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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why can't i access the file while changing the directory in the terminal? [closed]

this is an example: C:\Users\Mehak Fatima>cd>c:\program files\python38 Access is denied.
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How to disable alerts but not banners in mac os x notification center as a global setting?

There are 2 types of notifications, alerts and banners . Banners go away on their own, whereas you have to interact/click alerts to make them go away. In the System preferences>Notifications, ...
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How to delete directory ~/Pictures?

This is on MacOS Catalina, but the same behavior has been observed in prior versions of MacOS. Similar questions have been asked for other default directories in the default home directory, but this ...
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How to delete user Downloads folder

I want to delete the Downloads folder on my Mac as I just save everything on my background so that way I have to sort it right away. I'm wondering if you can help me by telling me if there is a way to ...
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Using Automator to change the creation date of a folder in Mojave

I work as a freelance designer and I have set up an automator app to generate a standard folder structure so that source files are kept in source folder, output folders are in output folder etc. all ...
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Adding to current command in .bashrc but, only want to change the color of the directory I'm in, to Blue [closed]

I really like the way this looks but, I want my directory to be Blue. Every time I try and alter my .bashrc, I mess the whole thing up. Can anyone help?.. PS1="\`if [ \$? = 0 ]; then echo \[\e[...
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Create a folder in iPhone SE storage, accessible from my PC

How can I create a folder in my iPhone SE 2020's storage that: I will be able to access from my PC (Windows 10), I will be able to copy files to, copied files will be accessible in my iPhone. So far ...
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Hidden directories named .bfglF[0-9]{4}T2L1 in my home directory: What are they for?

I listed all the hidden directories in my home directory and noticed four with names like .bfglF7097T2L1. They all have the format .bfglF[0-9]{4}T2L1, store a file named .sysdata, and have "staff&...
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give another user permissions on folder, but not on parent folders

I would like to give another member of my household (who has access to my computer and has an account on it) access to a particular folder & its contents. Simple enough: select the desired ...
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If a folder contains sub-folders and files, is there a Terminal command to remove some sub-folders while not removing any files?

If the folder structure is: parentFolder ├── file1.rtf ├── file2.rtf ... #there are many more files. ├── moreFiles.rtf ├── subFolder1 ├── subFolder2 ├── subFolder3 ... #there are many more subfolders. ...
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macOS Catalina: Opening simultaneously multiple folders very slow (when compared to Mac OS X Leopard)

In macOS Catalina, always in List View, when I select say 10 folders and press ctrl-o to open them, it takes approximately 10 seconds to open them all. Roughly 1 folder per second, whatever the folder ...
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How to get folder path in Automator Folder Action?

How do I get a path (or a name) of the folder an Automator Folder Action is attached to and save it into a variable? My folder action is attached to Downloads, I copy newly dropped files into a ...
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Custom mailboxes in mac mail

I got a new iMac last month and when setting up the Mac Mail I can no longer see my custom mailboxes (folders) that I have used to file my important emails for years!!! I can see them in Yahoo.com (...
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Into Finder, when clicking on a color tag, loading unfinishing and finally no folders displayed as expected

I have a bad experience with color tag into Finder. Indeed, when I click on red color tag, I expect the displaying immediately of the directories that I have associated to this red color tag (2 ...
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Use AppleScript to move (not copy) GMail message in Apple Mail

How do I get AppleScript to appear to move (but not copy) a Gmail message in Apple Mail? If I use move theMessage to targetFolder the message appears in both folders. (More precisely, the message ...
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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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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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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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