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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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How do I use Automator to open an application with a file

I often find myself opening files such as .plist or .json files, etc., as plain text files for viewing in TextEdit. But often I need to follow Open With > Other… and then find TextEdit in the pop-...
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Can macOS be made to forget a file type?

A long time ago I made a simple CoreData, document-based app and used Xcode to make a file type/extension to go along with it. Now, I'm following the WWDC videos from last year to try to update to ...
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ES Explorer is using over 50GB: how can I empty it without reinstalling it?

ES Explorer is using over 50GB on my iPhone 12 mini (~57.7GB): I don't see anything in ES Explorer: How can I empty it without reinstalling it?
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Keynote SVG export?

Now that you can import SVG (as of Keynote v13.1), how can I export the shapes created/modified in Keynote back out to SVG?
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Cannot set default file associations for .xml files

I'm on MacOS Ventura. I use it for work so MS Office is installed. No matter what I do, XML files seem to always want to open with MS Word. I want them to open with another app. I'm using TextEdit as ...
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How are template documents supposed to work?

I saved a iWork Numbers document as a template (and if I look at the file's file information in Finder, the template checkbox is checked). I later opened this template document on computer A and ...
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Bulk copy/export name, Modification & Creation Date from multiple files in a folder

I have a bunch of files inside a folder that I want to get the Date Modified and Created from and copy it into a text document or some kind of tab delimited document. I have no idea how to do this. ...
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How to search file contents on iOS?

Is it even possible? Like, for example, list all php files that contain the word “filter”?
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How can I make file:// links open the file instead of revealing it in the Finder?

I can create a hyperlink within a document in e.g. TextEdit, and set the URL of the hyperlink to file:///path/to/my-file.txt. When I click on the hyperlink, I want my-file.txt to open in the default ...
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How to associate a file with an app using "Commander One" on macOS Monterey

I'm trying to associate video files with VLC. I use "Commander One" as file explorer and I used to be able to do that through the Get Info dialog or the Open With option in "Commander ...
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How to synchronize iphone pictures to a linux laptop?

Last year I purchased an iphone 8 which I connect through USB to my Linux laptop (Debian 12 bookworm). Now I need to change it because the screen is broken. Before doing that I would like to save the ...
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What's the purpose of the message that appears?

I cannot understand this message about the other computer. M1 is the other computer. I do copy on M1, but usually, that has nothing to do with the other computer. I do not understand.
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Show Recent Folders in Title Bar

I love the ability to rename and move documents fro the Title Bar in macOS applications. The only thing is that the dropdown list for the Where field doesn’t include recent folders, so I always have ...
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Open files with prefixed with a pattern at the beginning of file name

I have several files with names c.XXXX and fort.XXXX, where XXXX are arbitrary characters. I want these file types to open by default in Emacs or TextEdit. How to do it?
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How to fix broken symbolic link in an M1 Mac?

file /Users/gani/.local/pipx/venvs/aws-sso-util/bin/python /Users/gani/.local/pipx/venvs/aws-sso-util/bin/python: broken symbolic link to python3.10 Here is more info: ls /Users/gani/.local/pipx/...
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How to copy files from iPhone to Windows PC?

First time iPhone user and this does not exactly seem like a straightforward process. I have a number of files on my iPhone that I'd like to copy over to my MS Windows PC. Most of them live in the ...
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How to rename multiple files & filepaths at once on Mac without Terminal

Apart from this topic which offers a small variety of code scripts to use on Terminal, I thought using available apps would be more user-friendly. The Finder in macOS can rename multiple files only if ...
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Desktop appears empty, files don't appear on the Desktop

My Desktop appears empty. All the files appear "missing". But I have not moved or deleted them. When I type in Terminal this command: ls -al ~/Desktop I see that all the files are present, ...
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macOS files "connected" but no symlink?

Disclaimer I’m not sure how to even phrase the issue here. So if you find a better way, please comment it, I’ll edit the question. I don’t know either if it’s a LyX or macOS related question. So ...
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Safari can't save the file. Safari can't save the file "file.jpg" to the downloads folder

Safari on macOS suddenly cannot save common image files on any website. It instead shows the error: Safari can't save the file. Safari can't save the file "file.jpg" to the downloads folder....
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Folder sizes and disk usage do not add up

I needed to transfer the contents of a drive to a new drive and ran into an issue copying my Dropbox folder. I tried to copy this folder using rsync, but I found that it took 20 seconds between each ...
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Can a locked file be moved in macOS?

I have a file which I've locked since I've accidentally changed it a few times when I meant to just use it unchanged for reference. I'd like to move it to a different folder (ideally using the Finder)...
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How to find all files with double quotes in name on a mac

I tried to find all files with double quotes in name in the search field in Finder. When I just put " in there, it's not finding any such files. Also it suggests Name contains " in a ...
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Identify files in one folder that aren't in another folder

I'd like to compare two folder structures and identify the files that are in Folder1 but aren't in Folder2. Note that Folder1 and Folder2 have different structures. I got close with this diff command,...
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Error code -36 when trying to copy a .WPS file from an old floppy disk to my MacBook Pro

I am trying to copy a .WPS file from an old floppy disk to my MacBook Pro. I am using a Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01NCV01GY?psc=1&ref=...
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Can't save any files into pdf now

I've been using Mac. Suddenly I can't save any files into pdf now. Can't print a webpage into PDF; can't print a word into PDF; and can't even sign on a PDF and save. Even Word's "Save as" ...
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Getting old filesystem events - check which process deleted a specific folder

After macOS minor upgrade of Monterey I've noticed that a directory of mine has been deleted. is there a way to check in retrospect which process deleted my directory ? I know of fsevents, but it's ...
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What is the location of macOS logon file?

Cant find location of OSX logon data file. Where I will be able to extract following info: DateStamps of console and tty creation. Username that run those sessions. How long sessions have been active....
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Sharing files / folders between user accounts

I'm trying to share folders between 2 different user accounts and not having any luck, I keep getting the red 'locked' icon on my folders. So I have 2 folders in User A and would like to transfer to ...
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How to increase open file and max processes limit for Apache Solr

I'm trying to run Apache Solr 8.8.1 on Ventura 13.0 and I get this warning: $ ./solr-8.8.1/bin/solr start *** [WARN] *** Your open file limit is currently 256. It should be set to 65000 to avoid ...
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Charlie Stigler and other random items running in the background?

I have a MacBook Pro with macOS Ventura 13.0. In System Settings -> General -> Login Items, I discovered that a random Charlie Stigler item was running in the background. I have no idea what ...
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How to reduce a Pages file's size?

Having been using Pages for more than 3 years but there is one thing that puzzles me so much. And it can be a problem since I have written so many Pages files, that is the Pages' file size. It is way ...
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Question mark box instead of my Mac name in Terminal

I'm normally using iTerm2, but lately I wanted to restore its settings because of a style that I didn't like, so what I did, was run the command which I've found in Re-setting iTerm on MacOS X rm ~/...
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Accidentally moved my files with a sudo command to a non-existent directory. Now I can't find my files

On my mac, I tried moving all my .pdf files from my /Downloads directory to my documents directory but I made a typo. I used the following command: sudo find Downloads -name "*.pdf" -exec mv ...
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How can I tell mac that program X can open file type Y?

Firefox can open pdfs, and for some purposes, it's pdf viewer is advantageous. In particular, the print menu has some options not available elsewhere. Unfortunately, it's not registered as a program ...
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Why did AirDrop change the file time attribute for one of my photos?

I was copying over one of my photos from the Photos app using the AirDrop share option. Once the file copied over to my Mac I was very surprised to notice that the created and modified file time ...
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Combining lots of photo folders

I have lots of photo folders, including some with duplicates. I want to end up with a master set which contains everything, with no duplicates. I was wondering what would be the best way to do this? I ...
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How to change the Spacebar Preview behavior?

I have some text file types that do not show their contents when I use the space preview feature on Mac. For example, the markdown files (md) show their content correctly, but dart files (dart) do not ...
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How to stop constant re-upload/re-download of my iCloud files?

I recently acquired a MacBook Pro (Retina), OS Monterey, and turned iCloud syncing on for Documents and Desktop. It had downloaded (made local copies) more than 200GB of files from my iCloud, then ...
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Create a shortcut for opening file paths

in my office we're using Dropbox as our file server and we're sending a lot of file paths all the time. I'm looking for a way to speed this up. I know how to change the shortcut cmd + option + c so ...
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`/tmp/` is filled with numbered empty files over time (`0000000011xxxxxx`) [duplicate]

On my MBP, /tmp/ fills up with empty files named 0000000011608c4c, 0000000011944a47 etc. They're owned by root:wheel and a lot of them are created at once at seemingly random times: $ ls -ltr /tmp/...
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Monitor file access, according to pid

I was wondering how can I use lsof to run in streaming mode, so it will print all files access (RWX) from a specific process (pid). Also, maybe there's a way to use lsof to catch only files that were ...
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AppleID reports storage smaller than the size of the Photos Library on the Mac

Several days ago, after posting this question, I surrendered to Apple and ticked the box to synch Photos between my iMac (macOS 12.2.1, 1TB SSD, not Fusion) and my iPhone and MacBook Air via iCloud. &...
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Random "The document could not be autosaved. You don't have permission." messages despite having permissions

Since I got a new computer, I'm getting the following message all the time in TeXShop (same version I had on my old computer): The document could not be autosaved. You don't have permission. This ...
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Is it safe to delete Microsoft-"Clones" from Library/Caches?

I tried to clean up my mac and get back storage. I tripped over a 1,98GB Folder in the Caches Folder containing a Microsoft Excel Application. its in /Library/Caches/com.microsoft.autoupdate.helper/...
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Can't select files or folders in dialog box

Every time I want to save or open a file from any program (Chrome, Keynote, Numbers, Safari,...) on my 2021 MBP, when the dialog box opens I can't click on any of the folders or files, nor can I click ...
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What causes the "file" command to report a JavaScript file as "HTML document text"?

I downloaded a JavaScript document, but it fails to load in my webpage, stating that the mimetype of "" is not acceptable. When I use the file(1) command on the JavaScript file, it tells me ...
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Where Safari 15 store tabs opened in groups?

"Regular" tabs (tabs not opened in groups) are stored in ~/Library/Safari/CloudTabs.db but tabs opened in Tab Groups aren't there, so where are they stored?
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How do I get iCloud Drive to sync again when folders suddenly get duplicated?

I've got iCloud Drive on a computer that runs Windows 10. In the beginning all folders from iCloud.com synced to the local iCloud Drive folder. Then, at some point some of the files and folders ...
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What's the most appropriate directory where to place 'development software' and 'files' shared between users?

In Linux (Ubuntu in my case) if exists many users, each one with its home directory, such as: /home/alpha /home/beta /home/omicron to share development software and files between/among users I've ...
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