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Why can't I reliably see my favorite folders on my Mac anymore?

Normally, when I open up the Finder on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012, running OS 10.11.1) in the sidebar to the left of the window, I can see a list of my favorite folders. But lately, sometimes when I open Finder (or when I click "Browse..." to select a file for upload somewhere) the list of Favorites is often missing. Sometimes all that's left is "Media," sometimes it's "Shared." This makes it really difficult to navigate my computer. What is causing this, and how can I fix it?
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 21, 2016 - 3 answers

Is it possible to copy multiple folders in the web based Google Drive?

Hi all I want a standard set of folders for a bunch of other folders [imagine folders 1-10, all with the same name, copied into folders A-Z, all named differently. I imagine a copiable template or model structure. I cannot use the Google Drive Folder on my PC [it doesn't synch with the web]. I cannot use scripts or downloaded programs. I am not an administrator in this firm. Will Google let me do this? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Jun 26, 2015 - 6 answers

IMAP difficulties on iPhone

How can I prevent the default iPhone mail.app from showing ALL my emails in the inbox as well as in their respective folders? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jan 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Setting up LAN & WLAN Homegroup-ed computers in Win7

How do I set up my desktop and laptops so that they can all see each other's network folders, in Win7, when some are on a wired connection and some are on a wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Google Reader replacement with feeds from folders

One of the nice things about Google Reader was that you could set up a folder and then get an RSS feed from that folder. I used this to put a kind of self-updating blogroll on a WordPress site. Do any of the alternatives provide the same facility? I can't see it on Feedly or the Old Reader, and can't see it mentioned in earlier threads.
posted by Segundus on Jun 30, 2013 - 8 answers

I want to back up my file names, not my files

I need a utility or a script that will generate a text file containing the names of all the subfolders and files in the the folders I specify. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Mar 15, 2013 - 11 answers

I need some help syncing my files.

I need an alternative to Google Drive that's going to work well with all my little snowflake snowflakes. And there are a bunch. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Help! I lost most of my Chrome bookmarks

Help! I deleted most of my Chrome bookmarks (imported from Firefox, a few months ago, but edited quite a bit) when I was trying to rename that Folder. Is it possible to recover? Some will be in history, but what a job. I had resorted to a google search for how to edit bookmark folders, and found something awkward using left click (actually control-click on the Mac), and thought I was deleting a character , and boom, whole folder gone. I'm on an Imac running OS 10.5.8, if that is relevant.
posted by judybxxx on Apr 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Is there a way to visually organize database tables (and saved queries and views)?

I have a wonderful (Oracle) SQL database and I use Navicat Lite to crunch around in it. My problem is that I'm staring at lists of 50+ tables, 60+ saved queries, 10+ views, etc. Is there anything I can do to somehow organise things in a visually pleasing and/or functional way? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Getting my Mac back on track

New Year's Resolution: Clean up my hard drive(s) by removing duplicate files, implementing a new folder hierarchy, and any other odds and ends I need you to tell me to do. Mac Pro 2009 running the latest pre-Lion OS. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Visualizing my computers data

How can I visualize the file structure of data on my computer? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Feb 13, 2011 - 11 answers


Please help me find a folder I have bookmarked on my computer. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jan 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Want to free up some space, don't want to delete non-duplicates.

Two folders with almost identical contents. How to either delete duplicates or move not-duplicates. On OS X, happy to use terminal. [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jan 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Every app on my phone, in three touches or fewer

Does a widget exist for Android to jump instantly to any home screen with one touch? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Dec 15, 2010 - 13 answers

Why does a Windows 7 library's default save location depend on how it is accessed?

Why does a Windows 7 library's default save location depend on how it is accessed? [more inside]
posted by Rat Spatula on Nov 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Calling all generic folder names!

Web developers: What are good generic/catch-all directory names? I'm doing a migration and I have to dump a bunch of old files and some apps in a directory and I was wondering what people use instead of "misc" "files" "apps" etc.
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo on Jul 28, 2010 - 21 answers

file folders & fluffers

Searchin for a 2-pocket presentation folder...with a filing tab on top. This must exist, right? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Trying to avoid the app-splosion!

Ideas for organizing a metric ton of iPhone apps? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Jul 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Locking folders in place?

Is there a way to lock folders into place on my MacBook Pro desktop so I can't accidentally move or delete them while manipulating surrounding files? Thanks.
posted by dgaicun on May 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Folder, i hardly even...

How can I change the view of EVERY FOLDER on my computer (vista 64) to the same view, sort by and group? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on May 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Storing my fotos

I recently bought a new 1TB external hard drive to store my microscopy images. What is the best way to partition and index the drive so that I can easily store and access thousands of images? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 31, 2010 - 9 answers

Zip it. Zip it good.

How can I automatically and simultaneously create multiple .ZIP files out of an equal number of uniquely named folders in a common directory? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Mar 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Navigating folders on windows desktop

Is there a way to navigate folders on the Windows XP desktop? That is, I want to be able to click folder A on the desktop and have the desktop switch to displaying folder A's contents.
posted by long on Jun 12, 2009 - 16 answers

Is there a way to create folders or otherwise organize my email inbox?

Is there an app/script/somethin'-sweet I can install on my Mac(s) that will allow me to organize my email INBOX? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 31, 2009 - 10 answers

Where do I find a new MP3 player with all the features of my old iriver H320?

Where do I find a new MP3 player with all the features of my old iriver H320? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Oct 25, 2008 - 13 answers

Is there a good folders comparison tool for Mac?

I need a good and fast tool to compare two folders side by side, with the ability of exclude .SVN and other useless files. I've found some ones like Compare Folders and DeltaWalker but I haven't tried these yet. Do you recommend them?
posted by Leech on Oct 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Turning folders into disk images on OS X

Automating turning folders into disk images in OS X Leopard. I'm starting to use Amazon S3 for backups, and rather than having a single big disk image for my photos, which would equate to 4.3GB, I would prefer to have single multiple folders to upload, and then be able to download/upload disk images as needed. I could then use then use the same process for my work related backups. Is there anyway to automate this process, or any utility which will take a folder and automatically turn it into a disk image of the same size?
posted by spyke23 on Sep 26, 2008 - 1 answer


Why can't I pick up and drag my Mac's desktop folders smoothly? Often they don't move at all, or they snap back as if on rubber bands when I move and drop them. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Can an Automator Workflow/App Find Itself?

Obscure Mac geekery filter... On OS X Leopard, how can I get a reference to the current location of an Automator workflow/app in a shell script within that workflow? [more inside]
posted by Xuff on Sep 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Clean up my "Documents" folder!

How do I hide folders in OS X that other programs need regular access to? [more inside]
posted by mikespez on Jun 18, 2008 - 4 answers

Mix folders and files alphabetically in XP Details view?

Mix folders and files alphabetically in XP Details view? I don't want them sorted by name showing folder-names separate from file-names. Mixed was always the default Mac way, which I still crave. After years on XP I still haven't found a way. I've tried various 3rd party multi-pane file managers and did find one to do that, but it costs too much. Also, another freeware manager but it's only single-pane. I want either a simple regedit or a freeware multi-pane manager.
posted by Grand Wahzoo on Mar 19, 2008 - 8 answers

MP3 CD Woes

How to burn Mp3 random mixes (not entire albums) into several folders on Macintosh for easy navigation in my car cd player...I used to be able to make mp3 discs of whatever songs i wanted and then place them into folders on my desktop, then burn them to disc. It seems that Itunes only allows some form of folder separation (if any at all) by sorting things only by each group's album. This is not helpful if you want several folders with random songs in each folder...for example...I want one folder with songs by rock groups..another that is jazz...whatever. On the new imac, it does not seem to let me take the drag and dropped mp3s in folders on my desktop to a burn disc icon as it did in my older G4. Any suggestions on software or a simpler way around this? I appreciate your input. When it did work, it worked great and saved me from using a crummy fm transmitter on my ipod. The mp3 cds for me sound much better and are easily disposable if left in car.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 12, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I de-iTunes my music folder?

Is there an easy way to resort my iTunes folder back into by albums, instead of by artists? [more inside]
posted by criticalbill on Dec 18, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I get Thunderbird to recognize my password?

Thunderbird Help -- I have no idea how it happened but all of my folders and emails have disappeared. [more inside]
posted by thekorruptor on Dec 17, 2007 - 12 answers

Okay, I'm stumped.

Scriptfilter: I want a list of filenames dumped into text file and put somewhere. How!? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Dec 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Where is the list of hidden folders kept?

Mac OS X filter: In terminal, if I go to / and ls, I see a bunch of folders that are hidden in Finder, for example /etc, /private, /sbin, and so on. How do I add a folder to that list? [more inside]
posted by jon4009 on Oct 24, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me sort out the missorted files Windows is presenting me with, if you please.

Indulge me for a moment: seemingly stupid Windows XP-based problem... All of a sudden, every time I go to open a document or save something in all my Office programs and even in Firefox, the folder contents in the "Save As" or "Open" window display backwards. As in, reverse alphabetical order, with subfolders at the end. I can't believe something like this has bested me. What the hell is going on and how do I fix it?
posted by freudenschade on Jul 3, 2007 - 5 answers

XP>MacBook: Firefox bookmark's order disarranged

I just bought a MacBook Pro after my dead Toshiba. Interesting. Different. I installed Firefox and moved my bookmarks from my XP computer. But now they're all screwed up on the Mac! They had been ordered alphabetically with the folders full of links on top, but now the folders are on the bottom (having ordered them alphabetically on the Mac). XP keeps folders together and Mac doesn't, it seems (this seems also to be the case in the "Finder"). Let me know if I'm missing something.... Please float my folders....
posted by rumbles on Mar 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Do you let iTunes keep your music folder organized?

Do you let iTunes keep your music folder organized? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Mar 10, 2007 - 34 answers

What happened to my Application Data folder?

Windows XP - My "Application Data" folder is still hidden even with the correct folder settings... [more inside]
posted by ssmug on Jan 15, 2007 - 12 answers

Thunderbird won't recognize newly created folders

After an automatic update, Thunderbird won't recognize newly created folders. Why, oh, why? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Dec 28, 2006 - 3 answers

Messed up Windows "open folder" behaviour

I've messed up Windows "open folder" behaviour. Help! [more inside]
posted by bering on Oct 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Application that Visually Displays XP Folders in a Pie Graph

I used to have a little software application that would assess my hard drive and display a colorful pie graph of folders and subfolders, so that it was very easy to visually determine the location of the file bulk. Does anyone remember what I'm talking about? Bonus points for freeware.
posted by abbyladybug on Aug 25, 2006 - 14 answers

How to organise digital photos?

How to organise very messy folders of digital photos? [more inside]
posted by Lotto on Aug 20, 2006 - 10 answers

How can I get manila folders in France?

Getting manila folders in France? [more inside]
posted by paul! on Apr 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Moving Windows Folders

How can I move Windows folders without messing up my system config? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Apr 21, 2006 - 16 answers

How to copy folders. Am I really this stupid?

I need to move many files in different subfolders to one folder, thousands of images to be precise. [more inside]
posted by fondle on Apr 1, 2006 - 7 answers

What's the best software for encryption?

What is the best software program for encrypting certain folders on an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by turbanhead on Mar 31, 2006 - 12 answers

What labels do you use in Gmail?

What labels do you use in Gmail? I feel like I have too many labels for my Gmail account and there is too much overlap between them. What are the best sets of labels? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Mar 1, 2006 - 13 answers

Will a .BAT file move these files for me?

I need to move thousands of files (01_preview.jpg, 02_preview.jpg, 03_preview.jpg, etc.) into matching (pre-existing) folders whose names are basically the same as the filenames (folder names are 01, 02, 03, etc.) I'm on a Windows box. Is this a good job for a .BAT file? Can you help me write such a .BAT file? (Online tutorials for batch files have not helped me so far.) [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Feb 6, 2006 - 15 answers

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