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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Running OSX on PC, is the performance an issue? [on hold]

I have a powerful custom built computer and I have been running Windows on it for many years. After buying a MacBook air, I felt in love with OSX and now I want to install OSX on this machine. The ...
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Isolate Partitions

I'm trying to partition my HD into a 'anything is ok' development/beta type drive and a no bs allowed drive. Not a fan of these drives having access to each others applications and file systems. ...
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Change default left column width calendar.app OS X

There is a left column in calendar.app with calendar list in it, but it's a little narrow for me. It's possible to change it's width. But if close it, than close calendar.app, and than open it again, ...
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Do I really need a huge plist file to replicate this cron job?

I am looking to create a launchd job that will execute Monday through Friday at 7:32am, 8:32am, and 2pm. Do I really need a plist that has an array of 15 <dict> elements for every combination of ...
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Automator/Applescript using Tags

I need an Automator/Applescript to move a file to a certain folder based on a specific tag it contains. The input would be the file. Anybody have any ideas? TIA, Jake
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Deleting files keeps increasing the used space on my SDD

i have a mac air with a 120gb sdd, the drive is regularly filled up with iso images, virtual box files and docker/vagrant stuff, i got a warning today saying disk space was low and i had about 8gb ...
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I need to take 500 screenshots at 325x200 over and over. How can I do this on a Mac quickly?

I could just do Cmd-Shift-4 and draw them out, but that would take forever and kill my hand doing that 500 times. Is there a screenshot app/utility out there for Mac that would allow me to set a ...
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Mac OSX EFI problems, urgent help needed!

So, I recently did an update on OSX, booted my computer up and I discovered that I the update replaced my EFI boot rom and the SMC with the incorrect SMC, so now I can't use my battery and the ...
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How do desktop keyboard shortcuts for clean up actually work?

I’ve noticed that keyboard shortcuts for cleaning up i.e. by name on desktop ⌘+⌥+1 sometimes work and sometimes not. They do work in finder, but doing it directly on desktop in focus they often don’t ...
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Export an iMovie project to QuickTime to import into another iMovie project

I have iMovie '11 and wish to export an iMovie project to a mov file that I can import into another iMovie project. How can I do this?
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Finder crash and missing MAC Snow Leopard

I have an old MacBook Pro under Snow Leopard and I have an issue with Finder. It keep crashing for not particular reason. When it does all things from finder can't work(can't shut an app or open..). ...
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How to lock screen OSX without setting “immediately” in Security & Privacy settings

I would like to lock my OSX screen at any time, irrespective of whether "Immediately" is configured in the general tab in Security & Privacy settings. Is this possible? Thanks
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Ukelele keyboard not found by System Preferences

I'm trying to install a custom keyboard layout I made in Ukelele that makes extensive use of dead keys and Unicode special characters. Ukelele seems to work fine and installation works for test ...
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Renaming files/names in bulk, any smarter solution?

I have few thousand files to rename. The thing is I have the old file names and new file names as columns in a spreadsheet. Without renaming them one by one. Is there a better way to do this? ...
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No Macintosh HD in Volumes folder

I am running in recovery mode to save the data from disk( I cant login due to deletion of private/var folder). I opened Terminal and went to Volumes. This folder should be populated with the Macintosh ...
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Backup files from Terminal in Recovery Mode

I want to transfer files in Recovery Mode https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201314. I opened Terminal in Recovery Mode and tried to copy files to external hard drive. I use this code // I used cd .. ...
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“The name you entered can't be used. The name is not available. Enter a different name.”

I'm installing El Capitan on a MacBook Air that I aquired with no internal drive, so no previous OS. I proceed through several steps fine until "Create a Computer Account". But it doesn't like the ...
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Slow SMB connection Buffalo Linkstation

How I can force El Capitan to use SMB3 (I have heard it perform better than this)? Windows machines connect and list files fast but OS X machines are terribly slow and becoming nonuse because there ...
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Using 'alias' in bash script in OSX

I write some scripting and I want to make it work on Linux and Mac. The problem is, that "Implementations of sed, readlink, zcat, etc. are different on OS X and Linux." So I tried THIS approach, but ...
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Where does gmail/Apple Mail keep its messages?

I have several email accounts on a Mac. With a simple IMAP account, the messages are in /Users/[user name]/Library/Mail/V[a number]/IMAP-[email adress]/INBOX.mbox/ However, Apple Mail seems to hide ...
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MacBook Pro running 10.11.3 making a strange hick-up noise

I have a MacBook Pro running 10.11.5 that suddenly began making a strange metallic hick-up noise a few days ago. I does not move from its spot, picked up or even jostled. I noticed that when copying ...
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Keyboard shortcut to kill an unresponsive App on Mac OS X

Today I faced really tight situation on my Mac with Skype (yes, again!) - it went unresponsive, and was not reacting on standard shortcuts, and I wasn't managed to close the app by standard means. I ...
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Does 64-bit processor 3ds max design work on Apple Mac OS X? [closed]

I wanna install revit architecture all so plz tell me how?
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How to list failed login attempts on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan (FileVault enabled)?

Just now, something strange when I open my Macbook Pro Retina : the password entry was locked for 30 seconds and a tooltip saying me to use the machine's encryption passphrase to unlock it. I wonder ...
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External Microphone Recommendations - MacBook Air [closed]

I would like to record some simple audio files for my iOS app. I am on a MacBook Air. Essentially voice over recordings, nothing too fancy. No frills. Just clean voice. Price range $50 and up. I ...
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Prevent internal drive from mounting automatically

I don't use the internal hard drive on my iMac any more, but for obvious reasons, it's awkward to remove it. I'd like to stop OS X from automatically mounting it when the iMac boots. Is this possible? ...
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Error while installing Homebrew on Mac OS X (10.10.3): Unable to change file mode on /usr/local/

When I run the command on the home brew website, /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" I get: ==> This script will install: ...
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How to define a (ideally: global) keyboard shortcut for a particular letter plus diacritic?

Is there a way to define (OSX natively, or alternatively: through some program) a global keyboard shortcut for a single letter plus diacritic, say: ctrl+alt+A gives "ä", ideally globally? Note: I am ...
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Builduser() Error building user of type [duplicate]

I have entered Single user mode like 5min ago. Meanwhile I shut down the computer, tried to get back to Single user mode my pressing cmd+S and it doesnt work. It outputs the error saying Builduser() ...
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USB not recognised after iTunes sync

I have a strange problem. After syncing iPhone with iTunes my Macbook Pro doesn't recognise other USB drives (I tried both USB flash drive and external HDD). After restart it works ok, until I do the ...
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How to list content of .Trashes folder in single-user mode

Is .Trashes folder suppose to be empty when computer is launched in single-user mode. If not, how do I see its contents? I tried ls command, but it doesn't list anything. It could be that the Trash ...
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deleted private/var folder

I have done a foolish thing. I deleted private/var folder due to malware I was after. I immediately felt that strange things are beginning to happen so I pressed cmd+Z to reverse action. The computer ...
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How to really exclude Time Machine Backups from Spotlight-indexing?

I try to exclude my TimeMachine-backup-storage from being indexed by spotlight and got some weird behaviour. The backup storage is a Time Capsule. To exclude it, i did the following in terminal: ...
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Does this icon of a person on my os x desktop left bottom corner mean it is running os x server?

Why is my desktop showing this on the bottom left and how do I turn it off? This is not part of my wallpaper, it's something Mac OS X is showing, I think it's something to do with OS X Server which ...
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How to add a Japanese name that does not appear in the Kotoeri registry? (OS X 10.11) [duplicate]

On OS X 10.11 El Capitan, I am trying to add a word to the Kotoeri lookup dictionary. It is a name that does not come up when you type the Hiragana. The way to do it pre-10.10 no longer works. How can ...
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I need to connect to the internet with an Ethernet cable

I just installed OS X 10.9 and I'm having trouble connecting to the Internet. All my network status says is Failed. When I use the assist me option, it says: "This computer does not seem to be ...
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Replacing El Capitan with Mavericks

I'm trying to install Mavericks from a bootable USB. I'm using this guide; http://macpaw.com/how-to/clean-install-os-x-mavericks-on-my-mac I delete El Capitan in disk utility, but there is no ...
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Create El Capitan install partition

I went through a lot of articles on how to create bootable os x install partition but eventually I ended up with a need of making resize of my system partition - unfortunately DiskUtility shows this ...
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Unable to account for 23.6 GB of disk space

I have a 13-inch MacBook Air, and have been using it for about a year now. There are 23.6 GB of memory that appear to be missing from my hard drive. About This Mac -> Storage shows 91GB of files, of ...
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saving / restoring the NVRAM

I need to find a reliable way to save and restore the contents of NVRAM Would it be correct: Preservation nvram -x -p > ~/nvram.xml Recovery: sudo nvram -x -f ~/nvram.xml Thanks in advance ...
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How to assign a network-unique name to the Public folder inside my home folder when viewed remotely

I have multiple Macs, all running El Capitain, and my login username on all of them is "Anon". When I have the Public folder from one machine mounted across a network on a different machine, that ...
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One line weather output from terminal

Anyone knows a way to get a one line weather output in the terminal window with specified location? So far I'm using curl wttr.in/city but I would like a one output like City, Sunny 0'. I've found ...
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iMac A1208 - Mac OS X 10.4 Install Problem

I'm a French user and I have a iMac from 2006/2007. I have changed the logic board. It's ok, but i want to do a fresh install of OS, (10.4), but the optical disk is KO. I have the official CD (but it ...
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Use caps-lock to lock fn key or other way to lock fn key?

What I want to achieve is simple: caps lock on = fn locked (use function keys). caps lock off = fn unlock (use media keys). I found a couple of topics around this problem, but their solutions ...
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A shorter alternative to Press The Key Combo [modifiers] [keyname] in DragonDictate 5?

I use DragonDictate 5 on Mac OS X 10.10. Whenever I want to send a keyboard shortcut that comprises to keys, e.g. Command + C, I have to say press the key combo command C. Is there any shorter ...
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How can I remotely monitor whether a Mac is connected to the Internet?

I'd like to monitor a fleet of machines and be notified when they fall off the Internet (independent of wifi access). Does OS X support this natively? Is there a go-to tool that IT folks use to ...
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MacBook Pro Retina 2015 freezes [closed]

My MacBook freezes without any reasons and hard soft loaded. It had happened while I was watching youtube video last 2 times. I don't use Flash and other browsers except safari. I have attached a log
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How do I find out what is keeping my Macbook from sleeping?

My Macbook will drain of battery when it's not plugged in. I thought it was a bad battery (it says it needs serviced) but even if it's a bad battery it should not be taking power when the lid is ...
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How do I remove a ColorSync profile from a JPEG image from Terminal in El Capitan?

I have several images that I would like to strip the ColorSync profile from. Eventually, I would like to automate this in bash so I could easily process this on a file or folder from the contextual ...
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Backing up data

I have a script that used to run daily that looked like the following to backup my mac. Backup script pastebin As you see here, this script is TERRIBLE because it deletes everything in the folder ...