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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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