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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Set keyboard shortcut as double tap of modifier key on Mac? [duplicate]

I was wondering if i could set a keyboard shortcut on Mac as a double tap of a modifier key. For example, the default shortcut of start dictation command is a double tap of the Fn (Function) key. Can ...
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How to remove removed apps OS X URL schemes from system?

Some OS X apps register URL schemes and let users open the app directly through browser such as macappstore://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unibox/id702816521?mt=12 to open the URL in Mac App Store. ...
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Control Spotify with Media Keys

How can I use the media keys (previous track, play/pause, next track) for Spotify instead of iTunes? OS X 10.9.4
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Finder treating symbolic links differently than terminal MacBook Pro Retina OS X 10.9.4

I created symbolic link jboss7 for hard link jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded and it worked fine in Finder. Then I made backup before modifying JBoss... ln -s jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded jboss7 ...
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Converting an SVG file, without using Imagemagick or Inkscape

I sometimes need to convert SVG files to a different format. Thus far I tried Inkscape and Imagemagick. I first tried to use Inkscape, but it failed to produce useable results (possibly because of ...
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Cons of the native NTFS write support (osX)

I'm currently using the NTFS native write support this way (look at LosephJG's reply): https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5544031?start=45&tstart=0 It works great with a 1tb HDD and a 32gb ...
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Opening Firewall ports on Mac OS X 10.9

I am attempting to open only a defined Firewall port on Mac OS X 10.9, for istance 1000 TCP. I know that Mac OS provides two different types of firewall: ALP and PF/IPFW. ALP allows only to control ...
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Why does quitting an application automatically bring up Finder?

When I quit an application, Finder is automatically brought up rather than the last application I was using. Why does this happen, and is there any way to change this? Thanks.
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Rubber band scrolling on Snow Leopard?

Is there any way to turn on rubber band scrolling in Snow Leopard? I cannot upgrade to Mavericks because I need Rosetta but I would like to have the scrolling behavior of Lion, Mountain Lion and ...
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Applications and preferences on USB drive

Is it possible to have applications, plugins and preferences installed on portable media such as USB drive? I have two identical computers, one at work and one at home, and I'd like to have the exact ...
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Put entire OS X home folder into Google Drive

I know it's possible to relocate the home folder on the mac to somewhere other than /Users/[username]. But would it be possible to move it to, say, /Users/[username]/Google Drive without messing up ...
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How to change the language on date and time stamp in MS Word for Max 2011?

I am using MS Office 2011 for Mac on Macbook air with OSX 10.9.4. In the comment balloon the date and time stamp shows some different language after date. I have added the screenshot of Word document ...
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What is mdflagwriter and why does it eat up so much RAM?

On my Mavericks 10.9.4 instance of mdflagwriter eats up 2.18G of RAM. I know that it's somehow related to Spotlight, but what is it exactly and why is it so RAM-hungry?
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Changing OS X's Apache settings to replicate Ubuntu's Apache environment

I've been using an Ubuntu distro for a few years now and I greatly prefer the default Apache2 settings on Ubuntu compared to OS X. This post aims to provide instructions on how to convert the few ...
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How to bump up text size & other graphical elements system wide

On Mavericks, my monitor resolution is set to 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz (1080p) on SMS24A350H. Everything looks great. But I noticed small icons in Finder window with small text. That I adjusted with Finder ...
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How to get OSX Notification Center messages pushed to iPhone?

Is there a way for all or select Mac OSX Notifation Center entries to be pushed to an iOS device?
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Why is Reminders.app cancelling shutdown and generally auto-launching and causing instability when running? [closed]

Furthermore, I have a console full of these types of messages: 8/23/14 1:50:54.662 PM com.apple.RemindersNC[438]: CGContextSetCompositeOperation: invalid context 0x0. This is a serious error. This ...
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Bind Secondary Groups to Active Directory w/ Unix Extensions

I'm running Windows Server 2012 R2 w/ Active Directory and Unix Extensions. I have several linux/bsd hosts already connected to the domain via ldap and mapping the uid/gid/secondary groups properly. ...
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How can I indent a selected paragraph in Pages on OS X?

This is very basic, but couldn't figure it out so far. If you select a paragraph on Microsoft World on Windows you can just press tab and the paragraph will move to the right. On the Mac, however, the ...
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How to get full screen button in other applications on OS X?

I want the full screen button in image 2 to appear in the app shown in image 1 (Photoshop). In Chrome there's an option to go full screen, but in Photoshop and Office this does not exist. Is there any ...
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App Exposé Window Ordering?

When App Exposé shows my browser windows (i.e., 4-finger swipe down or Control-↓), the order of the windows changes from one time to the next, and I cannot find the window I'm looking for easily. ...
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Is there a way to specify that a certain app always stay in memory?

I notice sometimes when I open the Reminders app (after not having opened it for a while), it takes a second to load. This is presumably because it is no longer in memory and loading from SSD. Is ...
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Why do you use a mac? [closed]

Why do people use a mac instead of a pc when clearly PC's are: Relatively cheaper in terms of cost Doesn't follow a walled approach Relatively more powerful More flexible Upgradable Better for ...
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Moving terminal version of python to homebrew version

python -V shows that I am on 2.7.7 but brew upgrade python shows I have 2.7.8 so clearly my terminal isn't looking at the Homebrew version. How do I fix this?
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Mac Pro 4.1 won't shut down

I have a strange problem. When I try to shut down my Mac Pro it always hangs at the grey screen (the one with the activity indicator). Is there something like a "shut down log" to see why it won't ...
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Preview Not Opening File - Permissions Issue (via Python)

I have a Mac VM running Mavericks (10.9.3), and for various reasons I am trying to write a script in Python to automatically transfer a PDF file to the VM and open it in Preview. For anyone who ...
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Is there a way to reset About this Mac Storage calculations? [closed]

When Running 10.10 Yosemite DP 6 on my MacBook Pro, it shows about this mac as being several TB of Photos, Audio and Movies. My Flash drive is only 250GB! It is not possible for this amount of data ...
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Mac OS: How to revert settings that have been changed by a certain program

Short Story I've installed a program on my Mac that altered some settings (e.g. graphics, position of dock). I've uninstalled the program but the settings haven't changed. Is there a way that I can ...
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Run an applescript on mouse down

How can I trigger an applescript on mousedown? I want this applescript to run when a user doubleclicks on empty space in the desktop (i.e. not clicking on the icons present on desktop). This is my ...
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How can I keep my iMessage on iPhone, but stop them coming through on my Mac?

I don't want my private messages popping up on my Mac, so is there a way I can remove my account on my Mac, but keep it on my iPhone?
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Setup Exchange account on Mail.app on only one mac

I want to configure an exchange account on a Macbook. But Apple sets it up as an "Internet account" and sets that up on every mac associated with that apple id. Is it possible to configure it only on ...
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Run an AppleScript that requires keystrokes while the screen is locked?

I've got a very simple AppleScript whose job it is to type some words into a text box. tell application "TextEdit" activate end tell delay 0.2 tell application "System Events" keystroke "Hello ...
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FaceTime, hide the local camera window

I use FaceTime on my Mac in order to connect to another Mac, and I need to hide on my Mac the icon/small window that shows my local camera. I ve tried using the command “strings” to look for a ...
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Using Yosemite for web development

I am eager to try out the new Yosemite beta, but the confidentiality agreement somewhat startles me. I know I cannot disclose any confidential information about the OS or post screenshots of it ...
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How to open a specific port in Firewall OS X 10.9.4

How do I open a specific port in the firewall? I can not use the "allow connections from application" as I want to open the port for Jenkins, that is not on the list...
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Frequent Mouse-Down Errors

I'm experiencing frequent mouse-down errors. They say Windowserver: Warning: Program "xxxx" posted a mouse-down, blocking hardware events, but did no further mouse activity with various apps in ...
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Get rid of lingering partition

Not sure what happened, but when I was setting up my new Mac, something wonky happened w/ the second partition. I ended up deleting it and naming the second partition on my laptop Machintosh HD 3. ...
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Running Mac OS X on a Windows PC

I have bought a Macbook Pro Retina 13-inch (late 2012 model). I've been very satisfied with Mac OS X so far and I would like to use it on my home computer, which currently has Windows and Linux on ...
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Difference between variable and pipe to shell in applescript

In answering this question I wrote this script: global presenterNotes tell application "Keynote" activate open (choose file) tell front document set presenterNotes to presenter ...
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Folder changed into document

A folder and all it's contents have changed into an extensionless document. When I open the file in Sublime Text I get 100,000+ lines of text like: 0403 0000 46aa ee00 0000 0000 1800 0000. This is on ...
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Can't authenticate my Mac as it won't let me enter details

I need to install software but it's asking for authentication. However, when the boxes appear it's all blank and I can't type anything in the boxes. This keeps happening with fonts and software.
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Keyboard shortcut to focus on the list of notes in the Notes application

In OS X, when you're focused on the list of notes in the Notes app pressing tab moves the focus to the selected note. Is there a shortcut to focus back on the list? I tried shift-tab, escape and a ...
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Add languages to OSX dictionary

The native OSX dictionary (hover + 3-finger-tap) does not work for the Hebrew language. The example below shows its reluctance to interpret the word פרסומת, a valid Hebrew word. Any ideas how to add ...
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Create an automator/applescript service that opens a file in an external program

Just wondering about some automator/applescript help. Basically: I download a MP3 file from an artist (for example) It is saved to my Downloads folder. From there, I want to open it automatically ...
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How do you compare the system resources used by two programs?

How do you compare the system resources used by two programs (e.g., Chrome & Chrome Canary)? I think the new 64-bit Chrome Canary is causing my computer to heat up a bit more but I'd like to ...
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Striving to become power user on OS X (coming from Windows)

I'm a long time Windows developer guy & did lots of lower-level stuff (hesitate to say power user). I'm very proficient on the command line and using PowerShell... but now that I've moved over to ...
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Terminal window title rapidly changes when first opening

When I open a fresh terminal window, the title at the top has this format: [house icon][username]-[command]-[terminal size] The command portion of the title initially says login, then it very quickly ...
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Mac OSX 10.9.4 file Write Access Error on Network on various Applications

I am working on a corporate network. I use a Mac running OSX 10.9.4. Recently I have started to get the following error message when trying to write to a windows share running on an smb:// share. If ...
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How do I stop Finder from warning me when I change a file extension?

When renaming a file in the Finder and changing the file extension, I get the following warning message: How can I disable it?
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Native OSX Dictionary

Is there a native dictionary on OSX? I would like to be able to click on a word (in any open window), and get its meaning in a quick popup windows.