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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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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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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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Why won't closing the lid sleep my MacBook Pro with external monitor attached after upgrading to Lion?

Up until yesterday (with Snow Leopard), closing the lid would cause my MacBook to sleep whether or not the external monitor was connected. Since upgrading to Lion last night, closing the lid when the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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UI Lag OSX Yosemite (10.10) on Retina MacBook Pro late 2013

I have a late 2013 rMBP, 13" with the following specs: Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 RAM: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Video: Intel Iris 1536 MB (integrated) Before upgrading to Yosemite, Mavericks ...
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As a developer, what will I miss on a Macbook Air? [MBA vs MBP] [closed]

I am an indie game developer. I am in love with the Mackbook Air [13 inch], and want to buy it. I was wondering: Will I miss the DVD drive, and upgradability if I am choosing a Macbook Air over ...
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Unable to modify the volume with the keyboard

Sometimes, when I connect an external set of headphones/speakers, I am unable to change the volume. When I press one the volume keys, I see the image below. Why does this happen? Interestingly, if I ...
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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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How do I silently start up my MacBook Air?

When I start up my MacBook Air, it makes a loud startup sound unless I muted the computer prior to shutting down last time. However, I cannot guarantee that I had muted the computer last time before ...
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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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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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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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Can I use the new Lion OS X license on two machines, or do I have to buy one for each?

I have 2 macbooks (the unibody and the one before that). Do I need to buy two licenses or can I just use one license for both machines?
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mds and mds_stores constantly consuming cpu

mds and mds_stores are constant CPU consumers even when I think nothing should have changed on the hard drive. activity monitor I have a circa 2009 Macbook Pro. Lots of software installed over the ...
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Does the new Macbook Pro with Retina display have user-upgradeable RAM?

I'm interested in purchasing the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, but it's not clear from the tech specs page whether the RAM is user-upgradeable or not. Do I need to take into account future RAM ...
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Is it bad that my MacBook Air is passing me electricity?

Whenever my MacBook Air is connected to the AC power and I have my hands on the palm rest, I feel it passes some electricity to me. If I unplug it from the AC power it stops doing that. This has ...
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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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Is there a way to securely erase an SSD on my MacBook Air?

I have a late 2011 MacBook Air with an SSD and Lion. I used it for a while and then I activated File Vault 2. Now the data is encrypted, but I need to securely erase it so I can sell the computer. I ...
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Can't click with trackpad or mouse (OS X 10.9, MacBook Pro)

I have a new(ish) MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9. When it boots up to the login screen it will let me move the cursor around, but it won't recognize click events. I thought it was the trackpad, so I ...
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How can I stop my whole screen from flashing white on errors?

Whenever I access Terminal and press Command ⌘ + Delete ⌫ my screen flashes white. It also happens when Chrome's Command ⌘ + F returns no results. Have I somehow messed up my settings? I already ...
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What is this button on my MacBook?

I have a 2011 MacBook. Along the left edge (looking at it from the normal typing position), near the front, there is a small silver button which is flush with the rest of the case. When pressed, a ...
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Temporarily disabling RAM to mimic a lower spec machine?

I've got two 2009 Macbooks. One has 4 gigs of RAM and runs os 10.10; one has 2 gigs and runs os 10.5. I'm considering upgrading the latter machine to Yosemite (10.10), but I'm worried that it will ...
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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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Macbook Pro Retina running at native resolution

A question I've had in my head since I first saw screenshots of the display preference pane on the new Retina MBP is this: Can it be made to run with what you could call a 1.0 UI scaling factor (same ...
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How do I figure out if my OS is Mac OS X 32 bit or 64 bit? [duplicate]

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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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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Can I upgrade my MacBook mid 2010 to 16GB of RAM? (2x8G)

I bought a MacBook mid 2010 which I have upgraded to 8GB of RAM. But now, 8GB is not enough for me. I need more RAM for my work. Can I upgrade my MacBook's RAM to 16GB? I know the new Macbook Pros ...
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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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Bluetooth Issues after Sleep in OS X Yosemite (10.10)

I seem to be having persistent issues with Bluetooth connectivity, especially after waking up my Macbook Pro from a long sleep. I have a speaker that automatically turns off after a certain period ...
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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 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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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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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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Delay in keyboard responsiveness after wake with Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, now when I open the lid to my 2010 13" MacBook Air, there is a 3-5 second delay between when the screen powers on and when the keyboard will respond to key presses in ...
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What is the max resolution output by the HDMI port of the MacBook Pro Retina?

Does the MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) output 2560x1600 to the HDMI port? The reason I ask is that I would like to drive 2x30 inch 2560x1600 monitors while still using the Gigabit Ethernet adapter. ...
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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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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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OS X Yosemite XCode update stuck on 'Waiting'

I recently downloaded Yosemite, and I'm trying to update my XCode. I hit 'Update' in the App Store, and but it's been stuck at 'Waiting' for the past 30 minutes. What can I do to fix this?
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Where is the insert key on a MacBook Air?

I am trying to edit a line of code within a program that I use for work. I need to use the insert key to be able to add additional spaces that I can then type letters, numbers or characters. How to ...
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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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Copy and paste stops working

For several months now i've had an issue where after using my laptop for a couple of weeks without restarting, i'll slowly lose my ability to copy and paste. First it's only between different apps ...