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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Changing text applied when duplicating file in Finder

When duplicating files in the finder, OS X attaches a space followed by 'copy' to the file name. This can lead to some file alphabetizing problems and the copies may appear out of order (not directly ...
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iTunes storing iOS updates for later

I'm currently downloading the iOS 7 update (7.01), but I'd like to wait a bit before installing it. After it finishes downloading, will it still stay in iTunes until I'm ready to install, or will it ...
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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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How to change file names in different folders?

I have lots of files with identical name, say "hello.jpg". They are located in many folders, say \aaa\hello.jpg \bbb\hello.jpg \adaage\hello.jpg I want to change their name to \aaa\aaa_hello.jpg ...
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Exponential PDF File Size in Preview

I have word document (.docx on a mac) at 3.4 MB. When I save it to PDF it becomes a whomping 90 MB. I can't make it smaller and I can't figure out why it's happening. Here are the details: I've ...
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Cannot reduce Keynote size

I had a 17MB template that I wanted to reduce. I started removing slides to identify which was causing problems, but even with just one remaining blank slide, the file is still 17MB. I've restarted ...
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How to manually create a working .webloc file?

So I created a .webloc file using a .vncloc file as a template (standard xml/plist format), but instead of opening in a Safari window, it is downloading the html of the website into a file. My goal ...
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When using Finder to copy a specific file, the copy is a zero byte file

Trying to copy a 37GB Quicktime .mov from an external disk using the Finder. The copy should take a few minutes, and show a progress window. But the copy seems to be done immediately (no progress ...
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Finder “Show Icon Preview” for certain filetypes?

In OSX (Yosemite) I've figured out how to switch between showing a file as an icon or as a preview in Finder. I can go to Finder > View > Show View Options and then toggle the Show icon preview ...
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Is there a config file stores the system shortcuts? [duplicate]

We can change shortcuts in System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts. And many preferences has its associated file. So I wonder if there is any file related to the shortcuts. Then I can use version ...
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File permission problems after migration to iMac

I used the migration assistant to transfer files from my MacBook Pro (2011) to my iMac. Both computers run Mavericks. Now I'm not allowed to modify files which originate from my 'old' computer because ...
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Force OS X to open .tex files with TexShop

I would like the .tex files to be opened using TexShop by default. So, I am trying to change the default behaviour by clicking right mouse button --> Open with --> checking always open with and ...
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OS-X: How to copy files according to their file types from an external hard drive onto an OS-X computer?

I have a lot of files (music, pictures, documents) on an external hard drive that I want to copy into the respective folders on OS-X. I would like to automate the copying process and put all .bmp, ...
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Find Windows incompatible file / folder names

Is it possible to detect files / folders that are incompatible with Windows in Mac? We are uploading all our files to Dropbox (from Mac) and we have found that folders with names like "< 2014" ...
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FileMerge for comparing pdf files

Is it possible to use FileMerge to compare pdf files. I found a post that describes the process, but after following every step I just can't seem to be able to compare two simple pdf files. The ...
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How can I open/use a .ZFS file in OS X?

I've got a .zfs file that holds mapping files. I want to know if I could open it up or use it on OS X. I need to get into it to change the maps.
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AppleScript editor cannot save .scpt file

I've created a simple AppleScript .scpt file, using TextEdit. If I now open it with AppleScript editor, I can run it. But when I try to modify and save it, I get the following error: It's ...
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XQuartz, utf-8 and filenames

This is a question in the continuation of this one: UTF8 filenames and shell utilities: the nightmare of utf-8 and filenames is…. How to avoid this confusion with most notably the ls command on ...
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Garage band app-file recovery?

I dropped my iphone4s in water and when I got a new phone and brought back the GarageBand app none of my songs were there. Is there ANYWAY I can recover these files?
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Change JSON and CSS files to developer kind in All My Files

In All My Files, CSS and JSON files appear in the Documents section, even though I would call them developer files. Is there any way I can change their kind, so that they appear as Developer files?
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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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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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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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/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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Free app to detect & delete duplicate files from my Mac

I am just wondering is there any way to find duplicate files on my Mac? For example: when I download something from bittorrent, some unnecessary files also download along with the main file with ...
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Mass remove character from file names and folder names

We have created a lot folders and files that contains the "<" character. Is it possible to mass-remove these characters?
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What's the difference between a package and bundle?

I seemingly see the words package and bundle used interchangeably in Apple documentation referring to a special folder in the file system that the user sees as document (iWork Pages document) or ...
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Why is this folder 4.2mb? It only has a handful of relatively small text files in it!

I have a WordPress plugin which was originally 26kb zipped (79kb uncompressed). I installed it, then made some live changes, then downloaded it and found that the plugin folder is showing 4.2MB in ...
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OSX: move to archive (compress a folder and remove it)

I'm looking for a way to zip (or 7z) files via a file manager in such a way that the original folder is deleted right after the zipping finished (less clutter when batching compression of multiple ...
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Adding suffixes to file names according to previous suffixes

I have a folder containing files like ABC - 2001 DEF EFG - 2001-2002 HIJ KLM - 2003 NOP QRS - 2004 I want to add the year to all file names that currently have no year suffix. The suffix should ...
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Monitoring a file in real time

I need a text file monitored in a way that the contents stay updated in a window on my screen - the contents of the text file will keep changing periodically and I want the display to update the ...
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What is the /~ file on Mac OS X? [duplicate]

In the root directory of my Mac (10.10.4) I see a file named just ~ (tilde): $ ls -l /~ -rw------- 2 root wheel 2187264 Mar 23 22:33 /~ file just reports it as "data". For reference, here are ...
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What is “sperion”?

I'm cleaning up my boot drive & have come across a unix executable file located @ /private/tmp/sperion about which I can't seem to find any information at all. What is "sperion"? This may be an ...
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Delete file from folder via Dock?

Is it possible to delete a file from a folder via the Dock? I know I can drag the file to the Trashcan but I'm curious if there is some key combination perhaps that I can use to click on a file via ...
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Moving the treeview to the left side in QuollEyeTree

Is there any way to move the treeview to the left side in QuollEyeTree? By default the treeview is located at the top half: For example in Macintosh Explorer the treeview is on the left side by ...
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How to view an open file's location?

I have a file open but don't know what folder it's in. How can I determine it's location?
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Mount smb share as local directory

I want to use GIT and directory should be on a network drive (mounted with smb://). Because the software I'm using only supports the file:// protocol I need some kind of mapping the network share as a ...
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How could I set apple icon image (xxx.icns) to file or folder?

There is already a related question talking about setting a png image to file or foler as icon ( How can I change a file or folder icon using the Terminal), but what if my image is an icns? I know ...
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Change file kind / kMDItemContentType

I have two text files with no extension and made them executable. Both are set to open with Terminal app. However one file is shown as kind "Text" and the other one as "executeable unix file". if I ...
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Large File still taking storage after Deleted

I downloaded a file that is more than 20GB, but after deleting the file the space is still taken, and it's not showing in the finder. I'm using a macbook pro with retina display 121GB with bootcamp ...
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Glitch in 'Open with…'

I want to change all media apps to open with VLC. So I right click on one, get info, open with: But now this: And I only have one VLC on my system: ps-MacBook-Air:~ pi$ sudo find / -iname ...
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Is it possible to define template files for the context-menu?

I often have to generate files (for example letters), which should have a certain content at the beginning (e.g. letter head,...). In Many Linux-Distributions there is a folder called ~/Templates - ...
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Share shell script: file permissions question

I'm on Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and recently I've made a small shell script which just shows a message on the screen. To run it, I had run chmod +x test-script.sh and then using sh ./test-script.sh ran ...
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File browser alternatives with remote connections

I have been linux person for 6 years, now converting to mac world. I am looking for the file browser, which would enable me to: delete files and folders by pressing delete rename files by shortcut ...
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OS X 10.8 hosts file completely ignoring new entries. Help!

I have a hosts file that I've added a couple URLs to a while back and it's been working fine, but any new entries now get completely ignored. I've added these to test it... google.com ...
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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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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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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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com.apache.httpd.plist missing file need help creating new one

I installed Apache recently and tried to set it up to use launchctl to start it. At first it was giving me an option error code and than all of a sudden it said that the file was missing can anyone ...
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My iPod Touch won't play some of my files

I've been having trouble with my iPod Touch. I mostly use it for listening to podcasts, however not only will some of the files not play, some aren't even accessible. Where files should be, there is ...