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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Outlook 2011 folder sizes

I'm looking for a way to find size of individual folders (NOT on Exchange) in Outlook 2011. Searched far and wide with no results. Is it possible that nobody needed that feature before?
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Folder with nothing in it is still using up space

I have a folder with absolutely nothing in it. Zero. I made sure there was no hidden files in it, by typing "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES." into my terminal. There is ...
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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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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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iPhone iOS Exchange not showing new folders

for some reason my iPhone's Exchange account won't add new folders that I created in Outlook. Emails come in, but not new folders. I am not sure how long I've had this problem so I can't pinpoint to ...
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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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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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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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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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Run an App with different folder as “~/Library”

I'm trying to set up the Minecraft game so that I can launch it from and run it onto a USB flash drive (portable game and savefiles without additional config to play on each Mac). This is normal ...
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Removing ALL characters with Command+Delete when renaming a file/folder removes/trashes the file/folder entirely

Reproducible steps: Open a Finder window (either via an 'open/upload file' in another application or directly) select a folder with one click hit 'Enter' to change the name Use 'Command+Delete' to ...
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Desktop files and folders always moving

In OSX 10.9.5 my desktop folders re-arrange when a new window is opened. I have "sort by" off. I can arrange my folders and then when I open a new window (not every time) all of the folders will ...
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Get 'special' folder icons in sidebar after Music, Pictures moved to 2nd drive

I moved my Pictures and Music folders off my boot drive (now SSD) and onto my second larger drive. Creating shortcuts to these new locations in the sidebar creates standard folder icons rather than ...
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is it possible to get finder to automatically create a folder with the same icon as the parent parent folder?

I have a folder with a custom icon, and was wondering if there was any way I could get all folders within it to automatically get the same custom folder icon, that way I don't have to keep changing ...
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Recover partition from NTFS drive with folder structure

I ran disk utility and looked for errors on a NTFS drive that was working fine but had been ejected abruptly after the computer was forced to shut down. After that a bunch of errors just appeared in ...
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Does a .DS_Store file contain view settings for its own folder, or does it describe the view(s) of the sub folder(s) contained in its own folder?

I'm having major issues figuring out how to get my arrange/sort settings to "stick" for my Finder windows—both in Lion, and now in Mountain Lion too (with a completely fresh system). I created an ...
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Option to “open with…” on folders in finder

Is it possible to add the "Open with..." option to Finder, when you do a secondary click on a folder? I want the same behavior as when I'm secondary clicking on a file. Edit I do not want to open ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Renamed Desktop folder and all files disapeared

I was using the program Lightroom and I tried to rename the Desktop folder to DESKTOP but when I clicked enter, it said "This folder can not be changed." I clicked "ok" and then all the files in my ...
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Controlling .DS_Store files in Sierra

What exactly has changed in regard to .DS_Store files creation with the release of Sierra? Currently I am a bit confused about the behaviour (changes?) of Finder, the filesystem or certain GUI ...
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can not open download folder mac os sierra

when I drag and drop files from my dock download folder it crashes randomly. When I try to open the folder it does not respond or there comes a empty blank folder. Sometimes the dock is crashing ...
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After upgrading to El Capitan, directories on a SMB network volume are displayed unreliably

After upgrading to El Capitan, directories on a SMB network volume are displayed unreliably. The volume has 567 "numbered" directories but when browsing the volume, some of the directories are ...
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Change default view on removable drives

How can I make Finder default to "list view" whenever browsing a removable drive (and it's subfolders)? I need it to remember this preference even after the removable drive has been ejected and then ...
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Trying to move a mail message to folder, but it doesn't move

I'm trying to move many mail messages to subfolders and they won't move. They moved before—what's going wrong?
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Copy folder into multiple folders

I have a folder that I need to copy into 400 other folders. Instead of writing code to do this is there an easy way to paste into multiple folders?
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Configure a separate root folder for Sites directory

I have re-written this entire post as I realized it originally did not make much sense (That would be a funny comment for a program). I'm developing a web project in localhost with a very organized ...
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Hard Drive Scraping Noise and the Flashing Inquisitive Folder

Hey I'm having the flashing question mark folder issue. My hard drive is also making this noise like tschhh, tschhh, tschhh, tschhh. Holding option does nothing, it just makes it load to a grey ...
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Word “save as” folder no longer original folder after Mavericks

Following upgrade to Mavericks, Word for Mac 2011 has different "save as" behavior. WAS: "save as" would default to the directory of the current/open file. Now: "save as" directory goes to word ...
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How do I set a persistent background image for a USB drive?

I'm trying to change the folder background image on a USB flash drive, using the View Options panel. However, when I eject and re-insert the drive, these settings (as well as icon positions, etc.) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...