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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What does Date Created in Finder mean?

This sounds really stupid - but I bought my Mac (supposedly brand new) from a retailer friend in 2014, and I just found apps that are created in 2013 while going through Finder. Does Date Created for ...
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Terminal: List only and specifically, the 5th file in a directory

I am wondering if there is a Terminal command which will specifically list the 5th file in a directory. I was initially using the ls | head -5 command to complete this, however it listed all other ...
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Code viewer with color syntax integrated to the finder preview panel

On Windows there is a great extension for the preview panel. It shows the content of the selected file as if it was opened in a code editor. This is integrated into the preview panel (no popup ...
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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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OneNote: Attach a file

With the mac version of OneNote, the files that I attach to a page are always read-only. In the windows version of the software, the files can be modified from within OneNote. Is this a bug of the ...
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How to search Mac for files that begin or end with a space “ ” or period “.”

I just need to know how to search (within Finder vs Terminal, if possible) for all file names within a specific folder, which begin or end with a space or a period. For example: " file.jpg" (begins ...
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Open Text File From Finder In Vim

I do a lot of programming and just starting to do a bit of web development. At the moment I am going to be making a few files and folders, because of this, is there a way to open a application in vim ...
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How do I save offline a PDF from the browser?

Given a PDF available online, how in the world do I save it locally on the iPad? Why is this so counter-intuitive, if not downright impossible, when the iPad is a very nice e-reader?
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How to set default scroll option for full-screen mode in Mac Preview?

Mac Preview always opens in single page or double page view when going to full-screen mode while I prefer continuous scroll. I know I could press CMD+1 every time but is there a way to set this scroll ...
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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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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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copy/paste a file to a different folder while in a file open dialog?

When I'm in the Finder, I can copy a file (via secondary click menu, Edit menu, or keyboard shortcut) and then navigate to another folder and paste it. If I want to do the same thing when I'm in a ...
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How to add author to Finder toolbar?

I want to add the file creator or author details option to my Mac 'Finder' application (the computer directory of ). I can customise the toolbar, but cannot see this category - only things like 'date ...
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Finder leaves zero-bytes files when moving or deleting files

For some time I keep finding zero-bytes files around the filesystem. Sometimes when I move a file (it happens for sure with CMD+C and CMD+ALT+V) to another folder (a subfolder in my case), an empty ...
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How to reset NeoOffice recently opened file list?

I've recently wiped and reloaded my iMac running El Capitan, and restored via Time Machine. I'd like to reset the recently opened file list, as it has items in it that no longer exist. Tried ...
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Why does OS X delete files directly without moving them into the trash?

On an external HD, when I delete a file, OS X prompts me that the file will be deleted without putting it into the trash folder. What is the reasons for that? How can I move it in trash folder before ...
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Strange File Appeared In My Home Folder

I just discovered a strange file in my home folder. It is titled: - The entire contents are the word: ok on the first line & a blank second line. There is no extension. It was created this past ...
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Move files using mouse only?

On Windows, you can drag and drop the file using right mouse button, and choose Copy or Move. Moving a file is a very basic computing need. I cannot find any way to do that on OS X without using the ...
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Batch modifying file metadata

I'm looking for an application or command line tool that can batch edit file metadata. I have some audio files recorded using a recorder that was off by 1 hour, and I want to modify the creation date ...
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Filemaker 12 where to look for remote connection

I'm very new to Filemaker, but I'm using a legacy Filemaker tool. It works remotely, from a Filemaker Server. I always launch the tool from the Filemaker Quick Start window. My question is, how am I ...
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How to save a file to specific folder on a ipad

How can I simply store a file from gmail on iPad to a specific folder on iPad. Is this possible ? I am able to do this on every other system (Android, Windows), but I am not able to do on this iPad. ...
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What is the most harmonious method for subtracting one set of files from another set of files based on their binary data?

I have two iTunes libraries. They both have tens of thousands of songs, but they also overlap by tens of thousands of songs. And the metadata and file names and hierarchy cannot be trusted. So, I have ...
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How to open Microsoft XPS document on OS X? [duplicate]

I got this XPS file from my teacher and I couldn't open it using my Mac. It should be a lecture presentation. Does anybody know how to open it? thanks you
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Favorites Vanished from Sidebar When Using Programs

Strange thing happened today. I went to upload an image to a website, and when I tried to upload the file (in Safari)... the favorites were missing from the sidebar. They are all still there in the ...
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How I can force Safari App to download a file in local machine?

just wondering if in Safari 9.0.1 is possible force a file to download. With images is easy, right clock and "Save Image as..." but for files like svg, and other non visualizable files is hard to find ...
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TextEdit issue opening file

Right clicking on a file -> Open With -> TextEdit. Instead of opening the original file, TextEdit creates a copy of it and opens that one. As an administrator, I have both read & write ...
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Applescript: How to move a file after finishing processing it?

I'm very new to writing applescript, but have been painfully working through it. I have successfully written scripts to download specific csv attachments from an email inbox, then create an SQL ...
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Unable to view files on USB hard drive connected to my AirPort Extreme

I have a external USB hard drive connected to my 5th generation AirPort Extreme. Sometimes, usually after a computer restart, I'm able to view the files. But after that, I'm unable to view them, as ...
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Music File Manager Urgent Question

Does anyone know of an iPhone/iPod app, or jailbreak, that is a music downloader manager AND a tag editor that lets you add album art? I've been searching everywhere for an app that downloads music ...
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Search for files (or folders) that have a given folder anywhere in their path?

Is it possible to limit a Spotlight search to just files that do (or don't) have a specified folder name (or text string) anywhere in their path?
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Associate file-type that has no extension based on filename

Is it possibly to associate a filetype with the filename 'POSCAR' (no extension) to be opened with a certain application (Vesta)?
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How to copy video files from iPhone 6 onto computer?

If I plugged my old iPhone 4 into a computer, all the files would automatically come up. But when I plug my new iPhone 6 into a computer, nothing happens. Did they change something in the iPhone 6, ...
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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 ...