.dot and .pot extensions

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  1. Annngel macrumors regular

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    Every time when i download my lecture notes from my school website, it is in a form of powerpoint slides, the extension will always become Lecture1.ppt.pot

    Somehow it automatically adds the .POT behind it and i hate it. i have to rename it numerous of times.

    The problem is that i can't use the quick preview, the pressing of the spacebar to quickly preview the content of the documents. And i tend to have alot of documents/lecture notes to download so it gets kinda messy and its not really run to open every lecture notes and documents just to check

    The same goes for words document it will add a .dot and the documents will be Document1.doc.dot


    Any ideas why this is happening? and How do i stop it from adding such extension?
     
  2. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    it does that to me too, where are you downloading them from
     
  3. Annngel thread starter macrumors regular

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    downloading what from?
    The documents and powerpoint slides?

    From my school's website.
     
  4. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    yeah like is it a filesharing thing, or an email, or what, i have the same problems when downloading the presentation slides (powerpoint) from a site my school uses called ctools. its where teachers post material. i dont even know what .pot is but i just delete that extension and it works
     
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  6. Annngel thread starter macrumors regular

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    Urm they use something called blackboard i think.

    Its just some kind of portal where by lecturer upload notes and stuff and students just download them.
     
  7. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    hmm thats really weird, i mean its not that big of a deal cus all i have to do is delete the .dot/.pot extension but its just annoying because it shouldnt happen
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Use this program to automatically rename them ... It looks in your downloads folder.
     

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  9. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    thanks, but is there a reason why it adds them in the first place
     
  10. Annngel thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ohh-.-

    So i don't remember this naming being done in the past.

    Who the hell did the renaming crap.

    There is really no way to stop it ?
     
  11. JNB macrumors 604

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    Simple enough Automator action if you get a lot of them.
     

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  12. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    dont you have to run that every time you download them then
     
  13. Annngel thread starter macrumors regular

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    Huh. i don't understand regarding the automator thing

    Can you explain in detail?
     
  14. JNB macrumors 604

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    Yeah, but it's a simple double-click, if it's saved as an app. Download, double-click, done.

    Automator is the built-in Apple utility to automate common actions, and can perform various repetitive tasks against common Apple apps & features. It's a click & drag scripting tool. Very simple, but has some limitations as to how detailed your scripting can get. Basically, it won't do a number of the common tasks I need, but that's my problem for not learning AppleScript.
     
  15. Annngel thread starter macrumors regular

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    OKay. i manage to do it

    And so i saved as Plug-in for Finder..

    Which means.. it runs automatically or what?
     
  16. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    gotcha, save the automator script as an application, and throw it in the downloads folder so when you open downloads, u can quickly run the automator script to delete the extension, then open the ppt file. thanks for the help
     
  17. JNB macrumors 604

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    Saving it as a Finder Plug-in gives you a Contextual Menu (right-click) choice. In Finder, right-click in an open area, you'll see a drop down item of Automator, and expand on that to see your action.

    Kind of a pain, huh?

    Just Save As an Application and put that into the Downloads folder (or wherever you want) and double-click to run when you need it. Simpler.
     

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  18. Eluzion macrumors 6502

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    Same thing happens to me.

    Still no explanation for it huh? Should be considered a bug. :)
     
  19. JNB macrumors 604

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    Not necessarily. Whoever is posting them may be choosing to do so as a template, or have that chosen as a default setting for the original they use to create the ones they post.

    Templates should be disabled by default, I swear. For that matter, one should have to pass a test before being permitted to even use Powerpoint. For every good presentation, there's 3,529 godawful ones. And that's only the ones that were saved correctly...
     
  20. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    The application I posted is simply the automator action packaged as an app. It looks for all Office doc types.

    The cause is the way office handles file types and the way safari references them.

    I saw the actual technical explanation somewhere, but can't seem to find it anymore.
     

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