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How to give focus to file list in macOS Save As dialog rather than file name

Whenever I save an image from a browser (Firefox in my case), or use a Save As dialog anywhere else, most of the time a macOS standard Save dialog window comes up. By default, the name of the file is ...
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My keyboard shortcut doesn't work when I'm on finder because of its default keybindings

I have created a shortcut in my Mac's Quick Actions with a shell script to run, and gave it the keyboard shortcuts option+cmd+t. It works great in any other app than Finder, where it just does its ...
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How to save as a PDF using the Firefox “mxt08-real/Export-Web-to-PDF” extension with the filename properly having the “.pdf” extension?

MacOS Ventura 13.6.3 Firefox 123 and 124b (developper edition) I am testing the mxt08-real/Export-Web-to-PDF Firefox extension, which allows to add an icon to trigger the "Save as PDF" ...
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Finder in MacOS does not recognize remapped copy/paste function

MacOS uses Command+C/V for copy and paste, but these commands can be remapped to Crtl+C/V as explained in other posts like here by going to System Preference > Keyboard > keyboard shortcuts and ...
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Is it possible to customize the Finder status bar?

By default the status bar will display the number of elements in the current folder and the available disk space. I remember having the current selected file name displayed instead of those ...
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Search for "special" characters in FILE CONTENTS using Mac Finder

I have looked everywhere for the answer to this and I can't find it... I have found lots of examples of searching for file names with special characters, but none searching for file contents with ...
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Previewing files in finder when hitting spacebar for different extensions

I want to be able to preview files that are other than .txt, or .csv when I hit spacebar for example, in my chase this extension is .sql Is there a way to do this?
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How to clear all Finder Alerts

I'm not sure why but I have a lot of Finder Alerts "Disk Not Ejected Properly." So many that I'd probably spend all day clicking the little x to dismiss them. Is there some way to dismiss ...
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Can't save credentials in Finder for server connection

We have several accounts on a Mac. Each has its own account on a NAS as well connected locally via SMB. I want to pair these on the Mac, but somehow, for example, in my account, it shows different NAS ...
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How can I change the default starting folder for a specific application launched from finder on Mac

I would like to launch the Neovim-qt app and have it default to something other than the root directory ("/") on my MacBook. On Windows, I can change the default directory from the "...
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Finder does not show content of an SMB network share

Finder on my Mac sometimes gets caught in a limbo when it cannot show content of SMB network share. Instead of showing the content, it shows a clipart of a folder with two fields: "Created" ...
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How can we explain this very weird behaviour with file:/// URI hyperlinks in documents on MacOS?

It is useful to be able to create a hyperlink within MacOS text documents that link to other text documents on the same drive of the same computer. Within Bean, the free Mac word-processor I use, I ...
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Folder's list view has different sized fonts in different folders

On my Mac, I view the contents of my finder windows using list view, as opposed to the icon/gallery/column views. I've was going through some folders just now, cycling back and forth between two of ...
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Creating a keyboard shortcut to go to a specific folder on Mac OS Finder

I use ⌘+SHIFT+G in my routine on macOS and with ⌘+SHIFT+D (go to user/desktop) or ⌘+ALT+L (go to user/downloads) I can travel pretty fast. But there are some folders that I'd like to go to quickly in ...
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Open multiple files at once not after one another with Automator

I am trying to create an automator script to export selected Fotos and open them with Outlook to send via email. Outlook does not support the share sheet and that's why we have to take this detour. My ...
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Right click -> New Folder on macos finder's column view is very inconsistent

I expect that when I right click an empty spot in the middle column and select "New Folder," the untitled folder will appear in the middle column, and similarly, it will show on the right ...
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Repeatedly renaming the same files in finder

I am trying to create an Automator workflow which renames all new files added to my desktop folder which do not begin with the prefix 2023 or Home to include the creation date in the following format ...
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MacOS doesn't update custom Services hotkeys (iTerm2 specifically) after editing them in System Preferences

I'm on OSX Ventura 13.1. I've added a hotkey to open iTerm2 in selected folder, but the new hotkey doesn't appear in Finder menu and doesn't work. How do I synchronise what's actually in Finder and ...
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External disk volume not showing up in finder in Ventura

I have an external drive that does not show up in Finder under Ventura. This drive appeared fine yesterday under Monterey 12.6.1, and for years before. I use it with Carbon Copy Cloner to do full ...
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How to link related files in Finder on OS X

I am looking for a way to "link" files on OS X, such that viewing a file in Finder will allow you to see the files you have linked to it. These files are linked only in the sense that they ...
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How to set `kMDItemWhereFroms` extended attribute so it shows up in Finder?

I have fetched a file from the internet in Python and would like to save the URL that the file came from. According to this question from 2010, I would expect this using pyxattr to work: import xattr ...
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Finder Gallery view showing images much smaller than available area

How do I increase the size of the selected photo in Gallery view within Finder on a Mac? See attached image as example. The image is only taking up about a third of available space. Both sidebars are ...
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What is "couldn't communicate with a helper application" error in Macox

I'm trying to "zip" (by using the compress option in Finder) a few files that are in my icloud directory, but it is stalling with the error in the title: After getting this error, Finder ...
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How do quickly locate an open word document in the finder?

I am trying to find a way to quickly locate the current word file I am working on in the finder on macOS. I used to use the following method, but due to an update in word it no longer works... Example:...
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Service to execute series of commands on selected folders to eliminate issues with .DS_Store files in Finder

I'm trying to perform a complex operation on a selected directory and all subdirectories (recursively) in Finder using a Service I can assign to a keyboard shortcut. First off, when simply issuing ...
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Search for files with Tags that include a number within a range?

New here 👋🏼. I'm on macOS (Monterey). I've come up with a Keyboard Maestro macro that reads the ProjectData or MetaData of a Logic Pro project to find its tempo, then tags the project file itself ...
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How to view file extension in macOS 'Save As' dialogue box in web browser

In macOS (Monterey), when I save files in a web browser (ex. Chrome or Safari), I cannot view the file extension in the save dialogue box. This means I must download the file before finding out the ...
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How can I locate to a specific file folder quickly when downloading something using a browser on a Mac?

I frequently need to download files and assets from a browser, like Chrome. And I need to put those files into designated file folders. It's part of my job. Finder does not have the address bar like ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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