An acronym for Uniform Type Identifier - a text string that uniquely identifies a given class or type of item.

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OS X Lion All Files Showing as Type of Document

I had an issue where my MacBook Air would not start a couple days back, so I reinstalled the OS. I ran the reinstallation from the recovery partition. Ever since then, almost all of my files show as ...
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Files on desktop un-deleteable, say “No Items selected” when previewed

I have some image files that mysteriously showed up on the desktop. When I go to move them, they show a copy (+) icon and they are unable to be deleted. When I select either one and press space bar to ...
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Open as text option for every file, regardless of what OS X thinks of it [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to permanently put TextEdit in the Open with… menu list? Being a programmer, I often work with text files. As you probably know, file extensions are more or ...
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How can I associate OpenOffice documents with OpenOffice apps instead of TextEdit?

I just updated to Mountain Lion. My documents were prepared in OpenOffice and contain many mathematical equations. After updating to Mountain Lion, the documents open in TextEdit instead of ...
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How to use Finder's “Open With Application”?

(Apologies in advance if the menu names aren't exactly right -- I'm not using Mac OS X in English, so I'm guessing at the translations.) I was curious what the "screen sharing" shortcut had in it, so ...
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How can I open a file in its default application from the command line in OS X?

How can I open a file in its default application from the command line? For example if I have a file foo.doc, can I type command ./foo.doc into the CLI and have that file open in Word? Note: on my ...
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What happens at a low level when a directory from Finder is dragged to an app icon, such as TextMate?

The directory that was dragged will then open in the application it was dragged to (if the app accepts the path). What happens at the low level? How does the application know it can open that path? ...
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Playback during Copying

When I copied a movie over the Network, via Finder, back in 10.5 I could simply open it in VLC during copying. However on 10.7 it tells me the file is used by OS X and could, therefore, not be opened. ...
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How to create a file with a specific Created at time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set the creation time of a file? How can you create a files on a Mac that have a specific creation date (different from the current one)? What I have found so ...
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View another user's files in OS X

Is there a way to (temporarily) view another user's file on OS X other than to change the permissions of the file? I'd like the OS to ask for the user name/password. I guess what I'm looking for is ...
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Hide webloc extension

I know that I can hide all extensions but how do I hide just one, say webloc? I don't want to hide each the extension of each file individually.
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Why is a command line change to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist not effective immediately?

When the Info window of Finder is used to associate files of a particular type with an application: the preference is effective immediately. When Terminal is used to make a comparable addition ...
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Revert Filetype Association

I occasionally work with iTunes Music Store packages. These packages have a .itmsp extension. Like .app, .itmsp is essentially a container directory. .itmsp folders contain XML and media files. The ...
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Preventing applications from creating folders in your documents folder

I have two applications (Microsoft RDP Client and Parallels Desktop) that insist on creating their own folders in my Documents folder. They use those to store user-specific files, settings, profiles ...
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How to change the creation (st_birthtime) date/time of a file in Lion?

touch(1) can only change modification and access times, but has no options for creation time. This does not work, at least not on Lion. So how do I change the creation time, also referred to as ...
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Turn off Smart Folders display “.savedSearch” extension in Finder sidebar

I held off upgrading my Mac Pro from Snow Leopard to Lion until I had replaced all the important apps that would no longer run. So far it's OK, but one thing has me baffled is that my Smart Searches ...
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How can I make OS X recognize new file extensions?

In Finder.app, you can hit Enter to edit the name of the currently selected file or folder. OS X will automatically select only the file name part, not the extension: This is very useful, because ...
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What are “dmgpart” files and what tools can create, merge, or manage them?

I downloaded something that came as three large files: One was a *.dmg (a disk image file, which I expected) and two more were *.dmgpart files, which I haven't happened to see before – I never ...
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How can I look inside iOS apps' folders from within iTunes?

When looking at an app's documents with iTunes (in the Apps tab of the iDevice), it is possible to view folders of the documents created by the apps. How can I look inside them? Double-clicking does ...
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Define order of label color in Finder

I have ordered labeled PDF files with the colors green (very good), orange (ok) and red (bad). When I order my files after labels I get: Green Orange Yellow But I want to have Green Yellow ...
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Good PostScript viewer for MacOS?

On OS X, is there a good application to open PS files without converting them to PDF? In addition, I want to associate PS.GZ files to this application, but retain the TAR.GZ association to my ...
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Can I set up each space to be a different file location?

I have five spaces that I use regularly. I was wondering if there was any way to link each space to a different location; for example, Space 1 would be Users/Me/Desktop, and the others would be ...
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None of my apps are keeping a list of recent documents?

Example: If I open an image in Preview, the "File/Open Recent" menu lists the name of the file. If I then close the file, but still leave Preview running, the "Open Recent" menu still lists the file. ...
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How can I create a keyboard shortcut to access a specific folder in Finder?

I have been using Total Commander as a file manager on Windows for years. There is one feature I miss a lot in Finder: a shortcut to one specific folder. Saying I have a folder ~/Downloads, ...
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How can I compare file structures before and after a software install?

I'm writing a new formula for Homebrew for some software I maintain and as part of my testing I'd like to ensure that files are only added to the correct places on install and that all files are ...
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How do you encrypt a file or a single folder worth of data?

Looking for a way to easily encrypt a file or a folder with a password without having to make up an encrypted read write image in Disk Utility?
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How do I move my iPhoto library to an external drive available through Time Capsule?

Like many others, the number of photos that we are storing these days is growing. Also, we have multiple iPhoto libraries on various computers. So it makes sense to consolidate photos into a ...
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How can I keep a clone of a folder?

I have a folder with Docs in on a Time Capsule, I would also like this same folder to be in Documents on Mac. I want both to update whenever a file is changed or added. Do you know of an automate ...
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Is there an alternative to the native file transfer handler in Finder?

In Windows you can replace the native file handler with TeraCopy, I was wondering if there were a similar solution in Mac OS X. Because the current handler is not that great. Thanks for any ...
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File has different name in terminal and Finder

I've just downloaded the driver for my preferred trackball from Logitech. In the Finder, the Installer's filename is Logitech Control Center Installer.app. In the Terminal, ls shows LCC Installer.app. ...
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Files Renamed in Finder not Reflected in iTunes?

I just did a batch rename in Finder (using AppleScript), however the filenames in iTunes remain unchanged. I tried restarting iTunes and that did not help. I also tried iTunes >>> File >>> Library ...
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How to investigate fragmentation of one file?

I'd like to see if one of my file is "all over the place", ie fragmented in little pieces at different locations on my hard drive. I'm not looking for a software like iDefrag but rather a command ...
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Store video on iPad and play video without using native iOS 5 Videos app

Is there a combination of 2 applications which would allow me to transfer videos from my computer to my iPad and play the video files on my iPad without involving the native iOS 5 "Videos" ...
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What's the simplest way to password protect a text file?

I'd like to password protect a text file. Not necessarily a .txt file - just a file that's got text in it that I can edit with a standard text editor. I'd like to set a password and be prompted for it ...
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.app extension in Spotlight or Alfred

I would like to have all applications names displayed without the .app extension in Spotlight or Alfred. Reeder for example is listed as "Reeder", whereas Sparrow is listed as "Sparrow.app". Which ...
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Changing default app to open a certain extension, but keeping the previous icon?

I use TextWrangler to open code files, such as .php, .ccs, .js, etc. But it assigns the same icon to every file. How can I get the original icons back to each extension while TextWrangler is still ...
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Reliable, Simple Transfer of Really Large Files?

I want to be able to move really large video files (think 60 - 90 GB) between Macs in different cities on a closed network. I'd like to be able to go point to point, so no single-server or cloud-based ...
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How do you list items with and without labels from the terminal?

Is there a command that can tell the label status (labels as applied in the info menu in the finder cmd+i) of an item from the command-line in OS X? Essentially, I just want to list all the items with ...
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How can I get TextMate's QuickLook plugin to render HAML and YML files?

TextMate's QL generators are supposed to render QL views for files that TM recognizes, while TM is open. Out of the box, it only renders the basic ones (C, Perl, etc), but this article on Ciaran ...
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Is it possible to attach a file to an email from the command line?

I am often using the terminal, and I'd like to be able type a command that will attach a selected file to an email in mail.app. :~ mailme myfile Any idea on how to do that?
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Is my USB drive broken, or is it my MacBook?

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 108, which is recognized by any computer I plug it into. When I try copying files to it on my MacBook, it is sometimes suddenly ejected. I've had the same problem ...
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Recover a file after hitting “replace” in copy dialog?

Someone I know copied a file into a directory over another one and hit "replace" accidentally. Is there any way to recover the older version of the file on Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8? EDIT: Time ...
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What's the keyboard shortcut to select the non-default button on a pop-up alert?

Look at the screenshot. I want to select the non-blue button with a keyboard shortcut. What is it?
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Information/File Manager

I'm looking for a file manager application which helps to organize a large amount of movies, pictures, music, text documents, databases, audio-books and ebooks. Right now I only use the Finder which ...
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Changing the default screenshot filename

Is there a way to change the default screenshot filename prefix (the Cmd-Shift-4 type screenshot) to something other than the default? The default name looks like this: Screen Shot 2011-08-30 at ...
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App for File store and viewer

I am looking at an ipad app which can be used to store files locally as well as supports multiple types for viewing. E.g. Doc, xls, ppt, etc I heard Goodreader is one such app, but was looking for ...
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For some reason I can't open files on drive

I can't open the files on certain drive that is formatted as ntfs. I have Tuxera installed however. Here is an image on how they look: The file with a lock is password protected as it should. Any ...
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What is the “+” mark at the end of file description?

When I execute 'ls -al~', I see + marks, and it prevents me from moving/deleting files. drwxr-xr-x+ 5 prosseek admin 170 Oct 5 03:43 Desktop drwxr-xr-x+ 17 prosseek admin 578 Sep 25 ...
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All of my files in home directory have 0620 file permission

I don't the the exact reason why, but all the files in my home directory have 0620 file permission. What I remember is that I setup file sharing in System Preference. Now, when I try to delete ...
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What does .ipa stand for?

What does the .ipa file extension (used for iOS app bundles) stand for? I'm guessing that it has something to do with iPhone app, but I'm not sure.