Methods by which files are managed and organized. Could refer to file management by the OS or by a third party application.

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How do I delete a folder that's in use?

Sometimes when I'm working in Windows I'll get this prompt when I try to delete a directory: Folder In Use The action can't be completed because the folder is open in another program Close the ...
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How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows?

How can I visualize which folders and files are taking up all of the space on my hard drive? I'm getting some conflicting reports on the size of hard drive contents. Namely what is and isn't there ...
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Identify latest added or updated files in Windows file folders

In Windows Explorer, I would like to list all the files in a folder, including those in subfolders, and sort them by the time they were added, or the last time they were modified. I am trying to ...
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Delete folder without certain content

I would like to batch-delete all folders which don't contain a specific file. It's about a working folder with hundreds of projects. I want to remove every folder that doesn't contain a "main.c". How ...
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How do I move files and directories to the parent folder in Linux?

In Linux (Ubuntu), how do you move all the files and directories to the parent directory?
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Find current Windows 8 desktop background

When I had Windows 7, I used this thread to add a functionality that lets me right click the desktop and click to find the background that is currently being used. However, ever since updating to ...
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How do I unassociate a program from a file type?

If I have a file.class and I opened it with Notepad, how do I destroy that association so that Notepad is not associated with .class? I do not want to change the .class association to another program ...
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Can't Find Mac File (Witcher 2 from App Store Save Files)

I need to find the save files for a game I downloaded because now it's loading and saving very slowly. Because it creates a new save file every time you save, I want to go in manually and delete the ...
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what is the best file system for archiving pictures and videos? [closed]

I want to store many pictures and videos on external hard drive as back up and I prefer that it be possible to transfer these files from different machines with different Operating systems. As I ...
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Program to track an application and notify user of its file changes/creations/deletion? [duplicate]

Does this kind of program exist? I heard recently about how itunes would go against the user's back and delete their music files so that it could copy them onto apple's server instead and serve them. ...
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Linux ssh/terminal program with built-in file browser [closed]

I've moved back to using Linux after a stint on Windows. While there, I had discovered and heavily used MobaXterm for ssh (and the occasional X session). The standout feature for me was that when ...
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how can I get a Batch File to Delete a folder if it doesnt contain a specific file

Hi I'm new here and was hoping someone can help me with a problem I have. Over the years I have acquired a number of ebooks (several thousand). So I have decided to only keep my mobi and Epub books. ...
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Is there a way to batch rename files to lowercase?

I need a way to rename all files in folders and subfolders to lowercase. I'd like to know if there is a way to do that using only windows (XP or 7)
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How to use exact path in Mac OS X open file dialog?

How do I to use the exact path in the Mac OS X open file dialog? /Users/username/Workspaces/Enide-2015/_ws/atom.ico I have found this answer, but there are still few extra clicks. There is also ...
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0answers
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How to make some files undeleteable on a pendrive? [duplicate]

I want to give a pendrive to somebody and i want to place some files on it (pdf,txt,png etc...) Can i make it undeleteable somehow? So if its plugged into any computer, these files can't be deleted ...
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1answer
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What is the point of the .trashes file in Mac Os X?

What is the point of the '/.trashes' file in Mac Os X? It appears to be useless. I've never seen it being used by programmers. Would it be bad to delete it?
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How to preserve file attributes when one copies files in Windows?

On Linux, we can simply do: cp -pr directory How to do that in Windows? Can it be done in Windows Explorer? Any GUI tool suggestions? It would be the best if I can keep the NTFS permissions and ...
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How to find all files that consist only of null bytes (any number of them)

I need to find all the files on my HDDd that contains only (any number of) NULL bytes. How can I do it on Windows machine. Or with Linux tools live CD? Background: Something has malformed a bunch ...
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Copying large number of files from one directory to another in Linux

I have a directory containing around 280,000 files. I want to move them to another directory. If I use cp or mv then I get an error 'argument list too long'. If I write a script like for file in ...
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Moving Files from Local Drive to Network Drive

Windows Environment Scenario: Program is writing files to a local directory (e.g. c:). Issue: We want users to only use network shared drives. It is not possible to configure the program to write ...
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How can I create a new folder within a nested folder hierarchy using Finder?

Here's a thing that's been annoying me for a long time: Using OS X 10.6, when you navigate through folders, expanding them to see their content, you sometimes want to create a new folder at the bottom ...
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How do I remove file extensions from all files on Mac?

I have a bunch of files with arbitrary extensions OVER (i.e., after) the old extensions; e.g.: a10.lua.c76c8a36-6f80-4b5e-b6a4-ed7c6817ca2e boneaxe.gif.e65e71e9-69e6-4d64-8648-1d6a9c8c7a1f All of ...
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Folder size discrepancy

This is a bit weird. I have a particular folder that reports: 12,274 Files, 806 Folders when i right click and go in properties. and 12,164 Files, 791 Folders if I do Ctrl-A and do properties in the ...
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My account is in administrators group, but doesn't honor permissions for administrators group on remote share?

I am on a home network and not using a domain controller. My username is in the administrators group and I have UAC turned on. I have a share on a network computer that has certain rights for users of ...
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Add the extension, jpg, to a lot of files

I have a folder with a lot of folders with a lot of files and maybe more folders with more files, where some files lost their extension. I believe they are all jpgs, but I could be wrong. Any ideas ...
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Manjaro root almost full

I'm using Timeshift tool for backups. So today during backup I've noticed that I have selected /dev/sda3 (mounted as /) for backup and stopped backup process. Timeshift stopped responding and I had to ...
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How do I correct Quick Access folder links?

I am using Windows 10 and I have moved my Documents, Pictures, Downloads and Videos folders to D:\ by changing their location properies within file explorer. Now, if I click the quick access folder ...
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Copy all files contained in a *.mpcpl (Media Player Classic Playlist) file

I have a Windows Media Player Classic Playlist file with thousands of songs selected from many folders on HDD. I want to copy all of those files to my USB flash drive. How can I do that? Is there an ...
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Find Duplicate Files Between HDD (for ex: Total Size:500Gbs) AND HDD Image only Files Hash(3mb)

Any way to find duplicate files between a files/folder group and image hard disk (files content hash database)
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Preventing ransomware attacks by detecting suspicious levels of file system activity

Assume a Windows 8/10 home/small office system with 3-4 users and a few TB of file share (say 6TB in a suitable RAID). Most files are static, but sometimes files get moved round or modified. But if ...
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Modifying value of “Rating” column within Explorer for arbitrary file types

Basically, I have a large body of assorted media (text, images, flash files, archives, folders, etc...) and I'm attempting to organize it. Windows Explorer has a rating column, but there seems to be ...
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Bash script to edit file name, and move the file.

I've some music that is all named 1 - (song author) - (song name).flac and I want to change the file name to just (song author) - (song name).flac then move it to a directory. Heres what I have so ...
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How many files can a windows folder contain?

How many files can a windows folder contain? This question is asked here but then the question text pollutes the question with issues of "rules of thumb" So to be clear, this question is: How many ...
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New files are not sorted automatically by Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer fails to auto-sort files that are modified in the same window or at the same time in the Open/Save Dialog box. For instance saving documents in Word does not affect the "Date modified ...
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Keeping track of files across two drives

At work, there is a 450GB network drive (X:) which has served as a dumping-ground for 3 of my underfunded NGO's biggest departments. It needs to be reorganized. Depending on a manager's opinion, a ...
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How can I view pdf meta-data in Windows Explorer?

I unsuccessfully used the "pages" feature in Windows Explorer, as well as in Directory Opus 10 and Free Commander XT (which I installed just for that reason, to try it out) to display the page count ...
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1answer
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How to delete all files that don't have a certain string in their name

I have seen Deleting all files that do not match a certain pattern - Windows command line However, I have not seen anything regarding how to delete everything that does not contain a certain string ...
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List folders by date modified

Normally if I want to list everything in the folder by date modified I would type the expression datemodified:‎<16/03/2014 into the search bar at the top. This expression lists everything in that ...
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Slow file browsing of offline files, Windows 10

I am using Windows 10 and just setup Offline Files for 3 folders I'm currently working from (28 sub-folders, 550 files, 185MiB). I prefer working from local copies of the files for performance reasons ...
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How to refer to a file with name beginning `--`? [duplicate]

How can I rename or open or do anything with this file? Everything I try (rm, mv, cat, less, vi) gives unrecognised option '--.html' So far, only a full ls piped to grep has been useful, or even ...
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Installed applications in descending order of use?

To move from an old XP host to a new Windows 7 host, I need to go through the list of applications that I use. Ideally, I'd like to find a (GUI) tool that list all installed applications in descending ...
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1answer
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Project and Business Document Organization

How do you organize, maintain edits, revisions and the relationship between: Proposals Contracts Change Orders Deliverables Projects How do you organize your projects for re-usability? For ...
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Organising photos using Picasa

I am kind of confused by Picasa's photo organisation system which involves albums on one hand and folders plus collections on the other. Does anyone have a good system for using these to keep ...
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View largest files on computer

I'm using windows 7 ultimate 64 bit, and have had success with Tree File size, but I'm looking for a way to scan the hard drive and list the largest files, not necessarily the folder sizes, but by ...
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4answers
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Is there software that will organize files and folders? [closed]

I'm looking to organize my files and folders and was wondering if there was a software that fits some of these criterion: Scans specified folders, and pulls them up so that I can easily identify ...
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How manage music collection/ebooks on Windows?

I'm looking for ideas to organize my music collection
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Software to tame my collection of files [closed]

I have more than 500 GB worth of data on my local and network drives. It is somewhat organized, but finding a particular resource can be problematic at times: did I put that educational video on c# in ...
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Why Can't SQL Server Management Studio Access The “My Documents” Folder in Windows 7?

I have a database backup located in my Windows 7 Documents folder (C:\Users\Aaron\Documents...), and I'm trying to restore it using SQL Server Management Studio. However, the program is unable to ...
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How can you modify the file size property or read more bytes than it indicates?

A friend of mine saved a file when her computer (a Mac) crashed. She assumed the file was saved and didn't worry about it too much, but now she saw the file size is 0 bytes and the file is empty for ...
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Unable to delete file; name is too long

This question has been asked, but unfortunately none of the suggestions worked. Here is the situation--the file is synced to a local folder on my computer in my /users folder from Google Drive. It is ...