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MacOS Catalina Finder sidebar is hidden in restored tabs on system restart

When the Finder is restored with multiple tabs open - say after a system restart with reopen windows option, the sidebar is hidden. With ⌥⌘S or View > Show Sidebar, only the first tab shows the ...
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OS X Show in Enclosing folder shortcut - Catalina

This is a previous reference to this functionality https://superuser.com/questions/138939/os-x-enclosing-folder-shortcut Previously: go to system preferences > keyboard > shortcuts > App ...
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Mac Finder Color-Tags synced with windows on NAS

I found this entry: Is it possible to Color-tag files in Windows 7, like in Finder on a Mac? But unfortunately it has no solution and also I would like to go a little bit further. Is there a way, to ...
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macOS accessibility: can't move focus to “Finder wants to make changes” password prompt/window using keyboard

I tried Googling for a solution to this issue but can't find one. When deleting certain files/folders, Finder will pop up a window prompting me to enter my password. If another app/window steals the ...
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Does MacOS have an equivalent to Windows' Send to/Bluetooth context menu in Explorer?

On Windows if I right-click on a file in Explorer, the pop-up context menu has a "Send to..." option which in turn has a Bluetooth option. From here I can send the file directly to my Mac ...
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Use shell script to select created files in Finder?

I've found all kinds of results on how to do stuff with selected files in script. But I have a script set up as a service via Automator that already works to create symbolic links for selected files. ...
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Automatically select Apply to all and Replace when moving files in Finder on MacOS

I'm having to sort 420 files to 60 separate folders. These files are updates to existing files from a master document and the output system cannot select independent folders for each set. The low-tech ...
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Files that Cannot be Renamed on Mac/Mojave

I have a number of image files that I cannot rename on my mac. Some files in the same directly can be renamed. Others cannot. I clearly have read/write access to the directory because I can rename ...
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Hiding Menu Bar does not work with macOS Big Sur with finder selected

I am on macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 I have hidden the menu bar in System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar > Automatically hide and show the menu bar It works when other apps are selected (in front) ...
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Copy only the most-recently-modified files from Finder search results, preserving directory structure/hierarchies on macOS?

I found results for similar variations of this question, but none that really provided a solution for my specific case. I have a lot of preset files with a specific extension (.tfx) on a backup drive. ...
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Stopping creation of .localized files

Some folders on my new Mac has .localized files in them. I know they are related to localization (duh), but I don't need that, in fact I specifically want everything file system related to be ...
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Smart Folder and Google File Stream Drive

I have a smart folder that looks for images that are created/modified in the last day, but it ignores my google "Drive File Stream" folders for some reason. Google "Drive File Stream&...
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Mac OS X High Sierra Finder Drag and Drop animation previews slow

MacBook Pro 2012 (mid), High Sierra Version 10.14.6 (18G103) I'm in middle of a big photo-review-sorting operation. +50.000 images that I need to sort. In Finder I select 300 images, drag it over to ...
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How to clear the “date last opened” attribute on macOS Big Sur

I am trying to clear this extended attribute for all the files located in the Recents smart folder. They are ordered by the "date last opened" attribute. I am trying to clear this attribute ...
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How can I increase icon/thumbnail size in Finder list view in macOS Big Sur?

I would like to increase the icon size in Finder list view, as seen in the screenshot below]. I set it to the max in view settings and tried editing com.apple.finder.plist already, but without any ...
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Can't remove network drive from finder

This is probably a old network drive but I can't remove it. Deleting com.apple.finder.plist didn't work.
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Mac Finder change sort order of files beginning with numbers

Is it somehow possible to change the sort order of those files in Finder from: 200803-somename.pdf 200805-somename.pdf 200910-somename.pdf 20080401-somename.pdf 20080402-somename.pdf to 200803-...
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Mac Finder saved search: how to exclude one file type?

I have a saved search for recently modified files because I wasn't satisfied with the Recents folder in macOS Mojave. Lately it has been getting flooded by .tdb files so I would like to exclude them. ...
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Resetting the look and feel (appearance) of macOS operating system

Does anyone know how to change the appearance of macOS back to normal? I recently had a computer repair and it appears that my machine now has hard edges on the icons and fields. Here is how it looked ...
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Why doesn't this specific custom keyboard shortcut work in Finder?

Using Automator, I made a service that launches calculator.app. In System Preferences > Keyboard, I created the keyboard shortcut CTRL-OPTION-COMMAND-C to trigger the service. This works great ...
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Bring all explorer windows to front

Is there a smooth way to achieve that with a hotkey or change a setting? My workflow problem is I am running fullscreen apps and using several instances of Explorer simultaneously to move files around ...
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Finder refuses to access Samba share subdirectories, even after permissions are fixed

I have a Mac OS X client mounting a typical [homes] share from a Samba server. In a subdirectory of the user's home directory, there are three subdirectories (foo, bar and baz). Two of them, bar and ...
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On Mac, Simultaneously Find and Collect 1800 Images from Massive Folder

Ok, here's my challenge: I have to locate and collect 1800 book cover images from a folder containing over 5000. I have the list of image names, which all follow the same 5-digit format (1-234-5). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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