6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2012 9:33 AM by kananaskis
kananaskis Level 1 (0 points)

It does not help being ignorant about iCloud, but I am.


I was saving a transcript in TextEdit when the iCloud prompt screen appeared indicating I could save it there. Because I have no idea where it can be retrieved, I saved it as normal, which is not a problem for me whatsover because I have a meticulously operated IMac with specific folders to save all my documents for various organizations including personal files Something I have done for over 10 years without any problems when it comes to retrieving files for later use. My IMac and MacBook are not lacking storage space. Have lots to spare.


Ancient users like me from the past century may not be catching onto iCloud like I should. I went to a Mountain Lion workshop but it was mostly an overview, no specifics. I found out that Apple has 3 new programs that simulate MSW Office documents. I have a sense that MSW Office files are not compatible with iCloud storage.


Okay! I need help to better understand saving files to iCloud and where on my system is iCloud to retrieve them? And, upon doing so, when I go to my MacBook, can I retrieve the same files on this device?


Dummy #1, for sure! Your patience and understanding will be most appreciated. Look forward to your assistance.


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  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,341 points)

    It will have been saved in your Home/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~TestEdit/Documents folder.


    Screen Shot 2012-10-24 at 10.10.09 AM.jpg


    But remember:


    In Lion and Mountain Lion that Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and hit the Enter button - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.



  • kananaskis Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, Mr. Old Toad,


    Well, this is news to me. Okay, what and where is the 'Terminal' window. It's not in my Applications folder. I have completed searching Finder, but nothing shows up including anything you have described as the routing to folders listed in your screen shot.


    Entering deep waters ...


    This is how my Home appears:


  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,561 points)

    If you select 'open' from the file menu in text edit, you should be presented with the iCloud panel which should include any documents you have saved there.

  • kananaskis Level 1 (0 points)

    Greetings, from Canada,


    Many thanks, Winston, for your instructions. I performed a 'test' document and saved it to iCloud. When I re-opened TextEdit, as you say, iCloud opens its screen and there was my test document. I have got the picture now with your help. Evidently, I still have a choice as to where I wish to save a document. Knowing about how iCloud works though, is helpful. Displaces me from 'dummy' mode to 'smart' mode.


    Have a great day! 

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,341 points)

    See you got it straightened out. Good.  FWIW the Terminal application will be in the Applications/Utilities folder. 

  • kananaskis Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Old Toad. I checked out the application and all it has is a log of what occurred a few days ago. Is this it's purpose? If so, I am unsure as to what it would be required to check out for my purposes with respect to saving a document to iCloud. Low techie at this end so be patient!