Remember Where You Downloaded That File From [OS X Tips]

Remember Where You Downloaded That File From [OS X Tips]

Here’s a possible scenario: you are looking though the folder that you put all your downloaded files in, noticing that it’s long past the time to clean it out. Then suddenly one particular file catches your eye. It’s an odd little mp3 file, perhaps, or an animated gif, but you just can’t remember where you got it from. What if you want more? Or want to hop back to the place you downloaded it to see if there are any more things like it?

That’s where today’s tip comes in.

Click once on your mystery file and then select Get Info from the File menu. You can also hit Command-I on your keyboard to bring up the info window.

Look down a couple of sections to the More Info area. You might need to click the little triangle to the left to expand this section. The Get Info window shows, right there, the URL of the file you’re checking up on. If you want, you can select the URL with a click-drag and then copy and paste it into your favorite browser address bar and go right to the file’s online home.

Pretty neat, huh? Now you can sift through all your downloaded cruft and figure out exactly where you got that picture of Donald Trump riding a unicorn cat across a field of roses, and share it with your nearest and dearest. Just don’t, for the love of pete, post it in the comments below.

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  • Greg

    Wow, good stuff! Love learning about small buried features

  • Lori

    I just tried this on my Lion (10.7.4) computer, and the Where From is not there. Under More Info, I have Dimensions, Color Space, Color Profile, and Alpha Channel. I’d love to have this information handy. Do I need to set a Preference somewhere? Or is this for Mountain Lion?

  • Rob LeFebvre

    I just tried this on my Lion (10.7.4) computer, and the Where From is not there. Under More Info, I have Dimensions, Color Space, Color Profile, and Alpha Channel. I’d love to have this information handy. Do I need to set a Preference somewhere? Or is this for Mountain Lion?

    This works on my Lion 10.7.4 MacBook Air, Lori, so I’m not sure what’s happening there. Maybe you can try downloading a new file and getting info on it? It could be the file you are checking wasn’t downloaded from somewhere?

  • ddevito

    OS X is the best (hands down) desktop OS I’ve veer used, but sadly its file system is atrocious

  • Garym

    It works if you right-click save an image to download, but not if you drag-and-drop it….

    IIRC, this worked for every image back in OS 9, or maybe it was OS 8…

  • Lori

    Hmmmm… tried again, and had a few friends try as well. Not one of us made it work on Lion or Snow Leopard. I do a lot of digital scrapbooking, so I buy scrapbooking kits online – with png, jpg and psd files – which I download directly from stores. I also tried this on a few images that I Saved As, and it didn’t work either. Old files/new files/saved as files… not working for me :-(. I have a feeling that I need to click a Preference to On somewhere, but haven’t had the time to check it out any further today.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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