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Get Info

By clicking an icon and then choosing File→Get Info, you open an important window like the one shown in Figure 2-11. It’s a collapsible, multi-panel screen that provides a wealth of information about a highlighted icon. For example:

  • For a document icon, you see when it was created and modified, and what programs it “belongs” to.

  • For an alias, you learn the location of the actual icon it refers to.

  • For a program, you see whether or not it’s been updated to run on Intel-based Macs. If so, the Get Info window says Kind: Universal. If not, it says Kind: PowerPC, and will probably run slower than you’d like because it must be translated by Rosetta (Future Shock: Intel Inside).

    Up to Speed: Stuffing, Zipping, and Archiving

    Mac OS X comes with a built-in command that compresses a file or folder down to a single, smaller icon—an archive—suitable for storing or emailing.


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