A resource for storing information which is available for a computer program. Computer files can be considered as the modern counterpart of paper documents.

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How to recover a mac / audacity recording on mac?

I have a client who has been recording some audio using audacity on an apple mac. They have lost their work and have asked me if there is anyway to recover the work they have done. I know this is a ...
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How can I change the default save location of Office for Mac?

I have Office for Mac 2011 and unlike Office PC, I can't find how to change the location where my files are to be saved. The default position doesn't suit my needs and I spend a lot of time ...
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Difference between “Plain Text” and “Plain Text Document” in Mountain Lion?

I'm new to Apple and Mountain Lion so please bear with me if this is a obvious question. I have to files with the txt extension which has been created by a small program I've written. The method for ...
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Is it possible to check which application has accessed a file last?

I can check when a file was accessed last with ls -lu path/to/file | awk '{print $6,$7,$8}' but can I also see what application accessed it?
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What does Apple want for the WWDC Scholarship application uploads?

I am trying to submit my app for the 2013 Student Scholarship - form here (Dev program needed). However, I am confused about what it is, exactly, that they want: Here's a screenshot of the section ...
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How to create own filename extension?

I want to have an extension, named .content, to store all files in it that are linked to the filename. The extension ".content" should be recognized by the OS as a file extension rather than a regular ...
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Make JSON files to have TextMate2 icon

I have all the JSON files on my system set to open with TextMate 2. When I get Info on one of these .js files, I see the TextMate 2 icon on the corner. But, how do I make for the TextMate icon to ...
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Reduce image file size to certain size

I have some tiff files of (scanned docs) which are too large than required. I tried to export with Preview while applying filter "Reduce File Size". The new file came out to be quite small 36KB ...
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file transfer from Tiger (10.4.11) to Mountain Lion (10.8)

Will Migration Assistant let me transfer my files from my old Mac running Tiger 10.4.11 to Mountain Lion? I've read that it does not support moving files from 10.4 to Mountain Lion and didn't know if ...
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Setting “open with” default app forever

There is a nice option in MacOS X that you can right-click on a particular file, select "open with", then select the app that you want to use to open the file type and check the mark "always open ...
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Where VIM keep its recordings?

I was trying to use VIM and it kept blinking "recording" all the time. Now I know that it means VIM was recording what I was typing. Where does it keep these recordings? I would like to delete these.
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I've wiped my WiFi icons and don't know which file to restore

I've been playing around with theming OS X, and in changing my menu bar icons to be white (to contrast my now-black menu bar) I've overwritten the original icons (and forgot to back them up). Can ...
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Does OS X enforce a maximum filename length or character restriction?

What is the maximum filename character length of files in OS X? Of secondary importance is whether some characters are allowed/disallowed in addition to any overall length restrictions.
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Prevent TextEdit from opening for unknown file types that are plain text

TextEdit is used by the system so it can't be removed, but I have another text editor I use and it causes confusion when text files that don't have a suffix or don't have a suffix which I've already ...
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How did this ominous file end up in my Application Support folder?

Deleting this file will break the whole internets, for the sake of our children don't do it!. The above quotation is the content of a text file called STR8369805638PUB6932583035105 that I found ...
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Mass change a portion of a file name?

I have a whole bunch of files named as following (example): ADVANTE 18''8.0 PCD5'114.3 ET45 CB73.1.jpg ADVANTE 18x8.0 PCD6139.7 ET20 CB110.2.jpg ADVANTE 'A MI576B 20''8.5 PCD6'139.7 ET25 CB110.2 ...
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Difference between du and Finder file sizes

I was having a look at the size of libBLAS.dylib at some location in my Mac and du showed it's file size as 572K while the allocated file size (showed by Finder) was 1.4MB. I've read that the lack of ...
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Can the Date Created metadata be changed after the fact on OS X?

I have a movie file. It was taken back in October but the date created is from last week. How can I change the date created information in the file?
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Post a file from pages.app to a Yahoo! group

My wife and I can't figure out how to post a file from the Pages.app on her iPad to a Yahoo! group. From Pages.app, she can email the file to herself, but can't post it to the file sharing section of ...
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How can I disassociate a single app (e.g., XCode) from all file types it's mapped to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Change File Type Associations? Every time I get a machine that I install XCode on, it associates itself with all kinds of filetypes. E.g., .xml, .rb, even .java! ...
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Trying to delete a program that's not open, but says it is?

I've recently become nigh on obsessive with cleaning out extra space on my hard drive, and I'm trying to delete a program called "Rowmote Helper." Whenever I try to delete it, it says it can't be ...
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Find original filename after Data Rescue recovery

Recently, I lost 1,7TB on videofiles on my external hard drive. A terrible loss since it took me many evenings categorising all this data. With a deep-scan with DataRescue 3, I was able to recover ...
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Bug in 'file' command on 10.5.8? (Or am I doin' it wrong?)

On my OS X 10.5.8 system, the man page for 'file' says: -h, --no-dereference option causes symlinks not to be followed (on systems that support symbolic links). This is the default if ...
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Does anyone know what the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.npvdata.client is for?

I had a heck of a time with the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.npvdata.client. Looked like it was some kind of cryptographic key file, and when I went to edit it, not only could I not change it, but ...
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Difference between saving and exporting

I have read several questions (here and elsewhere) that look for applications that can save in a format instead of export in a format. What is the difference between saving in a format, and exporting ...
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Double-clicking file from Finder does not open it in application [closed]

I have installed an application that is associated with a particular file type. When I double click a file of that type in Finder, the application starts, but does not open the file that was clicked. ...
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How to use Finder to find all files that do not match a certain criteria?

How can I use Finder's search feature to find all files that do not match a certain criteria? For instance, all files that don't end in ".txt" in the current folder.
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Almost all files are locked in my Time Machine backups?

For some reason my files are getting locked in my Time Machine backups. I mean, when you "Get Info" on one of them, the "Locked" box is checked. Folders are NOT locked, though. Is this normal? This ...
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Repeated applications under Open With Menu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my Mac’s list of “Open with” applications start listing the apps twice and sometimes three times? When I right-click on a file and select Open With option, I ...
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What application is using a particular file?

I have some FileMaker databases being served for dev purposes and I keep bumping into occurrences where the database/file is locked and I can't make changes to it. How can I determine what ...
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What format and encoding does iPhone save video clips in?

Using the default Photo/Video application. Tried to find any info regarding this on Apple's web site with no success. Does anyone have the specs on this?
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Finder takes long time to load some folders

When opening some folders, the Finder takes a long time (30-60 seconds) to load all the files in it. Specifically, these folders typically contain 10-50 PHP files (which are text files), each about 10 ...
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What determines a local file's MIME type?

When a local file is opened in Safari or -- more important to my situation -- a custom application that uses a WebView for display, what decides on the MIME type to associate with the resulting file ...
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web sharing on lion - odd behavior

In my Lion local web sharing folder, I noticed that I cannot change any of the files without typing in my password. I also noticed that there's a folder called postgresql there. I don't remember ...
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Copy contents of a smart folder to a new folder in Mountain Lion

I admit that my music collection is a royal mess. This is the result of merging many sources of music (external drive, old iPod sync, iTunes purchases, etc) into my iTunes account. iTunes Match has ...
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How do I batch set the files “date modified” to the “date created”?

I have a folder with a bunch of photos taken by two different cameras, with one camera having been set to the wrong date. I managed to correct the EXIF date using Picasa (see photo.stackexchange), but ...
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How can I have a fixed size wastpaper basket? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to limit the size of the Trash? I'd like to have a way to auto-deleted item in the basket, based upon the time they come in (oldest to be deleted ...
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Find files created by program

Is there an app out there that lets you see what files were created by a program? Basically I need to figure out where a lock file for a Java program is.
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Hiding emacs backup files in Finder

I would like to find a way to hide all the *~ files in Finder, which are used as backup files by Emacs. Is there a general approach to make Finder hide all the files with their names matching certain ...
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/var file buildup

I'm a (semi-new) Mac developer. I've been working on a component to my app that - in order to function properly - needs to download a fairly large file from the internet. I thought this file would be ...
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Copy new files only - is this possible? Basically want to merge two folders

I have a folder on Drive 1 called Music, and it is 100GB. I have a folder on Drive 2 called Music, and it is 116GB. It's the most updated version. How do I copy the Music folder from Drive 2 to Drive ...
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Why doesn't FileMerge show full file?

I am trying to compare & merge two text files in FileMerge (using it for the first time). The thing is that the files contents are not shown in full. The contents of the files being compared are ...
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Adding tags to files in OS X: How to use, where are tags stored, and will they work on a network?

I've heard it is possible to add tags to a file's meta data in OS X, and have Spotlight search through such tags. In a nutshell, how would one access this feature in Finder – not Spotlight ...
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In Lion Spotlight search results, how do I find which folder contains a specific file?

I recently upgraded to Lion. I also installed Microsoft Office 2011. In Spotlight, how do I now find in which folder a document is? It used to be that hovering the mouse over the doc would show the ...
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Deleting undated files from Time Machine

I just bought a new MacBook Pro with Lion. I restored my files and apps from the MacBook with Snow Leopard, etc., from Time Machine. All seemed to have uploaded correctly, but after using several ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to focus this textfield in Xcode 4.1?

What is the keyboard shortcut to get focus inside the textbox pointed in the screenshot below? I am new to Xcode 4.1. I use Eclipse a lot. In Eclipse if we want to jump over any file we can use ...
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With FileVault enabled, do I need to overwrite my hard drive with 0's before getting rid of it?

When I give up my laptop I like to securely delete the hard drive. I would assume that since it's full disk encrypted using file vault that I should be able to just delete the real key for boot ...
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How can I enable search by filename in finder on Lion

Before switching to Lion (on Snow leopard) I used to open a directory (like my Downloads) and start searching using the search box at the top right of the finder window for a file and there was an ...
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Open .theme file in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I've done a brilliant stupidity... I have a Jailbroken iPhone and have iFile on that. I wanted to edit a Winterboard theme that I had downloaded, so I fired up iFile's inbuilt Web Server and ...
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Teach Safari to ignore case if necessary when opening local html file

I'm using Safari to read the HTML documentation that came with something. Many of the .html files contain links to others amongst themselves where the case of the URL does not match the name of the ...