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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Repair file damages on external disk, MAC_OS [on hold]

I opened a file .ods with OPEN OFFICE from my external disk and after 2 minutes, my mac fall sleep and when i reactive the system, openoffice window dissapears and on my external disk, file's size ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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How can I create a symbolic link in Terminal?

What command is used to create a symbolic link/soft link?
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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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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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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: ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Hide file types in finder search

Does anyone know how to hide certain file types from finder and spotlight search? I get all these files that I need on my computer but I will never use. I would like to hide them to make my searches ...
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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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Mysterious Self-Originating File with the one-charcter name “:” (colon)

There's a file in my /users/myName that has appeared out of nowhere. It's named ":" in Terminal, "/" in Finder. It may be deleted (either drag and drop to trash or rm in Terminal) but will reappear ...
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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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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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Drag and Drop file to desktop when windows are maximized

I typically maximize my windows to the full size of the screen and then rather than clicking windows to navigate through them I cmd+tab to switch between applications. The only problem that this ...
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Remove folder name from file name based on existing Apple Script

so I have this apple script here that I used to insert the folder name into the front of all the files in the folder. The script is able to run through every single folder and target all the files and ...
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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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Change file icon OS X

I tried following Apple's instruction to change a file icon, but it didn't work they way I expected. Details File type: "web internet location" or Inbox.webloc So this it what I've tried so far. ...
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How to register program for filetype without extension?

For years, I have had to right click on Makefile and GNUmkefile, Right Click, select Open With..., and then pick the same program. (In this case, its a particular text editor because it takes 5 to 10 ...
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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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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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Processing videos through iMovie increases file size by 70x

This is just a curiosity of mine. I screen recorded ~5hrs of video using Quicktime, split up into roughly 10-20 minute segments. The folder which I saved them to is 4.73 GB big. However when I string ...
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How do I check the effective file permissions/accessibilty for/of a given file and a given user?

How do I check the effective file permissions (including ACLs)/accessibility for/of a given file and a given user (including service/system accounts) without checking the whole path manually? ...
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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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iTunes File Sharing - Microsoft Office?

Does Microsoft Office for iOS support iTunes' File Sharing feature?
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Weird problem with file ownership

I recently had to move server drives from an OSX 10.6 server to a new Mac mini running Yosemite (10.10.4) and Yosemite server (4.1.3) - meaning I physically unplugged them from the old server and ...
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What is an alternative to a BAT file on Mac?

What is the alternate for BAT file (Windows) on Mac? Does different version of OS X have different format of BAT files? I am trying to create a BAT file on Mac which normally changes directory while ...
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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 ...