Mac OS X's default file manager and desktop shell

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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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How do I show all files in “open file” dialogs in OS X?

There are various articles describing how to work around the bug in Finder that stops some files being shown. However, the workaround described does not solve the same bug in the "open file" dialog, ...
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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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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 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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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 do I display the filepath field in Finder?

I'm going a bit crazy here -- for some reason I can't figure out how to turn on the file path field in the Finder application in OS X. Here is a picture of what I'm trying to find: Note that I'm ...
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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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Change Mavericks Finder column display width in list view?

I upgraded from SL to Mavericks a month a go and a few things are odd. One is that Finder shows the name column in list view as being wider than my monitor. I guess it's auto-fitting to long URLs. but ...
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How to change Mavericks search results window default settings?

I want searches in Finder to be shown in "arrange by: none" as a default setting as they were in Snow Leopard—can I change this setting and if so, where? It's a pain to have to go every time to ...
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How Can I Set Mac OS X's Finder Default Window Size

I wish to configure Finder.app so that the default window size is larger then the default. If I resize a window that displays a folder, next time I open that folder with Finder, the window size would ...
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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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Move to trash by using delete instead of cmd-backspace in Finder

How do I remap ⌘⌫ to just delete in Finder in order to move items to the Trash? And no, "that is just the way Apple works" and "This is to prevent you making mistakes" are not valid answers.
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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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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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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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Reveal a broken symlink

Our application uses /usr/bin/open --reveal $filePath to reveal a file in the Finder. Unfortunately, this does nothing (except of showing an error when invoked from a terminal) if invoked for a broken ...
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Make search by file name default in Finder

In Finder when I type something in the textbox the default is to search the whole mac in the contents of the files. I was able to change the default to search the current directory, but didn't see an ...
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Can copy file to samba share with terminal but not from finder (OSX Maverick)

I have a samba share located on a Router USB storage DD-WRT V24 USB drive. I try to copy a file from a MAC OSX machine using Finder. Finder returns the following message: "can’t be copied because ...
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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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Location added to Finder Favorites on OSX Mavericks keep disappearing

In the Finder (on OSX Mavericks) the locations I have added to ‘Favorites’ keep disappearing. In the image ‘workspace’ and ‘Dropbox’ disappears. Any idea how to fix this?
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How to use keyboard shortcuts to navigate the OS X Finder sidebar?

Is it possible to get focus on the Finder sidebar and be able to select an item within "device", "shared", "places" and "search for" only with the keyboard?
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two finder windows next to each other like Ubuntu F3 shortcut

Ok, so at work I use Ubuntu and its create for copying a files from one folder to another folder without having two finder windows open. What I would like is to have that function on my mac and I am ...
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How do you duplicate current open Finder view?

I often have a window where i want to drag and drop to a parent folder, and i need another finder window, so i open a new one and need to browse back to where the other window is ...
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OSX Finder: Why is my network drive not “sticking” in Devices?

I have a couple of different smb:// network drives I use daily. In my OSX (10.8.5) I have dropped some of them onto Finder's Devices group on the left. But some of the drives disappear immediately ...
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Open current bash location explicitly in Finder

When double clicking a bundle folder (folder called *.bundle), a Terminal window opens as expected. However, $ open . does not then open a Finder window but another Terminal. Is there a way ...
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How do you duplicate current open Finder view in new tab (Mavericks)?

In a thread on this forum there is an interesting solution on how to open a duplicate of an already open Finder window with the help of an AppleScript: How do you duplicate current open Finder view? ...
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open Safari and Finder failed in tmux

OS X 10.9.2, tmux 1.9a install via brew. In tmux: $ open /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app ...
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How to force Finder to refresh external drive? OS X

I use an external hard drive for Time Machine backups. Recently, I moved it to a USB hub (so that I don't have as many cables to deal with). This has slowed down the speed which I can read/write to ...
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How to change keyboard shortcut for menu with a dynamic name, such as “Move x Items Here”?

In Finder, the menu item to move files has a dynamic text. If one item has been copied, it says "Move Item Here", but for multiple files it says something like "Move <x> Items Here". In the ...
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Enter to open a file in Finder

I find the Cmd + O shortcut to open a file in Finder unintuitive. Does anyone know how to change it? I'd like to set it so that enter opens a file instead of going into rename mode.
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Free metadata file information tool for Mac? [closed]

Does anyone know any free alternatives to Informator? As a sidenote, this doesn't deal with EXIF metadata only. I'm hoping for video, music, and who knows what else beside images metadata. Being ...
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Mac OSX finder requiring permissions when deleting file, even after chmod

I created a Python script that requires sudo permissions to run (doing ICMP requests). This script creates a small directory and a couple .csv files, as well as a log.txt file. At first, after running ...
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Permanently deleting files on Mac OS

A while back, as relatively new Mac OS X user, I was surprised to learn that you cannot easily delete files. Directly, that is, without moving them to the trash first. On Windows and Linux this can ...
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Converting Mac OS X's Picture Clipping Files to Image Files

My wife has extracted a bunch of images from a larger document by individually selecting the images and then dragging them to a folder on her Desktop. These now show up as "picture clipping" files in ...
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How to cycle in Finder autocomplete suggestions?

For example I want to go to ~/Library/Application Support. By pressing command+shift+g in Finder and type ~/Library/App, Finder will autocomplete it with ~/Library/Application Scripts. I need to ...
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Printing PDFs directly from Finder in OS X

I'm looking for a way to print multiple PDF files directly from within Finder. I have a duplex printer (HP Color LaserJet CP2025) and I want to use duplex printing as default. Any suggestions? ...
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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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How to change default column widths in Macintosh Finder?

In Mac OS X Mavericks, I find that when I bring up a finder window showing items in a list with columns, the Name column defaults to being way to wide, I have to scroll to the right to grab column ...
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OS X / Finder - Right Click “New Folder with Selection” - how to Increase the Animation Effect Speed?

I'm using Finder on OS X 10.9x. The effect that pulls all the selected items into a new folder from the right click "new folder with selection" is really nice, but way too slow for me. Anyone know a ...
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Can I open a folder in the current Finder window, rather than getting a new window for each folder?

In Mac's Finder, I have a million windows piled on top of each other when I finally find a file I want. Is there any way to select a subfolder and when it opens, have it REPLACE the current open ...
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How to add metadata keywords in finder

In windows there is a neat little info box at the bottoms of explorer that shows the keyword field of the files metadata. Is there such a tool in OS X Finder? It is extremely frustrating to have to ...
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Copying and pasting the path within Finder

I've recently moved to the Mac from Windows as my primary machine. One feature I'm really missing is the ability to quickly navigate between folders. I used to do this under Windows by copying the ...
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How does the Photos entry in the Mac Open File dialog work?

When opening files in Mac OS X, you get in addition to the normal file system browser a media browser that shows Movies, Music, and Photos. The Photos entry (at least on my system) consists solely of ...
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Open file as text?

I'm working on a MacBook Pro with 10.8.5 (fully patched). I'm trying to add a new platform to OpenSSL's Configure script (Android, x86): I right click on Configure and browse to an text editor ...
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Show hidden files on OS X except .DS_Store

I want to see all hidden files on my Mac except .DS_Store. Is there a way to do that?
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Mac OS. Finder windows split the screen?

I want to achieve something like this at least for 4 windows:
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OS/X Open File Dialog not showing recent files (but the files DO show in the normal Finder!)

I am trying to attached a screenshot to a mail message (in Chrome). The Finder dialog shows screenshots up to and including yesterday ones, but not today. I have done an ls -lrta on the ~/Desktop ...
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How can I show/hide hidden files on Finder on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

The following script doesn't work on Mavericks: # check if hidden files are visible and store result in a variable isVisible=”$(defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles)” # toggle visibility ...
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Mac OS X Quick Look locking Office 2011 files on SMB for too long

When opening Microsoft Office files on one of our SMB servers, occasionally Office will show the following error: This file is locked for editing. Locked by: another user Filename: File.docx ...