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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(Re)Setting defaults preference on OSX for one folder excluding subfolders

i am trying to understand the "overall" file metadata vs preference default settings -logic with osx mav on my mac... after all i am totaly confused The issue: I set up my default com.apple.. to ...
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How to get Unicode 7 (Emoji, etc.) on Snow Leopard and earlier versions of OS X

As there is increasing, yet still infrequent, use of Emoji these days, I wanted to try adding an Emoji font to Snow Leopard. Since Apple Emoji uses Font Book 3 specific features I decided on ...
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Why does `arch` output `i386`?

When I run $ arch on my 10.9 2012 MacBook Pro, I get the output i386 The manpage for arch says that the arch command is 2-way universal, 32-bit only However, $ file "$(which arch)" gives ...
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Remote desktop drawing problems

I'm trying to connect into one of our Mac build servers (running OS X 10.8.5). However every time I connect the VNC connection gets into a bad state where the mouse cursor seems to corrupt the ...
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WD HDD physically damaged, what can I use to recover the data on OSX? [duplicate]

I have a physically damaged HDD that can still be detected by disk utility, but I cannot access the files inside. I tried using Data Rescue 3 but the UI was very clunky and I always end up having to ...
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Accessibility (“control your computer”) rights not sticking between logins

I'm still using the abandonware Slate window manager (I've tried Phoenix, but it's just not the same). In order for it to manage windows properly it needs Accessibility rights. The guidelines changed ...
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How to make the other person in a call to not hear the sounds my OS X is playing?

When I'm on Google Hangouts on OS X Mavericks the person on the other side can listen any sound my computer plays. Since I'm using headphones I don't suppose the actual audio wave is traveling to the ...
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OS X can't start on my Macbook, Still loading indicator [on hold]

Week ago I bought used Macbook Pro. It has orginally OS X 10.6, so quickly I upgrade to Mavericks and later to beta Yosemite. Today I want to start computer, but I can't because I am seeing screen ...
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Cannot set permissions on Parallels volume

I have Parallels Desktop 9 running on Mac OSX 10.9.4. Whenever I try to [sudo] chmod +x a file on the Parallels volume it doesn't do anything. I have to copy the file to a local folder for this to ...
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What Mac app shows this 'Control Center'-like interface on the side of the desktop?

I saw these pictures on a forum and I was wondering what app is it? I am referring to the the nice little UI on the left middle of the screen.. So I see they both have a 'beats' icon in their ...
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Solving: Unable to add server. The plugin encountered an error processing request. (10001)

How do I join an Active Directory domain when I get the 10001 error? What is the real cause of the failure? This question is about the famous failure to join an Active Directory from OS X which seems ...
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How to traverse images in a folder preview to and fro

Is it possible to open a folder with sub-folders of image files and traverse in preview window with smooth scrolling. Or any other open source utility for image viewing with the above facility.
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My mac got stolen recently. Is there a way I could get the data back remotely? [on hold]

My mac got stolen recently. Is there a way I could get the data back remotely ?
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How to start Quick Time to record when to boot Mac

I would like to record boot up condition by Quick Time when to boot up. Especially when to login after boot up. Is there a way to handle it?
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How to enable ping when to use Norton Internet Security 2013

After I setup NIS2013 with specific configuration of F/W. I can not ping to www.google.com and so on from my Mac. What I enabled is as follows; NTP (123) DHCP (68) DNS (53) Web (80) SSL (443) ...
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What is the complete, authoritative way in which Mac OSX 10.9 and later builds its PATH?

I have read just about every article on this subject. To wit, I know about: launchctl setenv /etc/launchd.conf /etc/paths /etc/paths.d/* /etc/profile /etc/bashrc ~/.profile ~/.bashrc ...
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Images not loading in Mail, App Store and other Apps (like ReadKit) of OS X Mavericks

since some days I observe something interesting on my mac Maschine. Sometimes my IMAP Account cannot connect (to different providers like gmail). I had that problem also today after a restart did ...
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Macbook Air - Deleting large files but not getting back the space

I'm running 10.6.8 on my Macbook Air. I have been archiving lots of large files to an external drive, but after doing so, my computer doesn't recognize that the files/data are gone. Even after a ...
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Can't see install disc for Linux Mint in VirtualBox

Trying to install Mint 17 Cinnamon via VirtualBox on my MBP OSX10.9.4, with 3 different discs (various makes) made on several machines (Win and Linux). I was able to deploy vm with CentOS 6.4 with a ...
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Bootcamp “No Bootable device” but windows already installed

I had an issue in OSX which meant that I had to erase the OSX partition, and after reinstalling OSX, my bootcamp partition won't load. It's not in the option menu on start up, but is still recognised ...
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Save HTML as PDF without metadata (e.g. date/time, URL)

In Safari or Firefox, saving a web page as PDF (⌘P > PDF > Save as PDF...) includes the page's title, URL, page number, and date/time in the resulting PDF. Is there a way to generate a PDF without ...
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Returning to First Screen from last Screen in Mission Control

I use Mission Control (on a Mavericks running MacBook Air) a lot, and I was looking for a solution to the following scenario: I have three (or more spaces open), and I am on the space furthest to the ...
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Import data from old HDD (on a PC) to new MacBook

I'm planning to buy a new MacBook Pro for school next month, and I wanted to know if I can use Migration Assistant or any other tool to get all data from my old hard drive to the new one. The problem ...
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Running Parallels VMs from a NAS

As I don't have enough internal storage space on my MacBook Pro, I used to store my Parallels VMs on an external 500 GB HDD connected via Firewire 800. However, that drive eventually died, and I ...
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How do I get rid of errors for disconnected networked drives?

Every time I log into OSX 10.9.4 (and several slightly older versions since I've been updating) I get several pop-ups asking me to connect to a remote/networked drive that I've previously configured, ...
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iMessage on Mac not working when using VPN

iMessage stopped working properly when I use VPN on my Macbook Pro (Mavericks), making me unable to send or receive messages. It says the user is not registered and highlighted in red/pink, but after ...
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How to run apple and custom git side-by-side

I have installed the Apple Developer Tools 5 on Mac OS X 10.9.4 which comes with Git: git version 1.8.5.2 (Apple Git-48) I also have installed Git 2.0.1 using the Mac OS X installer. How do I best ...
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Error trying to make bootable Mavericks USB drive

MBP 5,3 running 10.9.4 trying to make a bootable USB 2 drive b/c my wife's HDD on a similar MBP failed. New drive in the mail. I tried using a 4-5 yr old Lexar 8GB and got this vague error. Since I ...
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Safari SSL Errors

What led to the problem While I was trying to fix the Github SSL error caused by the DigiCert certificates, I deleted some of the certificates in the "Keychain Access" application. By doing this I ...
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speed up launchctl execution

I've set up a bunch of scripts that need to happen when I connect my thunderbolt dock at home (disable wifi, enable bluetooth, ...). To detect the thunderbolt dock I make use of the following ...
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Remove system default / third-party app 'service' items from OS X context menus?

I'm in the process of replacing OS X's default 'Search with Google' context menu item (found when you right click on text in many apps like Terminal, Notes, or third party ones like the RSS reader ...
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Add an item to Notational Velocity contextual (right click) menu?

When I right click an item in Notational Velocity, there's an "Edit With" submenu under which I can select a different app to edit the file with. That works, but it's annoying to have to fish into a ...
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Add .gsheets to Spotlight under spreadsheets

Currently if I'm searching for something and it happens to be a Google spreadsheet it shows up under other. Is there any way to have .gsheets show up under spreadsheets?
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I want to show a file in an AppleScript bundle, but shell returns: file not found

My Bundle File: reference.txt My Code: set bashFile to path to resource "reference.txt" set the reference_data to do shell script "type " & quoted form of (POSIX path of bashFile) display ...
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Copying only files without a special string in filename

I have to copy only files from a folder that don't have following string in its filename: NNNNxNNNN (a 3 or 4 digit number followed by the character x followed by a 3 or 4 digit number again -> it's ...
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Display doesn't turn on on Macbook Pro

I was using Windows with bootcamp and suddenly it restarted, but the display didn't turn on. Everything was on, I could hear the sounds, but the backlight is off, the logo light is off. After some ...
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Apple ID for employees having no credit card

I would like to create Apple ID on my employee's desktop. She has no credit card, I can't create Apple ID without card, having no apple id she cannot update her desktop. Is there any workaround of ...
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Prevent display from turning off with certain applications

I have a MacBook Pro, and during media presentations, my screen automatically turns off according to the settings app (which of course is operation as usual, to be expected). I'm looking for an ...
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Resetting application window size

I would like to know how to reset a user set window size for an application to the one chosen by the developer. Are these settings usually stored in some plist file?
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Format SSD and restore TM backup

My SSD stopped mounting by itself on boot. So I booted into Single User mode, ran /sbin/mount/ -uw / and exit and it got mounted and I could boot from the SSD. However, after booting all I see is the ...
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Why does a click on a website zooms in on a part of the page?

I'm not sure this is even a Mac issue, but when using Gmail on Chrome with OSX, clicking on certain parts of the page makes them zoom in. It's a little hard to explain, so here's a vid: ...
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Mac mini pages won't open after connecting iPad

I have a Mac mini 10.7.5. After connecting iPad Air to it I cannot open emails in Apple Mail. I can open Finder & Applications, Downloads etc but cannot open anything on these pages. I can't open ...
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Messages.app on mac: search in history

i've a problem, i'm able to search for string in messages.app. It actually tells me all the matches for every conversation, the problem is that is shows only the last match, how can i go through all ...
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Remove duplicate emails on Mac via subject match?

I've got a peculiar setup with IFTTT whereby many emails, (they're notifications about activity on Facebook) are coming in to my Gmail account. It sends emails in which many of them have an identical ...
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How do I access certain directories from the finder?

I would like to be able to do something simple such as open up a finder and be able to select files that are in '~/' or '/' Is there a simple way to go about doing this? For instance, sometimes I ...
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Keep wifi connected after log off

Is there a way to maintain a wifi connection after log off on OS X 10.8 Lion? I would like to be able to log in, log off, and log into a new account on my domain without having to plug in my ...
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Brew says Wine is installed but it fails to run with “command not found” error

I've recently just had a horrendous Mac hard drive issue which required an erase of the hard drive and a restore from an old back up. Since it's been back, it's not quite been the same. I had Wine ...
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Trying to find what driver my printer is currently using on OS X

I have two Macs, and one (with Mavericks) is working with a Sharp printer no problem, the other Mac (also with Mavericks) on the same printer cannot print to it. The mac having the problem can see ...
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Mailto: tag won't dissappear

I've had this problem a few times in the past. How do you get rid of a mailto: or alt tag that won't disappear from the Google screen. EDIT @Buscar - it wasn't just Google, it was appearing over ...
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Can't log in, but no error message

Odd problem this morning. I go to log in and it accepts the password, thinks for a second and then dumps me back to the login screen. I don't get the "shake" from entering the wrong password. It ...