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 can I change the default text color in Mail?

How can I change the default text color (black to dark grey) in Mail on Lion?
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10.7.3 - Screensaver turns on while I'm in the middle of typing/mouse activity

Has anyone seen this? Let's say I set my screen saver to activate after 5 minutes. Well I can be typing and using the mouse almost continuously for a period of time (5 minutes? I'm not exactly sure)...
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How to change the list of file types which Safari will open immediately after download?

I would like to change Safari Safe List of type files which open immediately after download. Any ideas how?
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OS X Lion suppresses user's settings for the keyboard backlight

Recently I've upgraded to Lion and in general I'm not satisfied with its performance, but what's really annoying is that the login screen always sets the keyboard backlight to the max (even when I set ...
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Lion's Preview regularly hangs when unhiding with open documents

In Lion, I've had an incredible amount of difficult with Preview hanging indefinitely when restoring open documents after being hidden for any extended period of time. There is no immediate solution ...
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Is there a way to turn off autosave feature in Lion OS X?

How can I turn off the autosave feature on all applications in lion?
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Why is this bar appearing in Safari?

Sometimes, when I try using a special character (⌥+U for ¨) a strange bar will appear at the bottom of my screen. This doesn't happen every time, just on and off for no apparent reason. I haven't ...
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-bash: Applications/mvim: /bin/sh: bad interpreter: Operation not permitted

I am getting a weird error with the mvim script that is supposed to start the MacVim interface. See below for the issue. /bin/sh is just fine, mvim was chmod +x'd, other /bin/sh scripts run fine... I'...
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Display dialog from command line (like xmessage does)

Background I'd like to be able to display a notification window in OS X from within a script. The script will be running in background, so the notification should not go to the terminal but instead ...
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Enable HiDPI on 23" iMac?

I have a 23" iMac running Lion (10.7.3). I've checked that the "Enable HiDPI display modes" checkbox is enabled in "Quartz Debug" (it was checked the first time I opened it), but there are no HiDPI ...
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Why folders keep shifting their positions?

I bought a new MacBook Pro 15-inch model with highest specifications in this June. I also installed newest version of Mac OS X, Lion (updated). Yesterday, I turned on my computer and noticed that ...
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Can I choose the name of a folder in Launchpad?

When I drag two items into a folder, the system seems to choose the folder name for me. Am I missing any way to choose a name or am I presently stuck with what the system chooses for me? I know I ...
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Sandboxing certain OSX apps

I am running multiple modern internet and cloud related services. Is it possible to limit their access to parts of my filesystem? For example Dropbox only needs access to its Dropbox shared folder.
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OS X Lion: 8GB of RAM, 20MB free

I have a Macbook Pro (early 2011) running OS X Lion and while running a few apps that only take up, say, 200 MBs of space each (Xcode, Spotify, and Photoshop), my wired memory shoots up to 1.4GB, my ...
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Limit processor speed like in Windows

In Windows (Linux too), you have the very useful "Power saver" mode that limits the maximum frequency at which your CPU runs. Is there something similar in OS X?
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Speed up Mission Control Preview Animation

Once in Mission Control, I like to able to preview the contents of each the Desktops in the larger preview section instead of only relying on the thumbnail view. You can accomplish this by entering ...
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Is it possible to maximize a Finder window without third-party software?

How can I maximize a window in Finder without using third-party software? I read this post but none of these tricks seemed to work.
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Character Picker stopped working in OS X Lion

Character picker inexplicably stopped working tonight in OS X Lion. I was trying to type in Spanish but now the keys which used to accept tildes or accents are merely repeating. I tried entering the ...
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Emptying the Trash: not working

On Lion 10.7.3, when trying to empty the Trash from the GUI the items to be deleted are counted, and the the dialog doesn't progress anymore: Stopping emptying the Trash doesn't help much either: ...
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How can I keep restore for apps in Lion without having session restore when I log in?

I want to have my apps start with their previous state (windows/tabs/documents), but I do not want to have all the apps I was running before logging out/rebooting/shutting down restart automatically. ...
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Unable to mount an NFS share

I'm trying to access my (Synology) NAS share through NFS and always get the same issue. First, I activated NFS support in my NAS: Then I set the permissions on the NAS: My MBP has the IP 192....
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Internal keyboard QWERTY; External Keyboard Dvorak

Is there a way to configure a MacBook Air running Lion (10.7.1) to recognize the internal keyboard as QWERTY, but to attach an external keyboard configured to use the Dvorak configuration?
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Time Machine stuck on “Preparing backup” whenever returning from Boot Camp to OS X

I have Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. Whenever I go into Windows 7 and then go back to OS X Lion, and then run a Time Machine backup, Time Machine is stuck on the "Preparing Backup" stage for a ...
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Kernel SMC::smcReadKeyAction error

I just looked in the OS X Console, and noticed that there's a huge number of errors looking like this: 6/12/12 8:33:16.000 PM kernel: SMC::smcReadKeyAction ERROR F1Mn kSMCBadArgumentError(0x89) ...
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How long should Lion take to set up Spotlight?

I updated my Mac from Snow Leopard 10.6.8 to Lion. Everything went well. The computer restarted when the OS setup finished. Now, Spotlight setup has been running for more than two hours. Is something ...
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Adding words to Hiragana input's dictionary

I am trying to figure out how to add new words to the Japanese dictionary. Specifically, my problem is, name of one of my friends is Manaka, spelled 愛可 (yes, that's 可愛い in reverse). Problem is, if ...
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Homebrew permissions & multiple users needing to brew update

I'm using Homebrew to manage package installs on Lion (Lion Server actually but this shouldn't matter). Homebrew was installed under one user. Now a different user would like to add a package and ...
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Can I disable the Lion animation when switching to/from fullscreen apps?

In Lion there is an animation when switching to and from full screen applications. Full screen apps are great, especially on a 11" screen, but this animation is getting very annoying. Is there a way ...
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Changing Creation Date of a file

Could you please let me know how I can change the creation date of a file in Lion. I realise there is the touch-t command but that does not work in Lion. A couple of people have mentioned another ...
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Problems with font rendering on a MacBook Pro using external 24" LCD

I have a 24" HP LP2475w at my home and 23" Apple Cinema Display at work. Today when I turned on my laptop at work, I noticed that all fonts look perfect (after having an issue with rendering for the ...
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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 can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

I'm trying to set up a Saved Search of my Mac that will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results. The reason is because I'm getting a ton of false positives from that folder that ...
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Cmd+Tab switches to the correct space, but doesn't bring app up to front

I have a problem (bug?) with application switching on Lion. I use two Spaces. Say one has Postbox open, and another has Firefox and Vim. Vim is in the foreground, and Firefox's window is behind it. ...
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Is there a way to refresh a Finder file listing?

I love my Mac and how things generally just work. Now and again, however, one finds a few annoyances. My latest one is that I cannot find a refresh button anywhere to update a file listing in a Finder ...
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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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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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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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Can I get Mission Control to show minimized windows?

Exposé in Snow Leopard showed minimized windows — if any — in a dedicated area at the bottom. This was extremely helpful and efficient, especially combined with the "Minimize windows in application ...
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Managing and removing startup processes on OSX Lion

My Startup Items for my username (i am admin) shows only dropbox - yet a look at my processes (in activity monitor) shows other helper processes from Adobe, Lexmark, etc, etc. Where can I see and ...
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Is There A Free Photoshop Alternative for Mac OS X?

I've been doing quite a bit of searching, but I'm only turning up commercially licensed packages. I don't need something as fully-featured as Photoshop, but something in that genre is sufficient. ...
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Where does $LANG variable gets set in Mac OS X?

I've used wget for the first time after installing Lion OS X and I've noticed that wget got localized to my native language. Running set command in terminal showed that my LANG variable represents my ...
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MTMFS consuming an entire CPU core and fans running full bore with Lion

You may be aware that Lion introduced MTMFS, the Mobile Time Machine File System. I've had a couple of instances now where MTMFS has been chewing up an entire core of my dual-core (mid 2009) MacBook ...
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How do I make Terminal.app's scrollbars disappear in Lion?

Once I upgraded to Lion, I found out that the vertical scrollbar is always plastered to the right side of the application window. Because I run GNU Screen within Terminal.app, the right side of the ...
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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 instead....
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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 you get a printer's IP in lion?

How did you find out an existing printer's IP in lion? In Snow Leopard you can do it in this way: Open System Preferences Select the printer that you want to find the IP for Click 'Options & ...
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How can I move through words when typing a command in iTerm2?

I'm in Lion with iTerm2, Zsh and Oh-My-Zsh but I cannot move through words when pressing: ALT+left arrow or CMD+left arrow or something instead, when I press "ALT+right arrow" it prints [C and when ...
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Control program other than iTunes with bluetooth headphones

I am using bluetooth headphones with OS X Lion. The headphones (like most bluetooth headsets) have built-in play/pause and back/forward controls. Using the play button will always launch iTunes, ...
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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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MBP Lock screen hotkey without sleeping?

I'd like to press a key combo to get my computer to the lock screen. In Windows the shortcut was Windows key + L. On Mac I press CMD+ALT+Power which turns the laptop off and puts it into sleep. I want ...