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 add OneDrive as an attachment location in iPad Gmail app?

I have an iPad Air that has Office 365 applications installed on it. I use MS Word very frequently and my files are all saved to OneDrive. I use the iPad Gmail application to send emails and I would ...
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Why are dot underscore ._ files created, and how can I avoid them?

I am using different operating systems on different machines on different locations. I am using a USB flash disk to keep my files (source codes etc.). I am new to Mac OS X and now I realize there are ...
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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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Does the `mdls` terminal command access metadata in resource forks?

I always knew that Mac operating systems had a concept of "resource forks" but have just learned that this feature has in fact been deprecated since the arrival of OS X. I also just discovered the ...
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Previous File Location Lookup

While prepping for the switch to a new computer, I made the dreadful decision to move files from the "All My Files" Finder view to a new folder. All of the files moved to the new folder, but left the ...
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Importing video as MTS or MOV

In this forum I recently learned that I should import my video files to the OS X Photos app and then connect those to the iMovie app. So to a related question, the files that are imported are in an ....
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What is installer.failurerequests in the root directory?

I just noticed a file called installer.failurerequests in my root directory: cd / ls Applications/ User Information@ cores/ installer.failurerequests sbin/ ...
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How do I find all files categorized movies on my disk?

In the dialog of "About this Mac", started from below the Apple menu item, the Storage 'tab' says there are 42.43 GB of Movies. Ok, how do I find all those files that the system categorizes as movies?...
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How can I create a symbolic link in Terminal?

What command is used to create a symbolic link/soft link?
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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 get file sizes of large files in OS X Terminal?

I'm trying to get the file size of a big file (1GB +) using the OS X Terminal. I'm using du -sh. But also after 30 seconds I don't have any result, is there any faster command? Thanks.
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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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Drag and drop Chrome downloads like any other OS X file?

When I've downloaded a file in Chrome for OS X, it sits in a little bar at the bottom of the screen. Sometimes I want to drag and drop that file directly into a Chrome tab (for example, to upload it ...
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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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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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Why do file transfers take a long time to stop?

I encounter this problem a lot, and I've also had it on Windows. It doesn't matter if it's over a network, or locally on a hard drive, but file transfers never stop when I click the stop button. They ...
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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 find the last saved file

I don't know when I stopped working yesterday, but very likely I saved a file before shutting down my computer. How can I find the (not system owned) file with the last save timestamp?
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Why can't I see my favorite locations anymore when saving a file? [duplicate]

Here is a picture of my finder On the left, there are my favorites which is very handy for quickly accessing important folders. I used to have access to the favorites when saving a file or when ...
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Is an ISO file a stand-alone operating system that can be installed on its own? [closed]

I can not figure out if an ISO file is Independent. I am in a college course of which is for my curriculum for Networking Technology.
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Is it safe to delete ~/Library/Caches?

Is it safe to delete the file Caches, in the Library of the Mac OS X Hard Drive? It's a pretty big file, 3.56 GB, Caches reminds me of logs i don't need or browser cookies. Is it safe to delete the ...
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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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how to do a batch change (shift) of file creation date

OS X Yosemite: I took thousands of pictures on a trip recently, some from my iPhone, and some from my DSLR camera. Now, the iPhone automatically gets its time and date from the local cell towers, ...
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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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El Capitan: every app crashes when browsing or saving file

Yesterday I updated my Mac to El Capitan. I have a serious issue, as every app is crashing, when I am trying to browse files. Examples: Photoshop crashed when I try to save a file, or place a file ...
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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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Finder's incorrect PDF Filesize

A few PDF files are showing with the incorrect filesize and I was wondering if there is any way to fix this. E.g. opening a PDF file's properties is showing that the file is 394 KB, if I attach the ...
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Resume file move after Finder crash (unmoved items appear washed out)

I was moving a large amount of data to an external drive. The Finder crashed (or appeared to restart) in the middle of the operation. Now the files appear as "washed out" in the external drive (...
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How do I find Preferences in bittorrent or utorrent on a Mac?

I can't find Preferences in utorrent or bittorrent on my new MacBook Pro. How do I find Preferences on a Mac?
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Strange files named “/xEy4O” keep appearing

I'm running OSX 10.11.3 and I keep finding files named /xEy4O all over my file system. I've opened them in a text editor and they are completely empty. So they appear to be a marker file of some sort. ...
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How can I iterate through a folder and move/copy every Nth item

I want to make a time lapse from a folder of images, but there are too many and the time lapse progresses to slowly. How do I select, for example, every 10th item, and either copy or move the items ...
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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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Unable to delete locked file

I have a locked file on my machine that I'm unable to delete. I've tried everything (that I know of) and don't have a clue why it won't delete. Here's what I tried: Everything here sudo rm file.txt ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to decrease the height of chooser (file-picker dialog)

My chooser (file-picker dialog) goes under the dock so I can't see buttons. What can I do?
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How to delete a list of files and folder generated via find in terminal?

I'm generating a list of files and folder that meet certain criteria with use of a command: find ~/ -iname "whatIwantToRemove" The command will generate some results: /Users/me//.Trash/...
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Automatically deleting files that contain a specific content

I would like to make use of the command that looks for a specific phrase in a file: grep -lr "text to find" * provided here and delete all of the found files. How can I generate the relevant ...
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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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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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Trying to delete a program that's not open, but says it is? [closed]

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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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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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 ...