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How to change computer name so terminal displays it in Mac OS X Mountain Lion? [duplicate]

When I setup my computer I named it "Scott's MacBook Pro". And so when I go to System preferences->Sharing, it says Scott's MacBook Pro there as my computer name. However, opening up a terminal gives ...
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How to rename multiple files at once?

I want to rename multiple files at once. For example: Picture1.jpg Picture2.jpg Picture3.jpg Picture4.jpg into Vacation-Picture1.jpg Vacation-Picture2.jpg Vacation-Picture3.jpg Vacation-Picture4....
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Is there a way to rename a sound card in Mac OS X?

I have multiple sound cards connected and would benefit from being able to rename them from their device name to something like "Headphones", "Surround system", etc. Is there a way to do this?
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Renaming documents from within the 'Open' and 'Save As' dialog boxes just like in Windows

I'm experienced with Windows, not so much with Mac. I find myself often renaming documents from within the Open and Save As dialog box windows. I hope the description below makes sense to explain what ...
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Spotlight search to Bluetooth settings hindered by "Bluetooth file exchange"

My issue is as small as they get, but I like optimising my workflow. So I go to my Bluetooth settings multiple times a day; to switch headphones or when some other wireless peripheral acts up. I do ...
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How to turn off click-to-rename feature in Finder

There are two ways to rename a file in the Finder which is already selected - press return, or click on it again, then wait a second. I find that the second option leads to a lot of unintentionally ...
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How can I rename a folder in Lion's Launchpad?

I created a folder by dropping one icon on top of another. Now I want to rename that folder, since the default name, "Utility" isn't the one I want. According to all advice I find on the internet, I ...
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Renaming files/names in bulk, any smarter solution?

I have few thousand files to rename. The thing is I have the old file names and new file names as columns in a spreadsheet. Without renaming them one by one. Is there a better way to do this? ...
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How to batch rename images, in reverse numerical order?

My camera names its images IMG_0001.jpg, IMG_0002.jpg, IMG_0003.jpg, etc. I have about a thousand images and would like to rename them without having to do it manually if possible. Is there a good ...
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Prepend folder names to file name and flatten file structure

I have a bunch of folders with various names, for example 2013-02 Snow and birds PICT0001.jpg PICT0002.jpg 2013-06 Bicycle trip edited_panorama.jpg From phone DCIM0001.jpg ...
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Revert an account's "full name" back to the original

I don't think this is a "short name" question. I changed my "full name" to include my last name, but I'd like to revert back to just my first name. When I try to change the full name entry under "...
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Batch replace substring with another in filenames

I have a bunch of files named similar to this: 1_1.pngEND1_1.png How would you replace .pngEND with _? I've googled this problem and tried literally 5+ solutions, non of which worked on mac.
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Terminal shows hostname from old machine, not new machine

Right now I have a Mac Mini. I migrated macbook pro data from a time machine, but I didn't do it from the beginning of my startup. I used the migration assistance to migrate the data. However, I'm ...
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How to batch rename files via Terminal using the file's date as filename?

I have a bunch of photos and videos from different sources and want to normalize the file names using Terminal. I looked at a bunch of different tools from NameChanger to Automator and Finder itself. ...
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How to bulk rename in OS X with my requirements

Is there a utility that can rename filters in multiple subfolders and then rename the files inside sequentially? E.g. I select my-pictures and it'll do its magic and sequentially rename all the files ...
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Batch change creation dates based on file names

I have files that are named like "12. 2017-04-11 063118.jpg", and "123. 2016-09-05 115236.jpg". The number to the left of the "." counts up like an index from 1 to 1400. How can I set the creation ...
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Mass change a portion of a file name?

I have a whole bunch of files named as following (example): ADVANTE 18''8.0 PCD5'114.3 ET45 CB73.1.jpg ADVANTE 18x8.0 PCD6139.7 ET20 CB110.2.jpg ADVANTE 'A MI576B 20''8.5 PCD6'139.7 ET25 CB110.2 ...
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How to confirm Finder's rename prompt using the keyboard?

Using the keyboard, how can I confirm the rename prompt from Finder? If I press return/enter the “Keep .doc” option is selected. Using the keyboard arrows ←, ↑, → and ↓ doesn't seems to help. Neither ...
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Automator action not supplied with the required data

I'm trying to do the following in an Automator workflow: Ask for Finder items from folder A In folder A, add a suffix to the file names Copy them to folder B In folder B, with an AppleScript, split ...
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How to change Logical Volume name

My kid did some magic with my Mac and somehow successfully rename the disk name to some weird name. OS'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''...
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I rename a app folder on the iPhone 3GS using iTunes 10.1 on Mac; then sync causes it to revert

I run iTunes on the Mac MBP (Snow Leopard). I have a folder of apps called New Folder. I click on it to open it, rename it, then close it. It shows the new name. But then after sync it changes back ...
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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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Change filename in Preview

I end up with lots of screen shots that look like this: Obviously after a while I do not know what they are. So I open them in Preview to see, and would like now to change the file name to something ...
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Rename home folder to match account name (High Sierra)

My home folder name (bob 1) does not match my account name (bob)", but I want it to. How I got here: Got a new Mac Didn't have the cables to transfer from previous Mac, so I just set up a simple ...
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How to rename all images together in OS X Mavericks?

I am looking for the easy way to rename all images, or other groups of multiple files, together in OS X Mavericks. Is it possible with Preview or any other standard OS X application?
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Apple Maps: Renaming Favorites or Marked Locations

There must be some really obvious trick which has escaped me. If I favorite a marked location on MacOS Maps, or on iOS Maps, I can’t see how I can give it a custom name. Tapping or clicking on Info ...
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Local name changes every 10 - 20 minutes

I have just bought a new MacBook Pro after my previous one died ( mother card seem to had been the problem). In this one like in my previous the computer's local hostname keeps telling me that the "...
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Batch remove specific info from filename in 3K .pdf files while preserving remaining info?

I have about 3K .pdf documents named to the following filename convention: BER_0020236-BER_0020293.pdf the next file in the sequence could be something like BER_4039464-BER_9384762.pdf (the ...
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Renamed /etc folder. I can't login anymore

I did a silly thing by renaming the /etc folder. I was asked for the admin password to change the folder's name. But it's not possible to rename it back to /etc. As if my password was wrong. I assume ...
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How do I rename an app in MacOS properly?

I am trying to rename an app in MacOS. I tried it using Finder, navigating to Applications, right clicking on the app to rename, moving to "information" and renaming it there. This works in most ...
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What is the best way to update the name of a Service?

I changed the name of a Service by navigating to /Users/Me/Library/Services/ and renaming the .workflow file in Finder. I tried restarting the computer, but the previous Service name still exists in ...
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What is the Computer name that appears on new Macbooks ?

I'm selling my Macbook online and I want to reset the name of the computer to the generic name as if it's completely new from the apple store. In system preferences > sharing > Computer name. I forgot ...
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iTunes on OS X: How to rename files using in-line editing in main window, using keyboard only?

When I'm on my Windows computer and using iTunes, I can conveniently hit the F2 key when I have a song selected, rename the song using the in-line edit field that appears, and then hit Enter to commit ...
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Space in Volume Name; can you remove?

I have two drives in my machine: An SSD with the OS on it a HDD with all my data. I have a symlink on the SSD for my home directory on the HDD so /Volumes/SSD/Users/Ross/ points to /Volumes/...
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Rename file names in directory to creation timestamp with second precision

Is there an easy way to do this for files in a particular directory - to have their names be renamed to the file timestamp, with seconds level precision Clarification: For example, suppose a (Mac ...
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How can I batch rename files to copy them from OS X to Windows NTFS?

I am trying to copy a large number of files to an NTFS formatted Windows 7 machine from a Mac OS formatted external hard drive. I am mounting the drive by attaching it to my Airport Extreme Router. ...
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Renaming a populated iMac Snow Leopard external HDD a possibility?

I want to place my iMac Snow Leopard Users Folder on a separate external HDD. It is already populated with data in my Documents, Downloads etc., and Media Folders. My problem is I have already named ...
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Mojave: Is there a way to stop or delay the sorting of items in the finder using list or column view?

Looooooong time Mac user. I have a particular older system I use for cataloging items. I get a folder of 50+ items, then have to manually rename each item. Batch renaming isn't useful and would ...
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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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How to rename a hard drive?

I tried to rename the hard drive of my Macbook from "Macintosh HD" to something else without the freaking space. However, after renaming it, many of my applications showed errors immediately and I ...
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Rename volume with bizarre name

A MacBook Air with a SSD, the boot drive, name consisting of 220 double-quote characters. MBA 2014 with Sierra 10.12.6 (not high sierra) These did not work: From a finder window, R-click in name ...
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Cannot log into MAC OS X after rename the disk

I tried to rename the hard drive of my Macbook from "Macintosh HD" to something else without the freaking space. However, after renaming it, many of my applications showed errors immediately and I ...
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Why does my Mac have multiple names?

When I got my Mac seven years ago and configured it, I picked a name for it. That was the name I saw everywhere. However, now I'm seeing one of two names, depending on where I look: In System ...
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Renaming/Deleting User Subfolders (Documents, Pictures...)

I want to move my User/{Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, Pictures} folders to an external SSD. I will do this via copying the folders to the SSD, and creating symlinks on User/ to each of them. ...
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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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Clear thumbnails for renamed files

I ran a batch of images through an AppleScript Finder script that replaced text substrings in the filenames and did so once more to change the extensions to something other than .jpeg. As expected, ...
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Can I safely rename all directories in my home directory to lower case?

I am somewhat picky about my filesystem structures. I really, really dislike directories with capital letters. I'm more used to Windows where there are a lot of "special" folders in the home ...
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Mac Terminal - Rename Keeping Last 6 Characters

I'm using the built in Terminal, and I am totally new to this coding so I will need to know exactly what to type when I open the Terminal. Also, please don't direct me to any other software. So lets ...
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Renaming files sequentially from folder name with Automator

Asked previously about renaming files in a folder (Rename File(s) from Foldername using automator/AppleScript), and now I have a folder flow that almost works. I have created a folder in my Downloads ...
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Finding and Renaming Mislabeled Duplicates

I inadvertently formatted a Time Machine backup external hard drive. I was able to recover many of the files, but not the names of those files. All of the recovered files have generic names like "...
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