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Re: opening files

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  • Subject: [mg24979] Re: opening files
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 08:27:38 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Are you trying to double-click on these files to open them from Finder,
or are you already inside Mathematica and using the usual File Open
dialog of Mathematica.  

If the former, then it probably won't work because Mathematica doesn't
recognize these files as Mathematica notebooks.  Note that the Mac OS
mechanism for identifying what applications is associated with a file is
different from what PCs use (PCs just look at the extension, .nb in this

If the latter, then I have no idea.  In fact, the usual way I make
Mathematica notebook files from PCs recognizable as such on Macs is to
open them via File Open inside Mathematica and re-save them.  Now Finder
knows they are to be opened in the future with Mathematica.

Tom De Vries wrote:
> Hello!
> I sent a question a little while back but didn't make myself really clear.
> I am using a Mac and am getting Mathematica files from students, sent to me
> via email.  Most students are using PC's  (and I am using a Mac)  I have
> tried tweaking some things in the PC Exchange Control Panel and Easy Open
> Control Panel but I find that these files can't be opened (directly) by
> Mathematica when I get them.  I CAN open them with Microsoft Word, then save
> them as a text file, and then open them with Mathematica, but I must somehow
> be able to get these files to work directly when I receive them?  Is there
> something I need to do on my computer to have Mathematica recognize these
> files as Mathematica files, or do the students with PC's need to do
> something different?
> Thanks for any help you might provide.
> Tom De Vries

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.       phone 413 549-1020 (H)
Univ. of Massachusetts                     413 545-2859 (W)
Amherst, MA 01003-4515

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