OS X 10.9, Mavericks, is the tenth iteration of the computer operating system, OS X.

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Old MacBook Pro 17" freezes when WiFi gets turned off

I recently updated from Mountain Lion to Mavericks 10.9.4 on my late 2007 MacBook Pro 17". Now every time I turn off WiFi, the computer freezes within a few seconds. Upon reboot, the computer freezes ...
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Identifying users who are sharing

When I select Restart from the Apple menu and get the alert "There is a user sharing this computer...", I would like to know which user (e.g. their IP address or some other identification) is sharing. ...
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Mavericks 'close the clam' woes

I typically use my "Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013" MBP at work with the lid closed, connected to an external monitor, a bluetooth trackpad, and a USB keyboard. For the last few months, the results of ...
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Macbook Air Screen Pixelation?

I was having trouble with my Macboook Air starting up so I held down shift while booting up which solved the problem of it not logging on. However, now the screens do this sort of weird pixelation. ...
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Trouble updating to Java 8 JDK

I have run the JDK 1.8 installer from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html, and it all apparently installed correctly. But in the terminal, when I do: ...
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Can MacBook Pro be used 18 hrs daily?

I am using a 13-inch Mid 2012 MacBook Pro that I got about an year ago. I am a writer and work primarily on Word, Safari & Preview. And I work on the machine for an average of about 16-18 hours a ...
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Services menu shows the incorrect name

I made a Service in Automator, but when I was saving mistyped the name. I used Automator to rename the Service, but the incorrect name shows up in my Services menu. I checked the ~/Library/Services ...
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Help with keychain [on hold]

I was trying to export passwords from keychain (unsuccessfully), but in the process obviously changed something, and I am seeking help. Previously keychain seemed to work in the background, but now I ...
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Problems accessing movies on MBP via Apple TV

I've got a MBP and Apple TV, and I can search and select the movies found within the MBP's iTunes from the Apple TV's > Computers menu. The problem is that when I try to play the movie from the Apple ...
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Finder freezes for several minutes when opening folder for first time after restart

After I restart my computer, if I try to open a folder the wheel at the bottom of the Finder window spins and I get the beach ball. This happens for several minutes (over 5 minutes) while loading the ...
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Keep iTunes library in sync on OS X and Boot Camp (Windows 8)?

Is it possible for me to keep my iTunes libraries in sync with each other on OS X and Windows if so how? My iTunes library is stored on a network share made available via AFP and SMB. Is it possible ...
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How can I create a default dock for all users (Mavericks)? [duplicate]

I am new to managing Macs. We currently have a lab, and probably plan to create more labs in an enterprise style solution. In the lab, we would like to have a "default profile" created for users who ...
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Dock randomly switches between screens. Any way to stop?

I have a iMac running OS 10.9.3 that has 2 monitors connected to it. Randomly, thourhgout the day the dock will flip either to the left or right screen. Its pretty annoying. Does anyone know what is ...
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just got new imac with fresh Mavericks install, old data still remaining, how to find and delete?

I just bought a 24' used iMac. The previous owner reinstalled Mavericks and sent it to me. I looked at the disk usage info and it appears as if all the old data, movies, music, and everything else, ...
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Maverick Bluetooth : Connections from undesirable (unpaired) devices… Where is the Advanced Bluetooth option?

My problem : Recently I started to use a Magic Trackpad for my MacBook Air (Mid 12), and discovered some annoyance : I regularly see some devices connected to my Mac by Bluetooth, the one that I ...
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My Macbook can connect to ethernet over Ubuntu but not OS X

I'm currently dual booting Ubuntu 14.04 and OS X Mavericks (10.9.4) on my 2014 Macbook Pro. When running Ubuntu, I can plug in the Ethernet cable and instantly be connected. But when running OS X, ...
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How to Eject All External Partitions Quickly?

I have an external disk with two partitions on it that I keep plugged into my MacBook Pro when I'm at my desk. (One is for Time Machine, the other just for extra storage.) Sometimes I need to grab my ...
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How Do I Show External Disks on Second Display's Desktop?

I can see my external drives on all the spaces on my MacBook Pro's display, but I cannot see those drives on my external display. Is there a way to make them show up?
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ntfs-3g not working on my fresh OS X install

I have got a new Macbook Pro with Mavericks on it. I wanted to be able to write to my external HD which is using an NTFS file system. So I installed the ntfs-3g driver as usual. But unlike before, ...
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How to remove blank space on the menu bar?

For some reason I have a blank space on my menubar, It doesn't happen on my second screen, and when i click it disappears but appears in the other screen and so forth. I haven't done anything to the ...
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How to disable antialiasing (smoothing) in Preview for images?

I'm using preview for my iOS development to calculate pixel distance from elements. But now, I don't even remember since when it started antialiasing the lines, even 1 pixel line becomes a blurry mess ...
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Use media keys on Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Spotify

Recently I installed the Microsoft Intellitype drivers for OSX so that I could use my keyboard more naturally (e.g., media keys, etc.). However, this seems to have broken some functionality. Prior ...
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Xattr code no longer removing tags

I've been using this workflow for a while now that allowed me to right-click on any file or folder and send a copy to OneDrive and replace existing files, but it was set up to strip the files of their ...
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Make spring loaded folders open in front?

Is it possible to make spring loaded folders open in front of the active window? Just recently they have been opening behind the window I'm dragging into and that makes navigation difficult. Ideally ...
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Finder and other apps lagging behind with 1 click

My girlfriend is having a really weird and annoying problem with Finder and occassionally other apps. The app will start lagging behind with one click. Say that, in Finder, she clicks folder "A". ...
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Troubleshooting DNS

I'm having a weird problem where the system-wide DNS resolution doesn't work, but I don't know how I could fix that, or even find a log (coming from Linux). I manually configured 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4 as ...
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Is there a simple script to duplicate files into a new folder based on a csv file?

Our challenge is that we need to search and duplicate approx 3000 images into a new folder. The list of image names is a csv file. The files are all on one drive, but in many different folders.
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How can I find the bottleneck in my media server setup?

On seemingly random occasions, streaming media from iTunes on a Mac mini to my Apple TV (3rd gen, latest software) will result in slow buffering of movies. The catch? There's no consistency to when it ...
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How do I completely and securely wipe a FileVault (SSD) drive?

When I follow Apple's instructions for preforming a complete erase and reinstall on a FileVault 2 encrypted SSD machine, and choose a high level of security for the erase, I get an error, and the ...
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Spotlight not highlighting the selected result

When I search something in Spotlight the top search result is highlighted by default (as it should be). However when I press the down arrow to select the next result, the top result remains ...
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How do I connect to a wifi network from the login screen on OS X Mavericks?

I have a late 2012 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and it uses a network login system with my school. This normally wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact that I can't connect to a wifi ...
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iPhoto 11 on Mavericks suddenly can not open library anymore

Suddenly my iPhoto can not open the library anymore. It says it does not have the required permissions to the library. I read many article already, also the official of Apple. However, nothing ...
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SMC Reset Won't Work on Macbook Pro Retina mid-2012

I have followed all the correct steps for carrying out an SMC Reset, however my Mac continues to boot normally. The issues I currently am dealing with are: Slow performance Battery light on power ...
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How to remove removed apps OS X URL schemes from system?

Some OS X apps register URL schemes and let users open the app directly through browser such as macappstore://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unibox/id702816521?mt=12 to open the URL in Mac App Store. ...
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Can I manually specify Sound Output device in the Mac (like in Windows/Linux)

In the Mac, is there a way to choose whether I want sound output through my internal speakers or the headphones (i.e. the audio port), irrespective of whether there are headphones plugged in or not. ...
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Cons of the native NTFS write support (osX)

I'm currently using the NTFS native write support this way (look at LosephJG's reply): https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5544031?start=45&tstart=0 It works great with a 1tb HDD and a 32gb ...
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MBP cannot run Metro Last Light? [closed]

My MBP wont run the Metro: Last Light. There is no error message or anything. It just does not start. Since the minimum requirement is OS 10.7 or later, that should not be the problem.
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OSX Time Machine: deletion of backup folders

I saw this question and was hoping that someone could expand upon the chosen answer (which I understood): Can you sudo mv Time Machine backup files as sudo from the trash to their original ...
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Why does quitting an application automatically bring up Finder?

When I quit an application, Finder is automatically brought up rather than the last application I was using. Why does this happen, and is there any way to change this? Thanks.
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How to change “Open With” option for folder in Mavericks

My Desktop folder is set to launch terminal. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to reset that. I have deleted /Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist and that did ...
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Improptu restarting of Macbook Pro while in Sleep Mode

A week ago I bought a Macbook Pro Retina (mid 2014) version - and in the first few days of running it I have noticed about 4-5 times that the Macbook occasionally restarts itself - so far always in ...
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Differences migrating using Target Mode vs Migration Assistant on source machine?

What are the differences between using Target Mode and Migration Assistant on the source machine during a migration? Are different files transferred; is speed (all else being equal) different? ...
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Getting home.dev to resolve to 127.0.0.1

In my hosts file I have: ## # Host Database # # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface # when the system is booting. Do not change this entry. ## 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 ...
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What is mdflagwriter and why does it eat up so much RAM?

On my Mavericks 10.9.4 instance of mdflagwriter eats up 2.18G of RAM. I know that it's somehow related to Spotlight, but what is it exactly and why is it so RAM-hungry?
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Why won't this script bind to my server?

I am trying to figure out why this script is not binding client computers to the OD server. It is a firstboot script that is part of a netrestore image that runs at login. It does seem to run ...
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How do I ensure that none of my Keychain information is stored on Apple's servers?

I recently enabled iCloud keychain briefly on a pair of my machines, and then disabled it on both (signing out completely from one). I then attempted to follow Apple's instructions for ensuring that ...
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How do I migrate my Keychain's “Local Items” to a new Mac?

After preforming a Mavericks-Mavericks migration using Migration Assistant, I have a "Local Items" Keychain on my new machine in which many (perhaps most) items are out of date (using old passwords), ...
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Only use part of screen?

My screen is broken, but perfectly straight along one side and the rest (majority) of the screen is perfectly fine. I would like to adjust my display so that my computer thinks that the display ends ...
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Some applications have grey menu bar

When running (for example) a java application (Minecraft) in it's own space (in Mavericks) the menu bar disappears, but then a grey bar appears on top of the space. Is there anyway to fix this? It ...
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Is there a way to specify that a certain app always stay in memory?

I notice sometimes when I open the Reminders app (after not having opened it for a while), it takes a second to load. This is presumably because it is no longer in memory and loading from SSD. Is ...