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"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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Open folder menu not showing correctly [on hold]

I'm using intellij ide on mac and when I click file->open and the menu pops out with everything greyed out, however it looks absolutely normal outside the ide program such as when opened in finder. I ...
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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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Maximum Images Per Folder to Preserve Mac OS X Performance

I've read several thread here and on Apple's forums and the theoretical maximum number of files in a folder. Some of the articles contain links to references that have been removed. I am more ...
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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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Automator help: Creating Sub-folder From the Finder items

Can you help with this process of creating a sub-folders from results of "get folder contents"? When we do the finder items, we get all the folder items. In my setup, it's creating a folder on the ...
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Automator Help: copying and renamig files from one static folder to one created dynamically

I am curious to see how can I achieve this action. So far, I created an automator that asks 3 questions: a ticket number, the name of a project and the type of project. That creates a series of ...
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How do I add Applications to Favorites in Finder' Sidebar?

Applications has disappeared from the sidebar in Finder and I don't know how to get it back.
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Folder icon splits into two on desktop

When I change desktops using trackpad swipe, the games folder on my desktop freaks out and glitches, I don't know how it happened and it has just started today. My MacBook is running Mojave. See the ...
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Hidden files & folders after executing Killall Finder command

As the picture depics some of my folders turned grey after I executed Killall Finder command. For your information, I run a macOS 10.14.6. Do anyone know what this means, and how to get it back to ...
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How to find folder in MacOS Mail

I have a large number of message folders in MacOS Mail (v. 9.3, El Capitan 10.11.6), with a pretty deep hierarchy in places--I have folders in folders four or five deep in some places. (I am talking ...
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Finder “Get Info” panel is showing different folder sizes for two folders that should be the same

I did a copy and paste of files from my MacBook Pro (2018) 15-inch (Mac OS 10.13.16)’s 256GB SSD (formatted APFS) to my 2TB WD My Passport hard drive (formatted HFS+). I wanted to confirm that all ...
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It is safe to delete the content of the Caches directory with Mac OS X? [duplicate]

It is safe to completely delete the content inside the following directory: /Users/{username}/Library/Caches/ If yes, what could be the consequences of deleting the content of this Caches directory? ...
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How do I create a directory structure?

I ran these commands to make the directory: mkdir webpack-demo cd webpack-demo npm init -y npm install webpack --save-dev npm install webpack-cli --save-dev and then type cd webpack-demo, then if I ...
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Protecting a user home folder using chmod and umask

I want to create a standard (non-administrator) user on my Mac, and ensure that they cannot access my files. Does the following make sense, and will there be any adverse consequences? sudo ...
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reorganize mail folders (not in V4 on Sierra)

A while ago, after filling my MacBookPro disk, I (stupidly!) moved my Mail (all IMAP or Gmail) folders to an external disk (using Terminal). After cleaning up my disk, I did Mailbox > Rebuild on ...
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Viber for macOS and the location of ViberDownloads folder

Is there a way to set the location of ViberDownloads folder for the Viber desktop application for macOS?
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How to get statics on OS X finder folder visits?

Is it possible to know which folders I'm visiting often in the finder app? I want to put those often-visited folders on the sidebar.
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Is there a File explorer/Finder like tool for mac os, which can sort folders by name?

I couldn't figure it out how to sort folders by "name" in Finder. Now I know, that it's not possible. At least, according to what I think of, when I say sort by name. So I guess I need another tool. ...
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Why did some screen shots randomly appear on my desktop?

I have many screenshots inside of folders on my desktop. Just now when I got onto my MacBook Pro, I found that many of these screenshots were outside of their folders (some were duplicates). I ran ...
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Protecting my files/folders

I need any software / solution to protect some files/folders which means these files/folders should not be copyable or movable to another device any idea ? Update ,, I have a software codes &&...
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Automate moving and renaming files

I have files nested within multiple sub-folders. I want to move these files, one folder up the folder structure and rename the files as per its new parent folder. I will need this to be automated with ...
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Apple Mail -Archive folder

My incoming mail is going to my Inbox and Achive folders. I would like to delete my Archive folder or prevent emails going to the Archive folder. I’ve checked Mail Preferences but I can’t find a way ...
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How do I remove the left column in finders column view?

When in column view in finder, there may be several columns displayed, one for each folder. Let's say the one I really care about is 5 folders deep, and so its far to the right side of the window. How ...
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What is the “boost_interprocess” folder in iCloud “Documents”?

While cleaning up old files I've found an empty "boost_interprocess" folder in my iCloud "Documents" folder (it's really empty: checked in Terminal). Any idea what this folder is for - a quick search ...
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Automate arranging files into folders based on beginning of file name?

Looking to quickly arrange a whole load (talking about multiple thousands) of files into subfolders, and the files come in sets of three (left audio, right audio, video) separate files. Not ...
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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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icloud documents and desktop is empty on mac os high sierra won’t sync with what is online

I had to install new hard drive could not transfer files from old drive. Started new hard drive as a new Mac. Signed in Enabled iCloud Drive, and checked iCloud Drive desktop and documents option but ...
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Unable to delete folder with phantom sub-folders / files

I had a postgres database folder which I had sent to the trash. However, I've been unable to empty the trash because it gives me the following error: The operation can’t be completed because the item ...
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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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How could I check the number of files in a folder without counting them?

Is there a way to check the number of files in a folder on MacBook, other than manually counting them?
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Strange case of truly invisible file (?) and undeletable directory on macOS

I'm having issues deleting a directory on my macOS Mojave 10.14.3 system. The filesystem is APFS and these are the symptoms: $ rm -rf strange/ rm: strange/: Directory not empty $ sudo rm -rf ...
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Automatically set movie artwork as folder icon in Finder

I am looking for the possibility of automatically setting folder icons to be the artwork for the movie inside the folder. Is there any tool/extension/script out there that can do this? Boxer, a DOS ...
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How do I get automator to act on multiple folders?

I have a number of folders in the following format: Folder_Name_1 Converted_Files file1.aiff file2.aiff : : fileX.aiff Folder_Name_2 ...
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What are the /dev/bpf* files? And can I delete them?

I have about 250 /dev/bpf* files in my /dev dir. What are they for and can I delete them?
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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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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 ...