What is this X on some files?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Wirenut, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. Wirenut macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2016
    I will see an X like this on random files. What is it for? Nothing happens when I click on it.

    Screen Shot 2016-12-15 at 1.53.47 PM.png
  2. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Do you have any software that adds extensions to the Finder?
    Check System Preferences/Extensions/Finder and see what's checked on.
  3. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    The overlay of the X and the progress bar indicate a file that being downloaded, probably from Safari or Mail. Clicking the X cancels the download. If it's no longer downloading, you may have cancelled the download in Safari or Mail and what you see remaining is a partial file. Just delete it.
  4. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2016
    I see. But the PDF file still works just fine. I downloaded these PDF's from GMail via Chrome. And clicking on the X does nothing. I wonder if it's a bug that it's still there?
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    It is probably a icon display glitch from when the file was downloaded. The icon status did not change after the download. Try restarting your Mac.

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