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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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 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). ...
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Can I generate a clickable link to local file using relative path like “file:///~”

This is the background: in my company, we use Google Drive and often have to tell each other the path to a particular file. Paths are long as we use a lot of nested folders, so it's pretty boring and ...
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Only the spinning beachball when I try to open anything from spotlight

I can't start any programs or open any document from the spotlight since yesterday. It finds the right program / document, but when I press enter I only get the spinning beachball for about 40 ...
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How can I get the tags section on Finder sidebar on OS X 10.8.5?

Yesterday I reinstalled Snow Leopard because Yosemite is too heavy for my MacBook. How can I get the tags section on the Finder sidebar on OS X 10.8.5 like Mavericks or Yosemite?
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ReportPanic on OS X Yosemite 10.10.2

I run OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 on a first generation 27" iMac. Over night the computer apparently crashed. All applications I had open had gotten all jumbled in the restart so I pressed the F3 to see ...
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Error / Hang Installing Yosemite and Mavericks on Mac Pro SSD

Having had a hard drive failure, I'm attempting a clean install of Yosemite on a 2010 Mac Pro, with a brand new 120GB OWC SSD. I've tried using a Yosemite boot disk, using both an external hard drive ...
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OS X Lion restore

I have an iMac that runs Lion at work that I can't restore. If i press command + r while booting I do get into the recovery screen. When I press "Reinstall OS" it says "Unavailable try again later". ...
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Is it safe to `chgrp` of home folder from 'staff'?

I want to be able to share items from my home folder with another testing user account on the same machine. By default, the group of nearly all items in ~ is staff ... of which the only member is ...
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Make alias take icon of the .app it points to

I have a blah.app, and on desktop there is an alias to this app I went to blah.app/Contents/Resources and replace the icon with my icon, same name I went to blah.app/ and created a new folder next to ...
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Caching Server OS X Port

When you run sudo fullstatus caching, it lists all the relevant data for how the caching works on the server. There is one particular line that shows what port the caching server is using. Does this ...
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Course of action to clean up RAM on sluggish mac

Below is an EtreCheck report on my system. My problem is that I have <3 GB or 2.5 GB even after a reboot, with relatively few menu bar applications starting up. (This drops to 20-300 MB once Chrome ...
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How do I create a symlink to MVim configuration files?

I want to store my configuration files in source control and symlink them so they will be used by MacVim. Looking at :scriptnames I see vimrc and gvimrc being used in: ...
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Using Find in Text Wrangler (Mac) requires 2 extra steps to work sometimes - why?

When I've got a css or php file opened with Text Wrangler and I do a 'find' for a term that I know is on the page, I oftentimes have to click my mouse and move the scroller thing (located on the ...
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Where does a pkg installer install things?

I created a *.pkg installer for a command line tool following this guide: Packaging a daemon for OS X. After running the installer, and selecting "Install for all users", I can't find where my ...
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How to save files on Mac with extension I want?

I need to create a .css file on my Mac. I created it with TextEdit. How do I now save it with a .css extension? It seems that very single File Format it offers will give it a different extension (rtf, ...
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Can't download google chrome on my mac!

I'm on the page google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html There is a large blue button "Download Chrome" and below it "For Mac OS X 10.6 or later". I click on the button. Result: the whole screen ...
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How to see notifications when running full screen?

I currently run XBMC/Kodi which runs in fullscreen so OS X notifications do not display on top. When the application is in windowed mode, notifications display as normal. I have looked through the ...
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Script to delete all groups in contacts with wildcard

I have about 2000 empty contact groups, which all start with _ModGrp and have some numbering scheme after that in the name. I would therefore like to delete all groups starting with _ModGrp I have ...
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Is there a way to add custom user agent string to Safari 8?

I like to keep the default user agent string unchanged while adding new custom user agent strings to the list, such as XBox One and PS4. I like to know if I can accomplish this through either ...
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Was F5 function key assigned to widgets view in old OS X?

I've a customer claiming that the default function for F5 key on his mac is to launch the widgets screen. Is this true? Can be an old apple keyboard or an old OS X such as Snow Leopard with this ...
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Is it possible to still edit the fields in the Get Info window in iTunes 12.1?

The Get Info window in iTunes 12 is a mess. And 12.1 took away the ability to hold Option and get the old one back. It also seems that the ability to edit fields is gone. Now the metadata fields that ...
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Mysterious OS X File Extension (bug?)

I know that OS X uses the Launch Services.framework to manage the file-extensions. But the icons which belong to the file-extension are part of the Info.plist in the package contents of the ...
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Migrating with different operating systems … Issue?

Trying to migrate software on two OS X macs with different operating systems. Source is running mountain lion and target is running Yosemite. Is this an issue?? I'm using an ethernet cable, have ...
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How do I get multiple cursors throughout OSX?

I enjoy using the Sublime Text 3 editor—especially the multiple cursors feature. I constantly find myself in need of the multiple cursor functionality in other OS X apps like Finder or Outlook. Does ...
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Is this launchd plist broken or is it just me?

I was reading a post about using Bittorrent Sync on OS X that includes a launchd plist that's supposed to keep the app running in the event that it crashes. It doesn't seem to work, though, since I've ...
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View trash sorted by date deleted

I was trying to organize and select all my old music from my previous computer and copied a folder with all my music files to my mac book desktop. Started deleting all the songs I didn't wanted and ...
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Delete Xcode shared folder

Can I delete the Developer > Xcode > Shared folder? I want to clear out space and noticed that it takes up 2 gigs of data. Is it safe to delete? I use Xcode often.
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Stuck on blue screen after running “rm *” in /

I accidentally executed rm * on / and since then I am unable to see my desktop. All I see is a blue screen with spinning gear. Irony is I somehow missed my OS and other CDs too that came with my Mac. ...
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Is there a way to change 3 finger drag to 4 finger drag

Is there a way of using third party software like Better Touch Tool to configure a 4 finger dragging gesture? I want to reserve 3 finger gestures for many other actions.
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Insert Character on batch folder rename

I have a folder that has several hundreds of thousands of files named like "ABC 123456". I need to add a dash after between the two blocks of text like this "ABC - 123456". Leaving the trailing space. ...
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Remove ubuntu on macbook

I just inherited an old macbook a1226 The os is single Linux 1.99-ubuntu3.10 It is broken (os) for some reason I'd like to restore IT some sort of OS X native os installed onto IT. I have tried ...
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What does the blue point before app name in lauchpad mean?

As the arrows point, the little blue points before Evernote and MS OneNote.
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Is there a way to get a list of all currently running program's window titles with AppleScript?

I'm looking to write a script which outputs a list of all the window titles of all the currently running programs. Is there any way to do this with AppleScript? I tried running the following code: ...
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Block uTottent ads

Recently, I upgraded to uTorrent 1.8.7 and found that it has annoying ad in the side bar which was not present in the earlier version. Can someone explain that how can I stop the ads ?
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Spoofing app focus

I have a game that I want to leave running in the background to progress various in-game activities (production of units, harvesting of resources), but the game pauses whenever it loses focus. Is ...
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Inspecting kernel_task

I have two MacBooks, one with a fresh OS X install and one with an older install. The older one has a kernel_task taking 1.52 GB of RAM. The newer one—416 MB. These aren't identical machines or ...