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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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File save dialog is empty if selecting mounted SDCard

I'm trying to save a file download on my Macbook Pro. When i select a mounted SDCard a target, the file save dialog displays no file structure at all, although i can see it in finder. I currently ...
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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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Sorry, PowerPoint can't read <file name.>.pptx error when trying to open a powerpoint autorecovery file

I was working on a powerpoint today, and then my document wouldn't let me save, and I ended up overwriting the file with a blank presentation. I don't remember the details of how that happened, but ...
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Does Finder preview interfere with file I/O from a running code?

I've found the preview feature of Finder and other file management programs (like Forklift3) to be very useful for checking the progress of a calculation. For example, if I have a code continuously ...
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Does this “model” file belong on my Mac?

My Mac HD folder has a file in it called "model". It's a txt file and quite small. I don't recall seeing it here before. Does anyone know what it is or what file folder it belongs in? I'm running ...
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Empty file named “en” in root directory

I recently discovered a file named "en" in the root directory of my Macintosh HD. It's completely empty and was last edited today, around the time I logged in on my Mac. -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel ...
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How can I set a default save location for Stickies?

Every day I take notes on a morning meeting in the Stickies app. At the end of the week, I save all the sticky notes to a folder for archiving purposes. I close the sticky, and when asked weather I'd ...
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File's App Icon No Longer Displays

I'm a developer and use a framework called "JUCE," and the associated application with JUCE is the Projucer. Projucer uses .jucer files. Previously, the app icon would show up inline with the file ...
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._ .DS_store files and so on when syncronizing cloud drive services

Is there a way to prevent Dropbox, or any other cloud service, from synchronizing those ._ and .DS_store files, although they exist in the Dropbox folder?
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Safari downloads files via FTP as Unknown.dms

This is a rather recent issue: when I download a file from my web server via ftp it gets saved as Unknown.dms macOS: 10.12.6 Safari: 11.0 Interestingly, downloading the same file with e.g. Chrome ...
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Macbook can't read Macintosh HD

I use a late 2013 macbook pro 13 inch retina display. I tried formatting my internal ssd hard drive (macintosh HD) after it started freezing forever whenever I tried to log in. I tried all the ...
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Hide file types in finder search

Does anyone know how to hide certain file types from finder and spotlight search? I get all these files that I need on my computer but I will never use. I would like to hide them to make my searches ...
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Exponential PDF File Size in Preview

I have word document (.docx on a mac) at 3.4 MB. When I save it to PDF it becomes a whomping 90 MB. I can't make it smaller and I can't figure out why it's happening. Here are the details: I've tried ...
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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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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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Recover deleted file by inode

I had a crazy file named ''$\r' that I wanted to delete by inode. So I googled how to do it and found an example. Being half asleep and a few beers in, I typed in the inode in the example: find . -...
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College's files in my trash can?

A few weeks ago, files appeared in my Trash Can. I didn't really look into it and keep thinking it was just temporary files that I deleted myself while working. But after a while, I opened those ...
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How does one separate a Numbers spreadsheet with multiple (4) tabs into separate files?

I have been given a spreadsheet with 4 separate tabs/sheets. I would like to separate them into different files. I know that I can cut-and-paste and create new files but is there a simpler/easier way ...
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How do I open a .prl file?

What program can I use to open a .prl file? I want to view the preferred roaming list from my carrier bundle, but I don’t know which software will open this file.
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Force opening file on same Desktop and screen

I am using two displays and since updating to High Sierra I'm experiencing weird behavior when opening files on the same space. I have a non-full-screen Finder window open on a Space on Display 2. ...
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Preview custom files types in Finder

I would like to preview my experimental data stored as text files with specific extension in Finder. I mean I would like to see the experimental curve in Finder. Is it possible to do this by scripting ...
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How to register program for filetype without extension?

For years, I have had to right click on Makefile and GNUmkefile, Right Click, select Open With..., and then pick the same program. (In this case, its a particular text editor because it takes 5 to 10 ...
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Mysterious Self-Originating File with the one-charcter name “:” (colon)

There's a file in my /users/myName that has appeared out of nowhere. It's named ":" in Terminal, "/" in Finder. It may be deleted (either drag and drop to trash or rm in Terminal) but will reappear ...
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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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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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“Open with <application>” not working properly

I've noticed that when I try to open a file in any newly added applications, the application opens, but not the file. I've noticed this problem with multiple Wine versions, and also web-based games. ...
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Use automator to download csv-reports form a password protected website

Square Dashboard is a website for Square POS, on that website you can download sales report of the day. You need to sign in, go the a specific category, select one of the locations for the sales ...
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Cannot Delete Directory (Advanced Mac Tuneup) Even with Sudo Commands in Terminal

An adware virus disguised as Adobe Flash update installed an app called Advanced Mac Tuneup. I deleted the app but some associated files still remain. The command sudo rm -rf NAME returns the message ...
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What process is changing my file permissions?

Every once in a while, I notice that something must have recursively changed all my files' permissions in my home directory to go-rx — so I do: $ find . -type f -exec chmod go+r {} \; $ find . -type ...
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Where could I check to remove temp stored personal files

Do Mac's save any cached versions of files so that if using someone else's laptop or borrowing own laptop to a relative for temp usage need to be aware to remove to avoid personal info being seen? E.g....
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Finding a file in Finder with a script

someone please explain why this won't work. The script alone without the "if mainReturned = "File" then" works just fine but when I add it to another part of a script, things get weird. It highlights ...
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Difference in OS X file names due to extended attribute or resource fork?

I've done a diff on two file names (via Terminal), whose textual content on visual inspection appear to be the same file. diff however reports the two as differing. The only difference I could ...
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Unable to delete locked file

I have a locked file on my machine that I'm unable to delete. I've tried everything (that I know of) and don't have a clue why it won't delete. Here's what I tried: Everything here sudo rm file.txt ...
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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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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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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 ...