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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 ...
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How to set Lion's Finder to “Show All” by default instead of “Show Less”

"Show Less" requiring horizontal scrolling is the worst. Anyone out there know of a terminal command or something to kill this "feature"? I would like my files to "Show All" by default ALWAYS when ...
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How to search for all labeled files, except those in some folders?

I want to add a saved search to my sidebar that contains all labeled files on my Mac, except files that are in certain folders. Files that are in subfolders of the excluded folders shouldn’t be ...
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Files in Finder are greyed out when trying to upload to a website

I'm using OS X 10.5.8 and I can't upload any files to specific website (I've tried all the browsers: Safari, Chrome, Firefox). All files are greyed out in the Finder window that opens. I know the ...
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How to access a shared drive from the command prompt on OS X

I have a shared drive called "music". It shows up in Finder without problems. How do I access this from the command prompt on a Mac? I can't find it anywhere – is there a way to access it?
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Mac OS X Finder scrolling stops working and locks up

Whenever I open a browse dialog in Mac OS X Lion my finder becomes unresponsive (locks up) and scrolling stops working. I can use the mouse arrow keys to partly move around the finder and eventually ...
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OS X Lion: Finder wouldn't show directory contents

OS X 10.7.2 After my MacBook is running for several days, Finder starts to refuse to show contents of some (most) directories. The file list is empty and the progress animation in the bottom right is ...
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Drag from spotlight

Is there any way that I could implement the functionality of being able to drag files and folders from spotlight to a finder window?
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How to remove DS_Store forever for good (not hide them but remove them)?

How do I remove and prevent from ever being created the DS_Store files on Mac OSX? I found this article, http://krypted.com/mac-os-x/no-more-ds_store-files/, that describes preventing them from ...
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Mapping extensions and UTI on OS X

In OS X, an extension can correspond to one or more UTIs. The sample code gives an array for an extension. NSArray *UTIs = (NSArray *)UTTypeCreateAllIdentifiersForTag(kUTTagClassFilenameExtension, ...
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How do I access application folders on a Mac?

I have a software program where on a PC, I can access sub-folders where the owner's manual, sub-folders, etc. reside. It is cross-platformed and I installed on my Mac. How do I get to that ...
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Why does Mac OS X's Finder report a 129,900 byte file as “131 KB on disk”?

Why does the Finder show a file as "129,900 bytes (131 KB on disk)"? 129900 bytes = 126.86 KB If you round it off to the nearest 4k boundary the size cannot be 131kb. I am confused, can anyone help? ...
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Context menu item to lock/unlock files in Finder more quickly

I can change the file locking ("read only") status in a file's context menu: There's no menu item for this. How can I create a Finder (context) menu item to set, remove, or toggle this flag ...
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OSX: assign extension to content kind

Here I have a folder containing a bunch of *.mkv files (video, obviously) and *.srt files (subtitles, obviously). I want to keep them within one folder but I don’t want them to be mixed together. It ...
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CIFS over AnyConnect, Mac to Linux = Corrupt Files

I have a friend who works from home. He produces files that he needs to upload to the company's server. He uses a Cisco AnyConnect VPN to connect, and then drags/drops the files to the server. To ...
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How can I sort a folder in OS X Lion without having to group files as done with “Arrange By”?

I'm sorry to say there are several things I liked better in Snow Leopard. Sorting files in Finder is one of those things. If I "Arrange By" -> "None" it does not group items and it looks like 10.6. I ...
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Open a terminal in Finder's current path in OS X Lion

In OS X Leopard, when using Finder, somebody released some sort of script which was added to the Finder toolbar/panel as an icon, so if you clicked on it, a terminal window would appear directly at ...
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Finder too optimistic about free space?

Below is a storage overview from "About this Mac" on OS X Lion, running on a Macbook Air. It says: backups 71.07 GB. No data is in the "Other" area, which seems a bit weird, because I have at least ...
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Finder: How to make default search in folder the current folder?

When searching on using the search bar in Finder, the default search is "This Mac". I want it to be the current folder. How to change?
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Add custom network device icons in Mac OS X Finder?

Mac OS X Finder is smug enough to display any non-Mac device as a picture of a PC with a BSOD, but I'm wondering if it's possible to add other devices, so my Ubuntu machine is detected and has a ...
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Permissions restoring from Time Machine - Finder copy vs “cp” copy

Note: this question was starting to sprawl so I rewrote it. I have a folder that I'm trying to restore from a Time Machine backup. Using cp -R works fine, but certain folders cannot be restored with ...
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Reset view preferences for all mac folders

I would like to reset the preferences for all my Mac OS X folders. Is this possible?
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Reveal file in Finder functionality for OS X

I'm familiar with explorer /select,/path/to/something To open the folder that contains a file, with that file highlighted, in windows explorer. Anybody know of a one liner (or one liner ...
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In the Mac Finder, if I use the search box, how can change the focus back to the located items via keyboard?

I've been a power user of both Windows and Mac for decades, but this seemingly simple thing has me stumped! If I use the search box, how do I change the focus to the located items, using the ...