Mac OS X's default file manager and desktop shell

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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 ...
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Show content of archive files in Finder preview

I'd like to see a preview of the contents of archive-files (.zip, .rar etc.) at the right side instead of the big ZIP-icon in the following picture when using the Finder in column-mode. I've got a ...
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How do you access the contents of a mounted DMG drive mounted through hdiutil and diskmout

My external USB drive failed. I made a .dmg image file of the drive using disk utility. Later I was not able to mount the .dmg image. I used terminal hdiutil attach -noverify -nomount name.dmg ...
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QuickLook Crashing

I recently installed an SSD (m4 crucial latest firmware) with TRIM enabled on my late 2011 MBP 13". I did a clean install of Mountain Lion 10.8.1, enabled FileVault 2 and everything was working fine ...
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Extend capabilities of Finder's quick view

When you have selected a text, source, html file, etc., in Finder and press spacebar, a quick view will come up showing content. When the file extension isn't one that is recognized, it will instead ...
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Finder/Quick Look Malfunction after 10.8 OS upgrade

I upgraded to 10.8 and cannot shake this issue at all. I process image files daily as part of my work. For some reason only since my upgrade to 10.8, at some point Finder cannot preview any image ...
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How do you add Dimension columns in all folders on a Mac?

On my MacBook Pro 17" running Mountain Lion, in Finder I can go to the Pictures (and Movies) folder and, in column view, I can right click on the head of the columns and add 'Dimensions'. The problem ...
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Printing PDFs quickly from Finder - OS X 10.8

I've read a few hacks on this and tried a couple but nothing cutting it yet. Dragging files to desktop printer causes them to print out in portrait when they should be landscape and they therefore ...
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Keep a drive mounted on OS X

I have a WebDav drive that I'd like to keep permanently mounted in the Finder (it's used by a script). What's the best way of ensuring that it gets immediately remounted if it ever gets disconnected? ...
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Trying to delete directory with “rm -rf”, but get message that it's not empty

I've tried deleting a directory using "rm -rf" and I'm getting the message "Directory not empty": Bens-MacBook-Pro:please benjaminhocking$ ls -lart empty_directory/ total 16 drwxr-xr-x 5 ...
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Can't see “network” in finder (Mountain Lion)

Can't see the "network" in finder at all. My girlfriend's MBP and old Windows laptop successfully sees all the files, shared from Ubuntu file server, but not my new MBP. What am I doing wrong please?
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Can OS X's Command-Tab behavior of switching only between different apps and not including multiple instances of apps be changed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Switch between windows on Mac OS X? In Windows, you switch between active windows with Alt-Tab. This behavior includes all running apps and all instances of each app. ...
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Finder 'Quick Look' (space bar) in Mountain Lion (10.8) doesn't display full image anymore…

In Lion and Snow Leopard hitting the space bar in finder on any image would display that image at its exact dimensions or as close as it could get without bleeding past my display margins. Now in ...
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Reveal in Finder from Eclipse Juno/Lion

I just upgraded from Eclipse Indigo on Snow Leopard to Eclipse Juno on Lion. The old system allowed right-click or option-click on the title bar to drop down a menu with a path to the current file. ...
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How to change the appearance of empty folders in finder?

I'm looking for a way to change the appearance of empty folders within finder in order to distinguish them from folders with contents. Does anyone know of a way to do this, either through third ...