Lion is the marketing name for OS X v10.7, the seventh major upgrade to OS X. As of this release, Mac was dropped from the marketing name of "Mac OS X".

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How do I speed up new Terminal tab loading time?

How can i speed up the terminal startup in Lion? I'm not referring to the startup of the Terminal application, but to the startup terminal windows, like when i open a new tab. I don't have anything ...
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How do you delete apps from Lion's Launchpad?

When pressing alt/option in Lion's Launchpad, only some icons get the delete X overlay to remove them. How do you delete the others? I've read that control-option-command should do this, but it ...
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Is there a way to suppress badge counts and the dock icon bounce for Terminal.app in Lion?

With the new state saving features (which I want to keep), the dock notifications are more aggrivating to me in Lion. Can I suppress the bounce and/or the notification badge functions? While I like ...
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On Lion, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine backup?

In addition to whatever files I may choose to exclude, what files does the system exclude by rule or classification? It might make sense not to backup Trash or Caches, but I'm looking for a way to ...
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Where did /usr/bin/git come from?

I have a small problem. At some point I used git but I don't remember if it was installed by default on Lion. Here is the version and path of git: $ git --version git version 1.7.5.4 $ which git ...
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Can I hide the sync icon in the menu bar on Lion?

This menu bar icon is useless and takes up space. I use iCloud on Mac OS X Lion to sync contacts, calendars, and the like. On Snow Leopard I could use an option in the iSync preferences to remove ...
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What's the correctly way to make Postfix run permanently on Lion (not server)

I can start Postfix temporarily with: $ sudo launchctl launchd% start org.postfix.master However, Console.app shows that it only runs for a short time: 26/11/11 2:00:55.710 PM postfix/master: ...
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Why is Preview excessively slow after upgrading to Lion?

After upgrading to OS X Lion, I noticed that my preview app is now excessively slow, taking minutes to open a file instead of seconds, even when opening a local file. In addition, it is often ...
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Upgraded to Lion: Time Machine spends a LOT of time indexing backup

I upgraded my MacBook Pro to Lion and one of the problems I've had is that Time Machine keeps running and running, and the fans go on. This usually seems to be in the state where it indexes the ...
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How do I use only the external display with my MacBook Pro lid open on Lion?

Sorry for the wordy title, but my problem is thus: When I'm at my desk, I would like to use only the external display. With the nifty gestures in Lion, I have decided I would like to use the ...
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Can I force Mac OS X to select certain Wifi network?

When I turn on Wifi on my MacBook, it always selects some open network. Can I somehow force the system to choose another network (it is password-protected but I have the password stored in the ...
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How do I sync two folders in OS X Lion?

I have some files and folders on a USB drive connected to my iMac...I would like to sync them with a folder on my iMac...how do I do that? Is there built-in functionality in Lion that allows me to do ...
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Set iTerm2 as the ssh:// URL handler

Currently, Terminal is set to handle SSH urls. For example, if I do: $ open ssh://machine.example.com Then it will spawn a new SSH session in terminal. I'd like these to be opened in iTerm2 ...
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Is it possible to burn a DVD out of the Lion app store install?

Is it possible to burn a DVD out of the Lion app store install?
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What features from Lion will be lost when upgrading to Mountain Lion?

I know Mountain Lion has some cool new features that Lion did not have, but will it overwrite any of Lion's functionality?
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Is there an application like Connectify for Mac OS X Lion?

There is a well known app for Windows named: Connectify, used to share a wifi connection between a computer that only has wifi with other devices which requests that connection from the computer. ...
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Disable a user's ability to unlock a FileVault 2 volume at startup/login time

I recently performed a clean install of Lion on one of my Macs. The installation process created one administrative user account. After installation, I enabled FileVault for the entire disk. Then, I ...
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How to re-download Lion from Mountain Lion

I'm currently running Mountain Lion, but I'd like to redownload Lion (to create a bootable install drive). However, when I click the download button in the App Store, I receive a message telling me my ...
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How to auto connect to VPN upon login/boot?

So far, I've been using the build-in VPN tool of Lion. I would like to auto connect my VPN whenever I'm connected to the internet. Is it possible to auto connect my VPN whenever I'm connected to the ...
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Lock keyboard in lion

Is there a way to lock the keyboard in Lion? By "lock keyboard" I mean some way to make the computer ignore almost any keypresses, except some special "unlock" sequence. Maybe an OS X feature or ...
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How can I change Fn keys usage based on application?

I would like to know if there is any application that can enable you use use Fn keys differently based on the current application. For example in terminal or you favourite IDE you want to use them as ...
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How do so set “date added” metadata in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

The Finder in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion shows a new piece of file metadata, "Date Added," which tracks the date an item was added to a folder. After upgrading to 10.7, none of the items in my ~/Downloads ...
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How do I go back and forward in Chrome using a Magic Mouse in Lion?

Before installing Lion, I could use the "double finger left/right swipe" gesture to go back and forward in the history in Google Chrome. After installing Lion, I can't find any mouse gesture that ...
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How can I rename desktops in Mission Control?

The default new desktop space is named 'Desktop 1'. If you create a new one, it is named 'Desktop 2'. Is there a way to change those default names to something more meaningful? Additionally, it looks ...
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File sizes greyed out (strange extended attributes) in Finder on Lion?

I just got a new machine with Lion preinstalled. After transferring all my applications, I noticed that the file sizes (and only the sizes) of some applications and folders are greyed out: Does ...
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How can I expand the number of special characters I can type using my keyboard?

I am aware that when I press ⌥ or ⇧⌥ on my Mac, I can type a variety of special characters. I also know that I can insert special characters using the character palette. Is there a way to expand the ...
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FAT or exFAT or NTFS

I recently brought Western Digital's Passport Essential, and will be using with my MacBook (running Snow Leopard), MacBook Air (running Lion) and Windows 7 Desktop. I should be able to read-write data ...
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How can I replace the 'Linen' that is prevalent in many Lion apps?

There are many places where the "linen" texture is used in Lion, from the Login Window to various app backgrounds like Safari and so on. Is it possible to replace this image with something else? ...
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Where can I find the task manager in Mac OS X Lion?

Where can I find a task manager in Mac OS X Lion? I want to see the processes that are currently being run, and I can kill any process I like.
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What happened to the Finder window 'jellybean' in OS X Lion?

Before I updated to Lion, whenever I would mount a disk image (.dmg) the Finder window that would pop-up would always have a little 'jellybean' in the top right corner that would expand this window ...
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What is an quick way to create a new blank file in Lion?

In Windows, one can create a new file using Right Click -> Add New -> Type of File. Is there an analogous action in Lion? I just want to create a new blank file on my Desktop.
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Can I use Back To My Mac's mDNS address and for ssh and other routing of traffic?

On Lion and iCloud, the old MobileMe and Snow Leopard mDNS naming has changed and no longer works. I'm wondering how to use command line tools to find out the DNS name that Apple has assigned to my ...
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Apart from being able to encypt an entire volume, what are the other differences of FileVault 2 over FileVault?

Does FileVault 2 in Lion have any other differences compared to the old version, FileVault in previous releases of the system? Are there any additional benefits to using the new version?
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Is it possible to remove the Dock in Lion?

Is there a defaults write command to remove the dock in Lion. I tried the steps mentioned but that does not seem to work on Lion. I can still see the dock. Are there hidden defaults that can make the ...
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How To Disable Lion Ellipsis Autocorrect

Every time i write ... in a text editor like TextEdit or Coda, Lion has started replacing it with a single Ellipse character, which doesn't encode to HTML. This started after I upgraded to Lion and ...
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Spotlight reports “Indexing and searching disabled” in Lion

Lion keeps "losing track" of Spotlight information. Directories and Applications disappear, full text searches stop working, etc. I seem to need to re-index it once a week or so. However, now it ...
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Why might iChat not connect after upgrading to Lion?

Since upgrading to Lion, iChat refuses to connect to either my AIM or Google Talk accounts. (Not a Google Apps account, fwiw.) Interestingly, if I sign in to AIM on another computer and try to get ...
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How do I show hidden files in Finder with a keyboard shortcut?

What is Ubuntu's CTRL+H equivalent in OSX Lion Finder to toggle display hidden files? My all searches point me to use: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE which is not exactly the ...
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How can I make the Cisco VPN Client work with Lion?

Worked in Snow Leopard and now gives error 51 and the sudo restart system command in Terminal i used to use doesn't work. Any idea?
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Should I make my primary user an Administrator or not?

For a long time, I have had two accounts on my Mac : an administrator account that I normally don't use, and a "normal user" that I use for day-to-day work. I did this because it should be more secure ...
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What applications enable AirPlay mirroring for Mac?

Do any applications enable AirPlay from my Mac to an Apple TV? I am looking to wirelessly mirror my Mac's display to the TV, similar to the way iPad 2 and iPhone 4S can mirror their displays over ...
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Why are some Mail messages shown as empty with “This message has no content”?

Sometimes new messages come in and Mail (on OS X Lion and Mountain Lion) shows them as empty, with "This message has no content" in the preview column. The message is empty in the full message view ...
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Macbook Pro with Lion: scrolling via trackpad vs. mouse

So the default scrolling behavior for the trackpad in Lion is to scroll in the direction of your finger movement similar to the iPad. This can be changed in the trackpad preferences by un-checking ...
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Chax with Mac OS X Lion?

Has anybody tried Chax with Mac OS X Lion? I got it to install perfectly, but I do not see a Chax tab in iChat preferences.
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Why can't I open DMG files which reside on a read-only NFS filesystem?

I've discovered a strange problem... if I have disk image files (DMGs) which reside on a read-only NFS share, I cannot open these in Mac OS X 10.7.5. The same files open fine when accessed over AFP. ...
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How can I open a Finder window in Desktop without switching to another one?

I have these five desktops with a dozen of full screen apps and feel very happy. Say I'm at right Desktop 5 now. (Sadly my picture is deleted since it wasn't uploaded to the site hosting service) ...
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Why won't my MacBook Pro connect to Wi-Fi networks that use a sign-in page (captive portal)?

Some wi-fi networks require viewing and agreeing to terms before Internet access is allowed. When my MBP connects to such a network, it attempts to redirect and isn't able to connect. I tried all ...
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How can I set a different scrolling direction for mouse and trackpad in Lion?

I want to give the new scrolling behavior in Lion a try (both on the built-in as well as on the magic trackpad). But on my Mouse (a Logitech Anywhere MX), I don't want reverse scrolling. In ...
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No .bash_profile in OS X Lion?

I just did a clean install of OS X Lion and I see that now I have no .bash_profile file in my home directory. Should I create this by hand? (I want to save in it some alias.) Thank you. PS : The ...
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Is there a way to get Terminal on Lion to start up cleanly (without the buffered history)?

How can I prevent Terminal from showing me my old output when it starts? I would like it to always start with a clean window.