Tag Archive: Contents


Kindle App Gets Integrated Table Of Contents, Better X-Ray

The iOS Kindle app just got an update, and it’s a good one. The left sidebar that you can summon while reading now has direct access to the table of contents, and you can access X-Ray info just by tapping… Read more ›

M3U Files: How to Play or Download the Contents of an M3U Playlist

If you have ever downloaded an M3U file thinking you were going to get a song, audio file, or podcast, you’ve probably noticed the file size is tiny, and the m3u doesn’t really do anything on it’s own. This leads many users to wonder how to play the audio file, or how to convert that … Read More

3 Ways to View Zip & Archive Contents Without Extracting in Mac OS X

Wondering what is in that zip file or archive you downloaded, but you don’t want to extract it to find out? Maybe you are hunting around in a see of archives for a specific file you zipped up a while ago, but you’re not quite sure which archive contains it? You can easily peer into zips and other archive formats to view their contents without actually unzipping or uncompressing them, which is an excellent way to check if a particular  [Read More…]

How to List All Files and Subdirectory Contents in a Folder

Ever wanted to see not only every file in a given directory, but all files within that directories buried subdirectories? If you’re looking for what is basically a recursive listing of files in a given folder, we’ll show a great trick for the Mac OS X Finder that allows you to do just that, and also demonstrate several more advanced approaches using the command line.

Expand All Subdirectories & List Folder Contents in the OS X Finder

To quickly see  [Read More…]

Compare Contents of Two Directories from the Command Line

Compare directory contents from command line

To compare and list the different contents of two directories without the extra output you get through commands like diff, you can use the comm command instead. To get started, launch Terminal and type the following command, adjusting the directory paths as appropriate:

comm -3 <(ls -1 folder1) <(ls -1 folder2)

The output listed will be the files that are different in each folder, with files  [Read More…]

Save a List of Files & Folder Contents Into a Text File

A directory listing saved as a text file

Saving a complete listing of files contained with a folder is easy, and there are two quick ways to save that list as a text file.

Save a List of Files from Finder

The first approach may be easiest for most users and is done through the OS X Finder and TextEdit app, it’s a simple matter of copying and pasting:

Open the folder you  [Read More…]

Use a Secondary Cut And Paste Function to Avoid Overwriting Clipboard Contents

Secondary Cut and Paste function in Mac OS X Mac OS X has a secondary Cut and Paste function that provides the ability to cut and paste additional information without overwriting existing clipboard contents. Highlight something and use the following keystrokes: Control+K cuts the content Control+Y pastes the content This cut and paste function works with images and text, but notice that it will remove any rich text formatting or styling. It�s  [Read More…]