Mac OS X's default file manager and desktop shell

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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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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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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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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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Change wallpaper that appears between login screen and finder screen in Snow Leopard?

I changed the login background in Snow Leopard. Each time I start up the computer, I see my nice new login background, but after I log in, I get the same old Aurora image for about a second before the ...
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How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top?

How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top? There doesn't seem to be any option in View Options.
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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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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 ...
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Default search parameters for Finder

I'm wondering if there are any hidden prefs (to be read via defaults) that would alter default search parameters for Finder. Currently search string is searched in contents of a file (by default). Is ...
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Setting a single folder's view options vs. setting the default view options for all folders in Mac OS X 10.6

Goal Set the default folder view options in list format, and then set a few special folders to default to the icon view. Process (I think) Open Finder and configure the view options as desired ...
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Trying to unzip file

When trying to unzip a file, I ghet the following error: Archive: file.zip skipping: file.bla need PK compat. v4.5 (can do v2.1) Can any one help?
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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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Make alias in a folder to be chosen

I want to make an alias of selected files or folder in other folders, which I want to be able to choose each time from a pop-up window. This was something that was available on previous OSX versions ...
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How do I determine the path to Applications within “Open with” context menu on OS X?

I've got several versions of the Flash Player listed in my "Open with" context menu. I'd like to determine the path to those applications. I'd also like greater control over those items in the list. ...
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How to stop sync file when using dropbox(not pause and resume, I want to quit)

I am trying to upload an file to dropbox, but it takes over 8hrs. So I want to quit and place my file back. However, I can see only 'resume' and 'pause', no 'quit':< I already tried shutdown ...
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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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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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How can I open a new Finder window from Spotlight?

Can I open a Finder window from Spotlight? How so?
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“Show In Finder” won't open a new finder window

The "Show In Finder" action isn't working on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. The problem has just started to occur all the time, before it was a bit sporadic, but now it happens all the time. Things that ...
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Finder/Quick Look Malfunction after 10.8 OS upgrade

I upgraded to 10.8 and cannot shake this issue at all. I process image files daily as part of my work. For some reason only since my upgrade to 10.8, at some point Finder cannot preview any image ...
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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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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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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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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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Select from x to top/bottom with page up/down on OS X

When I need to highlight a list of items in my explorer on Windows, I was able to select say the 5th item and then hold shift while pressing page end or page down to highlight a number of items. Is ...
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How to create a new file from Finder's context menu?

Could you tell me how to add a menu item into Finder's contextual menu (the one I get when I Control-click in a folder)? When I create a document or spreadsheet using LibreOffice, I usually run ...
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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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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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Where is the right OS X 10.9 source using “kloglevel”

MacOS X 10.9 and 10.9.1 contain a Finder bug which is revealed upon using SMB v2 servers. (This bug is signaled to Apple, and shortly described here: smb v2 Finder bug / Mavericks). I found with man ...
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How can I highlight a file in Cover Flow view of Finder even after opening and closing the file

I would like to high light a file in cover flow view of Finder even after opening and closing the file. I tried to find it but i could not file it. Could you tell me how to do it? Condition: After I ...
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How can I change the list view of Finder setting for using spring folder action more effectively

I would like to know whether I can change the row setting of list view of Finder to use spring folder function effectively. Condition: Currently, If I want to drag and drop a file under specific ...
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How to drag and drop a folder on other folder has same name of folder without losing existing files

I would like to know how to drag and drop a folder on other folder has same name of folder without losing existing files. For example: I have same name of file under Folder1 like below. then I move ...
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OSX Mavericks - Open Finder windows full-screen by default

Problem Mavericks enables me to make my finder windows full-screen. It's awesome. When I first open a finder window, it opens by default as a small window on my desktop. I then have to click the ...
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Mac OS X: finder window keeps opening by itself and stealing focus

I have a Macbook with Mac OS X 10.4.11 here, with an annoying problem. After starting the computer and logging in, the finder keeps stealing focus. You can go back to your working app, but a minute ...
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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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Open new Finder tab when using 'open .' in the Terminal

In the Terminal I use open . to open the current directory using Finder. Open folders in new tabs settings is set in the Finder, yet it opens a new window every time. By the end of a project/day I ...
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How to highlight Finder items when going back from a nested folder

I would like to know how to setup highlighting the item of Finder even when I go back from a nested folder. It's when I display folders in list view. This is the current status: after I open ...
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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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Use current selected file in finder with Alfred.app?

I really use Alfred a lot. I now was just wondering if I can do somethings with the currently selected file in finder (most of the time move it to a folder, create new mail with this as attachment, ...
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Allow app to request authefication

I use ForkLift as default file manager. From time to time some files could be overwritten only with user permission. Finder asks password but Forklift just says that it is impossible. Launching ...
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Can I copy image's content rather than file path in Mac finder/path finder?

I collect a lot of icons and use them in applications. In finder, when I copy an image using cmd+c into the clipboard, Finder actually copies the coaca Filename into the clipboard. When I paste ...
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previously opened folders tree

I'm running Mac OSX 10.5.8 and for all the years I've had it, when I open Finder, the drives and folders would present themselves as closed and I would navigate by double clicking through the folders ...
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How does Mavericks's Finder store tags?

I haven't used Mavericks yet. Does finder store tags in the file itself (ex: xmp), or is it powered by some kind of Database? or what?
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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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iMac keeps hanging

For some reason I have to restart my iMac about 3 or 4 times each day. Almost everytime it's the finder that is hanging. I can't do anything anymore. I can't force stop and in the rare cases that I ...
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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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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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How to write OSX/Finder tags as metadata into PDF?

I have added tags to all of my PDF documents, but the problem is, that these kind of tags are only supported by OSX (Mavericks), that means they are gone if I want to use the PDF on a e.g. windows or ...
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Remove tonymacx86 logo in Hackintosh

I have OS X (hackintosh) installed in virtualbox on ubuntu linux host. I used iAtkos ML8 distribution with MultiBeast to get the right drivers. Everything works perfectly fine, however somewhere ...
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How do I make Finder use my default view options for disk images?

I've set the default view options (using the Use as Defaults button in the View Options panel). This is what I expect, and, indeed, what I get most of the time: Yet every time I create a disk image ...