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 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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Is it possible to remove or delete the “Music” folder?

Is there anyway to get Music out of my way in my home directory? Either deleting it, or moving it to someplace else. Now, I know that this question has been asked before (I've read this one and this ...
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How to stop the hidden __MACOSX folder from being created when compressing files/folders in Finder

When compressing files/folders in Finder, via the context menu, i.e. select the files/folders then right-click and select Compress ..., a hidden folder named __MACOSX is created within the zip archive....
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OS X: View Zip File as Folder

One of the few good features of Windows is its ability to view a zip file as a folder. Is there some way, possibly using a third party app, to do the same on the Mac? I know there are a number of ...
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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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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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Duplicate “iCloud Drive (Archive)” folders

Edit This is happening again with MacOS Catalina. This time a folder called "iCloud Drive 2" appeared, and my Desktop is empty, and all my stuff has been moved to this new folder. What should be done?...
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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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Seeking a clean way to mount a directory on one HFS+ drive as a directory on another such drive on same machine

I need to seamlessly mount (and automount, e.g. via fstab) a directory (folder) on one drive to appear at the commandline and GUI level as a directory on another, on the same machine. This is to ...
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How can I open a folder called something.app in various applications?

For whatever reason, I created a folder on my Mac called customer.app, and it contains a python module. I want to open that folder and it's files in applications like BBEdit and GitX, but the open ...
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Determine if file or directory is encrypted?

I have FileVault enabled, so my home directory is encrypted. However, programs and libraries often use directories outside of /home; and Disk Utility allows us to create encrypted files and ...
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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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Maximum number of apps icons & pages in folders & total pages on iPhone from iOS 7 thru till 9.0.2?

Maximum number of apps icons & pages in folders & total pages on iPhone from iOS 7 thru till 9.0.2? Maximum number of: Total Pages on Springboard outside folders Total App icons allowed in ...
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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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How many files in a folder is too many? [closed]

Many years ago I vaguely recall that the Finder in Mac OS X would start having problems if a folder contained 2,000 - 3,000 items or more. Apple doc says that the HFS Plus file system has a ...
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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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Determining The Complete Size Of A Folder & Its Sub-Folders in Finder?

Simply how do I see the complete size of a folder within Finder ? (AFAIK there is no default setting to automatically turn this feature on - correct me if i'm wrong)
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How do I access the Volumes directory in Macintosh HD? [closed]

I am trying to get into the Volumes directory. Hidden files are being shown. However, the Volumes folder won't let me access it, it's "greyed out". How can I bypass this?
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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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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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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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Get AppleScript Path of Parent Folder

I am writing an AppleScript that will be run from a USB drive, but the dive name may change often so I need to figure out how to get the directory path of the parent folder that contains the script. ...
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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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How to save sent messages in Outlook to the same folder as message being replied to?

If I am replying to an email in Folder "TEST", how do I get a reply to automatically go to the Folder "TEST" as opposed to the Sent folder? This helps with productivity so that I don't have to move ...
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Applescript Move current file to Folder

I want to create a script that takes the current file selection and moves it to an already existing folder. I will then duplicate this code for 9 other folders and assign them all keyboard shortcuts. ...
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Creating folders in the Applications folder

I like to keep things neat in my computer, so when I started to have too many apps, I decided to create subfolders within my /Applications folder and move tings around. Sometimes, I got asked to ...
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dock folders - how to view list/grid/fan on hover & open in finder with 1-click

I feel that its slowing my productivity, to have to click on the dock folders to see the list of contents. Are there any apps or tweaks that will enable me to view the contents automatically when ...
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On Mavericks, in the Finder in List view, column widths keep changing

I'm on OS X Mavericks. In Finder, I use the "List" view. In this view, since upgrading to Mavericks, the column widths keep changing. Basically, the Name column expands to fill the window up, when you ...
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Change Folder Icon for Shared Dropbox Folder

I have several shared Dropbox folders. I would like to change the folder icon for each, to be a picture of the people with whom that folder is shared. I know that I can change the icons for regular ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 do I stop folders automatically opening on my MacBook Pro 2014?

When I try to move a file into a folder, let's say Folder A, from another folder, let's say Desktop, how can I stop Folder A automatically opening. I only want to move the file into it, not see the ...
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How to change size of ALL icons/folders in Finder?

I only know about this: defaults write com.apple.finder DesktopViewOptions -dict IconSize -integer 188x188px.; killall Finder’ But it’s only for the Desktop…
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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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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 ...