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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How can I force a folder and the contents to be downloaded locally and not uploaded to the iCloud?

I am trying to store a folder locally on my Macbook pro. I am running Catalina 10.14.4. Once I download the videos, they eventually all upload to the cloud and I have to redownload them. I am about to ...
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MacOS: how to remove folder shortcut from downloads folder?

Just updated to Catalina (10.15.5) and now have a folder shortcut to my Music folder in my Downloads folder. Clicking on it will bring me to the music folder path, so it's not a duplication, but a ...
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Allow all applications to access Desktop, Documents, and Downloads in Catalina

How do I disable the macOS Catalina security feature that prevents apps from accessing the Desktop, Documents, and Downloads folders without my permission? The ideal fix would be something that I can ...
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I have macOS Catalina 10.15.5. I have two apps folders. Why the two folders for apps and how to make desired changes in them?

I have two application folders. I cannot make the desired changes to 'Applications 1' folder like delete an application or access apps. I face the following scenarios. Once I am in 'Applications1' ...
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How do I find files lost since I upgraded to Catalina 15.0154?

I have a MacBook Air Catalina 10,15.5 When I upgraded to 10.15.4 however, I may not have backed it up my because now I've lost all my documents except those created since the update. All my photos, ...
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How can I sort my Download folder without having to do it manually every time [duplicate]

I want my download folder to be ordered in the following way: Top left corner I want the last downloaded file and bottom right corner the oldest. Right now, I always have to right-click inside my ...
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Does MacOS periodically purge older files in /Users/<username>/Library/Caches/…?

In the past, I put temp files in /tmp/ folder, and the OS automatically purges them as time goes by. I'm now considering using the alternative folder /Users/username/Library/Caches/myFolder/ but ...
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How to delete a locked app using superuser privileges?

Recently, I was trying to get software that re-maps my mouse's buttons. I stumbled upon a software named Karabiner-Elements, which has the ability to do many things relation to keybindings. After ...
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How to move files from a lot of folders into a single folder without moving the folders themselves?

Let's say I have the following files and folders. High-Resolution Pics (Folder) ----WashingtonDC002.jpg ----WashingtonDC004.jpg Low-Resolution Pics (Folder) ----WashingtonDC000.jpg ----...
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Change directory in Terminal if working folder moved to Trash (in interactive shell)?

So occasionally I will be working in zsh, in an interactive shell, and will shift to the Finder (or Path Finder) and while there will throw the folder, that is the current working directory in the ...
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How do I recover OneNote for Mac folders from a Time Machine backup?

I was using OneNote for Mac, and created 30+ folders and content. I have an iMac with Time Machine backup. I took my iMac to a computer shop and got an upgrade to my hard drive. When the computer ...
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Deleted user content by accident

I was trying to empty the trash from terminal because Xcode was stuck in it, but I accidentally removed the trash from the path and ran sudo rm -rf ~/ I thought for a moment i was changing the ...
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How can I trigger the creation of a .DS_Store file in a directory?

How can I trigger the creation of a .DS_Store file in a directory? I have a Macbook Pro and at some point I found that within a directory, the modified dates on some of first level subdirectories ...
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Automator - Renaming it without any .html extension

Can we able to rename the files without file extensions? I did tried the following setup, But I get the filename ended with "." may be because the same folder name as file exists. Here is my ...
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Separate/different sharing of sub-folders in Notes.app

I am trying to share a (sub)folder within a shared folder hierarchy with a different person, but this seems to not be possible in Notes.app on Catalina. ... ? Let's assume I have a folder structure ...
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GUI vs. CLI Folders on macOS

When you create an empty folder on macOS Catalina (10.15.4) via Finder (Right Click > New Folder), and check its information (Right Click > Get Info), the "Size" attribute shows: Zero bytes (Zero ...
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How do I prevent macOS from thinking a folder is a file?

I am usually copy/pasting the name of the projects my team works on into a folder's name, so that they match. This allows me to be organized and fast, and to find folders that match project names ...
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Merge multiple folders and subfolders with differing names in macOS

I have multiple folders and subfolders that I need to merge. Merging them manually would take ages (300+ folders). I can't figure out how to use ditto correctly to solve my problem. I do not know if ...
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All folders in mac contain “__MACOS” folder

Whenever I upload any of my folders to my vm (or any OS that isnt mac) I always see this folder inside it named __MACOS. I was wondering just what it is and why I cant see it from a mac (I tried ls ...
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Entire “Users” folder is missing when booted into Recovery Mode

I posted this in the Apple Discussions forums, but have yet to get an answer that applies to the depth of which this situation currently exists. My Mac's hard drive (running Mojave) suffered some ...
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Can't view contents of a certain existing folder

I have a flash drive formatted to ExFat with multiple folders, one of which contains various mp4 files. Likely because of some stupid decisions which include "Forcing the computer to shut down in the ...
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How to change default folder/file permissions for file sharing

I have 3 Macs on the network. Each has a Standard User account that is using the Mac. User A has a folder with files that other user (B & C) can access. When I first copied a bunch of files from ...
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Opening the folder of the current/any note in Apple Notes (macOS and iOS)

How can I open the folder of a specific (current) note in Apple Notes.app? My Notes.app has a few thousand notes in about a hundred folders (nothing special, I guess). If I find a note through the ...
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How to modify view of sub-directories inside a directory? [duplicate]

Trying to modify the view of a directroy, I prefer this view: But I hate the right part where we see the info on each app. Is it possible to modify it to be on default like this (without the ...
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How do I reset the “@” for directories on a MacBook Pro?

drwx------@ 23 johnc staff 736 Mar 30 14:31 Downloads I used to be allowed to ls -al the contents of my Downloads directory in my $home directory. $ ls -l ls: .: Operation not permitted
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Get back an icon from the “icon?” file

I have a external HD with several folders and every folder have a specific icon. I tried to clean it up with CleanMyDrive2, and now my folders are all back with the usual blue folder icon. Inside of ...
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Sorting files in dock folder

I'm runninγ macOS 10.15.3 (Catalina) and have noticed this behavior. I have my documents folder in the dock with the following options: Sort by: Kind Display as: Folder View content as: List The ...
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“File is Locked” message for a folder with thousands of subfolders/files

After transferring a massive code project to my Mac, I noticed I couldn't write anything to the files inside due to the "File is Locked" plus an access denied message. Unlocking the root folder didn'...
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Sharing iCloud folder in macOS Catalina

There were some discussions about sharing folders (not files!) on iCloud Drive; for example, here and elsewhere. It seems that this is not possible straightaway. Can anyone provide a step-by-step ...
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Shortcut go to folder containing the file opened in TextEdit

I know that I could right click on the window title to have the folder path but the question is specifically to use a keyboard shortcut. Maybe is there a way through the creation of an Automator ...
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MacOS Catalina: How to move the pictures folder to an external drive

How can I move my Pictures folder (users/me/Pictures) to an external flash drive (volumes/"SD UltraFit 256GB (Fotos)") using MacOS Catalina and "link" the new folder back to its original destination. ...
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can't change permissions on /usr/lib folder [duplicate]

Im trying to install an iLok crack at /System/iOSSupport/usr After installing the plugin, and trying to Replace a libstdc file at / usr / lib / (with a file from an archive for the current version) ...
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I just changed my single user home directory to “/”, can I return back?

While deleting another user account on System Preferences, I changed the home directory for the primary user (System Preferences>Users and Groups>Users>Advanced Settings) to "/", because I already ...
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Opening multiple finder directories simultaneously [duplicate]

Is there a way to open multiple finder directories at the same time without necessarily opening two windows? I'm thinking something similar to opening multiple tabs in a mac terminal.
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Creating a New TXT Document within a Newly-Created Folder

I'm building an Applescript that currently creates a new finder folder inside a certain folder: tell application "Finder" activate make new folder at folder "RecUp Memos" of folder "Dropbox" of ...
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How to open multiple folders with a specific Application (Gemini 2)?

This is a supposed to be a simple AppleScript but I have searched many post on stackexchange.com and I cannot find anything that works. Basically, "Gemini 2" is a duplicate of finder (macpaw.com/...
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Automator Change to directory of dropped files before running Shell command

Seems extremely simple, but I can't figure it out... I want to be able to change to the directory (folder) where the dropped file is located before running my shell script on that file. So either I ...
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Copy directory structure and symlink files (alternative to `cp -as`)

I'm looking for how to recursively copy a directory structure and then fill the copy with symlinks to the corresponding files from the source directory. This has a simple solution in Linux in the form ...
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macOS Catalina - how to set up Finder to use file sorting logic same as ls command (alphabetical order, not “natural”)? [duplicate]

I noticed today that Finder has some strange logic of sorting files by name and I cannot figure out why is that. Screenshot 1 - folder in "column" view with folder's options opened: Screenshot 2 - ...
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How to open new Finder tab without showing parent directory structure on the left?

After upgrading from macOS High Sierra to Mojave, I can’t open a new window or tab in a specific folder without showing all the directories from root downwards. I hoped that it would change after ...
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How to change the location of user's download folder?

I want to change the path for a download folder that's created as a default download folder on my mac, but I don't know how to do that. My goal is to have a different path for the default Downloads ...
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Custom iOS folder icons?

Is it possible to create (or copy) custom icons to replace the composite folder icon made up of microscopic versions of the icons within said folder? Iconical does this nicely for apps but it doesn’t ...
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Folder Action Script: Alert when a file is being moved or deleted in a folder and its subfolders

I manage my accounting via the finder in OSX. I scan all documents and put them into separate folders, each year get's a new folder. Much like I would do this in real life. It's all good, but ...
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.config directory does not exists after upgrade to Catalina

After upgrading to Catalina the .config dir doesn't seem to exist in the home directory of my user. How can I fix this? I doesn't seem to be able to simply create it because folders starting with a ...
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How to permanently remove “Open” and “Closed” folders from my desktop in High Sierra?

I have this weird thing that every day on my desktop there appear two folders called Open and Closed. I can move them to trash but new ones will come up every day and I would like to deactivate this ...
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Change the icon of all the folders on Mac OS Catalina

I've updated to Mac OS Catalina and my folders no longer have my custom icons. I tried following the steps shown here. I successfully turned off SIP via csrutil disable in recovery mode, however I ...
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Fixing Finder Folder Disply

So first you'll need to forgive me for the lack of proper terminology. My problem is this, when I open a finder window, and navigate down past the 3rd layer of folders, and then want to open the ...
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Command line “open DIRNAME” fails (but “open FILENAME” is OK)

In a terminal (or xterm, or emacs) window, the command: open dirname (where dirname is . or /tmp or /home/fred) doesn't open the the specified directory in Finder. However: Opening a non-directory ...
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Batch compress contents within a folder using Mac Automator

I've seen an automator service that can zip multiple folders into separate zip files: Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files Can this be modified to enter the folder, compress the ...
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Appending the Parent folder Names to the Image File Names in Automator

I have this file structure. I wanted to use the image filename appended with the parent folder names. Before: ├── ak │   ├── adak │   │   ├── Hello\ World456 │   │   ├── cup-printing │   │   │   └─...

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