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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 ...
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How to change which frame is grabbed for the finder icon of a movie file for Mac OS X Finder?

Movie files show in Mac OS X Finder with an example frame from the movie. Unfortunately, it's captured from fairly early in the movie, so that different episodes of a series, or perhaps different ...
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OS X: prevent Finder/File Chooser from following directory symlinks

I have a have a symlink foo in /Users/myaccount which points to /Volumes/foo. In the Finder or file chooser, the symlink does not show up as directory, so I can't expand it to select ...
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Force unmount on OS X Lion

I have a WD External hard drive that I believe is defective. Every now and then it simply hangs and its unresponsiveness makes finder stop responding. It will not reset itself until I disconnect the ...
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Treat folders with an extension like .service as regular folders instead of bundles in Finder

Is there a way to force Finder to treat a folder named whatever.service as a folder and not a service? To make it very clear it's easy to recreate my issue. I just created a new folder, rename it to ...
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How to prevent applications on an external hard drive from showing up in the “Open With” contextual menu?

I have two hard drives on my machine (Lion). One contains the regular copy of OS that I use everyday, the one has a slightly older copy of the OS that I keep as a backup (in case the first drive stops ...
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Is is possible to hide label colors in list view in Mac OS 10.X Finder? I use labels as star ratings

I have modified the first five label names in OS X Lion to be ★ through ★★★★★. This way I can easily tag photos etc. in the finder. However, I find that Apple's rendering of the colored bars is ...
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Mac preview space broken

In Finder you can preview files just by hitting space. This function is broken since some days. Where to look at to repair this? Is there a setting in library, preferences or elsewhere? Using: Snow ...
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Can't see hidden folder in Finder, but “ls” and “cd” work

On my external hardisk there are two folders inside a folder called "Sys". When I try to navigate to "Sys" using Finder (using "go to folder" option), I only see one folder inside "Sys". When I use ...
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CDROM does not appear on desktop, MACOS 10.5.7

When I pop a CDROM into the drive of my Macbook Pro, It spins up, I hear it, but no icon appears on the desktop. (I think it's 10.5.7; actually not sure how to verify this on Mac, but I think I saw a ...
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OS X Lion new Finder view that doesn't allow sorting

In OS X, from Lion onwards, when I click on some of my folders in Finder and the title row of the files contains the usual stuff like "Date Modified" and "Size". However unlike the old Finder view I ...
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How to show hidden files in Spotlight search results

If I use the search option in the top right corner of the Finder, hidden files do not show up in the search results. Is there any way to change this?
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Enable “file location” column in OS X search results?

In Windows there is a nice option to have "in folder" as a column option. Is this possible with OS X? Here is a search results window on OS X: And here it is on Windows:
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How to Set a Default Arrange Type in OS X Lion?

I'm having trouble setting a default arrange type in Mac OS X Lion. I remember doing it in Snow Leopard very long time ago but I forgot it.
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How can I recover a lost iDisk file?

I recently had a file that was on my office computer (iMac) which was not syncing with my MacBook Air for some reason. I read that I should try to turn off iDisk and then re-activate. When I did this ...
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Why are some of my files' names are not being displayed in OS X?

Some of my files' names are not being displayed in OS X as can be seen in the screenshot below: . I have also uploaded a video to demonstrate this issue: YouTube video Any ideas what is wrong ...
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How can I get a “Show in Finder” context menu option in iPhoto?

iTunes has a nice context menu, where one can right click, and select "Show in Finder". In iPhoto, one must go to the "File" menu, "Reveal in Finder..." (Where "Original" and Modified" are available). ...
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Set file creation date by reading modified date

How can I set a file's creation date as the modified date? e.g. File is made on Monday, edited on Tuesday. On Wednesday I want the date modified and date created to be set to Tuesday. Thanks!
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Drag and Drop problem, Files won't drop in OS X

I have a MacBook Pro 15" i7, Snow Leopard 10.6.8. Files won't "drop" after dragging them. I've restarted my computer several times, and repaired disk permissions as well as verified the disk ...
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I don't get to see a preview of my PSD files in Finder

I used to be able to see previews of my Photoshop documents in Finder, both as an icon and with Quick Look. Now, all .psd files just show a white box: How can I change this?
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Is it possible for MAC OS X to check for older/newer versions of files before you copy files in finder?

I work with multiple users who edit files from our company server, which is too slow to work off directly. I copy files to my desktop to work on them, then move them back to the server, the file ...
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Using launchd to kill and restart Finder in OS X

I'm trying to use a launchagent on login to kill the Finder, and then re-launch TotalFinder, to automatically apply the colorsidebar mod for OS X 10.7 (the mod can be found here). If I use the ...
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What does this symbol mean in Finder?

Did anyone notice the symbol which always appears in the left-bottom corner of the finder ? What is the purpose of that symbol in finder ?
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Why does my Macbook lock up while my external hard drive spins up?

Why does my MacBook lock up while my external USB hard drive spins up? It comes right back after a click or two post spin-up. It's pretty annoying since finder often sniffs the drives but the USB ...
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How to change default drag and drop behavior on OS X?

When you drag and drop a file in Mac's Finder, it moves the file by default. To copy the file(s) you must hold down the opt-key while you perform the action. I found myself in a situation where I ...
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Samba server doesn't show up in Finder on Mac OS X Lion

I've a Samba server running (version 3.5.8; Linux box), but after upgrading to Mac OS X Lion the Samba server doesn't show up in the "Shared" section in the Finder sidebar anymore. Regular Windows ...
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Forcing Lion Finder to open in List View?

One of my favorite features in Snow Leopard was the fact that Finder would always open a new window in the "List View". Lion instead opens the multi-column view by default. Is there any way I can ...
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How to change the Finder icon in Mac OS X Lion?

Is there a way to change the Finder icon in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, without using something like Candybar? Here's what I've already tried updating (neither worked): ...
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Finder item info not showing image dimensions

My OS X Lion usually shows file info like image dimensions, file count, file size or duration (Show View Options → Show item info). But in one folder on one drive I do not get the image ...
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In Finder (OS X 10.5.8), is there a way to collapse all folders in list view?

I know that cmd-option-left arrow will do this for any one folder, but is there any way to do this for all folders in a given list view?
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How can I specify /usr/local as an install directory during application install on Mac?

I have an 10.5.8 MacOS, trying to install an application into the directory /usr/local/ which I try to specify it, the Finder comes up which doesn't allow me to go to /usr/local. So I created a ...
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Why can't I add my home folder to the Mac OS X Lion Finder Sidebar?

After upgrading to Lion, I'm unable to add my home folder to the favorites section of my Finder's sidebar. I tried it through Finder Preferences by ticking the checkbox, but it deactivates itself ...
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How can I create a new folder within a nested folder hierarchy using Finder?

Here's a thing that's been annoying me for a long time: Using OS X 10.6, when you navigate through folders, expanding them to see their content, you sometimes want to create a new folder at the bottom ...
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How to open a folder in new Finder window (OSX)

When navigated deep into a folder tree in OSX Finder, is there a way to select a particular folder and open it in a new instance of Finder? This is done easily in Windows Explorer -- simply right ...
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Mac OS X Symbol in filename priority

Not sure if this feature was in OS9 and under or ever made it to X or was in 9, or what.. but it used to be that if a user started a filename with a '!', then it would be listed first in Finder ...
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Keyboard shortcut for going to previous/next files in Finder/QuickLook?

Let's say that I'm viewing files as icons in Finder. I want to be able to QuickLook through all the files in a directory, but using the left and right arrows in QuickLook will only let me navigate a ...
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Search through all files when searching in Finder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Spotlight and the locate command don't search all folders Is there a way to search through all files from Finder? Currently it only searches "safe" files but I would ...
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Making the Backspace key go to the previous folder in Finder

Is there an way of modding OSX so that it behaves a little more like Windows 7. Specifically I really want to be able to press BACKSPACE and for Finder to show the previous folder... just like Windows ...