Mac OS X's default file manager and desktop shell

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teamviewer file copied from Windows 7, pasted to MacBook pro finder, pastes a 2nd file with suffix = '2'

From Windows 7 desktop, I use Teamviewer 11 to remote control my MacBook pro, on same LAN. At Windows explorer, I copy 2 files. (Files with same exact filename are already on mac.) At MacBookPro (...
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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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Stop TextEdit's “Find” feature from using same value everywhere

If I have two TextEdit windows open, and I use Find in one of them, the Find value in the other window updates to match. I believe this happens in some other applications too. For complex searches, it'...
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Increase dragging-folder-opening speed

When I want to go and drop a file from my Desktop dir into a given directory that is many levels deep, I typically click on the file and drag it into finder and allow the folders to open themselves ...
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Mounting a Ubuntu 16.04 Server so I can access files/folders liek a normal window/finder

I am setting up a local server using Ubuntu server 16.04, using a LEMP stack set up etc. The server will only be accessible via the network for local site dev. One thing that i'm missing is a way ...
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How can I make a keyboard shortcut for the ditto command in OSX Finder?

The title should make it clear what I'm after but essentially I'd like a way to press command+some key to set up a ditto command for merging files and folders rather than obliterating and replacing ...
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OSX map network drives on login WITHOUT finder windows popping up

I have followed some other tutorials to get OSX to mount my network drives when I log in, using the "Users and Groups > Login Items" method, which works fine, but this brings up a whole load of finder ...
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Mac OS X Finder - Creating New Folder with Right-Click in List View

I am aware that when using Finder in List view, I can create a new folder by right-clicking on an empty row, and pressing 'New Folder'. However, when I happen to be browsing a folder with quite a lot ...
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Icon files showing in OS X Finder

I have a bunch of Icon files showing in my Finder. I believe these are supposed to be hidden, I think it may be related to a terminal command I ran across my file system for another issue but now I ...
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Can't delete file with strange characters in name (NUL symbol?)

I have two files named ˇ¡␀␀ˇ¡␀␀␀"9 ␀"9 and ˇ¡␀␀ˇ¡␀␀ which are not deleted when I empty the trash. I have tried renaming them but they do not accept any changes. Things I tried: renaming the file ...
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In OS X, how do you get the finder's path bar to show server name?

I usually have one or two hosts (also Macs) in my finder side bar "Shared" section and often want to navigate to a folder in one of those hosts. I have the path bar on the bottom of the finder window ...
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How to merge (and not replace) folders when copying on the Mac?

There's a similar question about windows. This is the same, but for mac. By the way, it's odd there's no question on this yet, since it seems like it's the most hated thing on Mac OS X. If I try ...
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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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In OS X 10.6+ how do I use Finder with a wildcard characater in the filename to find files?

In OS X 10.6.6+ Finder I want to list filenames that have the word "windows" in it with a filetype of ".doc". Here's what I used to be able to enter in other systems: *windows*.doc. I know I can ...
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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 ...
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What does a question mark after the file name mean using ls terminal command?

What does a question mark after the file name mean using ls terminal command? I am using a Mac running OS X Yosemite (v.10.10.5) When I do ls command at terminal, I get back a list of files (the same ...
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Hdd not showing in Finder

I have a USB HDD that it was working normally. I've deleted a lot of files. Then I remove the USB (in a unsafe way) and then it stopped showing in Finder. When I try to open Disk Utility, it loads ...
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Run python script from Finder rather than edit?

Max OS X. When I double-click on a python script it opens in the default editor. How might I make it so that when I double-click, or choose the script from Applications, it executes from the python ...
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OSX: Open folder with 'application' option on right click of folder in finder

Is it possible to add service that open folder with a specific appicaiton e.g. brackets, sub lime etc. just like we can add an option in right click of folder for opening the folder in terminal as ...
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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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Map FTP server as a (local) drive in Finder

I am using Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. What I need is to map my FTP server as a local drive - or anything I have write access to - in Finder.
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In Mac OS X Finder's column view, how do you show all columns, up to the list of volumes?

In OS X's olden times, column view always allowed you to scroll left back to the list of volumes. In recent versions, however, the Finder will hide parents and ancestors. For example, when you select ...
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How can I increase the size of thumbnails when opening files?

This is the view I get when I want to upload a file to OS X' browser. I like the thumbnail view, but as you can see, they are too small. I don't mind showing fewer pictures – I just want a bigger ...
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Create a symbolic link in the Mac OS X Finder

Is there a way to get the same functionality as the unix command ln -s in the Mac OS X Finder (OS 10.5)? I want to be able to create symbolic links while working in Finder windows without opening the ...
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How can I change Finder's default font size system wide?

I am using an iMac 5k with 27 inch screen. The screen is great. The problem is the screen is too large which makes the font looks smaller in Finder. Command+J can only change the view option for one ...
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Buffalo NAS Permissions Error

I have a Buffalo Linkstation (LS420) connected to a Mac running Yosemite. A few folders are suddenly inaccessible. I receive the following error when trying to access them in Finder: The folder "...
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Mac icons change when selected

Is there a way or a third party program that changes the mac finder icons to another icon when not selected but if selected restores the icon to the correct one.
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How do you open a folder in OSX using the keyboard?

On Windows, pressing enter when you highlight on a folder in Windows Explorer will open that folder. On OSX, pressing enter when you highlight a folder edits the folder's name (like F2 in Windows). ...
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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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How to “open up” the scope of Mac OS's Finder?

In Windows I could open up the Explorer and visit any folder to my heart's content. In Mac OS, I can't seem to do the same. I open the Finder and I can only see things like Desktop, Applications, ...
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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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How to select non-contiguous files on a Mac?

How can I select non-contiguous files on a Mac? On Windows I would use Ctrl + click, but Finder considers this to be a right click.
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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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How do you add a spotlight comment to a folder

How do I set a spotlight comment for a folder using Bash. (Or Applescript) The following example is not working: osascript -e "tell application \"Finder\" to set comments of alias POSIX file \"$...
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Is it possible to Color-tag files in Windows 7, like in Finder on a Mac?

On a Mac, you can right-click on a file/folder to give it a color which is then displayed in the Finder (the Mac utility like Windows Explorer) behind the label of the file. Is there a way to do this ...
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Incorrect icon association Mac - El Capitan

I have recently switched from PC to Mac and since I am not very familiar with the environment I would like to ask for a help. My MacBook Air with El Capitan installed has problem with icons ...
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Easiest way to create a new text file in a Finder window on OSX

OK, so if I'm browsing directories in OS X Finder, what's the easiest way to create a new text file? Right now I have to either open TextEdit, click around until I get to the same directory I'm in, ...
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Mac OS X: Is there a straightforward way to color ls output according to Finder label colors?

I have a client with a directory tree that has a number of high-level directories that I need to have on my local development machine. I rarely look at them unless something goes awry. I've marked ...
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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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Finder not showing folder created with “mkdir” from the Terminal in OSX El Capitan

I created a folder with Terminal using the command: mkdir images I went to view it in Finder but it doesn’t show up. I can view the folder in terminal using ls in the parent directory and can even ...
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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 can I make Finder display video file duration?

I have to open the files in VLC to see what the file duration is which frankly is ridiculous due to Finder not showing any information, even if I look in Get Info there is nothing Is there a way to ...
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Why does Mac OS X sometimes complain that a copy failed because a file is in use?

Recently I've been copying files from DVDs to network storage on my Mac running Leopard 10.5.7. I'm just dragging and dropping in Finder to perform the copy. Occasionally the copy will fail with a ...
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How to recover data by replace folder in OSX?

I try to merge new photo folders. I think that my same as windows but OSX replace all of it and I lost my old photo in folder. How I recover my data? Example folder call "a" I try iSkysoft Data ...
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Show hidden files in Finder but not on desktop with Mac OS X

I'd like to see the dot hidden files in the Finder but not on the Desktop, is that possible? (.localized and .DS_Store on my desktop really annoy me.) I'm using Snow Leopard (Mac OS X v10.6).
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Double clicking on a Zip file in Finder re-downloads it from web

I'm experiencing a strange behavior, after downloading any zip file, when I double click it, expecting it would open, instead it reconnects to its website and re-downloads itself. The file is opened ...
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Is there a program or some method to access recent Finder windows / places?

Is there an add on or program to keep up with recent finder locations, or recent finder windows on OS X? On Windows there is a "recent places" sidebar. On OS X I know that you can add places to the ...
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Launching Finder in Mac OS X Terminal and highlighting specific files selected from the Terminal?

I have a script that creates a couple of files in the /tmp directory #!/bin/bash touch /tmp/file1.txt touch /tmp/file2.txt How can I make the script open the /tmp/ directory in Finder with the two ...
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How can I browse white icons in Mac OS X Finder (Mavericks)?

I have bunch of white, transparent png icons in my folder and I find no way to see them clearly even if I change the background in view options (still white overlay on the image stays): I know ...