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 can the colors of a single window be inverted in OS X?

How can the colors of a single window be inverted in OS X?
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Select whole words using single finger tap gesture

If you double click a word to select it, and keep the mouse held down, you go it starts word selection mode, meaning it will select whole words as you move the mouse over them. This only works when ...
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Fake rectangle/window visible under some windows

tricky question here. I don't know how long this has been going on, but I noticed it only recently. My semi-transparent windows have a “fake” square/window beneath them, which is visible (it also ...
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Toggle between applications via four finger gesture?

Currently, if you enable it, the four finger gesture popups a window that shows you the apps you can switch to, You can then select one of them using the mouse. Is there any way to modify this ...
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How can I restore a file from the trash back to its original folder?

If I deleted files on my computer and they went to the trash, how can I send them back to the same folder that they came from? On Windows, I can right-click the files and press restore. Copying them ...
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How can I get my trackpad settings to work on the login screen?

I enabled the System Preferences > Trackpad > Tap to Click which causes it to work while I am logged in. However, in the login screen, it does not work. How can I get this setting enabled in the login ...
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Triple finger tap for middle click?

I can single tap my trackpad for a left click, and tap it with two fingers for a right click. Is there any way to bind a three finger tap to perform a middle click? I tried MagicPrefs, but it's ...
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What's the difference between one finger dragging and drag lock?

If I go into Settings > Trackpad and enable Tap to click, I can enable the settings Dragging and Drag Lock. What is the difference between these two settings? It appears that they are doing the same ...
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How to disable ._ AppleDouble files for SMB?

I have a small problem. I don't want that our Macs here create the ._ files to the network drive. For example when you copy an image over the finder to the SMB storage. Is there a way to disable this ...
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How can I reinstall an application that the Mac App Store thinks is installed already?

I'm the developer of an application that is currently on the Mac App Store. I'm trying to download my own application so that I can test out the binary that is on the store. (As opposed to running it ...
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repaired disk/permissions, now imac won't boot into login

My iMac has been running horrendously slow the past couple days, so I booted into the Snow Leopard CD and ran a disk repair and a permissions repair. Now I can't get past the spinner. It's been ...
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The state of theming in OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I change my OS X theme? There used to be a vibrant community of themers and modders for OS X. It seems like after Leopard was released a lot of that has dried up. ...
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Custom shortcut executes service twice

Following this answer I have created a custom service that executes a shell script that looks like this: open -a FireFox "http://dict.cc/$1" It works fine when I click. Then I defined a custom ...
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How do I access Windows PCs on the network?

How can I access Windows PCs from my Mac, and vice-versa, on the same network. I need to transfer files back and forth, and I can't seem to figure out how to do it. I poked around the settings, added ...
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What's triggering my Finder's CPU binges?

A few times a week, the Finder on my Macbook shoots up to around 100% CPU use, and the fans start blasting. I've done everything I can think of - repaired permissions, rebooted, trashed preferences, ...
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Is it possible to disable spellcheck for Coda but leave it enabled for other applications?

I use Coda as web editor, and I usually have to mix Italian and English nouns and phrases. I don't want spellcheck on (as I use programming-related words such as uid and pid), so I'd like to ...
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Alternatives to MetaX?

I'm trying to rip some DVDs on my Mac, the boxset for a TV show, using Handbrake. I'd also like to automatically fetch metadata - show name, episode name, etc. But MetaX isn't getting any metadata for ...
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Can I connect to a specific access point by BSSID?

Is there any way to get Mac OS X to connect to a specific access point by BSSID? I have a network with the same SSID for multiple access points, and I would sometimes like to specify which specific ...
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Boot Camp not burning Windows support DVD

So, I'm trying to get Boot Camp to work so I can put a partition of Windows 7 on my MacBook. I'm getting to the point where it's downloaded the supporting software and I have to burn it to a DVD. I ...
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How to perform cleanup duties on OS X?

For all my Windows PCs I use CCleaner to perform cleanup duties. Is there a similar tool that I can use for OS X to clean up any accumulated crap?
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Is it possible to change the file format of Grab.app?

I know that you can change the format used by ⌘⇧3 and ⌘⇧4 (SE answer and external source), but is it also possible to change the format of Grab.app (uses TIFF)?
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Cannot empty trash after deleting .dmg

So, I downloaded Chrome, and I put it in the Applications folder and from there a shortcut to the applications bar on the bottom of the screen. All is fine, but now there's an icon on the desktop that ...
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What app can I use to create mockups for websites?

I'm looking for a free or commercial software for Os X to create mockups for websites. Any suggestion?
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One Note alternative for Mac?

For some time I've been using the combination of FreeMind and One Note on my Windows machine. About a month ago I migrated to Mac and now I'm trying to search for an alternative. So far I've tried ...
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Can Windows Vista be installed on Mac OS X 10.6.6?

I heard that as of Mac OS X 10.6.6, Apple removed wording about installing Vista via Boot Camp, suggesting that they are no longer supporting it. If I have Mac OS X 10.6.6 installed, can I still ...
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Why are FTP connections read-only when I use “Connect to Server…”?

I'm just trying to connect to the server hosting my website through Finder, but it's always read only, even though I'm logging in with my username and pass. Obviously, I can connect with an FTP ...
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Why does the enter/return key rename a file/folder, instead of opening it? [closed]

Is there some sort of known logic behind Apple's choice to make the enter key rename a file/folder, rather than open it as is standard on Windows and Linux? For those of you coming here for the ...
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Is there any app to monitor how long has each app been actively used?

What I'm looking for is basically some monitoring application, which will log how long has each of my applications been actively used. By that I mean it got focus. The point of this would be to ...
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How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and USB sticks?

When plugging a USB stick into a Mac, OS X creates a number of hidden files on the stick, including a Spotlight index and Trash folder. Example from the terminal for a USB stick "Untitled": $ ls -a ...
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Does osx file organization works like Ubuntu's?

I mean, does mac have a "home" folder, and if I want to format and reinstall the system, it'll not affect my home folder? And the Desktop is a folder within the home folder?
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How can I stop Finder from trying to 'pre-load' audio files?

I have a lot of audio in my storage devices. Finder for Mac OS X Snow Leopard tries to get a 'snapshot' of the audio whenever a folder is opened and this can take a while if there are lots of files. ...
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Setting a custom log

I have to get all the chromium and firefox info logs out of /var/log/system.log and into a nice quiet /var/log/{chromium,firefox}.log. However I can neither recall or find how to set that in ...
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How can I install boot camp if I have a Windows 7 upgrade CD?

I have the following CD's: Windows Vista Home Premium (Upgrade) Windows Vista Ultimate (Full) Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade) I would like to install Windows 7 on a mac with boot camp. It seems ...
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How can I downgrade the OS on a Mac to the original one it came with?

If I buy a mac with OS X 10.6.5, and then I upgrade it to OS X 10.6.6, how can I downgrade it back to OS X 10.6.5? I don't mind having to reinstall the entire operating system if necessary. Could ...
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Can anyone recommend an app for creating flowcharts and diagrams?

I'm seeking a Mac app for creating basic flowcharts and similar diagrams. Google has been no help; I've followed dozens of links to apps that either don't exist anymore, I can't find any real ...
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How do I get vim to work at 256 colors in iTerm?

I just got a new iMac, and installed iTerm (0.10). On my last laptop 256 color mode worked fine, but I'm having trouble getting this to work on my new Mac. I copied over all the settings, set $TERM ...
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ASP & PHP Web Server on OS X

On Windows, I ran Xampp on port 80 for PHP/MySQL and IIS on port 8080 for ASP. For OS X, what's the best route to take... Should I just run Xampp for Mac for PHP/mySQL, or is there a better option ...
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Mac Pro 2007/2008 fresh Snow Leopard install with GT120 graphics card?

I have a Mac Pro from late 2007, early 2008 and I want to perform a clean install but nothing comes up on my monitor. The graphics card is an NVIDIA GT 120 and the hard drive is an Intel SSD. I am ...
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How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?

How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?
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Preview an animated GIF image?

How can I preview an animated GIF? When I double-click it, it opens in Preview and is not animated, showing each frame as a separate image instead of playing the animation. As an example, here is the ...
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My MacBook Pro uses an extraordinary amount of RAM

I bought my MacBook Pro about 1.5 years ago (with 4 GB RAM) but these days I think it uses an extraordinary amount of memory; when I open Firefox & Adium & Thunderbird & iTunes & ...
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Microsoft Outlook versus iCal versus Google Calendar

The corporate calendar and email server is Exchange. My personal calendar is in google. Currently, I use iCal to allow me to see both calendars at the same time. This is not perfect, however, ...
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Is there any alternative to Windows Live Writer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good / acceptable blog-publishing application on Mac OS X? Coming from Windows, I've quite got used to writing to my blog using Windows Live Writer, which ...
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How to change permissions for etc folder mac?

When I check the permission on my etc folder using the alt + i command, I am not able to check the permission. As if the file had no permissions at all. This occured to me while I was trying to ...
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File location of kernel extensions?

Is there an easy way to make the mapping from kernel extension to the file it came from? I can get the list of currently loaded kernel extension via kextstat. This gives me the bundle names, like ...
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How can I get the load average (and only the load average) on Mac OS X?

On all linux boxes /proc/loadavg contains the raw load for 1, 5, and 15 minutes. Nothing extra. On OS X machines this file does not exist. Is there a file or a terminal command which will give me the ...
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OS X 10.6 : Automating new system provisioning with scripts

I've been working on this for days but simply cannot find the correct references to make it work. The idea is to have a script that will baseline newly purchased Macs that comes into the company with ...
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Controlling a Mac remotely

Is it possible to control the Mac remotely? My parents live in different country other than where I'm living now, I think about giving one of my Mac to my parents to use iChat. As my parents are not ...
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Syncing Contacts and iCal between multiple macs and iOS?

I have a two macs, an iPod Touch and an iPad, so 4 devices in total. I wonder if there is a way to sync contacts and ical calendars between these devices automatically (or in case of the iPod/iPad ...
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Disable File System Cache for USB Devices?

Possible Duplicate: Disable “the disk was not ejected properly” message When I have a USB Device like a SD Card, USB Drive or external hard drive, I always need to unmount it, ...