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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Chrome Helper process…without Chrome running

Recently I've noticed instances of Google Chrome Helper remaining running in my activity monitor long after I've shut Chrome down completely. Are these just hung processes because Chrome Helper is ...
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Cant click in Macbook 10.6.8 (Trackpad and Mouse) and another problem

I can't click anything in the screen. Cannot click any apps or folders. It wasn't even hanging because my Minecraft instantly opens and I see the config filling in. It wasn't hanging. I can't click ...
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Running Time Mechine Backup from Recovery HD

My MacBook seems to be getting kernel panics when booting up. I've decided to create a backup, reinstall OS X, and restore from the backup. But I can't create a Time Machine backup because I unable to ...
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How can I warp the border between two different sized monitors, so the mouse doesn't get stuck in the larger one?

When the monitor on one side of the border has a resolution higher than the monitor on the other side, the mouse can only cross over to the other monitor at the part where their edges overlap, as in ...
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In Safari, there is a lag for the Open Location and New Tab shortcuts.

I started noticing this about a month ago that when I hit CMD+L or CMD+T, there is about a second or so lag to when it actually does something. I verified it's not a memory problem, as it happens ...
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Unable to unmount backup drive for repair in disc utility [on hold]

Trying to repair backup but hit this problem that it will not unmonut. Is there a way to force the unmount.
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Sleep timeout missing from the energy saver preferences

I have two Macbook Pros running on Yosemite. The first one is a 17 incher from 4 years ago. I'm able to set the time that it sleeps. The second one is a 15 incher retina made this year. In its energy ...
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Alternative for `fail2ban` on my server running OS X 10.6.8

I have dedicated my old MacBook as a home server. It runs, among other stuff, the following services: Webserver (Apache, PHP, MySQL) i.e. OwnCloud/WebDAV Torrent client SSH server VPN Some game ...
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Permanently Enlarging the “Open File” dialog box in Yosemite

Whenever I open a file in any application I'm presented with the standard "Open" dialog box which find to be frustratingly small (less than 50% in each dimension). I can enlarge it to a more generous ...
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Why can a user on OS X open some directories of other users?

I run OS X Yosemite (10.10.3). From the sysadmin account, I created a standard account. This account can't open standard directories like Documents or Pictures in the admin’s user folder. It can ...
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Clean Install MacBook Pro

I have a 13" MacBook Pro that Apple has lent me while my new 15" is being built and I need to restore it to the same condition as the day I received it from Apple. How do I do that?
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How to search installed application based on functionality?

My Applications folder has 486 entries, applications that have accumulated in the 30 years I'm using Apple hardware and software. Sometimes I'm looking for "that great application I have installed a ...
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How to disable restore/resume/saved-state for a specific application in Yosemite

For most applications I like the OSX feature of remembering which documents were open. But it drives me nuts in Preview. In past versions of OSX there was a simple preference that could be altered ...
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Changes to image are permanent without hitting save

I was trying to make some avatars out of some of my images and needed to resize them. I did so in Preview in Yosemite 10.10.3, and had before as well in Snow Leopard. There was no 'save as' option, ...
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Unable to load App Store, Photos and iBooks in Yosemite

I am unable to load the App Store, Photos and iBooks after update to Yosemite. The console shows this log continuously. Any ideas what is going on? System Information[2041]: Unable to load nib file: ...
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I'm in need of an application. Where can I ask whether somebody is interested in developing it? [on hold]

It happens to me often that I have a specific need in my use of MacOS X. The problem of finding an application solving a specific problem most of the time results in being the problem of finding the ...
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Encrypted partial backup in Dropbox

I'm storing the majority of my documents in Dropbox. I store all my passwords in 1Password (with encrypted backup in Dropbox). I also have a large pool of files (SSH keys, SSL certs, encryption ...
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Remove expansion triangle in list view in Finder?

I personally prefer list view without the expansion triangle, unlike Finder question: missing expansion triangle in list view I am able to get it to work by selecting an "arrange by" option, but it ...
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Windows not updating folders from the OS X drive

I have installed Windows 8.1 on my MBP through Bootcamp. Sometimes I encounter a strange issue: Log into OS X, and move/delete/create some files, e.g. Desktop\test_file.txt Turn off the machine; ...
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Update to a newer version of OS X from OS X 10.6.8

Every time I click Software Update it tells me there's no new software! I don't even know what software I'm running so I can't search for updated software. Why is it stuck on 10.6.8?
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Eliminate com.adobe.ARMDC.Communicator.plist malware

Running an Early '09 iMac with Mavericks. Earlier this month I began to see a pop up referencing a 'malware cleaner'. Below is a copy of items dated May 4th in the Launch Agents and Launch Daemons ...
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Making a full image of an installed system

I'd like to know if is possible to make a full, bootable, and restorable image of an entire Yosemite installed system, (that is, with all installed apps and settings) without using a commercial ...
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Securityd process uses 100% CPU when Mail app is open

I have a Macbook Air mid 2011 with OS X Yosemite. For a couple of weeks, I have a process, called Securityd, that runs and uses 100% of my processor, making it hot and noisy. After some time, I ...
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How to skip OS X VNC connect password requester?

I have an Ubuntu server which I tend to use via VNC from OS X. For this, I have saved a .vncloc file from the built-in Screen Sharing client. When I click this icon, Screen Sharing connects to Ubuntu, ...
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Function keys and Enter key on built-in keyboard of 13" rMBP mysteriously remapped. How to fix or reset to default?

The built-in keyboard of my Macbook Pro started acting weird. I only started to have this problem around last week. I thought upgrading to Yosemite 10.10.3 would remove the issue but it still exists. ...
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setting JAVA correctly on MAC

I am new to mac (coming from the windows world). I did some reading on how and where JAVA HOME is set on a mac machine. I have some assumptions listed below, would be great if someone could go through ...
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MacBook Pro asks for network admin password after restart

Hope I can explain this well - I work on the company laptop logged with some username, but if the laptop is restarted it only allows administrator to log in. I have to call one of the guys and he has ...
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Changing color of text in terminal for program output

This might be answered already but I could not figure out a good way to phrase it to look for an answer so I hope you'll bear with me. I want to change the color of the text output on Terminal if it ...
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APPLE SSD SM0512F Media Equivalent

My Mac Pro (Late 2013) uses an APPLE SSD SM0512F Media SSD; I'd like to buy an equivalent SSD to use externally for cloning, backups, etc. I noticed on the PassMark website it shows performance ...
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OS X lets me run softwareupdate command without sudo: is this normal?

I am able to run and install updates with the softwareupdate command without prefixing sudo. Is this normal, can anybody else do this on there system? The man page states that admin privileges are ...
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Trackpad suddenly stops working

I got a new MacBook Pro 13' Retina Mid 2014 with OSX Mavericks installed. A couple of days after updating to OSX Yosemite 10.10.3, I noticed how the trackpad stopped working after I left the ...
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Mac Not Saving Passphrase for SSH Keys

I have tried everything for my passphrase to be saved for my SSH keys so that when I restart, I don't have to run any "ssh-add" command. I have tried: Saving my key in ~/.ssh Saving my key in ...
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Cannot boot to OS X using rEFInd

I have installed rEFInd 0.8.7 on my 2015 13" MBP onto another partition however it does not detect OS X. Here are my disk partitions: /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME ...
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OSX Yosemite uses over 500mb daily, without me using it. And only the total data received shown in Activity Monitor - no detail in specific process

Almost every day, about 560mb of data is received and I'm not downloading anything. When I check in the Activity Monitor, it shows the 560mb usage, but in the list of processes, there is hardly any ...
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External HDD is mounted, but files are (suddenly) invisible

Being fed up not being able to write to my external HDD (which is ntfs) I decided to use this script. I checked the script beforehand (I am a ruby developer with some, but limited knowlegde of bash ...
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Pros and cons of wiping a new Mac?

Coming from the PC world, most made-to-order manufacturers (e.g., Dell, HP, Acer, etc.) all have annoying little addons which I consider spyware/bloatware--things like toolbars with ads. When buying ...
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Unknown Disk Space, can't touch it [duplicate]

My visible Disk Usage minus free space is out by 123GB. Clarification: Externally booted disk repair show no errors. Permissions have been fixed. Time Machine has had local off with: sudo tmutil ...
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rEFInd keeps deleting itself

It has been some time since I have downloaded rEFInd. It was fine ever since, though later, it did start acting strange. For example, the resolution of the rEFInd window was absolutely wrong. Though ...
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Curiously removed permissions

I have a severe permissions' issue. I hope there are some really clever people out there, who might know how to solve this using the Terminal, expert-level hacking or in some really simple way so I at ...
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Install rEFInd on another partition

I recently tried to install rEFInd onto my Mac but it could not boot into the Ubuntu disk. To uninstall It I formatted my drive and reinstalled OS X along with my backup. To avoid this issue again I ...
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How to properly install Java in OS X

When I look at System Preferences > Java > Update, I see Your system has the recommended version of Java. Java 7 Update 79 From Terminal, java -version: java version "1.7.0_71" Java(TM) ...
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Split screen app for Mac?

I'm aware of applications such as this which allow windows to be "halved", allowing the screen to be divided up. But are there any apps out there that split the Mac screen within applications and ...
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Can I install figlet from the terminal?

I really love FIGlet, and use it frequently in my code and emails. It's really easy to install through the terminal in Linux, but I can't figure out how to install it on a Mac (OS X Yosemite 10.10.3). ...
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os x boot volume

was hoping someone might be able to help me figure this out when i run the cmd "systemsetup -getstartupdisk" the output is "/Volumes/13/WINNT" My hard drive setup is a gpt schema with three ...
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Disable ⌘+SHIFT+F keyboard shortcut for fullscren

I use Spectacle to allow me to hit ⇧ + ⌥ + ⌘ + F to maximize a window. However, sometimes I miss the ⌥ key, and this results in the system shortcut for moving the window to a new space to happen ...
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Expanding Flash Storage with SDXC

I see on a Macbook Pro, you can expand your current storage space with SDHC or SDXC. Being a Linux user I know you can use RAID to expand storage with 2 disk, so storage looks like 1 HD. However, most ...
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Restore scrollbuffer and tabs in iTerm as Terminal.app does

I love the restore functionailty of the Terminal.app when the app crashes or I need to restart my computer, Terminal.app will show me the recent scrollbuffer for the tabs I have open with a - ...
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How to periodically show alert message *in foreground*?

I want to have an alert / dialog box to fire up periodically in foreground. I tried a combination of AppleScript and launchd and managed to have the script (actually converted to a app) fired up ...
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“You don't have permission to save files in the location where screen shots are stored”

Every time I take a screenshot, I get this error: You don't have permission to save files in the location where screen shots are stored. How do I fix it?
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Can I build a VM and use the image on a MacBook?

We are going to have over a hundred MacBooks in our school. We would like to create a master image with all our base settings and applications so that it can be installed on every new MacBook that ...