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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I copy files off a failed system partition without encountering permissions problems?

So I'm about to copy files off a system partition, and I'm afraid I'll have problems with permissions. A bit of background - OS X won't boot (looping progress bar) and Mavericks Recovery's Disk ...
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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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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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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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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.
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Where file revisions are stored on OS X?

Most Apple applications in newer OS X versions, like OS X 10.9, automatically save all changes to all files and documents without your approval, and file versions and revisions are automatically ...
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prevent mac from renaming downloads' extensions

Sometimes I download something, and OS X (or Chrome, not sure) decides that the file extension must be changed. Is it possible to completely disable this feature? How? I guess this is a Google ...
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Sharing and permission

How can I set sharing and permission on Mac os x to be -rwx for all? When I create file or folder it is read and write for me but for all others it is Read only. If there is more files just copied ...
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Index of files to backup

I'm looking for something similar to http://www.indexyourfiles.com/ for the mac. What I want to do is create a backup of my file index which is portable and can be searched through even if you don't ...
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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 ...
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Converting Apple app to Windows app

Is there any way to convert .ipa file to .exe or other windows application file? I looked for some converters, but I didn´t found any...
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What determines a local file's MIME type?

When a local file is opened in Safari or -- more important to my situation -- a custom application that uses a WebView for display, what decides on the MIME type to associate with the resulting file ...
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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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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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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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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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Set default app for file extension through configuration

For some reason the there are file extensions where you can't use the information panel to change the default app. Some times the setting isn't stored, sometimes you can't choose apps which are able ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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Renamed move file name in Finder, but remains the old one in Quicktime & on iPad

I have a series of movies that originally had generic title names (e.g. "[T-N]Kamen_Rider_Ryuki_15[B543DE60]DVD"). I have renamed the movie files in the Finder to something more descriptive, as shown ...
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How to zip/unzip while keeping lock attribute?

When I zip/unzip a locked file, I lose lock attribute. Is there any way to keep the lock attribute while zip/unzip files? If there's no way, is there any other compressing file format which can keep ...
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How to open a binary .dat file created with python?

I am running OS X Lion 10.7.5. If there is a way to open this type of file please explain how and what software (if any) Ineed to download.
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How to know which files iTunes could not import?

I'm trying to import a large iTunes library from an XML file, but at the end I get a message: Some songs of "example.xml" file were not imported because they were not found However, I know that ...
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What is the limiting factor in /dev/zero speed?

I have installed 4 brand-new SATA hard drives in a mac pro. My OS is running on a fifth drive (SSD). I run this command pv /dev/zero -tpreb | sudo dd of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=512k for many hours to ...
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File Sharing Read & Write issue

I just ran into this odd behavior today while transferring files via the file sharing feature in Mac OS X. What happened was most of the files I transferred changed the Read & Write permissions ...
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Is it possible to check which application has accessed a file last?

I can check when a file was accessed last with ls -lu path/to/file | awk '{print $6,$7,$8}' but can I also see what application accessed it?
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Why doesn't FileMerge show full file?

I am trying to compare & merge two text files in FileMerge (using it for the first time). The thing is that the files contents are not shown in full. The contents of the files being compared are ...