Tag Archive: File


Save an Audio or Video File Directly from the Media Viewer in Safari

Many Safari users have noticed that when trying to save a raw audio file or video file that is loaded directly from the web within Safaris media viewer tab or window, the “Save As” default option will bring about a ‘.webarchive’ file – not exactly the multimedia file that users are looking to save. This … Read More

Better Security On That Macbook: Turn Off File Sharing, Enable AirDrop [OS X Tips]

When you travel with a Mac laptop, whether a Macbook Pro or Air, you may be leaving it open to malicious users to get into your machine. One of the things you can do to keep them out of your…

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Messed Up Hosts? How to Restore the Original Default /etc/hosts File in Mac OS X

The hosts file is included on every computer and used by Mac OS to map IP addresses to host names. Because users may choose to adjust, change, or otherwise edit the hosts file for a variety of reasons, it can be easily subjected to user error, leading to a variety of undesirable network problems ranging … Read More

Spotlight Potential: See The Full File Path Of Found Documents [OS X Tips]

Spotlight is crazy useful to find stuff on your Mac. Just hit Command-Space on your keyboard and type in the name of files, words from in text files, the kind of document you want, or even the date when you…

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How to Mount EXT4 Linux File Systems on a Mac with OS X Fuse

The EXT file system (short for Extended File System) and it’s family members of EXT2, EXT3, and EXT4, are the file systems used by Linux. Mac users who work with multiple platforms may notice that OS X is unable to mount EXT partitions on its own, and thus anyone wishing to mount and read EXT … Read More

How to Move a File on the Mac by Using the Window Title Bar in OS X

Longtime Mac users are accustomed to moving files around in OS X by dragging and dropping them between folders and directories, or perhaps using the more Windows-like file cut and paste ability. Both of those methods work just fine to relocate files and move things about, but another lesser known option to move a file … Read More

Watch File Download Progress Easily in OS X from Dock or Finder Windows

OS X includes many smaller details that can make digital life much easier, but because they’re fairly minor features, they can often go overlooked by Mac users. An excellent example of such a feature are the transfer progress indicators that are native throughout OS X, these make it extremely easy to keep an eye on … Read More

Watch File Download Progress Easily in OS X from Dock or Finder Windows

OS X includes many smaller details that can make digital life much easier, but because they’re fairly minor features, they can often go overlooked by Mac users. An excellent example of such a feature are the transfer progress indicators that are native throughout OS X, these make it extremely easy to keep an eye on … Read More

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Convert an Audio File into an Android or iPhone Ringtone from Terminal

Ever wanted to create an iPhone or Android ringtone from an existing audio file, but wanted to complete the process entirely from the command line? You’re in luck, because OS X has a little audio conversion tool that can turn any existing audio track into an Android or iPhone compatible ringtone in seconds. We’ll break … Read More

Make a File Renamer Tool for Batch Renaming Groups of Files in Mac OS X

If you need to rename a group of files on a Mac by appending some text to each files name, a great free option is to use a simple Automator action and save it as an application. This is similar to the other Automator utilities we have built and covered here before, but this time … Read More