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

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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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