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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Gathering statistics in Mac Dictation

Is there any way to log the use of / gather statistics in Mac Dictation, such as the following: Use of commands (e.g. log command name, timestamp) Use of words (e.g. log wordl, timestamp) ?
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I overwrote OSX with Linux by accident

So here is what happened. I installed Ubuntu onto a flashdrive hoping to be able to dual boot Linux/OSX. I burned Ubuntu onto the flash drive on my desktop PC (windows 8.1) with universal USB ...
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view pdf files on X11 forwarding

I am using Mac OS X Darwin Kernel Version 13.4.0, when opening pdf files using xpdf on ssh -X or ssh -Y Xquartz X11 package I am receiving segmentation fault. Can we do any sort of work around for ...
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ssh -X without/with using xquarts

I would like to know if apple bash in supporting ssh -X right out of the bat? using the command is launching XQuarts and interestingly both are NOT working with e.g. displaying pdf files returning : ...
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How to automatically refresh external data in excel 2011/osx?

I have an excel spreadsheet that is pulling in data from an external CSV. I want it to refresh every time I open it, because eventually it's going to be pulling data in from 20 different files. At ...
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How do I change permissions of folders on a hard drive from a booted USB drive

I am trying to save my files on my Hard Drive that has a crashed OS. I created a Bootable USB with Ubuntu and successfully booted. I can see my folders, but I can't actually open them because I don't ...
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In Yosemite, the 'Alerts" Alert style notification dismisses on its own

I've setup the Thyme app's notifications to be "Alerts" style, which requires the user to interact with it to dismiss it: However, they dismiss on their own after about 5 minutes. How to configure ...
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No game achievements in steam at all

Buy the game Monochroma some time ago and no one achievement has earned until I passed it. Already trying to get help in steam forum, but nothing. Maybe anyone have this kind of problem on mac ...
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How to restore system from network drive?

I have a 2014 MacBook Pro. I want to restore my OS from a Time Machine backup which is on a shared network volume. When I restart in recovery (Apple-Opt-R), it boots from internet, but if I try to ...
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Adding a photo to iPhoto by right clicking in the Finder

How does one add iPhoto to the list of choices when right clicking on a photo in the Finder?
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Does OS X Manage RAM? [duplicate]

I was reading this SuperUser question, and it made me wonder, does OS X do any sort of memory managment, or does alloc() just fail to allocate memory, causing the process to crash?
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Fusion installing Mavericks this item is temporary unavailable

I am new to Mac. I have a MacBook Air running 10.9.4. I installed Fusion VMWare and I am trying to install a VM for 10.9.4 using the "Install OS X from the recovery partition. When I get to the ...
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Paint.NET alternative for Mac OS X

I would be extremely grateful to anyone pointing me in the direction of the Mac OS X analogue for the free Windows image-editing software Paint.NET. Basically the way I use it is I take lots of ...
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My Mac recently using RAM like hell?

I have 8 GB of ram and I have only 1.25GB free memory left, not enough to run 2 tabs of gmail. for chrome keep asking me to kill the process of my Gmail which 2-3 days ago I'm always have like 2-3GB ...
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extract paswords from mavericks keychain? [duplicate]

First of all i need to know if mail's passwords stored in keychain or not ? If yes .. how to extract passwords from keychain ? That's it
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Splitting a mac desktop into smaller portions

Background I'm using a device called a DualHead2Go that lets me plug two external screens into an early gen Macbook Pro. This device basically presents the two screens to the mac as if they were one ...
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Why is there a web process active even if Safari isn't opened?

I noticed that even when Safari is closed, many web processes are active, and these processes are active even when I just restarted my Mac. Actually, I noticed that this process is in the Spotlight ...
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Tools to support maintenance jobs with Finder tags

When OS X Mavericks was released in 2013 with tagging support built directly into Finder, I expected tagging on OS X to gather steam (at least among “power users”). However, the number of tools and ...
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Why is my startup disk so full?

I've been getting messages recently that "My startup disk is almost full," and I'm quite sure I haven't used the full 250GB of my Macbook's hard drive. Using "Get Info" on Macintosh HD says that I'm ...
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Finding CodeBlocks that works or fixing bugs?

I am using Codeblocks to develop C++ code on OSX Mavericks. I am currently running into the problem where the software occasionally will crash and than continue to crash every time the software is ...
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Quit all Safari Web Content processes at once?

The biggest RAM hog on my computer is my unhealthy habit of keeping too many Safari tabs open. Even when I close them, their associated processes don't necessarily disappear if those processes were ...
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Can you change the storage location of Conversation History for Mac Lync?

I know the history is stored in /Users/<username>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Microsoft Lync History. Does anyone know if it's possible to change where it's stored? I'd like to save ...
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How to get client Mac to use caching facility from Mac OSX server on Yosemite

I have installed Mac OSX server onto one machine. Caching is enabled. How do I now configure a client Mac on the same network to start using this cache for both web browsing and software updates? I ...
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Mac Mini private network

I am trying to set up a very simple network using a Netgear 5 port Gigabit switch, a Mac Mini, a Seagate Central 4Tb NAS and an Apple TV to serve movies to my Samsung TV. I followed a guide on ...
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Displaying calendar events as text, in the terminal

Using Yosemite, is there a way to display events from my calendar in the command line? I'm aware of the stock calendars apple supplies for things like holidays and such, /usr/share/calendar/ and the ...
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dnsextd messages in console

I'm running OS X 10.10.1 and keep getting thousands of lines like the following in the system console log. 12/16/14 2:57:02.937 PM dnsextd[9384]: ConnectToServer - 10 failed attempts. Aborting. ...
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Problems with missing Launch Agents and Daemons

I recently updated to new 10.10. However machine is on the end of its life and usually I would do a clean install. Somewhat I always have troubles with the update. Yet again, here is what happen when ...
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How to use OSX to create a bootable USB key to install Windows 8.1 on a PC

I have a PC laptop without OS and I would like to install Windows 8.1 on it. How can I prepare a bootable Windows USB key in Yosemite? I have to use OSX to prepare the bootable USB Key, as I ...
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Cannot upgrade mac mini

I have a Mac Mini, running OS X 10.7.5, and I try to upgrade it, but I cannot for some reason (in short - I want to install the new XCode and code in Swift). When I click the "Free upgrade" button ...
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How do I properly force osx to reload the Info.plist file of an application?

On Yosemite 10.10, I was trying to use defaults to modify the Info.plist file of an app, but after such command, osx does not reload modified Info.plist. I've tried to move the app around and reboot, ...
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Dropbox109 process asking to access firewall on Yosemite

As the title says, I have a process called Dropbox109 asking to access the internet. I have denied it. I have Dropbox installed since Mavericks, and its been working fine (uploads/downloads/sync). ...
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Installing ML 10.8 Using Internet Recovery freezes during install process

I changed my Mac HDD because the other one was corrupted. But when I do the Internet Recovery install, the bar on OS X Mountain Lion Install Page (Downloading Additional Components) goes all the way ...
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Batch command line “convert” tool corrupting first file in folder

-convert txt * -output * I am batch converting some RTFs to TXTs. For some reason, the first (only the first and always the first) file in the directory does not convert AND gets corrupted by the ...
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OSX hangs on startup after large file search caused a crash (Mavericks 10.9.5)

Well, my computer won't startup. Gray screen on regular startups, black screen with no cursor on safe mode startup. It started after a everything froze while performing a massive file search in ...
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Dock indication about different application instances

I miss a feature of the windows taskbar; I could see each application instance separately keeping an eye on my actual open Windows and not Apps.. This is useful especially in debugging, keeping two ...
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My Mac is making an odd noise every couple of minutes

Total Mac OS noob here, after spending a lifetime on Windows I have my first Mac. Every couple minutes I hear an odd sound (playing through the speakers), it sounds like two beeps in quick ...
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“Suspicious Activity Might Have been Detected” malware in Safari or other browsers

Did you navigate to a page that produced a popup that says (among other things)... Suspicious Activity Might Have been Detected ...and then asks you to call a toll free number? As you might have ...
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OS X Service Packs?

I'm trying to get the Mindstorms software on my MacBook, and this is part of the requirements: Mac 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 with the latest service packs What are the service packs it is talking about? ...
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Is /usr/bin/etags severely out of date in Yosemite?

Is /usr/bin/etags severely out of date in Yosemite? If so, what is the easiest way to get an up-to-date version of etags, to use with Emacs from http://emacsformacosx.com/? I am using: GNU ...
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iCloud Drive taking up space on local drive?

My computer seems to be keeping a local copy of my iCloud Drive folder. Is there any way to disable this? I know this because in my "Library" folder, there is another folder called "Mobile ...
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Missing menu items from the Apple Menu

Somehow in the past 24 hours, I have only a basic menu for the Apple Menu and my early 2011 MBP running Yosemite 10.10.1 also always starts up in the Simple Finder. I especially miss the Recent Items ...
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What are the differences between Applescripts saved as *.scpt and *.applescript?

It seems to me that those scripts that are saved as *.applescript are always meant to be the raw, uncompiled text while those that are saved as *.scpt can be either the raw text or the compiled ...
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Is there an app for manage documents for OS X?

I'm searching for an app like iTunes or iPhoto but for documents which manage documents for me. I assume the finder itself could manage documents, but please explain how the helpful properties of ...
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Why is “my passport air” suddenly not coming up as recognized by my macbook air? The light is on and it is vibrating as it usually does

I had another external drive transferred to this one with all my data on it and now I can't access it. What can I do to access the drive and data?
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iMac retina 27" with Mac OS X Yosemite. Reduce space between lines in Pages

When using the Pages app, how can I reduce the space between lines of text to LESS than single spacing?
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Locating Location Services

In System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General, Location Services lists a variety of items that you can opt to give permission to accessing your location. I have listed in this pane an ...
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MacBook Air running Yosemite won't shut down when external HDD connected

My MacBook Air won't shut down when an external hard drive is connected. The screen goes black, and the mouse pointer is still there. I think this started happening when I upgrade to Yosemite. Any ...
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Syntax for “focused searches” on Finder

When I trying searching for a file/folder on Finder, I get way too many results. I know that I can narrow down search results by pressing the [+], but is there a way of narrowing the search results by ...
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Mac OS X Applications Windows Stack Order

When you right click an application in the dock, a list including the opened windows for that application is open, like this: http://cl.ly/image/350Q2J0q0e25 The problem is this: I would like to ...
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Moving the treeview to the left side in QuollEyeTree

Is there any way to move the treeview to the left side in QuollEyeTree? By default the treeview is located at the top half: For example in Macintosh Explorer the treeview is on the left side by ...