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In Terminal, I can't remove Trashed Finder items deleted from other mounted volumes

The scenario is as follows. I run macOS A (APFS) which is an active partition. The macOS B&C (HFS+) are on mounted bootable volumes and visible while I'm working in macOS A. I can delete Finder ...
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Video thumbnails rotated 90 degrees in Finder (macOS Sierra 10.12.6)?

The previews for several videos are displayed correctly in either the 'get info' preview, or when I have a video selected in Finder and hit spacebar. When I open the video file, it plays in the ...
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The Application "" Can't be Opened: Dialog is Unresponsive

There are already a lot of questions about similar issues. In my case whenever I get this dialog, I can't interact with the window and thus can't close the window by clicking OK. I'd like to know ...
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Change Icons on Network drives on MacOS, unique Icon for each pc?

This exact question was asked 10 years ago, on this post. Unfortunately, the bundle download link is no longer active. I'm not very knowledgeable about this sort of thing so I don't know where to ...
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Is there a way to hide “Icon?” files on Google Drive in macOS?

I am running macOS Monterrey (12.2.1) with Google Drive (55.0.3.0) and the Finder shows these weird files shown as Icon? (which includes the file extension) in every single Google Drive folder. ...
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Why do all my apps on my Mac show the .app at the end when they normally don't?

I noticed last month that my apps looked different in the Finder. Shrugged it off for a bit, now it's a bit annoying. How do I change it back to it's original state of not showing the file extension (....
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macOS Folders/Finder: What makes media columns (eg Album) become available?

In macOS (Catalina), regarding Finder & Folders. Some folders seem to "know" they contain media files, others don't. I don't use the iTunes/Music app. In Finder, List-view, when I click ...
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Is there an OSX/macOS CLI command for creating a Finder Alias?

For clarification on the ambiguous word ALIAS in this question. While using Finder (of OSX/MacOS) for generic file operations, and secondary-clicking on a file or folder, a pop-up menu (some refer to ...
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thaOpen OS X Finder from link in text file

Is it possible to create an "internal" link that opens up a specific folder window in Finder? If not possible native, I remember seeing a plugin that did something similar, but can't ...
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How to get same settings each time I open a new Finder window?

I am a Mac user and I want my finder to look the same every time I open up a new window: Details and sorted by date/time, and the same width/height. I find the break in flow of having to resize or ...
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Incorrect Folder icon applied by Finder - BBEdit document icon used for /Users/user/.config

I have installed BBEdit from the app store and now my .config folder has a BBEdit document icon. I have contacted the developer of BBEdit and he feels it's a Finder bug. I reported to Apple but ...
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Optimize macOS Finder for VPN connections that aren't the fastest?

Is there a way to optimize the macOS Finder for VPN connections that aren't the fastest? What I mean is, that finder always tries to load more or less "unnecessary" stuff which I don't need ...
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My bad, accidently copied over 12,000 photos to desktop

While trying to copy 12,000+ photos onto micro sd card, the photos instead copied to desktop. I have a MacBook Air with Mojave. It has 2 GHz Intel core i7 and 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR 3 ram. The finder ...
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MacOS: copied folder "on disk" size is 3x what it should be

On my Macbook pro internal SSD, I have a lightroom folder which info reports is "20.41 GB: with 20.6 GB "on disk". Sounds fine. Maybe due to half used blocks. The folder has 6 large ...
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How to filter files based on tag on OSX under a folder

In the finder, I can easily tag a file and access all files with a certain tag from the sidebar. However, is there any way to find all files with a certain tag under a given folder? Otherwise, I have ...
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Copy / restore files from Time Machine Backup Volume without Permission Denied Error

On new MacBooks (Big Sur, 11.2.3, M1) disk space is costly, because there is no alternative to apple parts. So i have NOT used Migration Assistant, to copy over all the old files from Time Machine ...
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Add options to right click menu of Mac Finder?

In Mac's finder, I want to right click on a file and hit one letter to automatically open the file in an editor (regardless of file extension). For example, currently in Finder, I can right click a ...
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How to delete Last Opened date on Mac OSX Finder

I am trying to delete the "Last Opened" date for a file found in Finder on Mac OSX (Catalina 10.15.7). I've found a few walkthroughs already and tried them without success. In Terminal I ...
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Python IDLE not opening when I double click on python scripts on macOS Big Sur

I am trying to run a script with IDLE in Python version 3.9.5. When I have IDLE open and I open the script with File > Open... it successfully opens the script. Likewise, when running IDLE3.9 from ...
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Is there a way of adding an Amazon EC2 Instance onto Finder?

Hey is it possible to virtually mount an EC2 Instance in finder? I'm trying to eliminate the use of an external SFTP client (I use Terminus at the moment) and I was wondering if it was possible if I ...
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com.apple.finder.plist macOS Mojave (10.14), need columns “Tempo” (kMDItemTempo) and music key (kMDItemKeySignature)

In macOS Yosemite (10.10) i edit file ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist and manually add in StandardViewSettings/ExtendedListViewSettings/columns child with "identifier" = ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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