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Is it possible to get the badges of the files from the terminal on OSX?

Purpose: To write a script to monitor the sync states of some files or directories in the folder controlled by Google File Stream. I want to monitor the badges created by Finder Sync Extensions which ...
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Finder keeps stealing focus (Mac OS X Catalina 10.15.4)

I have an issue where all of a sudden the focus will switch away from the active window that I'm using. For example, I can be typing a message then suddenly the currently active window will be grey ...
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Why can I see a smb share through the Terminal but not on Finder?

Why can I see a samba share through the Terminal but not on Finder? Below the screenshots:
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How to set Finder default View Options for all folders

Goal: I want to set the View Options for ALL of my Finder folders. As far as I understand it, the systems saves any View Options changes inside that folder, and if the folder doesn't have any ...
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Everything in Finder sidebar disappeared (Macbook air 2019 Catalina 10.15.2)

My history of previous terminal codes: How my Finder looks like: All the things in my finder sidebar disappeared, though nothing is deleted and I can still find my things through the "go" feature....
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iMac Finder Not Working

I am very new to all of this. Today I came across the issue of my Finder not responding. I was wondering why the finder was moving so slow, dragging and spinning the beachball for simple tasks such ...
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How fix the device icon in macOS Finder's Network location?

This is probably not a macOS (Catalina) problem, but rather a Raspberry Pi-problem. All I did was install the latest Raspbian buster on a Pi 4. (I also installed samba). Is something perhaps wrongly ...
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Discontinuous selection of Finder files by keyboard only

I migrated from Windows to Mac very recently. In Windows Explorer, once one or more files were selected, I could use Ctrl+UpArrow/DownArrow to hover over other files in the directory without ...
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Keep Finder from opening when no other apps are open

I enabled being able to quit the Finder with defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool true; killall Finder The problem is that the Finder opens automatically if no other program is open. ...
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MacOS X - Terminal command to stop a network process

MacOS X 10.13 hangs on unsuccessful server access - how can I interrupt the bad process without killall Finder? When this happens, I can see in Activity Monitor that Finder is not responding; but is ...
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remove kMDItemLastUsedDate tag for a file

I noticed that some files which have not been opened, there is no kMDItemLastUsedDate listed when using mdls in terminal. when the file is opened, kMDItemLastUsedDate is added. The question is, how ...
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Is there a way to recursivly set “Snap to Grid” as a folder setting in finder?

macOS Catalina I have noticed that when I create a directory it does not inherit "Snap to Grid". Is there a way to make it that a folder inherits that setting or is there a command I can run to ...
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How to limit Finder search to only programs?

In Finder, I select the Programs Favorite which shows me all programs. Then I input something in the search box to search for a specific program. But instead of searching the search term among the ...
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Why do mac and synology report different file sizes? [duplicate]

I have files on my MacBookPro that I copy into Synology. I have noticed that Finder and FileStation show different file size. I have attached a screenshot for both these. Finder on MacBookPro. And ...
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How change Finder file permissions from command line

How to change Finder file permissions from command line in MacOS Catalina. I want to setup my Quicken data file to be accessible from either my login, or my wifes login. I do not intend to change them ...
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MS “Word”: finding all words highlighted with one specific color

How is it possible (or is it possible at all) in MS "Word" to find with the finder all the symbols that are highlighted with one specific color? For example, here I have this text: If I need to find ...
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How to open a folder or file using the touchbar on Mac OS

I want to open a file or directory in Mac OS using the touchbar, rather than click twice or use Cmd+o. When I select a file or folder in the Finder, the buttons in the touchbar are really useless. I'...
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Open file:/// links into the folder

I've been making use of symbolic links (e.g., file:///Users/me/Documents/Secret%20Project/) to link together different items in different apps across my Mac. However, if these links target a folder, ...
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Drag file to folder without opening folder

Is there a way to drag files to folders without opening them (spring load)? For example if i want to move a file from the current finder folder to one of the sidebar's folders but i don't want to see ...
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Unable to delete file through Finder in Desktop folder

I'm opening Finder and trying to delete a file or directory in Desktop folder. Hitting cmd+backspace or Move to trash doesn't work. I can hear a sound of the file being deleted but the file is still ...
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How to make the macOS standard Open/Save sheet search in current directory by default

By default, Finder performs searches in the This Mac, but I want it to perform them in the current directory. I changed this setting in Finder Preferences > Advanced > When performing a search > ...
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macOS: how to enable “All Applications” in Application chooser dialog (Open with > Other…)

I am trying to find the correct configuration command to enable "All Applications" by default when in the application chooser dialog (after selecting "other" from the "open with" context menu). I am ...
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Disallow TIFF Alpha Channel Preview in macOS Finder?

I work with TIFF and Photoshop files and would like to find a way to disallow the alpha channel preview when previewing the image with Finder's Quick Look feature (spacebar tap). The transparency is ...
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Setting Google Drive to open Google Docs files with Chrome on OS X

I would like to open locally synced Google Docs files (.gsheet, .gdoc, etc by double clicking in Finder on OS X, with Chrome, which is not my default browser. While solutions have been suggested for ...
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how to use gedit to open txt files under macOS?

macOS TextEdit is missing line and row numbers and isn't able to sort lines. So I installed gedit: > brew install gedit I can start gedit (see edit below). It is version 3.34.0. I can configure, ...
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macOS Terminal ls not listing all files but they are all visible through the Finder

I have an external USB drive with about 4TB of files on it. These show up in Finder just fine, but when I use terminal it only shows a single file. Even hidden system directories such as .Trashes aren'...
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How do I move files in Finder Macbook from the “download folder” to another folder easily?

Every time I download ordinary tekst folders I try to move them in Finder to the folder I want. I try it in several ways but most of them don't work. DRAGGING-method 1) I try it by dragging them to a ...
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How to view folder path in finder? How to find multiple windows of an application?

I am having a lot of questions with mac OS. How do I view / copy the path of a folder in finder? How to bring a window to the front?  How to cycle through multiple windows of an app, say, Intellij?
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How to convince Mojave to zip all files in the source folder?

When zipping a folder (through right click → compress folder ), OSX Mojave silently skips some subfolders like "Assets" and "Build". Is there a way to stop this and force OSX to include ALL files ...
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Is there a way to display the full path of a folder in the Finder Dock menu?

I am new to this forum. Love it! As a developer, it regularly happens to me that I need access to certain folders I have already opened in the finder. However, as soon as folders with the same name ...
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How to search in all files using Finder?

I need to find all files on my Mac using some search criteria. I open Finder I press Cmd+F Using "+" button I add any search criteria, even stack of them but the search does not start – because in ...
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Which files get to the Recent files in MacOS?

I found that most of the files I create in different software on my Mac do not get to the Recent folder (I really love that simple feature when in Windows) For example - I am generating 3d .STL file ...
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All files and folders on my Macbook Air now have year 2018 in their timestamp

Somewhere last year, all files and folders on my Mac suddenly started displaying "2018" as their creation and modification year. This happened in Finder but also in the photo app Picasa. Day and month ...
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Disk shows many times in Finder sidebar

On our build server, every build there are new copies of the disk in the sidebar (see pic, there are about 100 appearances of Hsierra). What command in the build scripts should I look for that might ...
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MacOS Mojave Desktop Grid spacing

I was playing around with my Mac settings, and came across View settings for my desktop, thinking whatever I'll do, there will be a defaults button, but I was I wrong. I edited the desktop's view ...
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Mac Finder log/history: Is there a way to see more details of undo/redo states/actions?

Occasionally, I will accidentally undo more than I wanted to while working in Finder. Yet for some reason, the "redo" option isn't available. So if a number of files were moved/deleted/etc., I have no ...
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Finder thinks item exists after it's already been deleted (Samba)

First, I copied foo.7z to my SMB share (zfs zpool, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Samba 4.7.6) through finder. Over SSH, I moved it elsewhere on the server. I tried copying a different foo.7z again to the same ...
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MacOs Intellij CE giving access permission to Finder

The first time I tried to remove a project from Intellij CE on MacOs, I got a prompt to allow access/permission to Finder. I denied it. So now Intellij removes the project from it's knowledge, but ...
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Is it possible to have macOS - Finder remember your column customizations?

I don't need certain columns so I remove them from the display that Finder has. However, once I close and open Finder again, the columns come back and I have to remove them again. This is macOS - ...
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How to go up a directory in Finder?

I'm coming from windows were there is a designated button to do this. Just click it and you can go "up" a directory. I can no find a way to do this in macOS using Finder. I'm running macOS - Mojave....
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find: filter by added time

I know it is possible to filter by modified time by using modifier -mtime, but I would like to filter by the time the file was added I'm on mac and I see added time in finder
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How can I increase the size of (icons) thumbnails when opening files to upload in browsers?

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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Is there a way to change the default drag and drop action in macOS to file/folder move, instead of copy?

The drag and drop default in macOS Mojave (10.14.3) appears to be to copy and not move. Is there a way to change the default drag and drop action to file/folder move, instead of copy?
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How to adjust default volume of a Quick Look for any audio file in Finder in macOS

I'd like to change the default value of Quick Look for any audio file in Finder. The value for volume slide stays same if you open Quick Look for the same file consecutively. However, it changes back ...
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How to reset the icon associated to a given file type?

An application I used (MacCaml) changed the icon of all files with .ml or .oml extension. I would want them to recover their original icon (a blank document). Here is what I have tried (with each time ...
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Why would a MacOS app not run from Launchpad or Finder but run from Terminal just fine?

Latest MacOS 10.14.2. Running from Terminal works. > "/Applications/Racket v7.1/bin/DrRacket" But DrRacket crashes or doesn't run (can't tell which) when I launch the app from Launchpad, and the ...
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Why is 1Password 7 not deleting from my MacBook Pro?

I have installed 1Password 7 onto my MacBook Pro running MacOS Mojave to try it out. I didn't really like the application so I decided to delete my account and delete the app. According to the App ...
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Empty folder on macOS Mojave still containing one item

I have a bunch of folders that need to be filled with one document each. These folders were previously filled with documents but I deleted all of these documents, so the folders should be empty (and I ...
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My finder doesn't show thumbnails anymore

My finder doesn't show thumbnails anymore, but simply spins indefinitely in the preview pane. This has been the case for a couple of months now and my productivity is suffering. I've looked around for ...
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OS X file system anomaly: "ghost '?' in file names and unexpected symlinks

I've never seen this before - only found it because Time Machine kept failing (on Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.6). A similar question was asked here ~7 years go but it was not solved (and he did not ...

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