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How to go up a directory in Finder?

If you open a Finder window, near the bottom is the list of the window's directory structure. See the image below. Double-Click on any of the folders/directories in the list and Finder will go to ...
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How can I get an address bar in Finder?

It is simple. Just go to finder. Click on view. Select Show Path Bar or press the button alt + command + P. See the image how you will enable Path Bar: Once you have enables you can see Path bar at ...
StreetCoder's user avatar
18 votes

How can I make Finder display video file duration?

Yes, you can do that. This tip comes from an Apple engineer and it works on list view too. Here we go: create two directories and call them directory Pictures or Movies and put your pictures and ...
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Make Windows 10 File Explorer look like Mac OSX Finder's column view

You can use One Commander, a free third party software. Screenshot of column view: I also found this alternative Winbrowser, which doesn't look as slick to me and seems like it's not as actively ...
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How can I locate to a specific file folder quickly when downloading something using a browser on a Mac?

In Finder: You can paste a path to go to via [Go] > [Go to Folder...] (⇧⌘G). You can show the path at the bottom of the window with [View] > [Show/Hide Path Bar] (toggle with ⌥⌘P). You can copy ...
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9 votes

Show hidden files on OS X except .DS_Store

As of macOS Sierra Beta, .DS_Store is actually always hidden from the Finder. Just show hidden files as you would normally and .DS_Store will be gone: defaults write com.apple.finder ...
Matthias's user avatar
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9 votes

Copying and pasting the path within Finder

WORKS FROM WITHIN DIALOGS: Get path name: right click then press option to show 'copy [file or folder] as pathname' then 2. cmd+shift+G for 'go to folder, paste the path there. BOOM
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9 votes

Make Windows 10 File Explorer look like Mac OSX Finder's column view

As of 2021 there is only one option that doesn't require a third party software afaik. Open your File Explorer. Right-click on Quick Access and select Options Click on the View tab and then scroll ...
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9 votes
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How to go up a directory in Finder?

Though I don't usually use keyboard shortcuts CommandOption⇧ will move you up one directory in icon view. There is also a back arrow but that takes you back in your directory tree history.
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How can I locate to a specific file folder quickly when downloading something using a browser on a Mac?

Native way… Open your desired folder in Finder Don't use fullscreen in your browser, use a windowed view Download As… rather than just Download When the file-picker dialog appears, switch to ...
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8 votes

How to go up a directory in Finder?

Command⇧ will move up a directory without opening a new tab in finder.
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7 votes

Trying to delete directory with "rm -rf", but get message that it's not empty

The only solution that worked for me was from https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/234876/unable-to-delete-a-file-whatever-i-do: Move them to /tmp and restart. The other options I tried were: ...
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6 votes

How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top?

This has finally been fixed for anyone using macOS Sierra. Apple has added a Finder Preference to do this without having to install any third-party software. Step 1 Open the Finder Open "Preferences....
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Is it possible to extract OSX "Get Info" data?

Yes, it's stored as binary plist (Property List) data in the com.apple.metadata:kMDItemFinderComment extended attribute for the file. You can use the xattr -p attribute filename command to view the ...
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6 votes

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

As far as I'm aware there is no way to override the default behaviour. Default is to Move if it is to the same volume, Copy if to a different volume. You can override any specific drag by holding ...
Tetsujin's user avatar
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5 votes

How can I get an address bar in Finder?

Choose file Open context menue with the right mouse button And now push the "alt"-key Options are changing and you can copy the path
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5 votes

MacOS X: How to have a handy "Open this folder in iTerm" shortcut?

This is built in to iTerm2 as of version 3.1.0. To use the functionality: in Finder right click a folder -> Services -> New iTerm2 Window Here Note: the Services submenu is at the very bottom of ...
Brad Cupit's user avatar
5 votes

Making the Backspace key go to the previous folder in Finder

Althouhg the most voted answer, with the "uielementrole_not", was perfect back in the day, it doesn't work in the lastest versions of Karabiner, as uielementrole_not is not an option ...
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How to copy address of specific file / folder in Mac OS X?

This an old question and there is now another way to copy the pathname that may be easier than what's been suggested (unless the Terminal is the intended destination for the pathname in which case ...
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Copying and pasting the path within Finder

By far the easiest way I have found is to right click on the folder/file that you wise to copy the path from and hold the Option key whilst still holding right click down. You will see in the context-...
Jamie Hutber's user avatar
4 votes

How do you duplicate current open Finder view?

The simplest shortcut to duplicate an open window in OS X: cmd+ctrl+o If you are in list or icons view and have something selected in the folder, just go up to the parent folder, then select the ...
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4 votes

Trying to delete directory with "rm -rf", but get message that it's not empty

Tried all of the answers here with no results. I was, however, able to move the directory aside using the mv command, which allowed me to continue.
Jeremy Ninnes's user avatar
4 votes

Open new Finder tab when using 'open .' in the Terminal

Probably a bit late, but in case other people are still searching for this. In macOS Big Sur this works: System preferences > General > Prefer tabs > select always from the dropdown menu. Now ...
MihaiL's user avatar
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4 votes

Way to match all files in a Finder search

After pressing Command+F, hold down the alt key and the plus sing on the right of the search condition should change into ellipsis. Press it and add the condition "none of these are true: kind is ...
K. Mitko's user avatar
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4 votes

Make Windows 10 File Explorer look like Mac OSX Finder's column view

I developed some software to do similar called ThatFile. It has column browser built in. ThatFile on Windows App Store
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4 votes
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Why does this "df" output differ from what Finder reports?

You're seeing two different values because macOS's Finder reports GB, while df reports GiB. Both numbers refer to the same actual number of Bytes. You can use different bases to specify a large ...
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4 votes

Preview on macOS doesn’t open multiple PDF files in one window anymore?

To work around Apple's removal of this feature in Mac OS High Sierra (10.13), you can use the Automator application to build your own application to combine pdfs which you can then save, search, count ...
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How do I move files in Finder Macbook from the "download folder" to another folder easily?

You actually can cut and paste files on a Mac, it's just harder to find the option. In Windows, you first choose either Cut or Copy as your first step and then use the same Paste command for both ...
Mr Ethernet's user avatar
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4 votes

How fix the device icon in macOS Finder's Network location?

Apparently what I needed to add to the /etc/samba/smb.conf file was [global] min protocol = SMB2 vfs objects = catia fruit streams_xattr fruit:metadata = stream fruit:model = RackMac ...
TD540's user avatar
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Folder's list view has different sized fonts in different folders

You might not be able to do this with one single settings change - depending on just how many folders are no longer at defaults. For comparison, check two or three different folders. the more common ...
Tetsujin's user avatar
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