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Chapter 8. Getting Under the Hood: The I... > File Type and File Creator

File Type and File Creator

How Kind

Every file on your disk is assigned a particular kind. The kind is a brief description of the general category to which the file belongs. Thus, all application files have a kind called application. Similarly, the kind for a document created by Excel is Microsoft Excel document. Note that for document files, the kind description not only lists the general category (document), but also identifies the application that created the document (in this case, Microsoft Excel).

As first presented in Chapter 2, you can easily determine the kind for any file by selecting Get Info for that file and reading its kind description. You can also see the kind for all files in a folder at one time by switching to a non-icon view, such as By Name or (even better!) By Kind.


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