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 automate hardware scenarios based on connection type on my MacBook? [duplicate]

I would find it to be possible to automate (e.g. with Automator) a given set of scenarios according to my MacBook's connection, but I'm not very knowledgeable on how to approach this. Specifically, I ...
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Migration assistant to specific folder

I have a 290gb of data on my old mac. It won't boot up. I have a firewire cable and am going to transfer the data to my MacBook pro which has 590gb of free space. I want to use migration assistant, ...
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Is it possible to use 'Continuity' to send a WhatsApp message from MacOS? [on hold]

The 'Continuity' feature says that it is possible to send 'any kind of text message' from any device: https://www.apple.com/au/ios/whats-new/continuity/ Is it possible to send a WhatsApp message ...
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Is there a command line utility to display a string or an image in the status bar in Mavericks?

Basically I want to issue a command in a bash script or an Apple Script and see some string (or icon) in the status bar aka "where the clock is". Something similar to osascript but for the status ...
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screensaver two monitors two images

I'd like to display a different image on each of my two monitors as the screensaver. The "Classic" screensaver almost does this, but it always mirrors the same image to both monitors. A way to ...
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Replacement for Isolator

It seems that one of my all time favourite apps Isolator has been abandoned. While it still works, it hasn't been updated in forever, could use some customization features and it isn't ready for ...
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Can I run non server OS 10.6.8 using VMware?

Two part question really: 1) can it be done at all (standard version NOT server)? 2) if it can be done can I import an existing standard 10.6.8 system from an external disk with VMWare or do I have ...
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Where is the file systems table in OS X?

I can see the following mounts on my MacBook: > mount /dev/disk0s2 on / (hfs, local, journaled) devfs on /dev (devfs, local, nobrowse) map -hosts on /net (autofs, nosuid, automounted, nobrowse) ...
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Can I create an OSX image to install after a disk format/7-pass

I often do a secure pass (usually 7) once a month on my Macbook, for privacy reasons and my job. But, it's annoying that I have to continue to reinstall my applications each time. It is possible to ...
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screensaver that takes a screenshot

I'd like to make my screensaver look just like an unlocked desktop. The idea would be to take a screenshot just before activating the screensaver, and use that screenshot in the screensaver. Has ...
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How can I find out how much space is left on my MacBook Air hard drive? [duplicate]

I'm running OSx 10.9.4 on a MacBook Air and don't know where to look to find out how much space is left on my hard drive.
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Boot with 2 spaces

Is it possible to have OSX log in with 2 Spaces by default? I want to be able to start on a blank desktop while the Login Items I have set up are started in the other Desktop.
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how to print all open tabs in chrome on Mac to pdfs?

I have a chrome\firefox on my mac. I have opened many tabs and I want to print all tabs into pdfs. I have downloaded "universal prin" addon for FF. But I cannot send to a virtual pdf printer all ...
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OS X Yosemite Beta could not be verified [on hold]

I was trying to update my Mac from OS X Yosemite Beta 1 to Beta 2 from the Mac App Store. When the download had completed, my mac restarted. But during its install process it gave me this error ...
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uninstalling adware bundled with adobe reader etc

My wife recently needed to install Adobe Reader for some of her work (apparently there is some kind of interactive functionality that Preview doesn't support) and in the process managed to install ...
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Will iTunes Match organize my local files?

Today I organized some of my songs/albums on my Macbook Pro while I was at work. My main/local files are on my PC at home which is also connected to Match. After organizing songs in the cloud, will ...
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Flashing Folder on Mac Pro 1,1 after trying to Bootcamp

So I bought a Mac 1,1 and it runs great, until I tried to bootcamp it the other day with an old windows HDD i had. I downloaded windows, and tried to bootcamp it and now it will not boot the Mac HDD, ...
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Spotlight “Indexing and searching disabled.” message in terminal on OSX. Why?

My spotlight searching hasn't worked for quite some time and I've tried everything I could find on Google. I can't search for anything on my MacBook.. literally nothing shows up. I'll list the things ...
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OSX Server 10.9 File Sharing - not working properly

I have a 10.9 server with file sharing enabled. One of the users decided to change the permissions on the folder and was doing some "spring cleaning" now all of my shares are not visible from the ...
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Is it possible to have 2 wireless interfaces and have each interface connect to a different VPN over a MacPro?

Is it possible to have 2 wireless interfaces and have each interface connect to a different VPN over a MacPro? Basically, I have a MacPro with 2 wireless interfaces. I connected to both wireless ...
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A few applications are automatically opened when I first turn on the mac

I have a few applications that are automatically opened when I start the computer, for example TextWrangler or Activity Monitor. Is it possible to start the computer without this stupid behaviour?
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Where file revisions are stored on OS X?

Most Apple applications in newer OS X versions, like OS X 10.9, automatically save all changes to all files and documents without your approval, and file versions and revisions are automatically ...
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App that changes network settings, launches apps, etc. when changing network connection

~5 years ago an enthusiastic coworker was telling me about some awesome app that would do stuff like automatically change your volume, mount network drives, launch apps, etc. when it notices that your ...
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Terminal window is now blank

A Terminal newbie here. I had downloaded and installed Git, but when I typed "Git --version" I would get illegal instruction. I tried to uninstall Git and now my Terminal window in blank. How do I ...
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Looking for OS X 10.5.8

I am trying to restore G5 Mac for audio recording purposes. I believe the hard drive has failed and I will need to replace it. My research on this computer shows the latest compatible OS X to be ...
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Safari not showing all Facebook icons

sometimes when i login facebook the profile picture icons just won't load. I tried reseting safari, nothing. When i use chrome everything is ok. I googled it and someone said something about deleting ...
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Where does the name come from on Mail.app?

I tried to use OS X's Mail.app, but when I connected it using gmail, the authentication window showed my real name in Chinese character in the first text field. The other two fields are mail and ...
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Merging two partition with each other on Yosemite [on hold]

Question: I have two partitions according to the following: 1) Macintosh HD 464.26 GB /Volumes/Macintosh HD (Journal HFS+) disk0s2 2) OS X 10.10 9.4 GB / (Journal HFS+) disk1 I would like the ...
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Can I mount an external NTFS drive as writable when running the install DVD?

I have an old Macbook Pro on which I'd like to try Mavericks. Before doing so I want to make a back-up of my current Mac OS X install (10.6.8). I will use the disk utility option (and not the time ...
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Migrate files from 0s9 to OSX

I'm trying to migrate some files from my old PowerComputing PPC computer(SCSI) that ran OS 9.0.4 to my current MacBook Pro running OSX (default 10.9.4 but 10.6.8 avail via external disk). I've gotten ...
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What would the downside be of excluding “Saved Application State” from Time Machine?

I've noticed using BackupLoupe that stuff under ~/Library/Saved Application State/ pops up in my Time Machine backups. I can't find that much about this folder online, but one site describes it as ...
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Ran Disk Utility to Repair Permissions but not sure it's doing the right job

I wrote a script to parse Disk Utility log and output and permission changes that give more access than before. There were 5 results: 2014-09-21 21:42:31 +1000: Permissions differ on ...
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Monitor which website my applications are trying to connect to

I am looking for a way to monitor my network so I can know which website that specific application is trying to connect to.
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Can't mount Macintosh HD volume - journal issue

My MacBook Pro (Mavericks) keeps booting into OS X Startup Utility. Disk Utility shows Macintosh HD volume as unavailable - not mounted. Running fsck_hfs -l /dev/disk0s2 returns: ** /dev/rdisk0s2 ...
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How to close a file and a folder using bash?

Is it possible? I would like something which is the opposite of the command open file_or_folder_name. I have searched on the web but I got no results.
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Mavericks - I need to be notified when a wifi network becomes available

My university's wifi connection goes up at random times. It's faster, so I would want to be notified when it becomes available so that I can surf faster and I don't have to pay for mobile data that I ...
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Set the default column width system wide in finder

Some how the widths of the finder columns on my system have become really wide, i know i can resize them perminatly by dragging them to the width i want while holding down the option key, but this ...
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How does iTunes detect updates are available for iOS apps?

So, I turned off network connection on my Mac. Accidentally starting iTunes, but iTunes indicated there are number of Updates available for iOS apps. When I tried to select app to update, it ...
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How to add a process to sandboxd's configuration?

I have a particular process that is having some problems writing to the /private/tmp folder. sandboxd keeps emitting the following error: sandboxd[xxx] ([xxxxx]): process(xxxxx) deny ...
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How to stop my texts (iMessage) from showing on my Mac

Whenever I send or receive messages on my iPhone they show up on my MacBook also. I was wondering how I could get that to stop? It used to be that my texts wouldn't show up, and I could message ...
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Does Time Capsule require Internet to properly function as a backup server?

Is it possible to use Time Capsule without the Internet as an offline private wifi network for backup? I have read only tales of terror in my search for anecdotes and instructions regarding set-up ...
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Getting Automator file selection from multiple windows

I've created an automator action (service) which looks at two different files or folders and then performs an action based on their paths and filename. The problem is, each pair of files/folders is ...
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MacBook Pro random shutdown and restart - with logs

About 2 or 3 times in a week the computer will shutdown to a grey error screen and reboot. It's very difficult to troubleshoot because it happens so randomly. Most recently, I've gone ahead and copied ...
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not able tot play netflix on Yosemite — There appears to be a display problem…ensure your monitor is HDCP compliant…mirrored using Airplay" [on hold]

Ever since I updated to Yosemite (yesterday), I haven't been able to play netflix videos when I have a second monitor connected to my screen. I get this error message: "Whoops something went wrong ...
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How do I control Finder and App Store notifications in OS X?

Notification Center in OS X (10.9, Mavericks) provides a way to control configure notifications for various Apps such as Mail or Safari, but seems to provide on settings for controlling notifications ...
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Rename iMessage group with AppleScript

While the new iOS 8 group naming can be great, if the people in the group aren't very mature it can be...very not great. How would I go about renaming a group in Messages.app with AppleScript? I ...
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Is it possible to permanently install PyCharm?

I am quite new to OS X and I have just discovered a fantastic Python IDE, which is PyCharm. The problem is that every time I want to start it, I need to click on its installer, which apparently is ...
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Is there a way to order all the files and folders automatically?

I am new to OS X, but there's one thing that annoys me a little bit, which is that every time I have to clean up all the files (by name, for example) because they are always pasted in an unordered ...
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Xcode 6.0.1 Mavericks changes icons and themes

I just updated Xcode 5.1.1 to 6.0.1 on Mavericks, and it is suddenly extremely bright and all of the icons have been replaced with the ugly flat icons. What can I do to change it back to the way it ...
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Confusion with sudo and multiple local accounts

I am having difficulties figuring out why certain things are much more complicated on a mac terminal than a standard linux shell.. Say I have two local accounts, one administrator called "adm" and a ...