Help! Why are my files....

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nicole786, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. nicole786 macrumors newbie

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    help! i just bought a mac and tried to download AIM and other apps and it's downloading as an excel file! whats wrong??
     
  2. Applespider macrumors G4

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    What's the extension on the file? It's usually a .dmg, .iso or .zip
     
  3. Daedalus256 macrumors 6502

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    If it's a .zip or something or a .sit, you're going to need to get something like StuffIt Expander to open them. Make sure you're not downloading the PC versions of these things but that they are the mac versions. Mac versions (as stated above ) are usually .dmg files or such.
     
  4. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a

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    You already have AIM on your computer, open up iChat and chat away!
     
  5. nicole786 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    AIm is downloading as a .bin file

    and thanks for all the help so far!
     
  6. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Try repairing permissions first.:cool:
     
  7. Linkjeniero macrumors 6502

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    Repairing permissions isn't the answer to everything, you know :rolleyes: .

    To the OT: you need to download Stuffit Expander. Then, you right click (or option click) the file you want to open, and select Open With. Then you choose Stuffit Expander to open it. If you want you Mac to remember that setting next time, check a box that appears in the bottom of the window when you're selecting the app.
     
  8. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    No one said it was. The file opening with the wrong app is a good indication that permissions are incorrectly set. :cool:
    Besides; doesn't Stuffit come with the OS in the utilities folder? Why download something that's there?
     
  9. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    .bin isn't just Excel. Download it, open it, and see what happens.
     
  10. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Because it doesn't come in Tiger so it's not there... ;)
     
  11. jung_offender macrumors member

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    Check in your applications folder for Stuffit Expander. If it's not there, download a new copy http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/. Once it is installed, click on the .bin file to highlight it and then click 'File' from the menu bar at the top, then 'open with', then 'stuffit expander'.

    That should sort you out.
     

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