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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Unknown tag in finder

I have an external SSD which i used on my previous mac. The SSD had couple of files tagged in various colours (green, red etc) When i moved to new MAC, the files still retain their colours and is not ...
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Have 2 different configurations for the same SSID

Let's say 2 different locations have the same WiFi name "MyPlace". Each have their own configuration, password, etc... Different companies, they just happen to have the same name. If I save one on ...
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To concatenate with BSD Join

I want to concatenate in BSD Join. Data Model Decreasing Constant Increasing 2025 75.5 82.5 89.5 2035 65.5 82.5 102 2050 49.5 82.5 112 and error configuration in ybar Model Decreasing Constant ...
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OSX firewall blocking torrents outside of VPN

I've seen plenty of tutorials for this around for Windows but I'm wanting to do it on OSX Yosemite. Is it possible to configure the firewall such that torrent traffic will only ever be permitted when ...
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Wallpaper flickering

I've noticed after updating to the latest OS X update 10.10.3 my wallpaper flickers frequently. The flickering will momentarily go if I have a window cover the location of flickering but it will ...
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how to find .bashrc or .zshrc?

I just got a MacBook Pro and am in the process of trying to get GNU commands installed. I'm following this guide, but I don't know how to do: Then add the following line to your .bashrc or .zshrc: ...
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xrandr settings and XQuartz In Multi-monitor Yosemite Environment

I am currently struggling with an inability to move Xquartz (either latest stable or latest development) windows in the top third or so of my screen, as also described by another user. My current ...
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Shortcut to Change to a Specific Font

Is there a way to change to a particular font style using a single function key? For instance, I would want to be able to change any font to "Helvetica Bold 16" every time I press F5 if rich text is ...
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How to recover NTFS volumes after accidentally formatting drive as JHFS+ volume?

I was reinstalling 10.9 Mavericks on my dual boot setup. I had 2 separate HDDs for 2 OS, both Hitachi 500 GB. But i accidentally formatted the Windows 8 HDD (NTFS) to Mac extended journaled. I had ...
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Make Yosemite Installer USB drive that does not require internet access

There are plenty of instructions on how to to make a Yosemite installer USB drive that work using either the createinstallmedia program or Diskmaker X. However, when I take that drive to a machine ...
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How to change date format on menu bar without extra apps?

This is how it looks right now These are my "Language & Region" settings There is clearly a bug involved. I don't want use an app to solve such ridiculously simple prolem. It should be ...
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Export developer accounts from Xcode

I want to export developer accounts at Xcode from one Mac to another, so I created a .developerprofile file as per what said here: How do I transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer? ...
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App-specific sound output devices

I am looking for a control / app for sound output control which has function that allows me to have selective sound output for any app that plays sound or music. Examples: I am playing music in ...
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How to find out where a specific key combo is connected to?

The problem is the following: I have two different Macs with Yosemite 10.10.2. In an application I have to insert a specific key combo in order to pass my license information to register the app. This ...
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How to suppress the Delete From All Devices confirmation in the Photos app?

I installed Yosemite 10.10.3, which comes with the new Photos app. Seems nice so far... When deleting a photo on my MacBook, a warning message is shown: I don't need to see this every time I ...
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Database for iPad

I'm a retired teacher using FileMakerPro5 which was licensed for us by the Ministry of Education here in Ontario. I've created a little journal program for myself and thought I might like to be able ...
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Enable Quick Look for text files without the .txt extension

Doing Quick Look on .txt files if very convenient (select in Finder and press space). Is there a way to enable Quick Look for other text files which don't have the .txt extension (e.g., .strings ...
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How do I get Safari on OS X to stop ignoring the protocol part of a URL when the hostname starts with “ftp”?

I'm using Safari 8.0.5 on OS X 10.10.3. We have a server that's accessible over both FTP and HTTP. This server's name begins with "ftp." Whenever I try to connect to this server over HTTP, Safari ...
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How can I get Image Capture autorun turned off when inserting media? OS X Yosemite 10.2.2, 2015

Every time I insert an SD card or a drive via USB, dang Image Capture pushes its way to the front of my screen. This is just since the Yosemite update--I can no longer find an option to only launch ...
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Is there a way to run a bash script everytime I print something?

I wanted to run a script that changes my background image whenever use the printer. Is it possible? Is there a way to know when OS X is printing something?
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Finder Issues, Crashes and Zombie Finder Processes

Finder has shown, for a few weeks now, the following symptoms: About 12 to 24 hours after a restart Finder shows refresh issues. That means that new files are not shown, old files however are still ...
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Keys and mouse randomly stop working briefly

Since a couple of days, I experience the weird issue that OS X 10.10.3 does not react to keyboard or mouse inputs, except multitouch gestures like 4-finger swipes. The unresponsiveness will persist ...
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No colour dots to tag folders. Macbook Pro, OSX 10.10.3

I have just recently bought a used Macbook Pro with Yosemite installed. So far everything seemed to work ok, except today I tried to tag a folder with the coloured dot and found it not possible. The ...
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Migrating from Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS) to OS X (dev environment)

I'm about to migrate from Linux to OS X and I wonder if will encounter issues with development, as I probably will need lots of packages which are available in apt, yum package management systems. How ...
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How to access Greek symbols on OSX (Mavericks)?

I write mathematical computer code. I frequently need Greek letters such as ø My current workflow is terrible: hold down OPT and run my finger across the three rows of the keyboard: œ∑´®†¥¨^øπ“‘« ...
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How do I remove icon from the launchpad if I already moved app to trash

So, I had an app, and removed it (moved to trash) Now, I can see its icon in launchpad (when I click it says "You can't open the application "Name" because it is in the trash.). With only button OK. ...
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Connection to shared network server sometimes stuck connecting, needs restart to fix

Sometimes on OS X Yosemite my connection to a shared network server is stick connecting, while the server is available. OS X simply won't connect to it using Finder and the Connect As... button ...
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Finder doesn't show newly created files anymore unless restarted

The title says it (I mean, when a new file is created in an other application). This started happening today, and I think this may be related to an error message which I got the first time in ...
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Mac as a kiosk: How to effectively whitelist apps with Parental Controls?

I have various Mac Minis that I use as kiosks. I set them up to have an admin account and a user account managed with Parental Controls, which the machine auto-logs into and runs my native app full ...
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How do you lengthen the amount of time that Time Machine keeps hourly backups?

Time Machine keeps hourly backups for 48 hours by default before purging for daily backups and I'd like to extend this further (to a week of hourly backups). Is there a way to change the config to ...
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How to set up Mac for multiple user remote access log in and a shared network drive?

I have users who want to share a highpowered mac in a lab. It has a decent processor and a ton of RAM. They want to be able to remotely access this mac from both PC/Mac just like a user would be able ...
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Why are some shortcuts modified with the Shift key while others are modified with the Option key?

I have used Windows for all of my life. In Windows, shortcuts are (almost) always initiated with the Control key. Modifications to those shortcuts are then done with the ⇧ key. So, for example, you ...
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Why can I open an app from Contents/MacOS/app but not by clicking the icon?

I have an application that is fully functional when opened from Show Package Contents > /Contents/MacOS/app however when I click the icon in the Applications folder the icon just keeps bouncing. ...
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How to install OS X again with no access to a recovery partition?

I have a Mac running Fedora with no recovery partition and no access to any computer with Mac OS X. How can I reinstall OS X on this computer?
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Changing invisible keyboard shortcuts

An application (Skim) seems to have hijacked a shortcut which I normally use to change browser tabs (Command-Shift-] and Command-Shift-[). Not only this, but now that I have uninstalled skim, the ...
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Does the 2015 Retina MacBook have firmware target disk mode?

I've read the user manual and FAQ on ports for the new 2015 Retina MacBook and can't tell if it supports target disk mode. Apple's article on target disk explicitly says Firewire and Thunderbolt are ...
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Change background of terminal based on host

Is there a way I can have my terminal dynamically change covers based on the host I am on? For example, the default background (as determined by terminal profile) is black. Maybe there is another ...
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How can I add extra groups to Finder's recognised kinds

presently when I attempt to group files in Finder (Yosemite 10.10.3) by kind the created Documents category creates a vast number of files including CSVs DOCX etc: Is it possible to make this ...
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MacBook Pro 2014 Running OS X 10.10.3 Pages 5.1 Won't Save or Open Documents

Re: This question - "The required index.xml is missing" in Pages and "You need a newer version of Pages to open this document" Ok, this looks like you have found THE answer to my ...
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System accounting broken after MacOS X upgrade: why? fix?

After MacOS X upgrades (Mavericks, Yosemite) I noticed the system accounting was broken. What is this? The system accounting is a kernel function which record any command run on the system. It is a ...
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You can’t change the startup disk to the selected disk?

I am booting my macbook through an external usb drive. At system preferences - startup disk when I try to select my internal harddisk it says: You can’t change the startup disk to the selected disk. ...
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`lookupviewservice` eats a lot memory

After a while, lookupviewservice will occurred and use more than 2G memory (even more than this after a few days). I have to end the process manually, but after a while, it comes up again, even though ...
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Launchctl says plist is invalid, plutil says it's OK

I'm trying to have launchd run a shell script when I join a new WiFi network. I've created this plist file (closely based on this SuperUser answer) at ...
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Setup launchd task to run when USB device is connected

I'm hoping to setup a script to run automatically when a USB device is connected, however I'm not certain how to trigger it. Unfortunately the USB device isn't a volume, so I can't use the onmount ...
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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Mail keep quitting unexpectedly. This started happening after the last update

I'm just wondering that why Mail keeps quitting after the 10.10.3 update. The mail app worked fine and I never had to quit it, but now it happens occasionally. Sorry I didn't provide those ...
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How to remove birthdays from iCal?

Does anyone know how to do this? I already unchecked birthdays in the iCal > preferences I am the Admin
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Mac Prohibited Sign + DeployStudio NetBoot set Creation Failed!

I have deploystudio set up and I was trying to image a computer. I open up a new pro out of the box, and I get a prohibited sign when I try to boot off of my current .nbi I tried resetting pram, disk ...
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How do I change the ownership of files backed up with Time Machine

I have a Mac which was reinstalled from scratch, and the owner accidentally changed her username when installing it. Current user id is "Jane" but old time machine backups were made when her user name ...
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How to configure the pf firewall in the terminal?

I have googled it and have yet to find any good tutorials so far. Most of what I can find are for ipfw or GUI softwares. Does anyone know of any good tutorials on it? Would any of the non mac ...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -10810 Can't open 'Install OS X Yosemite.app'

I'm trying to install OS X Yosemite through 'Install OS X Yosemite.app' downloaded from the Internet. When I try to open it by double clicking it, nothing happens. When I use the terminal I get the ...