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 associate particular contacts with appropriate 'from' addresses in Mac Mail?

For the most part, there is a one-to-one relationship between any given contact and the email address I select as a 'from' address. Is there a way to configure Mac Mail to change the value of the ...
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Rendering CGPath as a NSImage on Mac [on hold]

I have a set of shapes which I generate usingCGPath. I want to save all those CGPath which I have generated on the disk. Basically I want to render these CGPath as NSImage, so that either I can save ...
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Why does a system upgrade take so long if there are files in '/usr/local'?

My recent upgrade to Yosemite (from Mavericks) took about 6 hours, nearly all of which time was used in processing the contents of /usr/local (e.g. TeX, etc.). What is the upgrade process doing with ...
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How can I connect a third monitor to my MacBook Pro 13"?

I already have one VGA monitor connected to my Macbook Pro's Mini Display Port, but there is only one mini display port on my mac, so I'm not sure how to hook up a second external monitor. Should I ...
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Determine if file or directory is encrypted?

I have FileVault enabled, so my home directory is encrypted. However, programs and libraries often use directories outside of /home; and Disk Utility allows us to create encrypted files and ...
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Terminal command to move a number of files containing brackets to another folder or trash

Last night I consolidated a music collection into one place and each song is separated by an Artist folder and the track. The problem is that there are a high number of duplicates within these ...
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Updating OSX in Mac Mini

I recently purchased a Mac Mini late 2012 Ivy bridge 2.3ghz i7 quad core and upgraded to 16GB memory. I understand the pre-installed OS is 10.8.1 (12B2080). I could update to OS 10.10 but I want to ...
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How do I delete contact suggestions from Messages in OS X?

In the "To:" box in the Messages app on OS X, when I start typing in a contact name, I get old "iMessage" contacts which I've long since deleted. They certainly don't exist in my contacts; the only ...
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Why does my new Macbook Pro ship with Mavericks instead of Yosemite?

Why does my new Macbook Pro ship with Mavericks instead of Yosemite even after ordering it after the release of Yosemite?
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A shell script to open files as root in an IDE?

What I'm trying to do: open multiple system (Apache and PHP config) files to edit in my IDE of choice (Coda). The files are owned by the system, so root permissions are needed to edit them. sudo ...
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Purchased MacBook Pro a day after Yosemite release but got Mavericks instead [on hold]

I know they probably have stocks to finish, but I waited precisely one day after the presentation of Yosemite (October 16) to order my new Mac hoping it will come with Yosemite preinstalled. Bummer, ...
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Prevent redraw of menu bar icons Yosemite

When switching between two screens, all the icons in the menu bar appear to be re-drawn, causing an annoying jittery effect. This started happening after upgrading to Yosemite. Is there any ...
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How to periodically run a script/command when a specific application is being used?

I would like a certain applescript to run every 10 seconds but only when a specific application is being used (i.e. both being the front application AND the mouse or keyboard being used in the last ...
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Does iCloud Drive automatically download all files?

I am using OS X 10.10 with iCloud Drive. I am thinking of upgrading to a bigger storage plan (at the moment: 5GB). I am running this Version on a MacBook Air with 128GB. If I buy the 500GB ...
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Why does my QuickLook show text files with a strange font, and how do I make it stop?

After updating to Yosemite*, I noticed that QuickLook now displays .txt and .log files like this: It still displays .plist files and other textual files like one would expect, with a small ...
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Is it possible to change the from address on Mac OS X server email alerts?

I have enabled email notifications in Server.app (2.2.4) on Mac OS X server (10.8.5) If port 25 is not being blocked at the local firewall or the ISP, this generally works ok. I've found that if it ...
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Remove 3D shadow on vertical Dock in Yosemite

I have an 11" Macbook Air + Yosemite with vertical dock. The dock causes a large irritating shadow over any windows... I have tried these (found on various sites - reference Mavericks): defaults ...
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OS X Terminal – Open Tab in current directory, troubles with umlauts

I run OS X 10.7.5. I am currently experiencing an issue with Terminal. I have enabled the option to open new tabs in the current working directory. However, this does not work as expected, when the ...
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Is it possible to have two guest accounts with separate language settings?

I have a shared use OSX machine (running Yosemite) used by a varying set of people with mutually exclusive language and keyboard needs. Most users use the guest account and all settings get reset ...
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How can I change some of the system default preferences used for the guest and new user accounts?

I have an shared OSX machine (now running Yosemite) that is used by a large group of people, most of which are not normally Mac users. A couple of the most regulars such as myself that need persistent ...
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Terminal switch tabs not working Yosemite

I had added keyboard shortcuts and those were working pretty fine on OSX Mavericks but not working in Yosemite. On pressing shortcut for switching tab terminal just flashes. Check screen shot of my ...
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⌘+↑/↓ for Page Up/Down not working any more in Yosemite

In Mavericks I could use ⌘ + ↑/↓ for Page Up/Down but it's not working anymore. I googled it and some people said it's fn + ↑/↓ but thats also not working. How can I fix that?
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What process/daemon controls multi-touch gestures on OS X?

After a clean install of Yosemite, multi-touch gestures have stopped working on two occasions on my Macbook Pro 2011. Each time, the symptoms are the same: Gestures stopped working both built-in ...
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How do I install Mavericks now that Yosemite has been released?

I have a late 2009 iMac running Mountain Lion, I also have a Macbook Pro running Mavericks. I have been planning on installing Mavericks on the iMac, but now that Yosemite has been released, Mavericks ...
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Best Practices for dealing with unbrewed files in a fresh install of homebrew

I accidentally deleted /usr/local/bin which contained brew among other things. I reinstalled homebrew and ran brew prune to get rid of broken symlinks, but when I run brew doctor, I still get the ...
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Empty iCloud Drive folder in Yosemite?

In OS X Yosemite, my "iCloud Drive" folder is always empty. My Macbook is running Yosemite, and my iPhone and iPad are running iOS8. I have gone through the iCloud Drive migration process and it does ...
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Is there a way to clean up possibly invalid disks that only show up on Mac OS Recovery through ‘diskutil list’ in Terminal? Does Recovery use them?

Hopefully that question is clear enough, and hopefully this is just me being silly. When I boot into the Recovery Partition, go into Terminal, and run 'diskutil list', I get quite a few tiny and ...
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How do I Launch an Applescript with a Hotkey Without Automator?

I'm running Yosemite and looking to launch Terminal with a keypress in any application. One solution was creating a Service in Automator that launched terminal and assigning a key to it in System ...
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Function keys since upgrading to Yosemite

Option + F1 takes me to Display preferences, instead of using the current app binding, as it did in Mavericks. Is there any way to override this behavior? I can't find the binding in Preferences -> ...
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Microsoft Remote Desktop local redirection?

I have a Windows 7 Virtual Machine setup, that I remote into using my Macbook Pro. I'm using Microsoft Remote Desktop 2014, and have Folder Redirection setup. I don't see where the redirected folders ...
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Upgrading OS X frees disk space — why?

I noticed that every time I upgrade OS X to a newer version, a significant amount of disk space (10-20 GB) is freed up. This applies both to minor (10.9.4 -> 10.9.5) and major (10.9 -> 10.10) ...
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Unable to increase size of “Macintosh HD” partition because recovery partition is at the end of it [duplicate]

I've been using Boot Camp with Windows 7 from almost the day I bought my MacBook Air in 2012. Recently, I noticed that I had a lot more free space in Windows than I needed so I shrunk it using ...
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How to change the default image viewer

I need to use sxivas the default image viewer. MacOS does not let me to select a program in the /usr/local/bindirectory. Is there a workaround to use the CLI xterm -e sxiv ?
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How do you capture the screen with accessibility features turned on?

I'm trying to take a screenshot of my screen with Accessibility display features "Invert colors" and "Use grayscale" enabled, but the resulting screenshot images do not have any of the visual ...
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Yosemite com.apple.xpc.launchd error every 10 seconds

Every 10 seconds i get this error in my console: 20/10/14 19:35:56,840 com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.viber.osx[9850]) Could not find and/or execute program specified by service: 45: Operation not ...
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Install Safari 7 from Mountain Lion

I am currently running Mountain Lion and have Safari 6.2. I need to upgrade Safari to version 7 to run some tests for a particular application. However, in order to upgrade Safari I need to upgrade to ...
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MacBook Air logs off automatically since Yosemite

My MacBook Air mid-2012 model running OS X Yosemite logs off automatically without any prior warning when I am working on it. This has been happening since the latest update, to Yosemite. The logs ...
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How to parse output from a command in OS X Automator?

I have the following code in Automator but it fails to load the variable with the output from the command. for f in "$@" do output = hdiutil verify "$f" echo "$output" done I want to parse ...
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Mac Minis: 2012 Quad Core vs 2014 Dual Core for a virtualization host?

My office is looking to get a Mac Mini for testing our website in Safari. Because Apple now allows you to run previous versions of OS X in a VM, we will be looking to run at least Mavericks and ...
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Yosemite Problems - Mac OS X Base System

I am trying to clean install Yosemite, not using a bootable usb. Instead, I want to upgrade to Yosemite from Mavericks, then erase my Macintosh HD (I will leave my bootcamp) from recovery mode then ...
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Newbie question on getting back hard drive space

I'm relatively new to Macs (PC guy) and my MacBook Air (1.8 GHz I5) running 10.9.1 OSX is reporting that the Startup disk is full. I'm trying to figure out what is taking up the room and how to clean ...
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Can any experts here figure out how to get Mavericks' Dock.app working on Yosemite?

So one of the deal breakers that was preventing me from upgrading to OS X 10.10 is how ugly the dock looked (to me). Since I had success getting some of the Yosemite's apps up and running on ...
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How to clear the settings of default app to the files with special file extension?

I set the default app to open the files with special file extension by mistake: the app could not open them at all for they're only file fragments (or, say, no app can until I combine them as one ...
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How to select text with touchpad without pressing the “hard” key?

Now on OS X, when I want to select some text, I have to press the "hard" key on touchpad with thumb and drag through the text with another finger on touchpad. With linux on the same macbook pro, I ...
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MAC DualBoot Kali Linux [duplicate]

My MAC: MacBook Pro(13-Inch, Mid 2012) My OS: MAC OS X Yosemite 10.10 How can i DualBoot, or boot from USB: Kali Linux?
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Trouble installing OS X Yosemite (using bootable USB) onto MBP'12 w/ wiped HD

I erased the disk on a MBP ’12 running Mountain Lion before upgrading to Yosemite. So I erased the “Macintosh HD” using Disk Utility and now I’m at the “OS X Utilities” front-window in recovery mode. ...
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How do I adjust the time Mac Mail takes to mark messages “read”?

It takes a number of seconds before Mac Mail marks a message as "read". I would like for it to take no more than 0.5 seconds, though instantaneous would be best. How can I adjust the time required to ...
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Unable to boot into ElementaryOS on MacBook after PRAM reset

I installed ElementaryOS on a separate partition of my HDD. Not sure what happened but the audio in OSX stopped working after the installation. After trying everything else, I found resetting the ...
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OSX spaces - how to switch space on another monitor

I cannot for the life of me figure this out. I have two monitors. If I'm focused on the left monitor, I cannot use a shortcut to switch spaces on the right monitor. Or (as often happens) I click my ...
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How do I hide the Spotlight icon on Yosemite, but keep the Spotlight functionality?

I use Spotlight in OS X, and I have long disliked its attachment to the menu bar. Now, in Yosemite, Spotlight shows up as an overlay in the middle of the screen when summoned, much like other ...