Mac OS X's default file manager and desktop shell

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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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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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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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Why is this application’s (Mou) window always on in front of all other windows in Mac OS X?

I am using Mou to edit Mardown documents in Mac OS X 10.9.5 and recently it’s oddly been pushing its windows to the front of all applications I have open. I don’t recall this behavior happening in the ...
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How do I “cut” a file on OS X?

I am a newbie on the mac world and i'd like to know if it's possible to cut a file using a shortcut (like Ctrl + X on Windows).
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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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What is this large clickable question mark in Finder window?

All of my Finder windows show this big huge question mark, it doesn't matter which drive or directory I'm in. If I click on the question mark, it says, "The item can't be found". What is this image ...
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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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OS X How to select all protected files in a folder?

I'm currently on OS X 10.9.5 and am struggling to find a finder shortcut or option to select all protected files in a folder? Is there even such a thing? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Extra ...
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OSX - Alternative for TotalFinder's Visor Feature?

Is there an alternative for TotalFinder's Visor feature? The Visor feature is a keyboard shortcut that brings up a finder window over top of the screen, even on full screen apps. I don't want to use ...
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How can I make OS X Finder ICON VIEW act responsive?

Finder is great for the icon view but the icon view doesn't adjust the icon layout when you alter the window dimensions... can we change this to act responsive?? Like Pinterest?
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OSX Mavericks Downloads folder opens in Finder without sidebar, status bar or toolbar

I have an issue which only started happening around 3 weeks ago which is when I open up the Downloads folder via the dock, the finder window opens without a sidebar, status bar or toolbar (see image). ...
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Xcode has deleted my folder contents

I created a new Xcode project with AFNetworking Application template, then I chose a folder in which to create the project. Suddenly, Xcode crashed, and this folder has nothing in it except a 2kb ...
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Path Display at bottom of a Finder window in Mac OS X

I have seen "A status bar like tray at the bottom which displays the path of a directory" in Finder window. How do I turn that on?
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Mac OSX Mavericks Finder issues

My Finder continually goes to "not responding" status in the activity monitor. I cannot see desktop items, I cannot open a new finder window. I also have a DVD stuck in my drive, that I cannot ...
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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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OS X: How to call “Service” through command line?

I'm looking for a way to call "service" actions (In Finder, I can right click a file and find them on the bottom of the menu, see below) Through command line, is there any way to do it? Thanks in ...
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How do I restart a hung loginwindow?

I'm running OS X as a server (10.9.4) and the following things keep happening over and over. Things will run smoothly for a while and then the GUI will simply crap out. I'm not sure if it is caused ...
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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 ...
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Applications folder not responding after restoring time machine backup

I have purchased a new iMac and I got a backup from my old macbook air, I tried to restore this backup file via Time Machine on iMac and already all data transferred successfully but the Applications ...
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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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Mac OS shortkey for popping up the Finder window?

I would like to know whether there is a shortkey in Mac Os for my finder window to pop up? For example, when I download a file via firefox, I want to go to the ~/Downloads directory. This process is ...
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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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Comments in mp3 files are seen on Mac OS but not on Windows

I have a .mp3 file with some metadata, among which a comment field with a value. What's strange is that the comment can be seen on Mac OS X (both in iTunes and in the Finder), but on Windows the field ...
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File disappears from Finder when hard link copy is deleted

Ok, I just got quite the scare... I have a folder with some important files. Using the Terminal I had created hard-links to those files in a different folder. Something like this: mkdir test ln ...
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Ignoring .DS_store preferences clientside

At work our largely shared fileserver is filled with .DS_store preferences from various users. We clean these files now and then, but still it happens constantly that I run into a folder where someone ...
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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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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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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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How can I completely remove all traces of Paragon NTFS for Mac 12 (Trial)?

so I did something foolish and installed this software without fully reading the reviews about how bad it is. I did the free trial for Paragon NTFS for Mac 12. I ran the installation and after hitting ...
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OS X Sidebar language is messed up

I use OSX in English - but with Hungarian as secondary language and with Hungarian format language in the system preferences. Still I get some sidebar names (like Downloads, Desktop, etc) in ...
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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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How to configure Finder on OS/X yosemite to only search files on local hard disk

I would like to configure Finder to only search the local hard disk by default. No Internet or Mail or anything else. Is there a way to configure Finder in that manner?
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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 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 a filepath for the highest level, Computer, directory on the mac? (dir above Macintosh HD)

The filepath for Macintosh HD is simply '/'. A step above is a folder called your-user-name's Macbook (or whichever type of machine you have) that houses the HD, Network, Remote Disc, and any other ...
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Mac, reopen finder on restart of system

On my windows system as I restart my old Explorer windows reopen all the Explorer windows I had the last time when I shut down, is it possible for me to do the same for my Mac Finder windows? I am on ...
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How can I show hidden files/folders in Finder

How can I see the hidden files in Finder? For instance, if I have a file named: .something is is not listed. Right now I have to open the terminal and type ls -la.
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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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Finder freeze under .DS_Store preview

Since I updated to Mac OS X Yosemite, when I try to preview a .DS_Store file, I need to kill Finder because it totally freezes. It's very annoying. I tried to delete the Spotlight cache and rebuild ...
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Mac: Dragging won't move folder — instead creates alias

I accidentally dragged an important folder into my Applications folder and now whenever I try to move it back, the system instead creates an alias and I can't move it to its previous location. i've ...
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Hidden file/folder in MacBook Pro (Mac OS X 10.6) Finder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I show hidden files/folders in Finder How can I hide file/folder in Finder and roll it back easily (like windows) and how can I tell Finder to show hidden files ...
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Is it possible to toggle hidden files without relaunching Finder?

There are several ways how to toggle hidden files - via a shell command, or AppleScript, or Automator action, or even a Dashboard widget. All of them close and reopen Finder windows, which is quite ...
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VLC media file kind attribute differs from Mavericks to Yosemite

I have noticed since I started using OS X Yosemite beta 3 that any files that by default open with VLC now have the Kind attribute set to just VLC Document, except for MP4 which also opens with VLC by ...
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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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OS X Enclosing folder shortcut?

This may have been asked before, but I'm wondering whether there is a shortcut for navigating to the enclosing folder in OS X (Snow Leopard)? I find navigating Finder particularly frustrating since ...
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Open iTerm and run Vim from a directory in Finder (OS X)

Is it possible (maybe with Apple Script or something) when I'm in a folder in OSX's finder to open iTerm and run vim with this folder as the working directory? This would be useful to quickly create ...
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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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Is there a way to preserve or remember sort-by preferences for different folders in column view in Mac OS X?

For example, I would like to have folders in column view, and to have Folder 1 always to show files sorted by kind, and Folder 2 always to show files sorted by date created. I'm running Leopard, with ...