather ...
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I can't disable tabs in finder

I have been having this problem for a few months now. Normally, it didn't show tabs when only one tab was open. (Just like how it is in Safari) But one day, tabs appeared on Finder and they don't go ...
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Automate arranging files into folders based on part of file name?

Looking to quickly arrange multiple thousands of files on my iMac into subfolders with the folder name being based on the characters before the first dash of file name (the title of the series). Not ...
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Making hidden files appear in FTP window (connecting to Linux server outside Terminal)

This feels so trivial but I've learned a Linux system I've used remotely for years may be shutting down and I'm anxious to move all of my files off of it. I've connected to it by opening a MacOS ...
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Naming folder "Framework.Service" appends ".app" extension which can't be removed

I'm currently having a really weird problem. I've checked out a git repo which has a folder named Framework.Service. When I run ls in the terminal it shows the folder name as is. But when I look at it ...
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iPhone keeps disappearing from finder (Apple Silicon)

I use personal hotspot on my iPhone as my main Internet connection. Several times per day the computer loses internet connection randomly. When this happens, the iPhone disappears from the Finder. ...
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Finder: Clean up by kind AND modified date?

Is it possible? Whenever I create a folder, it pops up anywhere, and then doesn't get sorted at the beginning of the folder (in Icon view). Basically; I would like Finder to show folders first, then ...
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/bin/ls shows less files than Finder (macOS Monterey) [duplicate]

While developing a macOS application that lists folder contents I found that macOS Monterey does not list folders properly. Some files and folders are simply skipped. For example: /Applications/...
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Automator save POSIX path from folder action as a variable in shell script

I want to save POSIX path of the file(which triggers the folder action while being copied to that folder) as a variable in the automator. I have attempted but failed. Can anyone please help ?
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I can’t connect to synology NAS in Finder via SSH tunnel

To be more precise, I'm stuck at the step when I try to connect the Mac to the NAS (Synology) It doesn’t load a share despite being able to connect in SSH via Terminal. My goal is to be able to ...
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How can I copy or sync iPhone photos to macOS via Thunderbolt from the command line?

For a year now Photos goes berserk when I connect my iPhone to my Macbook. It launches automatically and goes into an infinite loop of "Preparing to import from ...". Normally I'd be able to ...
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Finder not filtering searches when pressing 'Enter'

What I'm trying to achieve: Search through a bunch of files using the search bar in Finder. How I tried to achieve it: By typing a word into the Finder search bar and pressing 'Enter' How the system ...
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How to remove hard to delete files, automatically created after an update?

After an OS update you sometimes discover left-overs on your desktop, often named (Previously) Relocated Items. In my current case this was just an alias to X11R6 nested in several folders: /...
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Is there a way to ignore file permissions in the Shared folder?

I have a Mac (Big Sur 11.6.6) set up with two user accounts. Each has their own folder in Users and there's a folder called Shared that both have access to. One of my workflows involves syncing photos ...
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Help: Mac Finder constantly asks for password when I add/remove tags

When I try to add or remove a tag from apps in my Applications folder, it constantly asks for my password to complete the action. This is in reference to apps that I have downloaded – for all apps ...
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Create calendar entry with summary being the display name and URL the fileReferenceURL of currently selected file/folder in Finder via macOS Service

Managed to create two services which already work fine standalone. I currently have: As fileReferenceURL to Clipboard assigned to shortcut ⌃-F As Calendar Event Now 1h assigned to shortcut ⌃-E See ...
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MacOS mp3 preview error when using chapter markers

When I preview a podcast mp3 file from the Finder, I get an error when trying to access the chapter markers. This has only started happening recently. Whether using the space bar on a selected file, ...
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Where are the default icons stored on macOS Monterey?

Running on macOS Monterey v12 I recently learned that if you create a folder called Developer in your home directory, you can drag it to the sidebar in Finder and it will display with a tiny hammer ...
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Automator: move files to a dynamically created folder name from subfolder

I'm trying to move downloaded files to a new folder(Get name from subfolder files). Example: Parent Folder ├── 160x600-SubFolder1.1 │ ├── AnotherSubFolderEN-Test display_a98765bcd0e12345fg │ │ └...
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Sort by date modified while in icon view in Finder

When I group by Date Modified, then it creates certain groups such as Previous 30 days, April, March, ... But the files in these groups are not sorted by Date Modified. To view these files also sorted ...
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Remove specific files from iCloud

I was just wondering how I can remove certain big folders from my iCloud Drive and have it only save on my Mac. I've got some folders filled with footage that's like 800gb that I don't need taking up ...
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Mass Convert Numbers to CSV/Excel (Watch me do)

We have a department that has been using a copy of an Apple Numbers file to input daily data into and save them daily. The numbers file is designed with multiple tables etc. - but they have the same ...
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Associating .drawio.png with Diagrams.net desktop application

Diagrams.net supports saving diagrams as Editable Bitmap Images. Essentially this means that the diagram is rasterized and written out as a .png image with the editable version stored as metadata in ...
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Command+Shift+G panel appears but does not work. Fix?

To navigate to a folder I often press Command+Shift+G (a shortcut that has worked from NeXT days) and type where I want to navigate to. Starting with one of the updates to Big Sur (I'm still at macOS ...
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How can I see all available params in the commands for Finder, Dock etc?

I'm trying to build my own settings script with dotfiles, like this one https://github.com/driesvints/dotfiles/blob/main/.macos How can I see all the available parameters can be passed into defaults ...
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Why is a subfolder created when syncing a second Mac's Documents folder via iCloud?

I got a MacBook first and synced Documents and Desktop to iCloud. Then I got a Mac Mini and also enabled syncing. Now with the Desktop it works as expected: Same files on both Desktops. But in ...
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Finder corrupt files on copy to external ssd

Problem: sometimes finder corrupts my files when copying to external ssd. Reproduction methodology: copy via finder file to external ssd, then check this file md5 -q ~/Downloads/path/to/source md5 -q /...
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How to reset the selection of the screen recorder to the default?

When I press Cmd+Shift+5, I summon the screen recording utility. It shows with a resizable curtain which portion of the screen is going to be recorded. However, that selection persists between ...
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How to see the content in document folder in Finder in Monterey?

Current when I select 'Documents' in the side bar of the Finder, it only shows this image How can I make it behave similar to previous macOS version i.e. just show the files inside the document ...
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