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In OS X 10.6+ how do I use Finder with a wildcard characater in the filename to find files?

In OS X 10.6.6+ Finder I want to list filenames that have the word "windows" in it with a filetype of ".doc". Here's what I used to be able to enter in other systems: *windows*.doc. I know I can ...
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What does a question mark after the file name mean using ls terminal command?

What does a question mark after the file name mean using ls terminal command? I am using a Mac running OS X Yosemite (v.10.10.5) When I do ls command at terminal, I get back a list of files (the same ...
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OSX: Open folder with 'application' option on right click of folder in finder

Is it possible to add service that open folder with a specific appicaiton e.g. brackets, sub lime etc. just like we can add an option in right click of folder for opening the folder in terminal as ...
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Hdd not showing in Finder

I have a USB HDD that it was working normally. I've deleted a lot of files. Then I remove the USB (in a unsafe way) and then it stopped showing in Finder. When I try to open Disk Utility, it loads ...
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Buffalo NAS Permissions Error

I have a Buffalo Linkstation (LS420) connected to a Mac running Yosemite. A few folders are suddenly inaccessible. I receive the following error when trying to access them in Finder: The folder ...
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Mac icons change when selected

Is there a way or a third party program that changes the mac finder icons to another icon when not selected but if selected restores the icon to the correct one.
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How to “open up” the scope of Mac OS's Finder?

In Windows I could open up the Explorer and visit any folder to my heart's content. In Mac OS, I can't seem to do the same. I open the Finder and I can only see things like Desktop, Applications, ...
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How do you add a spotlight comment to a folder

How do I set a spotlight comment for a folder using Bash. (Or Applescript) The following example is not working: osascript -e "tell application \"Finder\" to set comments of alias POSIX file ...
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Incorrect icon association Mac - El Capitan

I have recently switched from PC to Mac and since I am not very familiar with the environment I would like to ask for a help. My MacBook Air with El Capitan installed has problem with icons ...
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Finder not showing folder created with “mkdir” from the Terminal in OSX El Capitan

I created a folder with Terminal using the command: mkdir images I went to view it in Finder but it doesn’t show up. I can view the folder in terminal using ls in the parent directory and can even ...
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How can I make Finder display video file duration?

I have to open the files in VLC to see what the file duration is which frankly is ridiculous due to Finder not showing any information, even if I look in Get Info there is nothing Is there a way to ...
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How to recover data by replace folder in OSX?

I try to merge new photo folders. I think that my same as windows but OSX replace all of it and I lost my old photo in folder. How I recover my data? Example folder call "a" I try iSkysoft Data ...
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Launching Finder in Mac OS X Terminal and highlighting specific files selected from the Terminal?

I have a script that creates a couple of files in the /tmp directory #!/bin/bash touch /tmp/file1.txt touch /tmp/file2.txt How can I make the script open the /tmp/ directory in Finder with the two ...
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open folder of file opened in Preview on a mac

I am previewing a file in Preview (some application opened the file for me). Now I think it's interesting and want to put it aside, from the finder application, as I want to drag it into google ...
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Mac OS X external drive appears as empty in Finder, but when accessing from Terminal, files show up

How do I access my files visually from the Finder? The drive is mounted, it is not empty, it worked on a Windows PC. And, as stated, I can access all of the files using the terminal. A couple of ...
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How to stop Google Drive from opening folder in Finder when launched

I am using Launchd to open google drive whenever something happens in the drive folder. The XML looks like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD ...
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On Macs, is there a similar command like “explorer .” in Windows?

Is there a way to open the directory I'm currently inside of, within a Terminal window? On a Windows machine, I know that I can open the current directory in Windows Explorer by using the command : ...
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Mac Finder jumps between localisation

I have a rather peculiar bug. I used to have Swedish localisation, but changed to English. Some folders in the side bar uses localised names, such as Applications or Downloads. Now Finder is ...
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Finder randomly changes language in sidebar favourites

I have a pretty weird problem. I have an iMac and have just had my old HDD replaced with an SSD. The old HDD is now in my optical drive's slot. I have a clean installation of El Captain on my SSD. ...
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Setting PDFs to open in Illustrator mostly fails

For Illustrator work that requires regular review by stakeholders who don't have Illustrator, I'd like to save the files as PDFs, then set them to open in Illustrator from the Finder by using the Get ...
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Hide Windows servers in OS X Finder Shared menu?

Strangely can't seem to find an answer to this online anywhere, maybe my search skills have degenerated. But is there anyway to hide the Windows systems OS X finds the Finder side bar named things ...
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Why does the Mac OS X Finder append “ copy” to a filename when duplicating it but adds a number to it (2, 3, etc…) if it’s copied via drag and drop?

The title says it all. Not much of an issue as much as I am curious about some Mac OS X Finder behavior I just noticed today and if there is any documentation on this behavior. In this first ...
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Code viewer with color syntax integrated to the Mac finder preview panel

On Windows there is a great extension for the preview panel. It shows the content of the selected file as if it was opened in a code editor. This is integrated into the preview panel (no popup ...
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Convert book with a right click from finder in OS X

Is there a way to convert documents / books (PDF, DOC, Mobipocket, EPUB, etc.) from one format to another, e.g. from DOC to PDF, by right clicking a file item? The scenario I'm imagining is opening ...
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Change Mac Finder scroll position to default to left

I have a super annoying behavior with Mac's Finder. Whenever I open a previously unopened folder since the last shutdown, the scroll position of the contents of the finder window is to the right. I ...
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One particular drive not appearing on Desktop and under Devices in finder, but accessible through /Volumes

I've got a few hard drives connected on my Mac Pro. One of them is not showing up under Devices in Finder and in the Desktop, but does show up in /Volumes and I can go into it from there. All the ...
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Find .htaccess files on OSX

Hidden files are already visible in my computer (I used Revealer) but I can't use finder to find .htaccess files. I tried typing .htaccess in the search field, selected the options "File visibility" = ...
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What is causing a folder to act hidden when it is not?

I have a home folder that is slightly grayed out. I can't open it unless I right click on it and 'Open'. This is Mac OS X 10.10.2. This folder has been troublesome and I would love to get your help ...
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Mac OSX finder : how to use the finder search results?

When I perform a search in the Mac OSX finder. For example, if I search for "23" in a defined folder, here is what I find : So...what can I do then ??? I can't even select a file in the search ...
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How to get file path of selected file in Finder into clipboard? Issue with Jumpcut

I used to be able to get the file path from any selected file in Finder by hitting a keyboard shortcut. I'm running an automated script that takes Files and Folders in Finder and uses the built-in ...
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In Finder, when I change extension it adds .txt to end instead of changing it

I have a file.txt I want to change it to file.faa I click on the file in Finder and change it to file.faa, it says it changed it but then when I Get Info it says file.faa.txt so I need to manually ...
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Mac OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Finder fails to open pdf w Prieview.app or save with normal icon

Icon is blank "sheet" on all users' file names ending with .PDF. Finder will not open any .pdf files with default "Prieview.app. Info shows prieview is listed with "Open with:" for these files. ...
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How can I change Finder's default font size system wide?

I am using an iMac 5k with 27 inch screen. The screen is great. The problem is the screen is too large which makes the font looks smaller in Finder. Command+J can only change the view option for one ...
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Weird Behavior In MacOSX File Find

I have these two searches. Why do they return different file sets? The shorter one seems to not return files that fit the requirement to contain "dona", but not contain "sams" or "mart".
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Saving screenshots to a path with a space in it [closed]

I know I should run defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/kirkstrobeck/Dropbox\ \(Personal\)/Sync/Pictures/Screenshots killall SystemUIServer To change my screenshot destination, ...
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Yosemite: can I get rid of the default finder view for the home directory?

In Yosemite, the home directory seems to be tied to an hybrid view which I personnaly don't like. Is there a way to get back to the normal finder view?
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Yosemite: is there a way to define a default application to open unknown file types?

I'm on Yosemite, I've got the feeling to waste a lot of time choosing an App every time the Finder doesn't know how to handle a file type. I would like to say a simple thing: by default, use ...
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Mac Server Custom Payload configuration

I have a group of users with a variety of settings and need to fine tune what items display in the sidebar when they open up finder. What happens when a user logs in, is it connects to our Mac server ...
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How do I automatically show all the folder icons when sorted by kind in OS X?

I have my finder window set to sort by kind and it shows one row of folder icons and the rest are all scrunched up under a "Show All(30)" command. How do I make it so I don't have to click on that ...
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OS X Finder: “Plain Text Document” has changed to “text”, “Rich Text Document” to “rich text (RTF)”, etc

Sometime recently some file type names have changed — not the file associations or default application, but the name of the file type itself. "Plain Text Document" has changed to "text", "Rich Text ...
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OSX map network drives on login WITHOUT finder windows popping up

I have followed some other tutorials to get OSX to mount my network drives when I log in, using the "Users and Groups > Login Items" method, which works fine, but this brings up a whole load of finder ...
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How do I specify multiple (but not all) drives for an osx Smart Folder to search?

When I create a new Smart Folder I can either set it to "This Mac" which searches all my drives (including ones I don't want like my backup drive), or to one location like my Macontosh HD root folder. ...
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Lost Messages app by mistake

OS: Yosemite I am very new on Mac, I was removing a software and cleaning up after it, I got to know after a week or so that I deleted all files and folders related to Messages app. The files are ...
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How to run specified terminal command from context menu on right clicked folder?

I'm quite happy I found out about Finder > right-click > "New Terminal at Folder". To make it perfect, I'm looking for a way to run a specified command right after. Automator doesn't seem to have such ...
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Mac has lost view of certain files, but they still exist

So I am having trouble with a mac. After the antivirus removing a virus it got, all the files in the User Directory folders Applications, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Movies has disappeared. ...
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How to add 'New File' to the OS X Finder context menu? [duplicate]

I am using a Mac--which is running OS X 10.10.3. I want to add a 'new file' button to the context menu--the menu that pops up when you right-click in a Finder window/on the desktop.
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how to tag a folder in a hidden directory in OS X

In OS X is there a way to tag a folder inside of a hidden directory or tag the hidden directory itself? As a workaround I create aliases of those folders and place them somewhere visible and tag ...
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Difference between Command + H and Command + W in Mac OS X

I am brand new to Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and was going over the keyboard shortcuts. I wanted to know what the difference was between command+H and command+W. From what I have seen is that ...
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How do I search files in specified destination and let them all showed in one Finder window on Mac OS X?

I want to search all .xml files inside a specified folder (and its subfolders) ~/folder/ and make all the result showed in one window, what can I do? I can search all files but don't know how to ...
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Time Machiine Volumes owned by root

I recently set up time machine to back up to two external USB drives. backups are proceeding fine, but the drives are owned by root and I can't access them via "enter time machine" or via normal ...