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Imagine you have some files named document.txt, picture.png and music.mp3 in your Downloads folder, and you want to make copies of these files with another name, in order to preserve them in some way. You can simply use Finder's duplicate function, of course, and end with filenames ending in the word copy, or you may do the following.

Open Safari, open its Downloads window (Window » Downloads), and drag ythe files to duplicate into Safari's Download window. If the files already exist in the Downloads folder, Safari will "download" them again, but add numbers to the filenames to keep them unique. For example, document.txt will be saved again as document-1.txt, then document-2.txt, etc. This trick can thus be used to create sequentially-named files.

If the original file is not in the Downloads directory, this tip can help creating duplicates of files, instead of moving, if you are dragging from the same disk (as you can do if you hold the Option key down).
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Use Safari to create numbered duplicates of files
Authored by: Asmus Vierck on May 05, '09 08:36:36AM

...or achieve the same thing by holding the option key while dragging the file for a few pixels and then dropping it (within the same folder).



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Use Safari to create numbered duplicates of files
Authored by: joem on May 05, '09 03:07:48PM

Not exactly the same thing, since this option key method puts a space between the filename and appended number, while the original post's method uses a dash.

Not to be a hater, but I see no reason why anyone would use the original post's method instead of the option key, especially since the option key works in any directory, not just Safari's download location.



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Use Safari to create numbered duplicates of files
Authored by: osxpounder on May 06, '09 12:57:47PM

It's OK to compare, to make suggestions. One way of doing it is seldom the only way, or the best way. That's how I feel about it. No need to view one as "better" than the other. Both are good.

I'm glad to know of each. Some users might prefer one, some the other.

For me, any way that involves less mouse use is good, for example. Tom H's tip, below, is probably good for Tom and for many others.

I prefer to Copy and Paste with the keyboard. I also like to have a tool that renames files in batches, when possible.



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Use Safari to create numbered duplicates of files
Authored by: dandj on May 05, '09 05:27:09PM

And when you do it by accident, the Undo command works too.



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Use Safari to create numbered duplicates of files
Authored by: Tom_H on May 05, '09 03:48:49PM

for (( c=1; c<=5; c++ )); do cp document.txt document-$c.txt; done



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Use Safari to create numbered duplicates of files
Authored by: Stormchild on May 09, '09 01:03:44AM

Having trouble imagining why anyone would want to do this.



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