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

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Show ALL files starting with a dot in Finder

This answer from 2011 doesn't work for me: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles true killall Finder I still can't see .DS_Store for example, .localized, ._. etc cmd shift . also doesn't ...
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iCloud folders visible in Finder but not in 'file upload' dialog in Safari, how to enable this?

MacOS 10.14.6 (Mojave) / Safari 14.0.3 In Finder I can see the following section and folders in the sidebar: iCloud iCloud drive Documents Desktop However, if I open safari, go to a site where I can ...
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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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Connect to remote Server with macOS Sierra through sftp

I recently moved from Ubuntu GNOME (16.04 LTS) to macOS Sierra and I wondered how I could mount a Folder, located on a remote Server, using the sftp protocol. Ubuntu GNOME (16.04) comes with Nautilus ...
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Desktop icon for mounted NAS volume changes location and it annoys me

Question relates to the desktop icon for a mounted networked drive. MacOS 10.14.6 - Seagate NAS SMB - Computer stays on and is set to never sleep. Airport Extreme. I mount the drive/volume and I get ...
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How do I get the full path for a file in finder?

I look for a file in finder, finder finds it. But, I'd like to find it's full path. How do I do that?
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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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How to create a text file in a folder

In windows I right click and then there is an option to create a text file. How to do so in mac?
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How do I show hidden files in Finder with a keyboard shortcut?

What is Ubuntu's CTRL+H equivalent in OSX Lion Finder to toggle display hidden files? My all searches point me to use: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE which is not exactly the ...
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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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3 finger swipe up / down in Finder not working Catalina

System Preferences > Trackpad > Swipe between pages > Swipe with 2 or 3 fingers I am able to swipe sideways but not up and down in Finder. Any ideas?
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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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How to set up Time Machine to back up to a specific folder in my Synology NAS?

I'm trying to set up Time Machine to back up to my Synology NAS. I need it to back up to this folder: /Shared/BACKUPs/MacBookPro2010 So on my Mac I go to Finder -> Go -> Connect to server and ...
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Is there a way to make Finder always expand to “Show All” by default in “Icon View”?

Is there a way to make Finder always expand to "Show All" by default in "Icon View"? I am referring to this situation where the "Show All" is collapsed by default:
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Find a specific word within a specific folder on a cloud drive?

I send out monthly wine cases to my clients, and we never send the same wine twice (until the vintage changes). I need to be able to search through all the existing tasting sheet docs to make sure ...
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How to open an external hard drive when its detected by Disk Utility but not in Finder?

I have a microSD card that is working on my dashcam. But not mac. (latest Big Sur) It's seeable in the Disk Utility but not in Finder. What should I do? Update: aab-MacBook-Pro-2:~ myname$ diskutil ...
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macOS 11 Finder preserve creation time (file/folder) for iOS 14 devices?

On iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, the Files app allows the user to view the creation time for folders and files, here is a picture of what I mean exactly. Simply press and hold on folders and files and a bar ...
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Sort by comment?

I have started setting deadlines on a document by putting the date in the comments, using the YYYY-MM-DD format and then what type of deadline it is (I have to submit initial, interim, and discharge ...
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Finder Sidebar in macOS Big Sur doesn't persist width change

I want to make the sidebar in Finder in macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 wider, but every time I restart Finder the sidebar goes back to its original smaller width. Is there any way to make the width change ...
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Keyboard shortcut to open Terminal at the current folder location in Finder

Say I am in a Finder window (eg: ~/Documents/code ) and I want to be able to use a keyboard shortcut to open a terminal window with the prompt user@computer: ~/Documents/code$ Most of the questions ...
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Is there an SVG version of the Finder icon from macOS Big Sur?

In a project I'm working on, we have icons to represent different platforms. Since we support both macOS and iOS, we don't want to use the Apple logo for either because it's ambiguous between those ...
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How to make a folder show the item counts in Finder?

how can I make settings to have this visible? I want every folder show the number of items included. On my Mac, the grey bar with 25 is not visible. How can I get Finder to draw this count on the bar ...
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Restore Download icon in Finder Sidebar

I'm on macOS Big Sur 11.1, and I wanted to use a different folder for my Safari downloads, so I created another directory and did ln -s ~/Downloads on it (symlinked). Everything works fine except for ...
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How does Big Sur determine execute permissions

In trying to add programs to the Full Disk Access list it is not clear how Big Sur determines which files are executable and thus addable to the Full Disk Access list. For instance I have files in /...
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Cannot mount USB hard drive

I have a 4TB USB hard drive (WB Elements) that I want to mount On a Macintosh Pro 16. Unfortunately it cannot be mounted and the Mac does not show up any error messages. It also does not show up on &...
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AppleScript App to start a Slideshow in Finder

I want to write an AppleScript App that starts a full screen slideshow with all pictures in the currently active folder in Finder (on Big Sur/Apple M1). Manually, in Finder I would have to open a ...
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How to refresh the shared list in the Finder's side panel?

In the left side of the Finder, under favorites and devices there is a shared list that contains computers and other devices on the network. I use the MacBook in two places, both with wifi. When I ...
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Safari opens a bookmark when I insert media

I am getting strange behavior, and I'm not sure where to start. Each time I insert an SD card into my card reader, Safari comes to the foreground and pops open the same old bookmarked page (not the ...
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Image Renaming, Mac's PREVIEW app: When typing a new name into name field at very top of Toolbar, how can I execute the rename with ENTER KEY?

I've been wanting to figure this out for years. When trying to rename an open PREVIEW image file by typing a new filename directly into the name field at the very top of the Toolbar's Name field, the ...
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How to get access to hidden folders from another Macintosh HD (Users/Applications)?

I need to back up the main Users folder, as well as all other data, from my main Mac (2013 13" MBP). I've gotten the dreaded UEFI-inspired flashing question mark, and tried running Disk Utility's ...
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How can I make the draggable titlebar file icon always appear at the top of files in Big Sur?

I don't know the nomenclature for this, but there used to be always a little file icon at the top of say, a pdf or jpeg which could be dragged to put the file somewhere else (eg paste it into an email)...
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Spotlight can't open a folder inside ~/Documents/

I use Spotlight to open folders, but quite often the Finder opens on ~/ instead of the folder I was looking for. I realised it happens when I try to reveal a folder which lies in ~/Documents/. ...
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Why can't Finder quicklook the mp4 I just encoded with ffmpeg?

I just did ffmpeg -i My\ Movie.mov vid.mp4 to convert iMovie output to an MP4. I can't quicklook the mp4 as usual (by pressing space), nor does Finder show a thumbnail for it. Here is ffmpeg -i ...
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Make open file 'finder' larger by default

How do I make this window larger by default so whenever I 'open a file' in any program, it's not super small? I am referring to the window size, not the text size. I have the finder (outside of 'open ...
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Change default app for many file types [duplicate]

Xcode is the default editor for many file types on Mac, and I'd like to switch these to VSCode. While it's not difficult to manually change the default editor for a single file type, is it possible / ...
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Clipboard paste hangs application for 30s

I'm on MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 (Darwin 19.3.0). My Mac frequently gets into a state where every attempt to paste from the system clipboard freezes the application I'm pasting in to for about 30s, ...
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Make the “Favorites” column on left, when you open a file in any Mac app, remember the width

When I open a file in any app in MacOS Big Sur, the "Favorites" column is always too narrow to read the folder names. I have to manually adjust the width every time I open a file dialogue in ...
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Sort files by hidden value in finder (Big Sur)

As simple as that : is there a way to sort files in my finder by hidden value (say all hidden files and directories will be on the bottom of my finder)
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finder menu “Services>>New Terminal at Folder” doesn't work

It opens a terminal at the user directory, just like clicking on the terminal icon does. I'm popping up a menu in Finder, on the folder, and the folder is outlined to indicate it is the subject of the ...
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Big Sur - No “Create New Folder” option when using the finder to download files

Since I've upgraded to Big Sur, the "Create New Folder" option has disappeared from Finder when it is opened in the context of downloading a file. Here's an example: A colleague sent me a ...
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How to know what is backed up in local backup? (esp. Health Data)

I don't use iCloud and want to back up my iPhone on my Mac. I followed this guide to do so and checked the "Encrypt local backup" box, since I also want to back up my health data from my ...
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Changing Airdrop Folder

I have changed the location of many other applications to save files to a custom folder instead of ~/Downloads. Is there a way to change the default Airdrop location from the Downloads folder to ...
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Enable Finder “Calculate all sizes” checkbox by default

Finder > Show View Options > Calculate all sizes This option causes Finder to calculate the sizes of all files and folders and display their sizes in the Finder list view columns, rather than a ...
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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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Find size of a path excluding hardlinks on Big Sur

I use a backup program which creates hard links of files with each backup. For example, if I back up a source directory that is 100 MB in size three times without changing anything, the program will ...
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Mouse not working when pressing Open With on a file in Finder

I have a very weird situation. In the finder application, if I right click a file and select Open With and Other, a new finder window pops up. In this new window, my mouse does not work - I cannot ...
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How to delete a backup of /dev/fd?

For extra safety, I recently decided to make a second backup of my Macbook's HD. Initially I did so with rsync, because I was already using Time Machine for my first backup. But then I realized Time ...
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Finder showing inconsistent sizes

On Mojave macOS, Finder here says that I am using 72 gigs of space. But when I open my HD it all adds up to about 42 gigs. Which is size of the system folder as shown in About This Mac, however, here ...
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Default folder icons missing after user account rename

I started using a MacBook Air M1, macOS Big Sur 11.2. When I created the user account I selected a lowercase name for the home directory. Later, I wanted to change that to a first uppercase name. I ...

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