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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Can 'Find My Mac' work while the computer is sleeping?

Is the 'Find My Mac' feature of iCloud supposed to work while the computer is sleeping? I use this feature to check on things every once in a while, as well as show the feature off to other people. ...
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Disabling startup items that run despite being unchecked on the “login items” list

I have a number of (background) programs that startup automatically on login even though they have been disabled (unchecked) on the Login Items pane of the Users & Groups System Preferences. ...
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Two page continuous view in Lion Preview?

Is there some way to get back the side-by-side page view from Snow Leopard with the continuous scrolling? From the View menu in Lion Preview, it appears they're mutually exclusive now. I can't help ...
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Dock on MBP Retina is using 80% CPU

The Dock on my MBP Retina is constantly using 70 - 80% of CPU. This happens on the two account on the machine, both of which were migrated from my previous Lion MBP. I don't have Parallels ...
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Getting VPN to auto-reconnect on connection drop

I use the built-in VPN on Mac OS X 10.7.3. It's IPSec, FWIW. From time to time, it disconnects (probably an issue with my corporate server). Is there a way to get it to automatically reconnect? ...
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ssh -A doesn't properly enable forwarding of authentication agent connection

I love ssh -A, which allows me to use my local ssh key when establishing a connection from a remote server. For example, I ssh -A host1.example.com and then from there I can ssh host2.example.com (or ...
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How can I keep Safari from re-opening my tabs from my last session?

When I re-open Safari on my Mac Mini, it keeps opening the same tabs that were open before it was quit (or before the Mac OS X was switched off). The result is that it takes too much time to be ...
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Keychain says “Access to this item is restricted” after upgrading to Lion

I recently upgraded to Lion and since then I haven't been able to use Keychain to look at my stored passwords. When I click on the checkbox to show them it prompts me for my master password, then ...
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ssh-under-cron stops working in OS X 10.7 Lion

Just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion, and my cron jobs that use ssh have stopped working. It appears that ssh-agent is no longer functioning as expected. Here's a bowdlerized version of my ...
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How to tell Google Chrome to use my Keychain

Background: Story: A colleague of mine told me about 1Password and it seems good to me. I am always trying to use tools which Mac OS X itself gives me, so I've given the Keychain a try. It seems ...
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How to share Mac System which has Lions OS 10.7?

I was able to share my mac system screen using VNC server in Snow leopard OS but now I have upgraded the my Mac OS to Lion OS. Now VNC server is not compatible with Lion OS. So can any one help me how ...
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Is there a way to have Snow Leopard match the scrolling behavior of Lion?

I can see that I will quickly come to love the Lion way of scrolling. My brain will soon become rewired to think of moving the content with my gestures instead of moving the controller down to slide ...
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How to check what is preventing MBP from graceful shutdown/restart and fix it? [Now with log entries]

And hopefully really final edit: After upgrading to Mountain Lion, the issue seems fixed, hopefully permanently. Final Edit: The problem doesn't happen all the time, sometimes I have to wait several ...
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Have to reconnect to WiFi every time computer goes to sleep

I recently purchased a new MacBook Air (2011) with Lion preinstalled. There is this persistent and incredibly annoying problem that is occurring with the WiFi. Every time I close the lid or let the ...
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Stop Office for Mac from loading with earlier documents on top of the one I opened?

Here's an irritation that annoys me almost every working day: I need to work from a Word or Excel (for Mac, Office 2011) document. So, I find the document on the shared server, and open it. The ...
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Can you reinstall OS X on a FileVault 2-encrypted drive?

I've been researching FileVault 2 to make sure that I understand it before I enable it on my Mac. While reading Macworld's Complete guide to FileVault 2 in Lion, I encountered an unexpected caveat ...
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How do I change the menubar transparency in Lion?

So I love the login screen in OS X lion, and I want to make my desktop look like that. I found the background image they use, but now I want to make my menu bar completely transparent like it is in ...
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How can I remove the Parallels icons from Launchpad in Lion?

I have Parallels Desktop 6 installed and after an upgrade to Lion I got a whole bunch of Windows app icons on Launchpad: They look ugly and don't have a remove button. They also don't exist in my ...
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Mac OS X Lion Finder Window Size

I know that when I close a finder window the next time it opens, it will open at the same size. This works with me for a while, but sometimes all the finder windows just go back to the default size ...
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How can AirDrop be disabled?

I want to disable AirDrop so that my users do not have access to it but I have not been able to find a place to disable this feature. The closest thing i have found is this thread but I don't know ...
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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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Configure Preview to auto reload pdf and stay at the same location

System: OS X 10.10 Preview version: 8.0 When a pdf file opened by Preview is updated by another program (such as pdflatex), Preview will automatically reload it, which is good. However, Preview ...
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How to default to “Not open all the apps again” on Mac OS X Lion?

On Mac OS X Lion, whenever the computer is to be turned off or restarted, the default is that "Open all apps" again after the next start up, and the user has to "uncheck" the box so that the apps ...
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How to make DVD from iMovie

Apple has decided to exclude iDVD from Lion, and I haven't found an easy way to make a DVD that can be played on my DVD player created in iMovie. I found this question However, there is no clear ...
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Can FileVault show the login window as 'name and password', not 'list of users'?

Normally, Mac OS X lets you choose to show the login screen as a list of users (you click to enter the password), or two text fields (you enter the username and password): But, I use FileVault 2. ...
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Can I reload old iMessage conversations on a new device (iOS and OS X)?

When setting up a new iOS device or installing the Messages Beta on OS X, you can log in with your iMessage account to start receiving & sending messages with iMessage. One advantage of iMessage ...
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System sounds “queued” up

Occasionally, when I've had my mac on mute for a period of time (eg., several hours), and then plug in a set of headphones, I get a backlog of system sounds played to me. (chirps, new email sounds, ...
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Bootloader freezes on login screen when booting into Lion from Boot Camp

Every time I reboot from Boot Camp into OS X, the bootloader gets to the login screen, and then after I've entered my username and password, the screen will just go grey. I have to force a restart ...
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Why isn't Alt-Tab working for switching windows of the same app?

In my MacBook Pro running Lion, I use Command + Tab to switch apps, and Alt1 + Tab for switching windows within an app. In my work iMac, also running Lion, Alt + Tab isn't doing anything, and I can't ...
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What is Mac OS X Lion's Finder Font?

What is the default font that Mac OS X Lion use in it's apps, more importantly the Finder window?
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AppleScript vs. Bash script?

I'm a long-time Windows "power user" and developer who has recently decided to move over to Mac OS X. On OS X Lion and indeed previous versions there seem to be two main options for scripting and ...
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Where can I download Filemerge - the app for comparing two tools and merging them?

I would like to install Filemerge, but can't find where to go to download it. Where can I download it?
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What is the transfer speed of AirDrop?

Tried transferring 4gb file yesterday and seems to be taking such a long time. Anyone knows the transfer speed? It may help to say that I'm using last year's AirPort Extreme. EDIT: Two years later, ...
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Mission Control; how do I correct the order of Desktops? I have 1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 6, 7?

I've been playing with Lion and Mission Control. I'm not sure how I did it, but I seem to have reordered my desktops. When I open Mission Control, the labels of the desktops at the top of the screen ...
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How to remove or disable a default keyboard layout?

Is it possible to remove or disable one of OS X Lion’s default keyboard layouts? I’m using a custom keyboard layout, and now that I managed to set it as the system-wide default keyboard layout, I’d ...
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How to control manual double-side printing on Mac OS X Lion?

I have an HP 1022 printer attached to my Mac OS X Lion. When I try to print a 4-page PDF file from Preview or Adobe Reader, it prints pages 1 and 3 and then all 3 lights on the HP 1022 printer start ...
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Is File Vault 2 whole disk encryption or whole partition encryption?

Can I use File Vault to encrypt only some of the partitions on my disk (so that I can still have unencrypted and Windows partitions on the same disk), or does File Vault encrypt the whole disk so that ...
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Finder question: missing expansion triangle in list view

I have a list of folders shown in list view mode in Finder. But for some weird reason the regular click to expand triangle button which is present on each folder icon has disappeared. This issue is ...
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Where are Photo Booth image files stored in Lion?

On Snow Leopard, photos taken with Photo Booth were stored in myuser/Pictures/Photo Booth. They were individual image files that could be opened with any image editor. After updating to Lion, when I ...
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Is there a way to disable OS X auto termination of applications?

Is there a way to tell OS X Lion to disable auto-termination for a given application that you do not want to auto terminate? FYI Lion is a quitter if you did not already know, what if you don't want ...
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iPhone USB Tethering Problem

I have a strange little problem on my hands here. All this while, I've been using iPhone tethering via USB, and all was well. However, today afternoon, my iPhone USB interface in the Network pane ...
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What has changed Finder list view in Lion to make “Calculate all sizes” exponentially faster?

Since way before Mac OS X came on the scene, we have been able to ask the Finder to Calculate all sizes in order to determine the sum total of readable file size space contained in each folder for the ...
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What will happen to iChat in Lion once Messages beta expired?

Messages will replace iChat on OS X Lion when installed but it will expire at some point in the future. What will happen to my Lion's iChat application when Messages expire? Will I be able to ...
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How do I get Finder windows to reopen on start up?

I just got my new computer with system 10.7.2 and this is really bugging me. I like having a few Finder windows always open. When I shut down and then start up my computer the next day, all the ...
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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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Home and End commands in Lion

After installing Lion, ⌘ + ← doesn't go to the line start and ⌘ + → doesn't go to the line end. Anyone know how to reconfigure this?
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kernel_task consumes 500% CPU on AC power, sometimes

Typically, my kernel_task process uses 1-4% CPU and 100-700MB of memory. However, sometimes when I have the power adapter plugged in, the CPU usage jumps to around 500% (8 cores) and stays there until ...
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How can I show only an .htaccess file in the Finder?

I'm a web developer. I really need to use .htaccess file. How can make Finder show only the .htaccess file and not all the file prefixed with .? I am running OS X Lion.
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SSH request timeout every time

I am trying to access a storage space we have at work via ssh but I get a timeout every single time (Mac OS 10.7.5 - Terminal). I checked firewalls, settings, even turned off Little Snitch, and port ...
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Is there a way to run one application in Full Screen mode on one display and still be able to view and access applications on a second display?

When I make an app go full screen on my primary display - a 24" Apple Display - everything previously visible and accessible on my second display - my MacBook Pro screen - is hidden by the default ...