OS X :: Copy Filename And Date Created From Finder

Aug 14, 2010

I'd like to copy the filename and the date created (basically, whatever my Finder's List View shows, which is minimal) so that I can paste it into a plain text document. Is there an easy way to do this without a script? As it stands, when I copy and paste to the text document, I just get the filename with its extension.

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OS X :: Sort By The Date A File Is Placed Into A Folder (Date Modified/Created Not Working)

Jun 3, 2010

I have a folder where I place an ever growing collection of my favorite songs. Before I switched to Mac, on Windows, when I wanted to revisit songs I most recently added to the folder, I would sort the songs by the Date Modified and it would order the files I placed in the folder by date.

In OSX, however, there must be a slightly different meaning to "Date Modified," as it does not quite sort my songs by the order they were added. It gets some of it right, but there's plenty of files that are out of order--tune "x", which I know was placed in the folder a week ago is actually listed further down the list with songs placed in the folder months ago.

Is there a way to have OSX sort files in order of the date it was placed in a folder? Neither "Date Modified" nor "Date Created" works 100% as I thought it would. Or is the OSX definition of Date Modified/Created slightly different than Windows?

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Apr 28, 2012

I've just installed Google Drive, but it's created a series of duplicates with a "(1)" inserted in the filename. Quite maddening. Is there any way to quickly search for filenames that contain (1) so I can quickly separate them?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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OS X :: Date Modified / Created Are All Same

Sep 28, 2009

In finder my date created or the date modified (it is the same case for both) is displaying as "Nov. 4, 2008/2009" depending on whether or not it was created this year or last year. Obviously I have not created/modified every file on my computer on this date.

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OS X Mavericks :: Sort By Name In Finder When Numbers In Filename

Aug 26, 2014

If I have the following folders or files (the numbers in which represent dates):

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so Finder seems to be treating the numeric characters as numeric values and sort the files by numeric value. 

How to change this behavior and tell Finder to treat numeric characters as alphabetical characters and sort the files/folders like:



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OS X :: Cannot Sort Photos By Date Created

Oct 19, 2010

I spend a lot of time to change the date taken of my trip as my daughter camera was out of date, now I want to sort every thing by date the option on (Finder / View / Sort by / Date Created) is not highlighted so I cant sort by date created, How can I sort with this option?

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OS X :: Automatically Resize Finder Columns To The Longest Filename?

Aug 20, 2010

I've read the other posts about this issue, but have not found a thread addressing automatic resizing a Finder column width to the longest filename. Is there a trick to configure Finder to do this? So far it looks like only a manual double-click of the column handle will accomplish this.

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OS X Mavericks :: Underscore In Filename Prevents Searching In Finder?

Dec 10, 2014

I've recently discovered that while searching in Finder I am not getting any results of files that have underscores in their file names. For example, a photographer sent over hundreds of files that are named "IMG_1234.jpg." When I search in that folder for any files named "34", I get no results, even though I can see the file is right there. Files with names like "AC-1234.jpg" are fine and come up in the results right away.  

What gives with the underscore? Is this a Mavericks thing? I've never had this issue before with Finder. Is there a setting I can change to include these file names in my search results?

Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.5)

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OS X :: Downloaded Folder Cannot Be Organized By Date Created

Mar 9, 2009

So I accidentally removed the downloads folder from the dock and now I can't put it back in stacks without it appearing in order by name. I've tried organizing the folder by date created and then adding it but as soon as I exit the folder it goes back to organizing by name.

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OS X :: Sorting RAR Files - Modified / Created Date

May 18, 2010

I have a few RAR files I downloaded from the internet. They are sitting in my Downloads folder. These are some of the latest files I've downloaded, but when I sort by Modified and Created Date, they are scattered throughout the folder. The dates the files have are from before I even downloaded them.

I'm used to Windows where I could sort by Modified or Created date and I could see the latest files I downloaded in descending order from the most recent to the oldest. So, is OSX different, am I misunderstanding something or is there something weird about these RAR files? Furthermore, when I unpack the RAR files, their modified/created date is not today's date.

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OS X :: Search Options - Adjusting Date Created Column Order?

Feb 8, 2008

Maybe I really don't know what I'm doing. On my regular finder I can have a list and manipulate the order. (i.e. change the order from the oldest to the most recent. Or even largest to smallest files) This is normal to me. What I don't understand is that when I create a search, I don't have that option to adjust the order of the date created, size, etc. When I try to adjust the options view in the search, it will not allow me to.

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MacBook :: How To Change Order When Arranging Items In Folder By Date Created

Sep 11, 2014

When you click on any folder on the desktop and you click the gear icon and go to the "Arrange by" option and select "Date created", it puts the newest items toward the beginning of the folder. Is there any way to change that so the older items are at the top and the newer are at the bottom?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.1)

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Mar 8, 2009

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Intel Mac :: Remove/copy Files To Ext HD Without Changing Any Date?

May 10, 2012

All I want is to copy my pics to another disk without MAC OS change the date on wich I shot them.Pics, sent to me by e-mail also loose there original date. I understand the difference between making a new file by copying, but I don't understand why it change when I remove them.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Copy Date Info From Converted Files

Jun 28, 2012

We have several hundred files that were converted recently to a different file format.  The conversion process caused all the new files to have today's date but did not change the file names.  I am looking for a way to pull the create/modify dates from the original files and apply them to the converted files so the new files will have their original dates.  All of the original files had different dates, so I can't just apply a certain date to the converted files.

Mac OS X (10.6)

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OS X :: How To Sort Finder Window By Date Added

Dec 19, 2010

When I right click a folder I have dragged to the Dock I get the option to sort by "Date Added". This is super handy and I would like to be able to do it throughout the Finder but I can't find the option anywhere. Please note: I realize there is Date Created and Date Modified, these are not what I'm wanting to do, if a file was created and last modified a year ago, but added to a folder five minutes ago, I want to be able to sort the folder contents so that the file just added appears at the top of the list. (As they do in Stacks.)

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OS X :: Changing Date Properties In Finder Columns?

May 1, 2009

Is there a way to change the date format in the column to display the date number. currently i can get the date to only show ex. friday, 11:42 or yesterday 11:42. i would like to see friday 4, 11:42 instead.

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OS X Mavericks :: Finder - Inconsistent Date Formatting

Aug 21, 2014

I am looking at files with the Finder in "column" format. When I select a file in the list, I see a preview of its content as well as details, like the kind of file, its size and the creation, modification and last access timestamps. The strange thing is that the dates are formatted differently for different files. I have seen the following variants: 

Friday, August 15, 2008 at 24:47
Aug 7, 2012, 22:30
14/09/13, 06:23 

I can't see any reason why the formatting would be different. Obviously ls and stat show no difference: they consistently show the same formatting. For example, for a file that the finder shows as "14/09/13, 06:23", here is what ls and stat show: 

$ ls -l /Volumes/DATA/Photos/2013/57998_1789225293766_1545314_n.jpg
-rw-rw-rw-@ 1 albert  staff  82025 Sep 14  2013 /Volumes/DATA/Photos/2013/57998_1789225293766_1545314_n.jpg
Alberts-MacBook-Pro:~ albert$ stat /Volumes/DATA/Photos/2013/57998_1789225293766_1545314_n.jpg
16777222 38276 -rw-rw-rw- 1 albert staff 0 82025 "Aug 21 18:01:35 2014" "Sep 14 06:23:52 2013" "Aug 21 17:43:27 2014" "Aug 21 17:43:27 2014" 4096 168 0 /Volumes/DATA/Photos/2013/57998_1789225293766_1545314_n.jpg 

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1), 10.9.3 actually

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OS X :: No Date Added In Downloads Finder (Column View) Window?

Dec 15, 2008

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OS X :: Column View In Finder And Date Modified Option List

Aug 3, 2010

So I like the hierarchical structure Column View has, and I don't have to double click to open folders.
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OS X :: 10.6 Automator/Services /created A Service But It Does Not Show In Finder/Services

Sep 7, 2009

I created a new service for displaying my local weather. I followed the MacBreak Video to do this: [URL]
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OS X :: Finder Won't Copy A Certain File?

Oct 24, 2010

I'm in the midst of backing up an external drive (to another external drive) via Firewire 800, which works fine, but for some strange reason one specific file won't be copied. It's an iDVD file with a filesize of 12.98 GB. All other files have been copied without any problems.

When copying over to the backup drive all seems fine for a while, then (after having copied 4.01 GB) I hear some "clunking" sounds from the source drive followed by the error message shown below. I've tried copying the said file several times and to different backup drives, and in all instances the file copying stops at 4.01 GB.

I've checked both drives with Disk utility and they check out fine. And the iDVD file opens fine in iDVD.
Could it be that MacOSX needs some free "work space" on one or several of the drives in question, which isn't available?

Cureently, the source drive has only 10.63 GB free space, the destination drive has 582 GB available and the computer's (1.67GHz Powerbook G4) internal 80 GB drive has 23 GB free space.

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Power Mac :: Cannot Copy A File In Finder And Paste

Mar 8, 2012

I cannot copy a file in finder and paste it. I also cannot copy in word. Basicly it stopped working altogether.I shut down remote desktop, I have an XSAN that I use for editing.

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Finder NG/ Word NG

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Apr 9, 2012

this is my first imac, I dont operate windows on it and am stumped. I am trying to transfer my movies onto a media player and external hard drive but it just wont do it. when I just had my previous pc all I had to do was copy and paste and am ready to scream.


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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Finder Window Snaps To Top After Copy?

May 11, 2012

When you have a window open in List View, scroll to the middle of the list and then copy a file from another location into that window. When the copy completes the destination window pops to the top of the list, losing your previous focus in that window. 

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Jun 4, 2014

I have an older library, that I updated to the current Aperture, and recently froze from bad media.  I think it was a bunch of videos in one of the events.  Anyways, I want to copy some of the photos from a event in the old library to a new working library. I tried exporting and it froze, leaving the photo export in some limbo state...

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Software :: Finder Error 36 - Folder Won't Copy To Flashdrive

Nov 28, 2009

I have been pulling a folder with sub-folders from iMAC Desktop to a flashdrive so as to use on my Macbook when I travel. Suddenly after several months with no problems I am getting the msg "The Finder cant complete the operation because some data in * cant be read or written. (Error code -36)" The folder won't copy to flashdrive. I have checked flashdrive with Disk Utility, tried different flashdrive, to no avail. the only way I can move the folder is by moving sub-folders one by one and if they generate the same msg by moving their files one by one. I cannot move as a whole. Running Snow Leopard 10.6.2. It is possible that this commenced after installing an OS X update but i can't be sure.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Did Finder Change Some Modification Dates When Making A Copy?

Jun 8, 2012

I just copied a very large number of files using Finder and I discovered that some modification dates were changed.  For me this wasn't a problem, but it's strange and I don't understand why it happened.  I wonder if anyone else has seen a similar behavior.  Here are the details: 

I have a Mac Pro running under OSX 10.7.4 with 15 GB of RAM and 7 hard disks.  The disks details are as follows: Internal 1 is 500 GB and came with the computer.  It is my boot drive and has a variety of material.  It's about 75% full. 

Internal 2 is 1 TB.  It has OSX 10.6.8 on it for use as a repair disk if I need to run TechTools against my main drive or if I need to run SpringCleaning.  It is about 85% full and contains mainly videos of one type or another. 

Internal 3 is 2 TB.  It is 98% full and contains mostly .jpg files.  This drive has a single root folder with 3-4 levels of subfolders.  Some subfolders have as many as 5000 folders in them.  The bottom level folders each have anywhere from 20 to 300 files. 

Internal 4 is 3 TB.  It was purchased last week because drives 2 and 3 are getting full.  My intent is to copy drive 3 to 4, then copy the data from 2 to 3.  I'll probably retire 2 since my SMART checks are showing problems. 

External 1 is 3 TB and is used only for Time Machine to backup internal 1. 

External 2 is 4 TB and is used to backup Internal 2 and 3 using ChronoSync.  I'll be changing this to 3 and 4 soon. 

4 days ago I installed drive 4 and used Finder to copy the root folder from drive 3 to 4.  That took about a day.  I then ran ChronoSync in Trial Sync mode to see if everything was OK.  (Perhaps I shold have used ChronSync to make the transfer.)  I discovered that about 8,000 files had discrepancies.  I wrote a simple AppleScript to identify any meta data differences between the files on the two drives.  It's been running for about 12 hours and I suspect it will take more than a day to finish.  So far all that script has found are modification date differences.  I've examined about a dozen of the files and they look OK. 

Anyone seen anything like this?  Any ideas what happened?  I have three user accounts on this Mac Pro.  The copy was made in one account with nothing else running, but I was doing a variety of work in another account.  The third account was not active. I just did a better search of this forum and discovered a similar case from 2010.

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Feb 7, 2007

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