Apple's line of Macintosh portable computers, first introduced in January 2006.

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How to find wifi password on my mac which is already connected

I need to find the password for my wifi network into which I'm already connected to. I'm using MacBook Pro with OSX Lion. Any guidance please.
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Is there a way to rename “Remaining” to “Apple Juice Remaining”?

On a MacBook Pro, is there a way to change the text in the battery life drop down? Specifically, where it says "X:XX Remaining" I want it to say "X:XX of Apple Juice Remaining" Why? Because a good ...
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Should I disconnect my MacBook Pro's power cord when the battery is fully charged?

Title says all. My friend told me that I need to disconnect the power cord when the battery is fully charged. Otherwise, I will shorten the life of the battery. Is that true? I am going to use my ...
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How can I achieve page-up and page-down in OS X?

I am using MacOSX Snow Leopard. How do I achieve page-up and page-down?
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DNS not resolving on Mac OS

Some of my coworkers are having troubles on their Macs - DNS resolution does not work under Mac OS. They're running Snow Leopard 10.6.8. They can use DNS in a Windows 7 virtual machine (VMware Fusion ...
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Is there any way to set a MacBook Pro to not sleep when you close the lid?

The most common use case I have for this is when I'm playing music over AirTunes, but don't want an open laptop laying around. Or when I'm syncing or downloading something. This isn't the same as ...
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What are the best practices for battery longevity?

How do you maximize the cycle count of your battery? There seems to be a debate between: Leave plugged in 24/7 but do a full cycle once a month Charge to ~100%, drain to ~10%, repeat. NOTE: ...
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How to connect two non-Thunderbolt displays to the Macbook Pro 2011 via Thunderbolt?

I have the VGA and HDMI adapters for my Macbook Pro 2011, but can only connect one display at a time - neither adapter has a female Thunderbolt connector to act as a passthrough. My understanding is ...
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Can a 60W MagSafe power adapter work interchangeably on a Macbook Pro that “requires” an 85W adapter?

I have a 13" Macbook Pro that came with a 60W power adapter and a 15" Macbook Pro that came with a 85W power adapter. Can I use either adapter with either laptop? There seems to be disagreement in the ...
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How does Eclipse work on new Retina MacBook Pros?

I'm thinking about buying the new MacBook Pro. I will use it mostly to write code when I'm not at home and I've read that non-native apps look horrible due to the resolution. I was wondering if ...
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Why would I disable swap file in Mac OS X?

I came across a thread about installing an SSD drive in MacBook Pro. Someone in the comments also recommended to disable the swap file but didn't say why: sudo launchctl unload -w ...
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MacBook Retina Display for coding

This is a question that could be better on Stack Overflow or Programmers, but I thought I'd try it here first. As a programmer, I need lots of screen real-estate for the IDE and files that I'm ...
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Internal keyboard and trackpad stop working after plugging in USB device

I got a new MacBook Pro with OS X Mavericks. When connecting my phone via USB, the internal keyboard and the trackpad immediately stop working -- not always but in most cases. The bluetooth mouse and ...
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How do you prepare or secure your Mac for the possibility of being stolen?

I'm using the great applicaton Prey which hopefully never has to get used, but just in case, I want to be prepared. So basically I have a request for password after sleep/screensaver enabled, but ...
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Does Thunderbolt support chaining multiple monitors to a MacBook Pro?

This has always been a big want for me. I love using multi-monitor setups but only want a single laptop. Does the 2011 MBP Thunderbolt support chaining multiple monitors together? I know that you can ...
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What is wired memory?

I'm trying to figure out what is using all of the memory in my Macbook Pro running OS X Lion. I have 8 GB of memory total. When I quit all active programs except Finder and Activity Monitor, then run ...
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What Is the Keyboard Shortcut for Sleep Display Without Eject Key?

I read that if you want to put your display into sleep the keyboard shortcut is Control ⌃+Shift ⇧+Eject ⏏, but what is it in Mountain Lion or Lion using a retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air without an ...
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How do I figure out if my OS is Mac OS X 32 bit or 64 bit?

I am using a Mac for the first time and need to install Eclipse. How do I know if I am on a 32 bit or 64 bit computer? I am on a MacBook Pro.
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Can someone describe the purpose of OSX root level folders in laymen's terms?

Simple and concise documentation on the OSX folder hierarchy is sparse. I'm looking for a simple description of each - what are the functions of each? /private /var /usr /tmp /etc /bin /sbin ...
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Do MacBooks have a true “Hibernate” option?

I've recently switched from Windows to a MacBook pro. In Windows, there are the following shutdown options: Standby - the machine goes into a "light sleep" from which it can awaken very quickly ...
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What does it mean if I have lots of “Inactive” memory at the end of a work day?

After a day's of work at my MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6.5, Activity Monitor shows that the majority of my computer's 8 GB of memory is "Inactive", and only a tiny sliver of the pie chart is ...
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How can I force my keyboard backlight to turn on?

I have a MacBook Pro. When it senses the ambient light is low, the backlit keyboard turns on, and there are keys that let me control its brightness. But when enough light reaches the ambient light ...
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MBP SSD upgrade - which settings to change?

After replacing the harddisk drive in MacBook Pro with a Solid State Disk I am wondering which settings I should change and how. Thinking of things that are supposed to protect the SSD like ...
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Which internal Blu-ray drives are compatible with a unibody Macbook Pro?

Dimensions The (unoffical) dimensions which I found are: 9.5mm slot load Software There is free Blu-ray player software available for the Mac and Toast Titanium 11 is able to burn Blu-ray discs. ...
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How can I keep bugs out of the MacBook Pro's hinge vent?

I've noticed that some flying bugs have an irritating habit of crawling into the hinge vent on my MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009). I don't know what possesses them to go in there, maybe it looks like ...
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Is there a similarly fast alternative to Crtl + Shift + Eject for new Macbook that lack eject keys?

The new MacBook Air and Pro without optical drives lack an Eject key. I use Ctrl + Shift + Eject a lot to put my display to sleep at the simple press of three keys. Without the Eject key being there ...
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What is the new turbo boost in the MacBook line?

The new MacBook line has a new turbo boost added to the processor: What exactly does this mean? From what I've heard, the processor can runs above the clocked speed for a short period of time. ...
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Will changing my harddrive to a SSD void my MBP 2011 warranty?

I want to upgrade my harddrive to a SSD. Does apple offer this service? I was going to do it myself, since its easy. Does this void my warranty?
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Can I disable the lighted Apple logo on the back of my MacBook Pro?

I want to disable the light on the apple behind my screen. Besides covering it physically, is there a program or setting to disable it? Reason being - to make my MacBook Pro as uninteresting as ...
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Is a refurbished Macbook Pro's battery new?

When you buy a refurbished Macbook direct from Apple, is the battery in it new? I cannot seem to find a definitive answer on their website or on the internet. I am concerned that the savings from ...
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What would happen if I use a Macbook Air Powersupply with a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (or vice versa)

My girlfriend has a Macbook Air. The power supply is smaller and lighter than the Pro. It has an output of 14.85V and 3.05Amps. My Pro Retina has a power supply that is 20V and 4.25 Amps. Both ...
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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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Why won't my MacBook Pro automatically sleep?

I have my MacBook set to go to sleep after 2 minutes while on battery (via the Energy Saver preference pane.) However, when I leave it idle, it only turns off the screen—it does not actually sleep. ...
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Why do Apple's latest MacBook Pros cap the RAM limit at 8GB?

According to apple's latest documentation (at the time of writing), the cap on the newest MacBook Pros is 8GB RAM. The Mac Pros, however, can take up to 32GB RAM. So, why do the MacBooks have this ...
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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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Is there any way to output to two 1920x1200 external monitors with any of MacBook Pro or Air?

I understand that you can output to one 1920x1200 monitor while still using the laptop's screen, and one 2560x1600 monitor using the dual-DVI adapter. But can you output to two external 1920x1200 ...
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Why is my Macbook Pro getting so slow?

On my MacBook Pro (Year 2009) it takes a long time until I'm logged in or until when a program is started. From day to dayit's getting slower. Programs like Safari or Word or MonoDevelop take up to 2 ...
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Reinstall Mac OS X Mountain Lion before selling a Mac

I want to sell my laptop (Macbook Pro late 2011). I have erased my disk drive but it seems that I cannot reinstall Mac OS without an Apple ID. At the origin my mac was shipped with Lion, I have ...
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How big should my Time Machine backup drive be?

My 13" MacBook Pro has 500GB internal hard drive space, and I bought a 1TB external HDD to use as my Time Machine backup. I only read from many articles that the backup should be about 2 to 3 times ...
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MacBook unplugged from external monitor thinks it's still the Secondary Desktop

I've got a MacBook Pro 13" with Lion plugged into an external VGA monitor. Often, when I unplug its video dongle deal, the MacBook doesn't realize the other monitor is gone. It continues to believe ...
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MacBook Pro won't wake up when stacked on another sleeping MacBook Pro

I noticed a really weird behavior on my MacBook Pro today. I have two of them at work, a 13" late 2011 (which I don't use often), and a 13" early 2011 where I put a SSD (which is my main computer). ...
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How can I delete everything from my MacBook Pro before selling it?

I have a Mac that runs Snow Leopard and I intend to upgrade it to Mountain Lion and sell it on ebay. However, I only have one hard-drive, and I'm sure I can't use something in my OS to delete my OS ...
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Using terminal to get current fan speed?

I would like to view the current fan speeds of my MacBook and iMac using terminal. I've found that running spindump then cat /tmp/spindump.txt | grep "Fan speed" will show it, but that's very slow and ...
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How do you change the behavior of the power button in Lion?

On my Macbook Pro, whenever you press the power button it goes into sleep mode. How do I change this to do nothing?
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Is a hardware-based full disk encryption possible on a Mac?

Is it possible to use hardware-based full disk encryption (perhaps on a Samsung 840 Pro SSD) on a Mac, specifically a Macbook Pro 8,2? If so, how? My understanding is that this will be handled in the ...
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What tools are there for measuring Macbook wireless strength?

I often have trouble connecting to wifi with my MacBook Pro. To help identify the problem, I was wondering if there were any tools for measuring wireless signal strength.
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What's the trivial difference between the 15“ and 17” versions of the MacBook Pro?

What can I ask on the phone to a Mac user who has a MacBook Pro (Alu), but doesn't know if it's a 15 or a 17 one (and don't have a tool to measure the screen) What can I ask him to look at to tell me ...
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Is it safe to always leave a Macbook Pro on?

I have an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected to my Macbook Pro. I have the lid closed and have it running. I run it as if it were a desktop PC, always on. I only shut off the LCD ...
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Can my Macbook Pro's display receive inputs from other sources?

Is it possible to use my Macbook Pro's display to receive inputs from other sources?
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Disable volume control noise on mac book pro?

When I hit F11 or F12 (volume up and volume down) I get the volume control overlay; the volume increases or decreases; and the machine makes an "SQUICK SQUICK SQUICK" noise. How do I keep the ...