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How to Connect to SMB Shares from iPhone & iPad with Files App

Nov 4, 2019 - 4 Comments
Enter an address and tap connect

Have you ever wished you could connect to an SMB share from an iPhone or iPad? If you work with file servers, be it for work or pleasure, you’ll be excited to learn that connecting to SMB shares and servers is now possible directly from the Files app of iPhone or iPad. This is just … Read More

How to Scan Documents with Files App on iPhone & iPad

Oct 17, 2019 - 15 Comments

Have you ever wished you could scan a document with your iPhone or iPad? You can easily do that right from the Files app and with your devices camera! With the arrival of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Apple has made the Files app much more useful. Not only can it now be used to access … Read More

How to Rename Tags on Mac

Sep 9, 2019 - 3 Comments
How to edit and rename tags on Mac

If you use the Tags feature to tag files and folders on the Mac you may find it helpful to know that you can edit and rename tags to be more descriptive or to better suit your purposes for those tags. For example, perhaps you want to rename some tags to be used as indicator … Read More

How to Watch MKV Video on iPad from Files App

Jul 5, 2019 - Leave a Comment
Watching an MKV video on iPad from Files app

Want to watch MKV videos stored in the Files app on an iPad? You can do that easily once you learn how. This makes it simple to keep locally stored MKV movies on iPad within the Files app to be able to watch directly on the device.

14 Keyboard Shortcuts for Files App on iPad

Mar 5, 2019 - 6 Comments
Files app keyboard shortcuts for iPad

A fair number of iPad users type on their tablet with an external keyboard, and one of the major benefits to that approach is that you gain access to keyboard shortcuts in most apps for iPad. The Files app for iOS is no different, and with a Smart Keyboard or external Bluetooth keyboard connected to … Read More

How to See Recent Files from iOS Home Screen or Dock on iPhone or iPad

Jan 18, 2019 - 17 Comments
How to see recent files on iPhone Files app with 3D Touch

If you interact with the Files app frequently in iOS, you might be pleased to discover that the Files app offers a quick and easy way to see recent files, right from the Home screen of iPhone or iPad. Even better, you can launch recent documents directly from this quick Files access feature in iOS. … Read More

How to Sort Files on iPad and iPhone

Aug 26, 2018 - Leave a Comment
How to sort Files on iPad and iPhone

The Files app on iPhone and iPad serves as a file system of sorts to the iOS world, complete with many commonly used file system functions. One of the more frequently used features in file systems is the ability to change how you sort files or folders, and the iOS Files app also allows for … Read More

How to Save Zip Files to iPhone or iPad

Jun 22, 2018 - 15 Comments
How to save zip files on iPhone or iPad

The latest versions of iOS make it easy to download and save Zip files to an iPhone or iPad. This is achieved thanks to the new Files app, which allows an iOS device to interact with files and data directly stored on a device, as well as to access iCloud Drive data.

How to Tag Files on iPhone and iPad

Feb 28, 2018 - 4 Comments
Open the Files app

Using file tags can help to arrange, organize, and prioritize documents, files, and data. Now that iOS has a dedicated Files app for the iPhone and iPad, you might find it helpful to know that you can tag any items, files, documents, images, or anything else stored within the Files app of iOS, much like … Read More

How to Rename Files & Folders in Files App for iPhone & iPad

Feb 16, 2018 - 15 Comments
Renaming a folder in Files app for iOS

The iOS Files app and iCloud Drive offer a file system of sorts for the iPhone and iPad. One frequently used capability of file systems is the ability to rename files and folders as necessary, and as you might expect, the Files app for iOS offers this functionality too.

How to Create New Folders in Files App on iPhone & iPad

Oct 22, 2017 - 20 Comments

The Files app for iPhone and iPad provides access to iCloud Drive and every file or folder contained within it, whether for individual apps or things you have uploaded yourself to iCloud Drive. If you want to better organize your files in the iOS Files app, you can easily create new folders in Files app.

How to Add Folders to Favorites List in Files for iOS

Oct 13, 2017 - 12 Comments
The Favorites list of Files in iOS

The Files app on iPhone and iPad is a bit like a light version of Finder on Mac, offering direct access to files and folders in iOS 11. If you find yourself accessing a particular folder often within Files app, you can make it quicker to access by adding it to your Favorites list. Once … Read More

How to Sort Files by Date on Mac

Apr 20, 2017 - 8 Comments
How to sort files by date on the Mac

Many Mac users sort their files by name and type, but one of the most useful ways to sort files is by date. The Mac Finder allows for various different date based sorting options for files, documents, applications, and folders, and they’re all typically best utilized in the Finder List view. Using date based sorting … Read More

2 Ways to Copy Files to iCloud Drive from Mac OS X Finder

Jun 19, 2015 - 33 Comments
How to copy files to iCloud Drive from the Mac with a drag and drop trick

iCloud Drive supports direct file transfers from the Mac, meaning you can take just about any file, folder, document, or item stored in Mac OS X, and copy it over to iCloud Drive, where it will be stored and accessible by your other Macs and iOS devices using the same Apple ID. Using iCloud Drive … Read More

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

Jun 11, 2014 - 10 Comments
Save an audio or video file from Safari in Mac OS X

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

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

Mar 17, 2014 - 16 Comments
Move a file from the Mac titlebar

Longtime Mac users are accustomed to moving files around in Mac 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 … Read More

Show the Last Time a File Was Opened & Accessed in Mac OS X

Oct 21, 2013 - 5 Comments
Show file access time on a Mac

You can show the precise last time a specific file was opened, an app was launched, or folder was accessed on a Mac, and the information is visible directly in the OS X Finder. There are actually two simple ways to see this file access information, and both are equally useful though as you’ll see … Read More

How to Change File Ownership in Mac OS X

Apr 23, 2013 - 9 Comments
User icon

Though it’s somewhat rare to encounter ownership and permissions errors in Mac OS X, it can happen, particularly when an account has been moved, or a files owner has been modified by a third party application. Oftentimes you can just run through the process to repair user permissions, but that’s not always guaranteed to sort … Read More

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