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

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How to fix Automator passed arguments returning empty files?

I'm attempting to create a workflow in Automator that uses jpegtran to convert several hundred album art jpg files from progressive to baseline. I can manually run the script in terminal like so: ...
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Is there a way to prevent simultaneous mounting of a DMG in a shared folder?

I share encrypted disk images (dmg) over Dropbox to share sensitive information with others (or across my own machines). Is there a way to 'lock' the DMG when it is mounted in one machine so that it ...
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right click creates new finder window at click location

I would like to create a finder window by right clicking and selecting "new finder window" similar to the right clicking to create a new folder . Is this possible through automator?
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Bundle identifier of Zathura (not listed in 'Applications' folder, to be used in Karabiner)

I installed a PDF reader called Zathura in MacOS Mojave 10.14.4. Zathura's version is 0.4.3, and I installed it through Homebrew (brew install zathura). It works correctly: I can open PDFs in ...
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Finder window reappears if still open

I am sure this question was asked somewhere but just could not figure out precisely how to describe the behaviour so as to find the answer. I have multiple windows open on the screen. The one in the ...
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Quick way to create a symlink?

Dragging a folder in Finder while pressing Command + Option (⌘ + ⌥) creates an alias. But is there a quick and similar way to create a symlink this way?
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How to handle *.framework, *.xcarchive (etc.) like the folders they are?

*.framework, *.xcarchive and similar are just normal folders if I look at them with command-line tools (file, ls, etc.). Still Finder treats them different from normal directories, e.g. double click ...
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Finding the icon of the default application from Terminal

Say I have some files simple_doc.txt document.pdf website.html The .txt file opens with textEdit by default, the .pdf opens with Adobe Reader and the .html file will open in Google Chrome. How can ...
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Recreate old aliases in bulk to reduce their file size, keeping their name and creation date

I noticed that in recent versions of macOS, aliases I create are smaller than they used to be. I have a folder full of old aliases whose sizes range from 50 KB to 6 MB, but new aliases seem to be ...
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Large external storage stops working after being connected for a long time

I have a 4 TB LaCie RUGGED USB-C external hard drive, and when it's connected to my MacBook Pro (13-inch mid 2014) for a long time without being used, it stops working. I do allow drives to sleep when ...
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Create new (.url) file with url address as variable input

I am looking for a way to create a new .url file in the current folder, but have an input field that allows me to enter the desired webaddress the file should link to. The whole process should be ...
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How to temporarily disable the Finder application?

I am trying to incorporate the use of CLI commands in my daily workflow to learn them better. I have tried the seemingly popular solution of force-quitting Finder from the Apple menu, but it isn't ...
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Connect through Finder with server, save permissions? [duplicate]

I'm trying to access my FTP server through Finder, I can open the server and access the files. But when I try to change a .css file or something and save I then get an error stating that I don't have ...
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Interrupted Finder whilst it was deleting 400GB of files. Now I have 400GB of Hidden Space that won't go away

I was in the process of deleting 400GB of files from the Trash when I needed to restart Finder. The Trash emptying progress bar was about 1/3rd of the way through. Now DaisyDisk tells me I have ...
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How to save as into a customized destination on macOS?

When I try to saveAs a file on macOS (like in a browser such as Safari or Chrome), the only destinations I see are "devices", "favorites" or "recent places". However, how to save in a different ...
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Renamed /etc folder. I can't login anymore

I did a silly thing by renaming the /etc folder. I was asked for the admin password to change the folder's name. But it's not possible to rename it back to /etc. As if my password was wrong. I assume ...
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STRANGE: After saving a file named BD.jpg, a few minutes later it got renamed to: Good morning -darling …!…-).jpg. WTH?

Yesterday a really strange thing happened to me. I exported 3 files via PhotoShop from the same .psd file: first CA.jpg, second HK.jpg than the third BD.jpg to a website's src project folder (loaded ...
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Strange circular USB icon in Finder

I've got a minor problem which has been irritating me for some time. Whenever my Mac has a USB storage device mounted in Finder, it shows a circle instead of the usual USB icon. I'm not sure when ...
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Use terminal to request copy of files using Finder

I can copy files using the terminal like this cp -r path/to/folder1 path/to/folder2 However, this has some limitations: Conflicts are not resolved nicely: do I want to overwrite, rename, abort? ...
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No previews for Desktop files on Mojave [duplicate]

Here is what it looks like (two regular png images which previews were working fine before I upgraded to Mojave). Third one is a folder with custom picture and it was like that on High Sierra too. ...
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Problem to automatically update list of files on Finder

Why does the Finder (MacOS) not automatically update the list of files when the download is finished? How to solve this problem? Actually, I always need to click on another folder and back to the ...
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Get parent of symbolic link instead of original folder

I have a project with node_modules folder that contains a symbolic link to another project. The problem that inner project takes configs from parent project (etc ../../../config) and thus cannot find ...
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External Drive Finder Color-Tags on folder and files are different on different Macs

In our team we use the Mac color tags to organize tasks. Now we have a problem that some macs are not showing all colors tags. The operating system and the finder versions are the same on the ...
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Text Clippings in macOS 10.14.3 Don’t Wrap

Now that I’ve upgraded to macOS 10.14.3 (from 10.10.5), text clippings in the Finder no longer wrap to the window width, and they also inherit the background that was behind the text when it was ...
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Macos sorts file randomly (at least it seems so to me)

I checked other questions, checked Apple forums - the only thing I could find is Sort by / Arrange by but in my case none of their combinations helps me to get plain "by name" option, currently I can'...
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Hidden .DS_Store files not appearing in Finder despite enabling display of hidden files

Hidden .DS_Store files are appearing in Terminal when using ls -a command, but not in Finder. I have tried used keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + ., which toggles display of other hidden files and ...
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“Write Permission Not Granted” When saving to Windows Share from Photoshop

I've been banging my head against this and figured it's time I come to the community and see if any Apple experts can offer some advice on what to try. I've done the following: The users have their ...
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How to change default app to open magnet:// link without using a third-party UI app?

How to change default app to open magnet:// link without using a third-party app? I knew I maybe could use RCDefaultApp to do it but I am trying to figure out how to do it without installation of ...
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Basic utility to read files with browse option [duplicate]

Newbie to Mac. I am trying to open a file under /usr folder using Atom editor. File path : /usr/local/Cellar/maven/3/libexec/conf I am not able to find an option like windows browse where I can type/...
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Finder thinks item exists after it's already been deleted (Samba)

First, I copied foo.7z to my SMB share (zfs zpool, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Samba 4.7.6) through finder. Over SSH, I moved it elsewhere on the server. I tried copying a different foo.7z again to the same ...
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my library is showing without pressing the command key, and random mac os files show up

after granting my library access to a mac cleaner, my library suddenly appears in the "go" section. besides that, random files appear in my mac, but the icon is slightly darker. when i open that, it ...
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How to add “All my Files” back to Finder sidebar?

The "All my Files" icon in my Finder sidebar has disappeared, I may have inadvertently deleted it with an unlucky motion on the trackpad. This helpful answer shows the following technique, but I have ...
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Finder.app won't open after I edited Info.plist

I'm on macOS Mojave 10.14.3. I wanted to remove the Finder.app from the CMD+TAB, so I followed this tutorial and this solution to be able to edit the Info.plist file. The steps I followed were: ...
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A lot of mysterious executable files inside /Users/Shared

Recently I've noticed that a lot of mysterious .tar.gz and executable files have spawned inside my Shared folder, and by a lot I mean 466 total. /Users/Shared $ ls | wc -l 466 I'm the only user ...
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Applescript refer a link to a file in current finder window

Edited. Where is my current script : set plistfile_path to POSIX file "/users/moi/Desktop/Time/" choose file with prompt "Please choose a file:" of type {"plist"} ¬ default location ...
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New smart folder renamed “All My Files” folder. How to revert?

I created a new Smart Folder with the Kind is Document filter. I then sorted by Date Last Opened and saved the search as Recents. It seems like doing so has overwritten the default "All My Files" ...
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Where could I check to remove temp stored personal files

Do Mac's save any cached versions of files so that if using someone else's laptop or borrowing own laptop to a relative for temp usage need to be aware to remove to avoid personal info being seen? E.g....
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Finder out of sync with file system

For the last week or two, Finder is out of sync with the file system. This seems specific to my Downloads folder. Files I download are not visible in Finder, although if I open a terminal I can see ...
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removing 'recent' files names from finder in MacOS

There are about 5000 recents in my recents on finder. Can these be deleted or does this also delete the files themselves
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Why would files show zero size in Terminal by multiple KB in Finder?

I have a folder of font files that are ~30KB in size each. Finder shows this information correctly, but when I go to Terminal, it shows the files as each having a size of 0KB. ls -ltarh total 1008 -...
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How do I clear the downloading indicator from a file in macOS?

For some reason, one of the files I downloaded from the internet (which was fully downloaded without error) still appears in the Finder as if it is not done downloading: How do I fix this so that I ...
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Path of an application (here Python) is not accessible from the Finder

I cannot see in the Finder the path "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework" (there is no folder "Frameworks" inside "Library") although this path is the output of the error message when trying to run a ...
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Finder drops connection to server / network attached storage

I am trying to transfer data that takes days to complete and would like to have a permanent connection to my Network Attached Storage device. I can open finder, then go--> connect to server in order ...
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How to make Find File dialogue NOT sort by kind

It seems like the dialogue attaching files to emails in Chrome, which I assume is Finder-based, always sorts files by kind (folders, then documents, then images, then pdfs, etc). This sorting takes ...
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Option to open folders in windows instead of tabs not working… Reset parameters?

The option to open folders in windows instead of tabs is not working. I have been trying to figure out how to make this thing working again… Already activated-deactivated-activated-deactivated… the ...
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Set default Finder window size

What's the recommended way to set the default size of a Finder window in macOS Mojave? I've tried following advice like that given in How to set default finder window size?, but no luck. It's annoying ...
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Issues with linking to a file on a local network file server

In my workplace we often save files to a local network file server, sometimes in locations with a very long hierarchy tree to navigate. This can take up time and lead to confusion. I've recently been ...
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Finder Column View “Right Size All Columns Individually” via AppleScript

I'd like to set up a keyboard shortcut to trigger the "Right Size All Columns Individually" command that Finder's column view has when you right-click on a column divider. Is it possible to access ...
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Rebind Copy in Finder Application

I want to rebind Copy function in Finder. I have successfully rebound Paste (Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> App Shortcuts -> + -> Menu Title = Paste, Keyboard Shortcut = Ctrl + A) but no success with Copy. ...
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“open with” default app not working

Mac OS 10.14.3 [Mojave]: QuickTime Player is set as the default app for Finder's "open with" for .mp4 files on my Mac. This is what I want. But when I double-click an mp4 file, the kid3 app [a tag ...