Mac OS X's default file manager and desktop shell

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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 ...
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OS X Finder-like unarchiving in Windows

I've gotten quite used to the OS X way of unarchiving, i.e. double-clicking on an archive file unzips it in the current directory. If everything in the archive is contained within a single directory, ...
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How can I launch Finder in a specific directory, from Automator or AppleScript?

I'm trying to assign a global keyboard shortcut that will launch a new window of Finder, in a specific directory. I can write a script that'll open a new Finder, but not sure how to make it open in a ...
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How do hide the toolbar in Finder by default?

I can hide the toolbar in Finder by pressing option+command+T. However it only saves this to the .DS_store file in the folder I do press the command. I'd like to have the toolbar hidden as default, as ...
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How to create the dot underscore files in Mac OSX?

People are talking about how to prevent the creation of dot underscore files in Mac OSX, but I have never seen them in my Mac. I am just curious how to create them, any step I can follow?
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Show files from terminal command results in Finder

I can find original files in a directory (as opposed to hard links) in Terminal with find ./ -type f -links 1 -name file2find How can I view the results in a single Finder window?
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Copying files from Lion to Mountain Lion GM causes “.DS_Store already exists” error

I'm fighting with .DS_Store files when copying folders across my network using Finder, from an OS X Lion machine to OS X Mountain Lion, both on late-2009 27" iMacs. When I drag a folder from Lion to ...
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Pressing Enter key on Mac renames the file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Enter to open a file in Finder Pressing Enter key on my Mac renames the file. I don't want that. I don't want to unlearn twelve years of Windows usage. I want to change ...
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How to search for a folder inside another specific folder in Spotlight

Is possible to tell spotlight to search for a folder "x" that is contained within folder "y"? For example, I have several dirs named "june" in my computer, but one of them is inside a dir named ...
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Create .zip's on OS X without the “extra” MacOS files (like .DS_Store, MACOSX folder, etc) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Compressing folders on a mac, without the .DS_Store OS X includes undesired, "extra" files when creating .zip's of folders that look poor in Windows & Linux. How to ...
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Keyboard shortcut (or permanent setting) for fitting column width to longest filename in OS X?

I use the OS X Finder feature to expand/fit the column width to the longest filename a lot -- by double-clicking the two vertical bars at the bottom of the column border (in Snow Leopard) or the ...
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OS X Lion Finder and Open/Save sheets: How to list folders before files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top? I'm a recent Mac convert, but I miss the way Windows and many Unix file browsers list folders before ...
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Undo deletion of target directory after finding out OS X can't merge directories

I am a developer on OSX. I like to believe I know a lot about computers, but now I feel a mix of sillyness, disbelief and rage. Also, please excuse the drama. ;) I was working on a web project when I ...
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Sites folder icon is incorrect in Finder sidebar on Mac OS X Lion

I recently did a clean install of Mac OS X Lion. Now, I can't figure out why the icon for the Sites folder in the finder sidebar is just a regular folder and not the special Sites icon it used to be. ...
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Sorting or finding a images based on their dimensions

I ran this file recovery tool to see if I could find a previously deleted image and the results were rather impressive. It recovered a little over 150,000 images (40GB total). If I go image by image ...
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Is there a way to add a custom group to Finder's sidebar in Mac OS X Lion?

Does anybody know if it is possible to add a custom group to Finder's sidebar in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)? Currently you have Favorites, Shared and Devices. I'd like to add something like Clients or ...
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Dropbox context menu missing in OS X

Problem My Dropbox context menu is missing in OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8). While the Dropbox service runs normally, Finder doesn't show the icons and also doesn't give me the ability to browse files ...
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Finder restore window error

My mac with Lion starts up with the finder displaying the message to "Restore Windows" and keep on cycling through it but never opening the Finder windows. Other sites say that files in my desktop ...
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Cmnd-Tab to new Finder window if no window is open

If I cmnd+tab to Finder and no Finder window is open, then it follows that 100% of the time my next action is going to be cmnd+n to make a new window. Is there a hack to make this automatically ...
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Remove symlink/alias arrow icons from Desktop

How do you remove the symlink/alias arrow icons from aliases on the desktop or from a specific alias? I found this article that shows how to remove them from all aliases. However, I'd like to be ...
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How do you hide the Finder from the list of applications when Command-Tabbing?

This is already how my Mac is set up. I would like to turn it off.
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How to unlock multiple files at once

On a Mac with OS X Lion I'm editing a bunch of photos in Preview via the Finder, and any that haven't been edited for a while pop up with an annoying choice of Unlock, Cancel or Duplicate. Well how ...
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OS X Finder: Arrow keys navigation in icons view

Is there a way to enable a “wrap around” arrow keys navigation in Mac Finder? Right now, I found that if I have highlighted the first or the last item in a row, I cannot use the left/right arrow key ...
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Location of core fonts on OSX?

I'm trying to access the file of a pre-installed font on OSX. Where is the location of core, pre-installed fonts on OSX? The Library folder only contains fonts you've installed.
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Clear SMB network share credentials in OS X

I'm mounting a Windows network share on OS X 10.7 without being asked for the credentials. How can I make OS X forget any stored credential so it asks me? I've already searched all displayed items in ...