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How can I remove the white background from a profile picture?

I want to set a profile picture that has a transparent background, but when I do it gets a white circle in the background that I do not want. Is there a way to prevent this from happening, or maybe ...
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How do I check if my son has accessed my computer at 2:00 AM?

When I opened my Finder this morning, it said that Google Chrome had been accessed and edited at 2:01 AM. I suspect that my son has woken up and done something on my computer in the middle of the ...
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Secondary group membership

I have two systems accessing a NAS (Isilon), with local user authentication. On first system (actually two systems with same OSX) running Lion (OSX10.7.5) I used following command: dscl . -append ...
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Workspaces not switching automatically

Despite the fact that I have told mission control under 10.8 to spaces when switching applications(to the key window), it does not appear to work. In fact the only time spaces works is when I tell it ...
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Terminal wraps at 80 chars even if window is wider

Problem description If I increase the width of a Terminal version 2.3 (309) window, and then use less (or some command invoking less, like man) in that window, I often get garbled output, since the ...
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Mac Pro running MySQL: Error 2013 Error 32

This is mysql running on an Mountain Lion OS X with server.app v2 that set up the server. We suddenly have an issue where only one of anything can seem to connect to mysql at anytime. The problem ...
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Junk mail doesn't get automatically deleted

This is happening with Mail.app 6.6 on OS X 10.8.5, but has been going on for a few OS X versions. In Mail.app, my account settings specify to delete junk mail after one day. Except it never gets ...
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Transform Parallels Windows disk in native Windows, bootable with Bootcamp

I use Parallels 8 to run Windows 7 in my MacBook with Mountain Lion. But I'd like to have Windows running natively in my Mac. I don't want to start again with a clean Windows installation, and ...
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Safari saves random files to Desktop in Mountain Lion

Sometimes, when I leave Safari (6.0.5) and look at my desktop, I find random files on it. These are always in the form of a *.textClipping file, or in the case of images, the original filename and ...
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How to reset OS X 10.8 to boot?

I ran the dd command on /dev/rdisk1 and now OS X is not starting. Is it possible to recover the OS? I have access to recovery mode, but Disk Utility says that the disk is fine.
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Accented characters: hold and select has stopped working

Somehow my "press and hold" for accented characters has ceased to function. How can I re-enable that? Example of how it used to work is in How to add characters to the press and hold character ...
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Opening a CBR with Archive Utility; avoiding cpgz/zip loop

I'd like to use Archive Utility (the built-in OSX archive tool) to decompress some .cbz and .cbr files. Unfortunately, Archive Utility doesn't seem to recognize .cbz or .cbr as a zipped file, so if I ...
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why Keynote ignores AppleAntiAliasingThreshold for text underline?

I'm using Keynote '09 (version 5.3 (1170) from App Store on OS X 10.8) as per Can I design web graphics with Pages more easily?, and I have defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleAntiAliasingThreshold 24, ...
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Need to prohibit writing CD/DVD for all non-admin users in Mountain Lion

We have a requirement that forbids users writing to removable media such as CDs. So far all I've been able to find is defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitBurn true but that is a per-user ...
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Why does adding a Desktop suddenly gives me a new wallpaper?

I'm on the Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and suddenly find that when I add a Desktop in Mission Control (by option clicking the upper right corner) the new Desktop gets the basic OSX milkyway wallpaper ...
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How to change hotkeys bindings for chrome on macOSX?

In chrome, I would like to change the hotkey to go to previous / current tab. I am on Mac OS X 10.8. I tried the extension shortcut manager, but I couldn't make it work. I can use another extension, ...
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Why do Facetime and Messages ask me for a password at random moments?

Facetime and Messages have started asking me for my username and password at seemingly random moments. I don't use either application and have not added them to my login's autostart programs. This ...
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Macintosh HD not showing up on disc utility

I am trying to do a clean install on my Macbook Pro 13" from 2011. Here is what I did so far: 1) Booted up on my USB Stick with Mountain Lion Installer mounted on it 2) Opened up Disc Utility and ...
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Restoring Mac OS X (10.7.5)

A old MacBook was given to me to develop an iPhone app. The problem is that the Mac was treated horribly and there is a lot of bloatware. It is currently running 10.7.5. I want to create a new user ...
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Why do unfocussed tabs in Safari 6.1 “unload” when I switch to another tab?

Whenever I have multiple tabs loaded in Safari I often notice some behaviour which was not present in Safari 5. Whenever I pre-load several tabs and then switch from one tab to the other, the webpage ...
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Why does word completion not work in Mail?

If I remember correctly Mail had the possibility of showing a word completion list as described here when you type a word partially and press Option+esc. Now this function has stopped working in Mail, ...
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Git not working over AFP

I've got a git repository on my file server which I'm connecting to via AFP. Whenever I try to do a git operation on the shared repository, such as staging a file, I get the following error message: ...
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Upgrade Mountain Lion to Mavericks, with DMG file obtained from unofficial source?

I am trying to update from Mountain Lion to Mavericks using a DMG installer that I obtained over BitTorrent. I don't want to download it via the official App Store as I don't have good enough ...
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Microsoft Outlook 2010 -How to Migrate Autocomplete and Contacts Settings

I've been using Office for MAC 2011 on running Mountain Lion 10.8.5. My question is: How to migrate from Microsoft Office 2010 Outlook Auto-Complete list and contacts to Outlook for MAC 2011?
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2012 Macbook Air Mt Lion 10.8.2. Can I factory reset and upgrade using only an external monitor?

I just purchased a 2012 MacBook Air with a broken screen. I'm using it as a desktop via an external monitor. I plan to do a factory reset and then upgrade to mavericks. Will I be able to complete ...
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XQuartz, utf-8 and filenames

This is a question in the continuation of this one: UTF8 filenames and shell utilities: the nightmare of utf-8 and filenames is…. How to avoid this confusion with most notably the ls command on ...
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CalendarAgent keeps asking for access to “login” after reboot

I'm running Mountain Lion 10.8.5... and every time I restart my computer or log-out & back in, I get a message box saying that "CalendarAgent wants to use "login" keychain". I've tried ...
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How to Partition hard Drive + install previous OS (10.7.2) on one, while leaving 10.8.4 on other

I am having to do this to make my Presonus Firewire 26x26 work since they do not have updated drivers past 10.7 Bought the Macbook Pro in 2009 - it came with Snow Leapord. Hard Drive started to fail ...
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Does type 14=page fault kernel panic mean that RAM is bad?

A few days ago I upgraded my mac book pro to 16GB of RAM and now I am getting some kernel panics with page faults. Are page fault kernel panics typically caused by bad RAM or could there be another ...
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Mountain Lion and Server 2008 Home Folder Directories

We're looking to move to 10.8 within our organisation and in the past have had issues with the way we would ideally like our home folders to work. With 10.6 we had a script that ran and allowed us to ...
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Stop Safari from restoring default preferences after quitting

Every time that I quit Safari, it restores all default preferences. It also resets the homepage to the default apple.com site! (I cannot stand this.) This problem began after installing McAfee, and ...
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Mission Control switching to wrong Space on revealing hidden app

I've got some Stickies windows open in two separate Spaces. If I hide Stickies in one space with ⌘ cmd+H, then move to the other space and reveal Stickies with the app switcher, it springs back to the ...
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Encrypted Mountain Lion is not booting, showing OS X utilities screen

My FileVault 2 encrypted OS X Mountain Lion setup is not booting, but instead showing the OS X utilities screen. I have two accounts, User1 and User2. The encryption was enabled with User2's login ...
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Heavy MySQL usage causes Dock process to freeze system

This problem has been aggravating me for several months, and I've gathered a lot of information about it, but I can't find the solution. I'm running XAMPP 1.8.2 on Mountain Lion, and I'm running a ...
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“I” and “(”,“K” keys on the keyboard respond only after pressing them several times

"I" and "(", "K" keys on my Bluetooth keyboard don't work very well sometimes I need to press them several times before the input is print. My battery is at 100% and I think is a problem related to a ...
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How do I stop loading images in Junk mail folder in Mail.app 6.6 with Gmail

I have setup Mail.app to use my Gmail account. Gmail has a spam filter that works excellent for me. But I sometimes check the Junk mailbox in Mail to see if something got there by accident. When I go ...
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How to migrate and two-partition Bootcamp (1: system, 2: data) to a larger HDD OS X?

How to upgrade HDD to a larger one on the same Macbook, if I have: OS X Mountain Lion partition (Mac OS Extended) and two partitions for Windows 7 (NTFS): system (C:) and data (D:), installed via ...
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Xserve CPU Status LED's under Mountain Lion

I have a dual Xeon Xserve, and a nagging issue. The Xserves have 2 small 8 LED arrays on the front, which show real-time cpu utilization (one array per CPU). Under Lion, these LED's would not become ...
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What is “AddressBookUrlForwarder”?

Today I clicked a link on Facebook and a dialogue window gave me the message: "The link needs to be opened with an application. Send to: AddressBookUrlForwarder Upon examining the link, it ...
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Mac OS X, Mail.app. attachments disappear in Archive

My system is Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and I am using Mail.app for an IMAP service. It's not gmail, it is a standard IMAP. When I archive email messages, the attachments sometimes disappear. If I ...
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vpn authentication error

I'm running 10.8.5 (not server) on my home laptop and wanted to set up a vpn server on it. I found a number of tutorials online (eg http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20060616150640529) for ...
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How do delete stuck download of Xcode 5 from app store?

Initially I was downloading Xcode 5 from the Mac App Store, but I found it extremely slow, and so I stopped the download. Then I downloaded it from the developer web site instead, which was much ...
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CMD + tab not working between apps

I recently upgraded to OS 10.8, and now when I try to switch between apps using command + tab the quick switch menu (not sure what its called) to the app after toggling to it, but it never actually ...
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an inexpensive airplay device for powered speakers - alternative to Airport Express?

I use a pair of powered m-audio speakers with my macbook air. I really wan't to remove the wires and be able to stream music. It would seem like the obvious choice would be to get the Airport Express ...
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Older MacBook Pro reboots after waking up from sleep mode

I have an older MacBook Pro that I haven't used frequently for some time. Now I notice the following irritating behavior: When I close the lid, I can see and hear the system going to sleep mode - ...
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How can I create custom right click context menu items in Mountain Lion? (“New File”, “Open Terminal Here”, etc.)?

I've been a native windows'er up until this year and have finally made the jump to OSX. I've found my workflow (web developer) has increased substantially and I love the general performance and ...
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How do I figure out what is keeping my Mac Pro from sleeping?

For some odd reason, my Mac Pro won't sleep by itself. Unlike, this question, it does stay asleep; it just won't go to sleep by itself. I read Why your Mac might not sleep or stay in sleep mode, but ...
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Clicking Notification Center Button Makes Dock Hang

I'm experiencing a very strange issue on my Mid 2012 Retina MacBook Pro with OS X 10.8.5. All of the sudden I discovered that I was unable to command-tab between open applications, the dock would not ...
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Flash Drive Not Detected in Macbook Pro (Mountain Lion)

In my Macbook pro flash drive is not detected. But When I attach my iphone it is detected without problem. I also check in Disk Utility, but It is not shown. if I attached the same pen drive on ...
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What would cause a MacBook to restart instead of shutting down or sleeping?

I know there's a lot of advice for MacBooks randomly shutting down or restarting, but my question is a bit different. My MacBook Pro (mid-2010 15") only turns off when I instruct it to. However, it ...