Under the General section of a file's File Info, there is a checkbox for Stationery Pad and Locked. The Locked option is pretty straightforward, but what does Stationery Pad do?

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  • I have absolutely no idea what I should tag this, so if anybody has a better suggestion, feel free to change it.
    – Kevin Yap
    Apr 8, 2011 at 18:06
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    Funnily enough, if I translate the text used by that option in the Finnish OS X to English, it's roughly "Work template". I think even just "template" would describe the option better than "stationery pad" Apr 9, 2011 at 11:25
  • This is a really nice OS feature. Just discovered its use. No need for complex /template folders and duplicate files everywhere. Just a master for each type and copies made as needed. Surprised not to hear of this more.
    – user20926
    Mar 30, 2012 at 7:23
  • Just for a reference, this question is answered at superuser.com/questions/96245/…
    – zeliboba
    Feb 24, 2015 at 21:37

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Basically, it tells an app opening the file to open a copy.

You do this on files that you want to use like templates. Since the app is given a copy, you'll never accidentally change the original.
Basically, it automatically copies the file into its original location (as 'name copy') and lets you work on the copy.

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