OS X (formerly Mac OS X) is the marketing name for Apple's computer OS. Note the proper pronunciation is "ohh ess ten" and not "oh ess ex".

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Trying to use a new Apple ID to reinstall Mac OS X

I am new to the Mac world and I just created an Apple ID. I am trying to reinstall OS X because of a problem with the Mac. When it asked to enter an Apple ID, I enter my new one and it gives me an ...
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Terminal displays directory of previous SSH location even when not running SSH

I am using the terminal app to ssh and when I do, it conveniently tells me (at the very top) what and where I am logged into for example: user@computer:/home/user/directory/ and so forth. However, ...
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Why is my hostname resolution taking so long?

Several months ago I noticed that my text editor (emacs) and IDE (IntelliJ) were taking a really long time to start up. The time appeared to vary based on the DNS servers OS X was using. I was able ...
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In the light of the FREAK TLS vulnerability, how may I disable insecure cipher suites manually in Safari?

A research group named SMACK has released a vulnerability known as FREAK which can be used for man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. The vulnerability is due to an old ghost created by USA Government (NSA, ...
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Why can I set VLC as my default browser?

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 installed; in my System Preferences > General, my default browser selection allows me to choose VLC. Why does this happen and can it be removed?
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How can I fix read-only permissions on the whole file system?

I was not able to save my screen shot, since it was giving me a error that file can not be saved because i do not have permissions. Then probably I made a mistake & right clicked Macintosh HD> Get ...
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Free up more File Cache in Activity Monitor like PURGE command [on hold]

I have found a application has Clean Memory function. I think it uses the original PURGE function, but after checking (using Activity Monitor), I see that it's likely to be more free File Cache ...
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How to calculate the amount of space that iCloud Photo Library would take up?

I'm in the OS X Public Beta program, so I recently got the opportunity to get Photos for OS X and use iCloud Photo Library, which uploads every photo on every device I own to iCloud. However, I'm a ...
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How do I access the Volumes directory in Macintosh HD? [on hold]

I am trying to get into the Volumes directory. Hidden files are being shown. However, the Volumes folder won't let me access it, it's "greyed out". How can I bypass this?
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Help with changing user home folder file name

My computer was restored from my ex-wife's laptop 3 years ago. Her maiden name pops up as the user-folder name on all my files, and it's been wearing on me for a long time. I used this Q&A to try ...
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Add ~/Downloads to Dock through Profile Manager

I am trying to create a minimal dock through Profile Manager (OS X 10.10.2/Server 4.0.3) but I need to include the users' Download directory. Profile Manager has an option to add the Documents folder ...
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How to list Network Interface UUIDS?

I'm trying really hard to find a simple way to fetch all network UUIDS on my Mac to be able to do some plist magic. Is there a command to do such a thing? If I look in the plist I'll find for an ...
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Sandbox browser for safely viewing malicious websites

I'm looking for a quick and safe way to browse potentially malicious / infected websites. So far all of the products I've found are PC only. I can run a Virtual PC environment but it's a pain and I'm ...
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Trouble accessing ntfs drives in mac os x

I installed tuxera-ntfs in mac os x and am able to mount my external disks and use them without any issues. I can delete files, copy files to my external disk and from my disk But I am not able to ...
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Ejecting SD card takes a long time and CPU usage goes up

I'm on Mavericks and after I eject most SD cards, it takes a minute or two and process UASysAgent is taking 80% of the CPU... quite annoying, does anyone else experience this? Something that can be ...
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Mac OSX Mail; how to delay 'Mark as Read'

In OSX Mail app a message gets read immediately when as soon as it is selected. Often this happens by accident; i.e. when organising folders, or it gets auto-selected when you delete/move another ...
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Create/Close Desktop workspace keyboard shortcut

I was wondering if there is a way to automate create/close of a desktop workspace using keyboard shortcuts. By default the osx does not support such thing or I was not able to find it within keyboard ...
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Replace Recovery HD with a “bootable drive” formatted partition?

A while ago, I had the idea to use the bootable Mac OS X USB drive-making procedure on a hard drive partition, so that I could basically have a version of the “Recovery HD” that doesn’t need to ...
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Where do you set the Active Directory Computer Description?

Where do you set the Active Directory 'Computer Description' on Mac OS X (10.9+)? On Windows you can right click Computer, select Properties and select Change Settings to update the Computer ...
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Updating Active Directory Computer ID

How do you update the Active Directory Computer ID on Mac OS X without unbinding from the Active Directory domain? Active Directory pulls the hostname of the Mac from: ...
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Mac won't wake on lan

I have followed this tutorial to wake my mac on lan via a Raspberry PI: http://www.jeremyblum.com/2013/07/14/rpi-wol-server/ It works absolutely fine for my windows PC but not for my mac. Any idea ...
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How does Internet Accounts on Mac Os X 10.9 and up work?

I'm having problems with trying to turn on syncing the Contacts of an Exchange email account in the Internet Accounts System Preferences with Yosemite (10.10.2). Every time I click on the checkbox, ...
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Suddenly some folders are unreachable from my external hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro and I partitioned the internal SSD into two parts (150GB and 50GB). One of them (the 50 GB part) contains a bootcamp with Windows 8.1. I also have an external hard drive, which is ...
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Mac randomly wakes up. Wake reason: (User)

My mac randomly wakes up for no reason and says the user is the reason, when it is not. Here's syslog |grep -i "Wake reason": Feb 25 20:13:44 Garys-MacBook-Pro kernel[0] <Notice>: Wake reason: ...
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How to open a .zip file which is embedded in .xlsx file?

I have a .zip file which has been embedded in a .xlsx file (excel ). But everytime I double click on the file it keeps giving this message: Cannot start source application for this object. There may ...
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Automatically sort Finder items based on file type?

I work in video production, when a new job comes in we use Post Haste to create a new directory with our folder structure and default files included. What I'm looking to do is automate the process of ...
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How do I configure CURL to use the same root certificates as Safari?

It seems that CURL on OS X (10.10) is broken because it does not contain the same set of root SSL certificates as Safari. Due to this it seems that there is a high chance for your to be unable to ...
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iPhone 5 problem, “No Service” and not being recognised by iTunes

I've recently purchased a second hand iPhone 5. They demonstrated the phone making calls before I purchased it. Unfortunately the phone isn't being recognised by iTunes, and is also very frequently ...
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OS X Yosemite installation error: File system repair failed

My #Macbook Air has been running fine until I decided to upgrade to OS X 10.10, Yosemite. Its downloaded fine and When it is installing I get the message: File system verify or repair failed. I have ...
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How can i get the mac family number using terminal?

I want to get model number/family number. http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_capability/mac-specs-by-model-number-family-number.html. I have found the above link that have listed all the Model ...
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Password Protect one work space alone in mac osx Yosemite

I used to work with multiple workspaces putting my dev apps on one space and music apps on another. I want my Chat apps in one workspace where i want to protect it with my password cuz i will be ...
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TextMate 2 changed files' icon?

Several days ago, I installed the text editor TextMate 2. I notice that the icons of my .h and .m files which were created in Xcode have been changed to the new one. Like the screenshot below which ...
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Emptying trash, with file-in-use: Is there any difference between 'skip' and 'continue'?

If you delete a file, but it's still in use (e.g. a document still open), and then try to empty the trash you get something like this: As best I can tell the three options do the following: Skip: ...
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Is there better third-party scanner software for OS X than Preview?

I'm not overly happy with the UI for interfacing with the scanner on my Epson WF-3250 series scanner that's provided by the latest Preview that comes with OS X 10.10. It's clunky and awkward, crashes ...
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Adding OSX to Ubuntu

I have recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my 2007 Macbook. However, I want both OSX and Ubuntu. I have the .iso for OSX Lion, how do I make it so that I can dual boot from either OS?
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How to create custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Is there any way to create custom keyboard shortcuts that do whatever you want through a third-party app or through regular Mac OS X? I want to create a shortcut that will bring up the power dialogue ...
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How to cycle through recently *used* tabs in Safari?

I want to cycle through recently used tabs in Safari 7.1.3 (MacOS 10.9.5) like one can in in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. I predominantly run Opera 11.64, and it exhibits the best behavior for this ...
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How to make custom paper size available to all users?

I'm admin on my OS X installation and I created a couple of custom paper sizes (labels, flyers, etc.) and would like these to be available to all users of the Mac. Is this possible? How?
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Terminal/iTerm2 issue: reverse-i-search trims off command

I've been having this issue since 10.9. cd into a reasonably long path, e.g., cd /Volumes/Storage/backup/long/path Enter a moderately long command, e.g., curl -X GET http://localhost:8888 ctrl+R, ...
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my Mac is restating over and over

I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, late 2011) When I upgraded to Yosemite, it was fine until a month ago, then there is no day that my computer does not restart/freeze randomly. I am really tired of it, ...
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Strange slow down and frozen like behaviour of Google Chrome Version 40.0.2214.115 (64-bit) on Yosemite

Do you also start facing such strange Chrome behaviour? I am facing it mostly when browsing websites like YT with flash content. The browser freezes and I can not do basic things like e.g coping the ...
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Automatically propagate Finder tags from alias to original file/folder?

Is it possible to automatically propagate tags that are generated for an alias to the file/folder it points to?
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OS X upgrade on MacBook Pro mid 2010 trilemma

I'd like to have some feedback from those of you who have experience to share about upgrading OS X on MacBook Pro 15" (mid 2010 - MacBookPro6,2). I'm running OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, and I've never ...
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Export specefic iTunes music information to spreadsheet?

Ok so I really need help with this one. I'm doing a school project and I need to be able to chart the Date Added, Date Last Played, and # of plays. Does anyone know of a way to export/copy/retrieve ...
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Do I need a credit card to install free apps on my MacBook Pro?

I'm using MacBook pro. My problem is: every time when I want to download an app it's asking about my credit card information. I used to have a credit card but I don't have it now. I can't even ...
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Python script executable opened by text editor

I have a simple "Hello world" script that I want to turn into an executable. The problem is that even though I went through the steps of declaring the path of the Python interpreter in the first list ...
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My wireless network connection gets lost frequently (OS X 10.10.2)

I have long periods of time with no working internet because my 802.11 wlan connection gets lost frequently. This only occurs on my Mac. It runs OS X 10.10.2. When showing the desktop after starting ...
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Upgrade to Yosemite then triple-boot problem

I had Mac OS X 10.8, Fedora and Windows XP triple-boot in refit. I upgraded to OS X Yosemite. The refit screen disappeared. I used command cd /efi/refit ./enable.sh Then refit screen comes but ...
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Saving a pending print job as PDF

I sent a confirmation page from Safari to the printer and quit Safari, only to realize that the printer does not actually exist. The only remaining copy of this information is in the print queue. How ...
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MacBook Pro upgrade to SSD migrating OSX and Bootcamp partitions

I wasn't able to find the info I needed here or on Apple's own forums or via Google, so here goes. I have a MacBook Pro 15" early 2011 model with a 500 GB internal hard disk drive (non-SSD). ...