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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
2answers
2k views

Readdle cross-app integration: Documents and PDF Expert

Documents by Readdle is a useful file manager, image viewer, cloud synchronizer, pdf reader and download manager. PDF-Reading has however only limited annotation support (notes in text and ...
5
votes
1answer
31k views

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?
2
votes
1answer
5k views

How can I cut down on the size of iMovie Library.imovielibrary?

I recently noticed that the file at ~/Movies/iMovie Library.imovielibrary is taking up an awful lot of space: Is there a way to make it smaller? I don't have anything important in iMovie - what ...
44
votes
5answers
62k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
40 views

Applescript Move current file to Folder

I want to create a script that takes the current file selection and moves it to an already existing folder. I will then duplicate this code for 9 other folders and assign them all keyboard shortcuts. ...
3
votes
2answers
51 views

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.
1
vote
2answers
136 views

How to show dot underscore ._ files?

I want the OSX to show all kind of hidden files including ._ files too. I do not know exactly what I did, but I am successful in seeing .DS_STORE files, but not ._ files. Any idea how to achieve that? ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

OSX Yosemite 10.10.3 Date added wrong?

I download some files. Using Path Finder, it says Today under the Date Added column. 4/5/14 under Date Modified. I then copy the file off to a external hard disk, but there it shows 4/5/14 under the ...
11
votes
8answers
11k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Can I open a file in Preview from the Terminal?

I know that I can open a file with an external program from the Terminal with open, and that works for most applications. However, when I try to use a command like open -a Preview info.txt, it ...
4
votes
3answers
191 views

Rename/delete files in Mac OS X save window

Is it somehow possible to rename/delete/copy files when saving a file and the Finder window pops up? I know you can do it with Windows, is it possible with Mac OS X?
5
votes
3answers
1k views

File browser with treeview

I am looking for a file browser for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) with as many following features as possible (approximately ordered by descending importance): has a treeview along with the main pane ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

Application to trace detailed file history?

I just discovered a copy of my 1 Password .1p4_zip file in my Mac account's public dropbox folder -- that is the built-in public/dropbox not DropBox the commercial product. I have never used, set up, ...
1
vote
0answers
39 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

Cannot browse App documents after upgrading to iOS 8.3

I just upgraded my iPhone 5s to iOS 8.3. I found that I am unable to access the contents of Apps using software like iTools, iFunbox and PhoneView. Does iOS 8.3 change security settings in App ...
1
vote
0answers
78 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

My computer won't import certain picture from my iphone

I have over 900 pictures on my phone and only about 500 of them are getting imported. I get a message saying that certain files have errors and I would like to reach those files.
-1
votes
1answer
15 views

Using variables in pathnames and pathname variable help plus finding username applescript?

So, I want to have my script to be able to find out the current user's username and store it in a variable (myUsername). Then, it will go to /Users/myUsername/Desktop/FV.app. How can I do this and ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

“File” NOT “App”… can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer

got an mp3 via email from a musician friend of mine today. when i try to open it (in any app... itunes, quicktime, vlc, etc), i get this message as if it's a new Application that i just downloaded ...
50
votes
2answers
72k views

How can I create a symbolic link in Terminal?

What command is used to create a symbolic link/soft link?
2
votes
1answer
63 views

Is there a Byte-By-Byte Duplicate File Removal app for Mac? (not SHA-1 or MD5 hash!)

I recently switched to Mac and spent way too many hours on PC trying every duplicate removal app, eventually discovering that byte-by-byte checking was necessary to get accurate (safe) results, and ...
3
votes
1answer
35 views

Paste path into File Open/Save Dialog?

How do I paste a file path into a standard file open/save dialog? I have googled this and found articles that say that the normal ⌘ CMD-V will work, however it does not work for me. I'm ...
8
votes
5answers
1k views

Search file duplicates in OSX by hash

I am looking for a way to search for a determinate file in OSX (Maverick but more generally OSX). In particular I would like to do the following: given a File_001 I'd like to search if in the ...
2
votes
2answers
256 views

Copy contents of a file

I am trying to copy a whole bunch different files' contents into one big file. Is there a way to do this without having to open up each individual file and copying and pasting the contents? Is there a ...
-1
votes
1answer
33 views

About mac programs and usage data [closed]

Are there any mac professional programs where you can use them for free given you provide the company ( that is responsible for the program ) with detailed usage data ( just pertaining to the program ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

Word attachment file name prints as icon with ? inside when I print email

I have a Mac with Word 2011. Every now and then when I print an email with a Word attachment, my HP printer prints an icon with a question mark instead of the Word file name.
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Folder content recovery

I just got a new mac book and took a hard drive to make a backup file of my documents (I used time machine). One of the Folders did not get saved the way it was before, When I now click on the folder ...
12
votes
6answers
68k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
15k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
110 views

iOS: open text file with not text extension

Trying to get SSH private key from *.pk file. Currently use app to extract this file from "external source" and it gives me an options to open this file in mail app / dropbox / btsync but not in ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

Move file from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion

I have Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion in separate partitions on the same iMac. Running Snow Leopard I can copy a TurboTax data file from the Snow Leopard partion to Mountain Lion but when I boot ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

How to automatically manage backup files (with retention)

I would like to automate my backup-management workflow for certain applications, but I couldn't find out how to do this on Mac OSX 10.10: Lets say an application creates its backup files into a ...
1
vote
0answers
47 views

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 ...
1
vote
4answers
345 views

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 ...
-1
votes
2answers
35 views

Sort files by name length in finder?

I want to be able to find all mp3 files with exactly 4 letters so i can highlight them and open them up in ITunes. How do I do this? I recently copied mp3s from my iPod to my mac. These files are all ...
0
votes
3answers
135 views

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: ...
0
votes
0answers
61 views

Automator - Indesign file and folder creation, naming & editing from Spreadsheet

I'm fairly new to Automator, just learning some of the basics right now, but I have a big project, and I'd like to know if it's feasible with Automator. Basically our company needs to create files and ...
10
votes
9answers
628 views

Trash folder is not emptying because of the P ͎̮͉͍ͨ̈́̾̈́A ͎̮͉͍ͨ̈́̾̈́I ͎̮͉͍ͨ̈́̾̈́N ͎̮͉͍ͨ̈́̾̈́.jpg file

When I cd ~/.Trash in the terminal, it shows that there is a folder Downloads, and inside the Downloads folder, another folder Reactions, and inside Reactions, there is a file called Shutting down ...
0
votes
0answers
9 views

Where are files transfered using CG Moobile?

I transfered files from my PC (Win-7) by downloading iTunes and then going to Apps, and file transfer - I seen only two apps available there. CG Mobile and Nook. I choose CG Mobile and tranfered 6GB ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

How to get file path of user selected .icns file in applescript?

I'm writing an applescript in which I need the POSIX path to an .icns file that the user selects. For some reason though, it refuses to accept .icns as a valid file type. This will work: set Icon to ...
3
votes
1answer
638 views

Is there a similar functionality of “Get Info” (Cmd+I) from the Mac OS X Terminal.app?

I would like to ask if in OS X there is a similar functionality of "Get Info" (Cmd+I) but from the Mac OS X Terminal.app? I mean something like finderGetInfo /path/to/a/file.ext which will output the ...
3
votes
1answer
54 views

How do you close a file that you've opened with /usr/bin/open?

I've opened a PDF file with /usr/bin/open, and now I'd like to close it from the command line. (I'm writing a script.) How might one go about doing that?
0
votes
0answers
29 views

How do I access or view saved items on time capsule through time machine?

When I enter time machine, under shared, my time capsule shows up, however when I click it, it does nothing. How can I enter time capsule ( assuming in time machine ) and view the exact items stored? ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
8k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
122 views

Is there any way to get a path to a file in the GUI in Yosemite?

In Mavericks it was simple: click "Get Info" on any file and you could copy/paste the file path. This is no longer included in Yosemite. I need to need to copy/paste paths frequently, like ...
8
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
89 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
277 views

Why do I have a ~ file in the root of my drive?

I just noticed that I have a 2MB ~ file in the root of my Macbook HD. This wasn't here last time I checked (probably months ago,) and my guess is that it is from a system crash the other day or maybe ...