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adding symbolic link to os x finder sidebar

I'd like to add a symbolic link to the OS X finder sidebar, but when I do so the sidebar follows the link and creates a direct link to the target folder. This is not what I want, the reason I use a ...
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Select file from cloud to upload in browser?

Is there any such extension or plugin available for macs that let you browse your cloud files and select them in finder without actually keeping a copy of these files on your computer. For example, ...
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Run python script from Finder rather than edit?

Max OS X. When I double-click on a python script it opens in the default editor. How might I make it so that when I double-click, or choose the script from Applications, it executes from the python ...
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Change layout of Mac OS file selection dialog for home folder

On my Mac, the file selection dialog for my home folder is irritatingly different from the way it looks for every other folder on my system- it compresses filenames to be almost uselessly small, and I ...
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Finder not enabling use of Services when changing “Service receives selected” input

I have a Service on automator that applies to Files and Folders in Finder. Initially it was saved as "Text" input. Problem is, Finder won't show this Service to Files and Folders. If I go to ...
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Mac OS X Finder: Substantial disparity between “Size” and “on disk” values for file

On Mac OS X (I'm using 10.8/Mountain Lion), you can inspect files in the Finder via Option-Click -> "Get Info". Doing so opens a panel with all sorts of information. In the top right corner, you can ...
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Very slow opening of an encrypted sparse bundle image in the Finder over the network

I have a 500GB spares bundle encrypted disk image that I store on a network drive, that contains around 200 video files (various formats: mov, mp4, mts) in its root level, plus a few subfolders. ...
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Can Application, Downloads and Document icons on the Dock be configured to just open finder?

Whenever you click on either Application, Downloads or Document icons on the Dock, you get this hard to read popup. Is there any way to configure these buttons to open the appropriate folders in the ...
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Does finder have an internal, more restrictive set of file permissions?

My OSX Mountain Lion has two users (say, me and otheruser). When logged in as me, I can look at /Users/otheruser/Public, and drop files into /Users/otheruser/Public/Drop Box, where I can't see them. ...
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Can I copy image's content rather than file path in Mac finder/path finder?

I collect a lot of icons and use them in applications. In finder, when I copy an image using cmd+c into the clipboard, Finder actually copies the coaca Filename into the clipboard. When I paste ...
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How to zip and unzip files on mac OS without losing creation date and time?

On a Mac, When I zip and unzip files using finder or using zip/ditto from command line, I lose the creation date of the files/folders and the creation date is automatically set same as the ...
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Python IDLE not starting when clicking .py files in OSX Finder

I can open IDLE. After opening IDLE, I can do File > Open > some_file.py just fine. When IDLE is open, I can also just double-click on any .py files in Finder and they will open in IDLE. ...
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Copy all files recursively, but not folders, into one destination folder

I have several folders like /music/1/a.mp3 and /music/2/b.mp3 All of the file names themselves are guaranteed to be different. Is there a way, probably using the Terminal, to copy these files to ...
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What are “Paste Item Exactly” and “Duplicate Exactly” in Finder?

While holding Opt and Shift, the Finder menu items Duplicate and Paste Item become Duplicate Exactly and Paste Item Exactly. These require administrator permissions. How are they different from the ...
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OS X Mountain Lion has multiple Finder windows open

My wife's computer has had a lot of Finder windows all opening at the same time, and it bogs the computer down. When we restart it it relaunches again with hundreds of Finder windows.
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Files don't show unless I relaunch Finder

I have an old G5. When I download a file, click, and select "Open in Finder", it sometimes doesn't show all the files until I "relaunch" Finder. Same thing with the trash: I can't see what was in ...
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How to auto-arrange/clean-up files for ALL folders in OSX Mountain Lion

I have figured out how to make folders auto arrange their contents. This is achieved in Finder->View->Show View Options (or cmd+J). From the newly opened window, setting the arrange by dropdown will ...
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In Mac OS X how to define the thumbnail for a specific file type?

I have many files with the file extension ".dat". I wish to assign a thumbnail to these files with this extension because the default one is of very low resolution and is disturbing when working. I ...
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Show only certain hidden files in OSX Finder?

I do a lot of web development stuff in OSX. I need to see the .htaccess files in OSX Finder a lot. The only way I know how to do this is to enable viewing of all hidden files in Finder. However, this ...
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Finder - undo close window for Mac OS X

I would like to know if there is any utility for Mac OS X (Mountain Lion) that can "undo" closing of Finder windows - much like tabs in a web browser have the "undo close tab" feature: My initial ...
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how to change the default application for Mac OS quick look

Is it possible to change the application being used to quick look a certain file extension in Mac OS. (I'm using Mountain Lion). For example, right now the .properties file quick look is always ...
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Disable Mountain Lion's smooth folder expanding in Finder

When I'm trying to expand or collapse a sub-folder in Finder, Finder starts to do it smoothly. This causes a lags on my screen. How can I disable this feature? I've already disabled a smooth ...
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Focus all Finder windows simultaneaously

Does OSX (10.7.5) have a (keyboard) shortcut to focus all Finder windows simultaneously? Obviously it's impossible to focus more than one window. What I mean to ask was, how does one get multiple ...
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AppleScript to return recent Finder folders as list

I need to write an AppleScript that will return me a list of the Recent Folders menu in Finder. I don't want an AppleScript that will simply open this menu – I need a script to return the recent ...
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Remember file names -> perform action to files -> save files again with remembered name

I want to send the files to the "Perform OCR" action and save them with their original file name. Is that possible? (maybe rather with an apple script?) it's basically this for Prizmo.
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Mountain Lion Finder Memory Issues [closed]

Since upgrading to Mountain Lion, I've been noticing that the Finder has a fondness of gobbling up multiple gigabytes of real memory. Although a quick relaunch gets it back down to <100 MB, this ...
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Cannot open Home folder via Finder directly

Home folder in my mac turns Cannot be opened by Finder directly to and: have the creation and modification date: january 24th 1984, 09:00 are grayed out have 0 item but it still appeared to have ...
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Changing mkv to video kind on mac

I am trying to put mkv files under Video Category when arranging by kind on a mac. Here's what I added to info.plist of the Core Services <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE ...
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How to change the appearance of empty folders in finder using Automator?

I'm trying to use Apple Automator to label empty folders in a heirarchy. Basically, I start off a project with a heirarchy of empty folders and fill them as I work. I want a workflow to label all ...
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Macbook Pro completely hangs at start, no super user mode nothing

I was moving some files from my external hard drive to a network drive, when the finder started crashing and starting repeatedly, so I forced it off. After that OS X wouldn't start anymore. I booted ...
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mac finder - how to open alias in a new finder window

I am doing a video project in which I created a folder with a bunch of aliases to files on various spots on my hard drive, so that I could have references to those files all stored in one location but ...
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Context Menu in Finder not changeable via Preferences-Keyboard-Keyboard Shortcuts

I would like to add the New Terminal at Folder feature to my finder right click menu. So I went to System Preferences → Keyboard → Keyboard Shortcuts and checked the box named New Terminal ...
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Comments in mp3 files are seen on Mac OS but not on Windows

I have a .mp3 file with some metadata, among which a comment field with a value. What's strange is that the comment can be seen on Mac OS X (both in iTunes and in the Finder), but on Windows the field ...
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On a Mac, how do you recover from accidentally removing a device from the sidebar?

So I've got my Nook plugged into my Mac and it shows a "No Name" device for my additional memory. I try to rename it, but instead of clicking rename in Finder, I accidentally click "Remove from ...
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Show current file in Finder

Is there a way to open the folder that contains the current document? For example, if I'm editing Foobar.xls that is located ~/Documents, to open the ~/Documents folder in Finder. I'm hoping for a ...
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How exactly does processing files work on AFP shares?

I recently made myself a NAS, and I’ve been wondering about how AFP shares work. If I have a ZIP on the AFP share, and I use Finder to decompress the file, what will the process for decompressing ...
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Significant OS X lag when listing directories/files

I'm experiencing some significant OS X lag when listing directories/files. I originally thought it was purely an issue with Finder, and not the HD or any other part of OS X, however I have since ...
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Image resolution not showing up in “Get info” dialog in Mac OS X

When I bought a Mac Mini with Mac OS X, I could show image dimensions in the Get Info dialog. After that, I installed some mobile application development software and later I noticed, Get Info was ...
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Is there any way to invert file selections on Mac OS X like we do it on Windows?

I'm Windows OS lover but recently I've got Mac Notebook as a gift. So now I just want to know if is there any option under Edit that lets me invert my selection? For example, I select only files that ...
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Why is my Application's Icon grayed out in OS X Lion?

In the Applications folder on OS X I have a few programs that are "grayed out": I tried running Repair Disk Permissions in the Disk Utility but it doesn't fix this. I tried looking at the ...
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How do I delete an item in the Finder's toolbar?

How do I delete the file link?
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New folder doesn't appear in Finder

Many times I have the following problem. I create a new folder, but it doesn't appear in the Finder. Right now I have this problem with a folder created in Eclipse. After a while it appears, but I ...
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Changed folder contents not updating in Finder (OS X 10.8)

I've been having this problem for a number of days now. When I update the contents of a folder using terminal commands, by decompressing archives, or by using "Save As", the affected folder often ...
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Strange background image when opening DMG in Mountain Lion

Whenever I open a DMG file to install an application the window opens with a background image from another program I recently installed (Aptana Studio). Below is a screenshot in which I have opened ...
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How do I force a folder to copy files out instead of moving when dragging?

I share an entire Dropbox account with a team (not just a shared folder… we all have secondary Dropbox processes running the same account on each of our computers), and it works great for team file ...
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Get volume-name from mounted volume as shown in finder

I'm mounting an iso-file. Finder shows the name as "This Product" but the folder-name is /Volumes/this_product_" or could be something else. How can I retrieve the name as shown in the Finder?
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Finder.app preview pane and QuickLook stretch some of my photos

The Finder column view preview pane and QuickLook stretch many of my photos. But when I open the same photos in Preview.app, they look normal. Screenshot: For example, download this image ...
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“Show In Finder” won't open a new finder window

The "Show In Finder" action isn't working on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. The problem has just started to occur all the time, before it was a bit sporadic, but now it happens all the time. Things that ...
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Applescript Woefully Slow Finder.app Set Comment

This is the script: set d to do shell script "date +%d-%m-%Y" tell application "Finder" set dir to POSIX file ("/Volumes/Xsan/PathTo/Folder") as alias repeat with f in entire contents of ...
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How can I pinch to change icon size in OS X Mountain Lion?

Recently I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. SL had this nice slider in the finder you could use to change icon sizes really easily. I also remember being able to use the Magic Trackpad and ...