Mac OS X's default file manager and desktop shell

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to change the icon (apply a thumb) of a folder on Mac OS X?

In Mac OS X, suppose you open your root disk, following folders/directories will have different icon (thumb) on it. Application Developer Library System How to apply a thumb image on my specific ...
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Make OS X's Quick Look work for custom file extensions

I find Finder's Quick Look feature (launched with 'space') very useful, but it works only for a limited number of file extensions. In work I often get .properties, .conf, .ddl and other files which ...
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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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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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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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How to use wildcard characters in Spotlight search?

I'm used to using the search window in Windows that provided the ability to use options such as: Date of Creation/Modification File Size File Extension Wild Card Characters How can I search with ...
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Cut and Paste in Mac OS X's Finder [duplicate]

In Windows to move a specific file(s) and/or folder(s), we can ctrl+x (Cut) after selecting sources & ctrl+v (Paste) - very simple way to move. Another easy option is to just press F4 & type ...
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Is there a good clone of the OS X Finder for Windows?

I'm mostly a Windows user, but am a big fan of the "in columns" mode of the OS X finder (the Miller Columns concept). It's fluid, and it's great being able to see the contents of each folder up the ...
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In MacOS X, how do I prevent a folder with extension .theme being treated as a package?

So I have a folder name ending in .theme and I can't change it to anything else. (It's part of a Plone installation with XDV.) This makes OS X think it's an iDVD theme, not a folder. To browse its ...
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Finder Sidebar Icons - How do I duplicate?

I've noticed that some system directories, when dragged to the Finder's sidebar, utilize special small-scale icons not visible in any other place. Even when looking at one of these folders in a Finder ...
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Mac OS X software always order files alphabetically rather than by type

I have noticed many Mac applications sort the files alphabetically rather than by type. A good example would be Coda by panic.com. The files in the file menu are organized alphabetically. I ...
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How can I get an address bar in Finder?

I'm used to knowing where all my files are. Is there a way to get an address bar to show up in Finder in OS X (10.5+) like in Explorer in Windows or Nautilus in GNOME? I also want to be able to copy ...
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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 to open context menu in (MacOS) Finder with keyboard

I'm sure most of us here like doing thing as efficiently as possible and therefore we're a bunch of keyboard junkies. With a file (or group of files) highlighted, is there a way to open the context ...
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How to execute a shell script with selected files/folders in finder?

I'm coming from Linux where it's easy to run a script against a set of files in nautilus or dolphin, but I was kind of surprised to see that this isn't easy in OSX. Preferably, I would love to be ...
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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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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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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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Disable all the idiot-checking in Mac OS X

I am a Windows/Linux user, who is learning Mac OS X out of interest in doing dev-work for the iPad which I recently purchased. However, OS X is driving me nuts by trying to protect all it's system ...
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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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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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OS X: Show exact file size in Finder

Is there a way to get Finder to show exact file size in List view, rather than only showing Size on Disk? I know it's possible to see the exact size by opening the file info window, but I'm looking ...
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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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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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HELP! Overzealous `mv` renamed my /usr/lib folder

I was having a problem where my libiconv.2.dylib file in /usr/lib was corrupt and lots of applications were failing. I got a copy of a friends /usr/lib folder and was going to swap them out. ...
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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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Why is my Application's Icon grayed out in OS X Lion?

In the Applications folder on OS X I have a few programs that are "grayed out": I tried running Repair Disk Permissions in the Disk Utility but it doesn't fix this. I tried looking at the ...
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How to access a shared drive from the command prompt on OS X

I have a shared drive called "music". It shows up in Finder without problems. How do I access this from the command prompt on a Mac? I can't find it anywhere – is there a way to access it?
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Get path of open file in any application on Mac OS X?

I installed Afloat for Mac OS X and I really like that it has a shortcut to "Reveal Current File in Finder". This works for basically all applications written in Cocoa. Can I use something like that, ...
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How to sync finder folders into their respective albums in iPhoto?

Currently, I have set up in Firefox an add-on which when right clicked on an image toggles and saves this image to a specified folder. I use these folders as a reference library, now on 20 odd folders ...
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How to change the appearance of empty folders in finder?

I'm looking for a way to change the appearance of empty folders within finder in order to distinguish them from folders with contents. Does anyone know of a way to do this, either through third ...
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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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How do I enable snap-to-grid by default on Mac OS X?

I'm setting up a new Mac, and when I drag icons on my desktop (or in Windows, if I switch them to icon view), the icons don't snap into place unless I hold the command key down. I can't recall how ...
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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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Extend capabilities of Finder's quick view

When you have selected a text, source, html file, etc., in Finder and press spacebar, a quick view will come up showing content. When the file extension isn't one that is recognized, it will instead ...
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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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How can I change Nautilus's delete behavior?

I want to make it so that nautilus requires me to press a key combination to delete files - so that I do not accidentally delete files on a network share with no confirmation again. Ideally I would ...
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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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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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Switch to Finder not showing windows

When I switch to the Finder using cmd-tab, no open Finder windows show up. I switched to finder with cmd-tab, Finder is brought to the front, but its windows are not.
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Set default policy in Finder “View Options”

I have set icon size, grid spacing, and ordering policy in Finder's "View Options" according to my personal preferences. Then I have pushed the "set as default" button and according to my ...
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Apple Script - Reopen Closed Finder Windows

I have the following Applescript which toggles the show/hide hidden files and I would like to reopen the user's Finder windows which will be closed as the Finder gets relaunched. tell application ...