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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Internal microphone not working (Retina Macbook pro late 2013)

My internal microphone is not working. It picks up sound only when i flick the outer microphone location. When I plug a headphone with a microphone, there is no problem. I took it to the genius bar ...
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No menu bar or dock on OSX 10.10 after installing rEFInd and Ubuntu

Umm, yeah. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. See, I needed Linux for software development, and the obvious choice (while some might argue) was Ubuntu. So I installed it as dual-boot with OSX ...
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Long text-drag delay

Dragging text used to be instant. Now, especially after an application’s been open a few minutes, it takes forever from the time I press the mouse button on text until I can drag it. (If I try to drag ...
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How do I restore icons in Finder?

So yesterday I tried opening one of my apps an the Dock just froze completely. I tried every tip I could find online like Command+Option+Escape and killall -KILL Dock, but nothing fixed it. I was ...
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How to find rt.jar file?

My virus scanner (Sophos) showed that it was scanning a file named rt.jar plus several other .jar files. I was a little bit surprised because I didn't think that Java was installed. Yet, when I ...
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Multiple finder preference plists in mavericks

Ive had a very sluggish finder recently in my Mid 2012 MBP 16gb 2.6ghz i7. Looking online i found that deleting the finder preference can solve the issue, but when i went to the preference folder to ...
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Command and Option keys not working on one keyboard (not hardware)

I am using a PC keyboard on my Mac. Today, it stopped recognizing the Command and Option keys. This likely happened because I experimented with Karabiner and Yosemite Modifier Keys yesterday. I have ...
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How do I turn off automatic downloads and updates?

I don't see any options for deactivating automatic downloads for OS X and individual apps in the App Store app.
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How to add watermark to all video files in a folder? (Mac, mencoder, terminal)

Is there a way to add watermark to all (mp4) video files in a folder. I have like 1000 videos in one folder and It'll take a long time to change one by one manually - so, maybe, there is some kind of ...
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Where does Photos.app store its library and files?

I switched from iPhoto to Photos and now one feature that was important to me is missing: "Show referenced files in Finder". For example, that feature was useful to me for selective sharing. Also for ...
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Document Container vs Folder Name

Please refer to the Mac OSX search attributes mentioned below. Any idea what's the difference between "Document Container" and "Folder Name"? Also what's the expected value of "Containing Folder ...
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OS X terminal “open” command and keeping focus on the command line

I appreciate the "open" terminal command to launch OS X apps. When invoking the open command for any purpose, it is overwhelmingly likely that I will have at least one other command I would like to ...
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Do my original photos move to iCloud if imported to Photos?

I have a large collection of photos (80Gb) stored on my Macbook and I've imported them to Photos, these are now available through Photos on my other devices with the same iCloud account. Does Apple ...
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Flashing question mark when I start my Mac

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204323 I tried everything in here didn't work. I am using a 13" macbookpro retina, latest OS. Stuff I did that might have cause this: I updated 3 apps 1 of them ...
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as of 4/2015 OS X Kindle App: Where are the books located?

After I updated my Kindle for Mac app 2 mos. ago I can no longer find the azw book files on my Mac to convert them so I can read them on my KOBO ereader. I use to find them in a My Kindle Content file ...
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USB Drive Will Not Mount, Not Listed in Disk Utilities, but Found In System Profiler

I have a Seagate FreeAgent Go drive with the optional docking station. I use it to keep files that I don't access on a regular basis and as a place to do "quick backups" of things like my Paperless ...
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Can't scan but can print with Canon PIXMA MG5500

I have a Canon PIXMA MG5500 and a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.10.3 The printer and scanner are supposed to be wireless and I have no problems with the printer but when I try to use the scanner it just ...
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Paste To Match Style App Shortcut

I have to copy and paste a lot of stuff and it bugs me when the formatting is copied over, In pages there's a way to paste using the destination formatting but the keyboard shortcut is 4 keys long ...
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How to disable emoji I see sometimes while browsing?

Some time ago I saw emoji in my Google Plus and thought, that it is another crappy update, but seems like is it Mac OS who place them instead of text. How to turn them off? Mac OS X 10.9.4 Or is ...
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Set Default App For Everything That Doesn't Have A Default

Is it possible to set a default open application if none is found on the system. For example if I have a .mp3 file, still let that open with iTunes but if i've got a random unknown .abcdefg file make ...
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How am I able to export all of my applications' names on my Mac into a CSV or TXT file?

How am I able to export all of my applications' names on my Mac into a CSV or TXT file? I am currently running OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
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With OSX 10.10.3 languagesetup stopped changing the language of the loginscreen

I use OSX 10.10.3 on my notebook with FileVault 2 active. For weird reasons I currently change my language sometimes, which includes the system language via languagesetup. It used to be no problem, ...
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How can I explain to my friend that running a “hackintosh” is a violation of the law? [closed]

I have a friend who has never owned a Mac. He has just built a "hackintosh" by installing VMWare on his PC running Windows, and downloading a pirated, hacked copy of Mac OS X Yosemite in a portable ...
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Default move files / folders across disks?

When you move files/folders across disks Finder, by default, copies the files. I'm looking for a configuration option (defaults?) to reverse this, so default is moving files (as it is when you are on ...
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Can I use SketchUp with a Macbook's trackpad?

Sketchup is designed for use with a third mouse button (particularly the pan and orbit functions). Can I emulate the third button for SketchUp using a MacBook's trackpad or user gestures?
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Can I open a file in Preview from the Terminal?

I know that I can open a file with an external program from the Terminal with open, and that works for most applications. However, when I try to use a command like open -a Preview info.txt, it ...
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Highlighted text isn't replaced/deleted by initial keypress. How can I turn this off?

So when I'm working on writing something and I need to rephrase/delete something, usually I would highlight the entire thing with the mouse/trackpad, and then with one keypress the entire block of ...
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How can I expose the faces data from OS X Photos to iOS Photos?

I've spent some time teaching Photos on my Mac to know which face belongs to what name and now have a nice set of groups. I'd like to be able to access that metadata on iOS - preferably through ...
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How to remove keyboard shortcut for app?

Specifically, I am used to typing Command-1 in a WordPress admin area to specify some text as a Header 1, (and Command-2 to specify Header 2), but when I do this now in Chrome, that command seems to ...
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Changing OS X behaviour after crash recovery

OS X tends to try and help out and reopen everything to just the way it was before it crashed. I mean this in two ways: If an app running within OS X crashes, OS X will remember the last working ...
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How to select a photo from Mac OS photos from an open/attach dialogue box

When in messaging apps such Telegram Messenger I sometime want to attach a photo. In these cases I am presented with a dialogue box like the below: As the photo is invariably in my iPhoto (or more ...
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How do I get rid of orphaned application entries after uninstallation?

Orphaned Entry in Default Calendar App Preferences (OS X Yosemite)? The image below is the preferences pane in Calendar.app. This is where the user sets the default calendar app used by OS X ...
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Change window keyboard shortcut

So there's this gesture on touchpads where you move 4 fingers downward so you change between multiple windows of the same application. I'm working on an iMac now, so I don't have a touchpad, is there ...
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App Store doesn't seem to work

I had some updates that prompted me to restart for a long time. Finally, I agreed, but the restart process hanged with the rainbow mouse pointer, so I did a hard reset. Now I still have update ...
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Remove or hide network user names from Users and Groups Preferences

We have open access Macs connected to AD - Any number of users can log in. This results in an extremely large list of users in the Users & Groups Preferences window. I assume there may also be ...
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Safari on Yosemite stops loading tabs if a new one is created

If I visit a site in Safari, and before it loads, create a new tab or switch over to an existing one, the loading stops in the initial tab. Has anyone else experienced this as well? None of the ...
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Install OS X 10.8 from bootable USB on empty Mac HDD

I have a bootable USB for 10.8, but my Mac's HDD is completely empty. How do I install this OS to my Mac?
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Can’t find .plist files

I can’t find the .plist file for TextEdit, Preview. I’ve looked into /Library/Preferences, ~/Library/Preferences, and ~/Library/Containers. I have tried opening the app and changing the preferences ...
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Need to clean install Yosemite without knowing or resetting password

I have a laptop that I would like to get in working order. There are 2 main issues: I forgot the password. When I boot the laptop, I am seeing the flashing folder with a question mark which ...
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createinstallmedia: command not found

I am trying to create a bootable flash drive that is named Untitled from my MacBook Pro Retina with Yosemite 10.10. This is what I am getting in Terminal: mbp2013retina:~ chris$ sudo ...
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Run Node commands for _www user

I've installed NodeJS for all users on my Mac and when I do a whoami in the terminal it says 'cameron' and I can access node, npm, and grunt globally. However when I try and run these from PHP e.g. ...
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Messages.app not downloading messages send/received on iPhone

I've been recently trying to fix an issues with Messages.app. My iPhone sends/receives all of the messages fine, on my Mac Messages.app will display these messages if the Mac is switched on. However, ...
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quicklookd and revisiond eating my CPU

I'm observing regular and abnormal CPU usage on my macbook pro. quicklookd in par with revisiond are eating together over of 50%. It drains my battery significantly and makes the whole machine hot. ...
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Chrome keeps creating Application folder in Home folder

So has anyone noticed Chrome (around version 39?) keeps creating an Application folder in their Home folder? The only way I've verified that it is Chrome is that after a fresh boot, it was the only ...
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Why is there a doubled name in the Photos app when I search to name faces?

The image below represents what I mean: Even though there is only one Bartłomiej Semańczyk in my Contacts, that person appears on the list below twice. How do I remove repeated options on the list ...
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Lock Screen from Command Line? [duplicate]

I have activated the Keychain Menu Bar icon so I can relatively easily click Lock Screen to lock the screen of my MacBook. Is there a way to do this with a shortcut or via the command line? I know you ...
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How to Change the Dock Indicator Lights Color in Mac OS X only for an app that I'm using right know?

How to Change the Dock Indicator Lights Color in Mac OS X only for an app that I'm using right know? I have 10 Firefoxes in my Dock with 10 different profiles, and sometimes I'm lost - I'm not sure ...
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MBP 2011 OS X installation bug

I have a MBP 2011 that had OS X 10.6.8 and worked perfectly. Well, I tried to upgrade it to the new 10.10 and it doesnt work anymore. During the installation process, the "file system verify or repair ...
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Determine when OS X was installed?

I am going to be reinstalling OS X and I was wondering if there was a method for determining when the base (OS X 10.6) Operating System was installed?
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Accidentally created user with duplicate UID. How to fix?

I accidentally created a user with a duplicate UID. I need advice on how to fix this predicament. As you can see, running dscl shows two users with the same uid: dscl . -list /Users uid | sort -nrk ...