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Questions tagged [folders]

"Folder" is the colloquial term for "directory" or "subdirectory", an abstraction of the file system hierarchical divisions used to organize files, documents, applicatons and pieces of programming code.

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Previously deleted pinned favourites re-appear after restart

After installing box.com for enterprise my Previously deleted pinned favourites re-appear after restart in finder. To clarify these are the pinned folders inside finder sidebar Any suggestions ?
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Cannot access directory through standard user even when permission is given

I have a directory that I need to use to launch my OpenVPN client in my Mac. It is copied from my Raspberry Pi server through SSH protocol with my root user in Terminal with SCP. However, I need the ...
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How to batch add folders to Folder Actions

I actively manage a directory of folders that contain images that are organised by modification dates. Due to this, I had made a quick action that used an applescript and bash to help me ensure that ...
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How to run .sh script from usb in Terminal Recovery Mode? [closed]

I am a novice user. I would like to run MacUserGenerator exported shell script to create an account on a brand new iMac without manually doing this in the set up process. Not sure if this possible? ...
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Removing a file from a protected folder in Mojave

Background I am trying to remove Sound Flower from my Mac. I found some relative files in 3 places. I removed 2 of them but the third one is in a folder that will not allow me to remove it. ...
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MacOS default folders missing

I noticed, I am missing some of my default folders in the finder (Public, Sites, Movies, Library). However I can list them in the terminal and enter them with the cd command. I tried to use chflags ...
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Can AppleScript get folder contents with file extension exclusion?

Looking for a way in AppleScript to get the contents of a directory with an exclusion to parse through. I know how to do this using find in a for loop with the command: find . -not -name "*.bat" but ...
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Search for a folder inside smart folders' folders

I'm trying to build a smart search for this workflow and I have this folder structure . ├── folderA_11 | └── CSS | └── file1.css | └── file2.css | └── file3.css ├── folderB_11 | ...
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How to apply the parameters of view to all the directories?

I know how to setup the mode of the view for a directory: sorting, the size of icons, etc... However, this gets applied only to the current directory. Whereas I want to apply them to all the ...
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How do you remove Favorites Shortcut (.cannedSearch) from Network Mount?

I accidentally had the sidebar open and dragged the "All My Files" shortcut under Favorites into a server folder where client's folders are organized alphabetically. No one can seem to delete this ...
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Batch Renaming Folders

Is there a way to batch replace current folder names with increasing numbers? The "Rename Finder Items" built-in feature only lets you replace in the 'Find and replace text' kind of way. Not all my ...
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Changing the default folder for opening a new Finder tab or window in macOS High Sierra?

When I press ⌘+T or ⌘+N in Finder to open a new tab or window, for some reason it always starts in this folder: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/MyLibraries/...
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Why does Mac OS overwrite whole folders rather than merging their contents?

I’ve noticed that if I have two folders of the same name but different files in each, copying one on top of the other (eg: from different parent locations) will cause the contents of the first folder ...
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Am i supposed to have access for “com.apple.TCC”?

I was doing some snooping around on my Macbook Air after the update to macOS Mojave and noticed a folder that i have permission to view its contents that i dont have permission for on my iMac. The ...
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Use as default - missing in Finder's Show View Options [duplicate]

As outlined in this SE/AD post, in High Sierra 10.13. I am not seeing the Use as default button, referred to in nearly every post I can find out there on the internet.
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Sorting files on extension (kind) and then date in Finder? (Mojave)

When viewing a folder in Finder, by clicking the different column headings you can select how you want the folder contents sorted: by name, kind (extension), modified date, et cetera. What I would ...
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Massive .dmg file in /Users/username/firmware/ folder: any ideas what the heck it is?

So, I've discovered that there's a 2.57GB .dmg file in the /Users/username/firmware folder on my Mac (High Sierra v. 10.13.6). The filename is <058-97232-130.dmg>. There are a couple of other dmg ...
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Set folder properties to show extra information

I have seen that for certain folders such as Pictures, Movies, Music, show extra information in more columns when viewed in List View in Finder. For e.g., if I Ctrl click on one of the column names ...
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Empty AssetsV2 folder in Finder

I was doing some snooping around in the Finder on my mac and found that there is an empty folder titled "AssetsV2"(https://i.imgur.com/ohxkTp6.png). Im unsure of the direct path but it's found by ...
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Find all folders with rwx permissions for a certain user?

How do I find all the folders that have rwx permissions for a certain user? Preferably no admin, can use shell scripts, Terminal, Python 3.6.
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Sync files between two different folders on a single Mac

I am looking for a solution to sync files within different folders on a single Mac. The files are tracked under Git version control system, so I can't use aliases.
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Finder forgets /Applications folder's view options on each log in

I recently did a fresh install of macOS 10.13.5 on my MBP, and came across a problem with my /Applications folder that I haven't been able to solve. Finder will forget that folder's view options and ...
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Customize the way Downloads appears at the bottom of the Dock area

The Downloads folder appears at the bottom of my Dock area (which is on the left side of my screen). When I minimize a window, like from Finder, that window goes into the Dock area directly above ...
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Folder pop open but not in Finder

I'm running High Sierra 10.13.5 on my iMac. In the dock at the bottom of the screen, there is a collection of folders on the right side of the dock. When I click on one of these folders it pops open ...
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How to count the number of files and folders in iCloud Drive?

I have subscribed to a 2TB iCloud Drive account and uploaded several 100k files from a Windows 10 PC. During the upload, that took several days, the PC crashed and restarted for some unknown reason. ...
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Dock folder shortcut: Is it possible to change the sort order of files in subfolders?

I have a shortcut to a folder in the Dock. Here is how this folder is configured: This folder contains several subfolders. When I enter a subfolder by hovering the mouse cursor over a subfolder ...
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How to view any folder as if it was desktop

There's a folder called "Desktop" in the home directory. By default, when there are no windows on the screen, the contents of "Desktop" are shown over the background. I'm wondering if there's a way to ...
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Why is date modified for a folder earlier than date modified for files inside in Finder?

I’ve noticed that when I check the Date Modified for a folder and then open it, some files inside have a Date Modified later than the folder itself. This is confusing, because I sometimes sort folders ...
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Mac Mail: I know a folder exists, but I can't find it

Mac mail searching is brilliant: I can easily find all messages from a particular person whereever they are. The problem is, it tells me it has found messages in a folder called "dave", say, and I ...
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How to combine “Choose folder command” with “adding folder items” function with Applescript

I'm using a folder action to create a "hot" folder, which immediately duplicates the files placed in this folder to a specific backup folder. This is the script I'm using as folder action and it ...
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How to always reveal the Safari Downloads Folder despite it being on another desktop?

I use different desktops as project spaces. This generally works great and feels organized. I can work on multiple concurrent projects and context-switch at will when I want to resume work on a ...
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Move an app to applications when it's installed itself elsewhere [duplicate]

I installed SmartGit on my iMac, and it put itself in the Eric's iMac folder, adjacent to Macintosh HD. When I open the SmartGit 18.1.2 folder, it has the following contents: It would be nice if I ...
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Split a large folder containing many files into a set of smaller folders

This seems like a pretty common use case: I have a folder containing multiple files which I'd like to split into multiple folders, where each output folder is no bigger than a given size. In short,...
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Risk of altering folder structure in Apple Photos?

I've used Apple iPhoto and now Photos for many years, and now have a library of about 32,000 photos and videos. Right now that library is on an attached drive with no rights, so family members can log ...
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Opening Data folder in Time Machine

Since Apple will be discontinuing Time Capsule backups and I have a couple of years worth of backups I would like to access, please inform as to how to open the Data folder inside Time Machine and ...
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Automator Not Properly Filtering Files Modified Within Last 7 Days

I am trying to automate the process of backing up my development files weekly. I want to automatically back up the files, filter through all of the files, and delete the files that have not been ...
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Make Merge Files the default behavior in (High Sierra) Finder when moving folders?

MacOS notoriously deletes whole duplicate folders when you are moving folders. That is, if you have a file structure: Folder1 └── Photos ├── Bright\ Selfie.jpg ├── Indiana\ Dunes\ at\ Sunset....
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symbolic link vs. alias

Disclaimer: I work with programmers, but am not one myself and have no real / formal knowledge of how an OS works; please be patient if the following makes plain my ignorance :) I am trying to ...
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How to obtain a list of files contained in a folder (as a text file)

I have a huge folder containing musical scores and books (mainly in .pdf). I would like to create a text document (TextEdit will do just fine) which contains the complete list of the folder's content ...
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Automator Error FOLDERS - Multiple renaming of files

I have made an Automator workflow that renames files automatically when they are places in a folder "SCRIPTZ". It is supposed to add the words RENAME_ to the file [DELETE] WatchOUT eXtreme Brochure ...
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Mac mail search gives me the name of a sub-folder: how do I find the containing folder?

When I search for mail in Mac Mail, the search results tell me that the mail it located is in a folder called "2018". But I have lots of sub-folders called "2018" with different parent/containing ...
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How do I make aliases hidden in macOS?

When I enter in Terminal: chflags hidden location_of_alias it hides the actual original folder the alias points to but it does not actually hide the alias itself. How do I do it?
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How to drag/drop music folder to iTunes? (for automatic playlists, folders and subfolders)

I have a Music folder with separate folders for genres, artists, and albums etc. I found that iTunes allows folders and subfolders, and need to just drag/drop the music folder to iTunes to be able to ...
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Where is the information written to when you execute `chflags hidden` command for a folder in Terminal?

Does the chflags hidden shell command write information to the folder itself, or write it to another hidden file like .DS_Store? I'd like to know because I'm making a thumb drive and I'd like to ...
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MacBook Air High Sierra disk image not recognised couldn't open

I created a disk image from a folder using disk utility and now when I double click it to open it i get an error message saying image couldn't be opened. Image not recognised. What can I do?
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Cannot empty iCloud trash folder

I've had this infuriating problem for quite some time now, where I can't empty my Trash. More specifically, every time I empty it, there's a folder called temp(1) that keeps reappearing in there after ...
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How to stop folders being modified when you look in them?

When I open a folder, the "date modified" date changes. This is annoying if nothing in the folder has changed. I like to search for things by reverse "date modified" order, i.e. listing things that I ...
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Folder Actions missing in High Sierra?

I've been using folder actions for years. Ever since upgrading to High Sierra, my folder actions still work but the ability to add new ones is missing. When right clicking on a folder, there used to ...
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Finder takes forever to open a directory with a lot of subfolders on NTFS or NAS

On my external NTFS HDD I have my music collection with over 3800 artists in it, which is structured like this: /Music/Artist/Year - Album/, each artist as a separate sub-folder. When I try to open ...
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Merging multiple folders

I have multiple folders within a folder. Each of these folders contains only files (no subfolders). None of the files have duplicate file names. Is it possible to merge all of the folders to ...