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What kind of walls do I have and how do I hang stuff?

I’m having a hard time figuring out how to find studs in my walls. Stud finder and magnet-on-a-string aren't helping me find solid wood to drill into. [more inside]
posted by powpow on Jan 18, 2014 - 18 answers

How do I get my Finder icon back?

Not satisfied with the dated icon used for the finder on my Mac, I did a little research and discovered a way to replace the icon using System>Library>CoreServices>Dock>Finder.png. I replaced the default PNG files with an updated version. They were labeled correctly as well (finder.png, finder@2x.png) but when I inputed the dock restart command in terminal, the space where the icon was supposed to be was totally empty! What did I do wrong and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by rmttws on Nov 3, 2013 - 1 answer

How to locate a lost relative.

I recently found out my deceased Father had a daughter from a previous relationship. I know her maiden name, but not much else. Should I hire a private investigator or will an online "people finder" suffice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me find my hard drive

I have an iMac running OSX 10.7.5, and a few days ago my hard drive went missing from the Finder. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jun 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Clever way to use color labels on OS X?

I'd like to use the color labels in finder more extensively to help manage files all over my computer, not just for certain areas. Because the labels are system wide the names don't always match the intentions for certain folders labels tend to be cumbersome and not clear in meaning. Areas that I would like labels to work well in are: Downloads, work project folders, Desktop, Archive folders and media folders. Labels that work for one area don't mesh with others. Have you been able to figure out some names for the color labels that are elegant and useful in every user folder in the filesystem? I'm not looking for a way to use spotlight comments or another program to handle this - I'm specifically interested a solid naming convention for elegant, useful color label names. Thanks!
posted by Brent Parker on Jun 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommend me an app to organise my PDFs.

I'm a PhD student and a typical day involves downloading and reading through lots of journal articles and eBooks. I store these locally on a MacBook. I am looking for something akin to the native Finder app, but which offers separate columns for "Author", "Title", "Year" and so on, as well as tags (very important). I have dabbled with Papers2 and Endnote, and a couple of "Finder"alternatives, but these either (A) duplicate the PDF files and save them elsewhere, or (B) don't offer the author/title/year etc. columns. Is there anything that will do what I'm looking for?
posted by FuckingAwesome on May 1, 2013 - 19 answers

Apartment finder's fee to a friend?

Paying an apartment finder's fee to a friend who's place will soon be available? [more inside]
posted by orme on Dec 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Finder not defaulting to show "Name" column - OSX 10.8

In Mountain Lion opening some (but seemingly not all) folders in "List" view, shows the "Date Modified" column on the left of the window, requiring me to scroll further left to see the "Name" column. What preference did I accidentally change?
posted by roofus on Sep 24, 2012 - 16 answers

What's a good website to find roommate(s) other than Craigslist?

What's a good website to find roommate(s) other than Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 on May 19, 2012 - 9 answers

What about...? What about...? (2) What about...? (3)

Mac OS... I want a file I rename, that has the same name as another file, to automatically label it as 2nd, 3rd, etc. Windows does this automatically, but in the Finder it says I need to give the file another name. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Feb 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Pushing on the "Pull" door.

Ugh. The "list view" in Finder (Macbook OS X Lion 10.7.2) is no longer showing the collapsible triangle to the left. It only shows a triangle to the right, which isn't collapsible/expandable. What gives? [more inside]
posted by madred on Jan 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Where did I read this?

I'm trying to find an article or blog post I've read within the last couple of weeks. [more inside]
posted by Ickster on Sep 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it?

Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Sep 14, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I sort out this folder full of images (after a bungled Aperture export)?

I have a folder full of images -mostly jpeg but some RAW (I'm on a Mac, OS X 10.6.4)- that I exported from Aperture on an older machine. Like a fool, I grabbed all the jpegs in the Aperture vault in Finder and dragged them to a new folder, and now it turns out that I have several versions of each photograph. How do I find the largest/best version of each image and discard the rest? [more inside]
posted by bsaunders on Jul 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Key differences between Apple and Microsoft's UI guidelines?

I'm preparing a talk for my design studio on the key differences between Apple's Human Interface Guidelines and Microsoft's Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines. Looking for any resources. [more inside]
posted by jragon on Mar 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Buggy finder OS x 10.5.8

Buggy finder in OX 10.5.8 Recently my finder has gotten really buggy - even though I have disabled spaces and expose they will spontaneously launch. Also when I open folders in the finder they will flash repeatedly before stopping and letting me click into them. I also have a hard time renaming files by clicking into the file name on the finder. Does anyone have any ideas??? Thanks!!
posted by cg2 on Oct 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Does this create a local root exploit for Mac OS X using Finder?

Why does Apple's Finder bypass some group permissions? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Aug 30, 2009 - 15 answers

How to plot a bike route using a Google-like interface

Does anyone know of a Google Maps equivalent for bicycle route-finding in the greater Los Angeles area? You type in starting and ends points, and it gives you a bike-safe route, off busy streets? Thanks
posted by holdenjordahl on May 2, 2009 - 9 answers

How to get Spotlight to stick to the folder it's in

OS X Spotlight annoyance question: how to get Spotlight to stick to the folder it's in? [more inside]
posted by Kosh on Mar 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Where are my Mail messages?

I am using Mail on OS 10.5.2. I have several mailboxes as well as subfolders. If I put messages in a mailbox that has subfolders, these messages do not appear when I look for them in the Finder. I'll try to be clearer inside. [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Feb 8, 2009 - 2 answers

How to make finder display a previously ejected usb deivce

How do I make my mac recognize an already plugged in usb device? [more inside]
posted by alitorbati on Dec 10, 2008 - 5 answers

Where does mac store thumbnails of photos and videos?

Where does mac store thumbnails of photos and videos? e.g. Finder thumbnails an SD disk I have plugged in that I pulled out of my digital camera. (where are those thumbnails?) e.g. A folder of movies are thumbnailed.
posted by guptaxpn on Nov 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Create local finder links for mail.app

A few of us work off a local OS X Fileserver. We often need to point each other to files deep with it by email. I am looking for an automated way to create clickable local links in the mail.app friendly format of "file:///Volumes/Server%20Portal/". Any solutions? [more inside]
posted by Raff on Jul 7, 2008 - 8 answers

if i had waited ten more exits the gas would have been 10 cents cheaper!

How can I find the cheapest gas along a route? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jun 26, 2008 - 7 answers

OSX Leopard: How to show the current wallpaper in finder?

How can I get my iMac running Leopard to show the current wallpaper in Finder? I'm using Leopard's built-in wallpaper-switching function to randomly display a wallpaper from my collection of over 1,000, but when I get one I don't like, it gives me no way to easily find the file and delete it. [more inside]
posted by XSteveMurphy on Apr 22, 2008 - 14 answers

Have you used Chicago Apartment Finder?

Does anyone have any experience with Chicago Apartment Finders? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Apr 1, 2008 - 12 answers

How do I keep drag and drop working in Finder?

Drag and drop sporadically stops working in my new install of Leopard. Anyone know of a workaround/bugfix?
posted by Hat Maui on Nov 15, 2007 - 4 answers

Leave Server "Mounted" in Mac's Finder

MacFilter: Just learned how to connect to a shared drive on a server...how do I leave it in the Finder sidebar even after it's been ejected? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Sep 6, 2007 - 9 answers

Help, I have OS X Finder Rage.

I hate the OS X Finder. Is there anything free and better for my Mac Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by Area Control on Jul 2, 2007 - 16 answers

MacN00bFilter: Help me resize a window!

I didn't realise that the green sphere top-left on a Finder window was to Zoom - now I have zoomed in too far on my Applications window so I have a long, thin, single-icon wide strip of a Finder window and I cannot reach the resize control handle in the bottom right. How do I permanently resize this window to a more normal size? I have a MacBook.
posted by mooders on Nov 16, 2006 - 9 answers

Slowwwww file sorting in OS X

Why are files in OS X taking so darn long to place themselves alphabetically after being named? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Feb 23, 2006 - 6 answers

Luxury apartment finding service Paris?

ParisFi: Looking for an apartment finder service to find me a high-end place in central Paris this spring (2 weeks). Its a gift for elderly relatives and I don't have time or expertise enough to do it myself and its got to be a special place. [more inside]
posted by johoney on Feb 9, 2006 - 5 answers

Finding ex-military personnel

How do I find a long-lost friend who served in the military? Is this like looking for a needle in a haystack? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Feb 8, 2006 - 3 answers

Nested folder file size in OSX

I use OSX Tiger, and I want (ideally) to see a sorted list (by size) of all files in a folder, including all files in nested folders. Right now, using the Finder, I can only sort-by-size for files in the same level of a folder. But I want to see a sorted list of all of them on or below that level in the hierarchy. Any tips or shareware to help? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Feb 3, 2006 - 12 answers

Finding your Search Engine keywords / phrases

I'm looking for a way to find out what keywords/keyphrases are being used on all search engines for my website. My stats program shows a few but there must be loads that I haven't found yet. Thanks for reading.
posted by spinko on Jan 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Arthur Murray, where are you?

Samba and the Mac OS X Finder are driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Aug 19, 2005 - 8 answers

ibook weirdness with relaunching finder

Help a computer moron & first time poster. Ibook; OSX: every time I open my CD drawer, the finder relaunches.
posted by dame on Apr 2, 2004 - 10 answers

How do I make .htaccess show up in Jaguar's Finder?

Mac question: How do I get my .htaccess files to show up in OS X Finder? (I use OS X 10.2.8, will be upgrading to Panther before summer.)
posted by brownpau on Feb 3, 2004 - 9 answers

In OSX, I need to automate dragging a file from a finder window into a pane of an application; can I do this with Applescript?

Applescript help... [more inside]
posted by machaus on Jan 2, 2004 - 3 answers

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