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". it is be replaced by macOS to match its the format of watchOS, tvOS, and ios.

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Admin rights for a standard user in OS X

I want to create a user with OS X restrictions (Parental Control), which would still be allowed to install applications in the standard Applications folder using its password. Is it possible? How ...
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List view in Apps section of iTunes?

I've got two mac and both are running last version of OS X and iTunes but there's a little difference that I hate and I don't know how to solve: These are the possible views of the Apps section in ...
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Working on a MS Access file with ODBC connection on OSX

I need to open an accdb file on my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.8.5). This file uses an ODBC data source connection. So I guess my questions are: How do I setup a new ODBC data source connection on a Mac? ...
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Uninstalling JAMBOX by Jawbone

I've uninstalled the Jawbone Updater software by deleting it from /Applications. However, I'm still seeing the JAMBOX by Jawbone as a Bluetooth output and input in the System Preferences panel. I ...
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Activating Quick Look Using The Trackpad In OS X?

Quick Look is very useful when wanting to preview documents and files without opening them in separate applications. I know that you can trigger Quick Look by highlighting a file in Finder and ...
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Search files across folders and move recursively to new folder

I need a way to search from a base folder, all the folders inside of that one recursively, and find all photos of JPG and PNG that were created before a certain date (01.Feb.2013) and then move them ...
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MacBook pro freezes

my computer sometimes freeze for no apparent reason When it freezes: nothing respond, I got a black or grey screen, nothing else. It's not hot either, I've set-up smcFanControl to keep my mac cool. ...
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What are these 𝖬𝖠𝖳𝖧𝖤𝖬𝖠𝖳𝖨𝖢𝖠𝖫 characters, and how can I use them?

Not sure when this feature popped up.. but in the "Special Characters" menu, ^SPACE (aka my favorite place), there are a whole slew of "Mathematical Letters". I can't even find them under the symbols ...
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Mac, dragging items into desktop folders keeps on opening a finder window immediately

I'm not sure why I'm suddenly having this problem since I haven't changed any of my finder preferences. Say I drag an image from the browser to a folder on my desktop, it opens up a finder window for ...
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Git vs rsync when resource fork must be preserved

I have some ancient files that I need to share between Macs. There are over 100,000 of them. I need to keep the directory containing these files in sync. I thought Git would be a good solution, and it ...
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How do I change which characters OS X considers ‘a word’, for ⌥-arrow-key skipping?

When I type ⌥→, I'd like my cursor to stop at periods, and perhaps other characters. Does anybody know of a defaults configuration, or System Preferences setting, that changes which characters are ...
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How do I move up one folder while browsing Time Machine?

When I'm viewing a folder in Time Machine's "Star Wars" view, how do I move up one folder, to view the current folder's parent folder? In Finder, I have several ways to do it: I could either hit CMD+...
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Find which process receives a given keyboard command

I'm trying to figure out why a certain keyboard combination is no longer working. As an example, Sublime Text 2 ships with a keyboard shortcut for opening the Find/Replace panel: Command + Option + ...
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Does OSX Lion come with iPhoto?

I need iPhoto, but I don't know if I deleted it or I just never had it to begin with. I'm currently running OSX Lion.
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prevent mac from renaming downloads' extensions

Sometimes I download something, and OS X (or Chrome, not sure) decides that the file extension must be changed. Is it possible to completely disable this feature? How? I guess this is a Google ...
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What sub-format of Word document does Pages use for export?

I am using Pages '09 (v 4.3) and LibreOffice under OSX. When exporting a document from Pages into Word format, I am unable to open it in LibreOffice. (I would swear I had done this successfully many ...
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What is answering at port 80 when httpd is down?

Since OS X Lion, web sharing isn't available from the System preferences. So I shut it down using sudo apachectl stop. Doing this, http://localhost/~Username doesn't answer any more and all httpd ...
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Why is the Xcode icon red?

Today I noticed a very odd thing: the Xcode app icon on my system has changed to red. It seems really odd as the entire icon is the same, just that the color is red!
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Zooming in Google Chrome using the mouse wheel?

On Windows and, if I'm not mistaken, on Linux, it's possible to zoom in and out in Google Chrome using the mouse wheel. However, this doesn't seem to be working on Mac OS X. Does anybody know if this ...
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Why do Ctrl+F2 and Ctrl+F3 sometimes stop working?

I use keyboard shortcuts a lot, one of my favourites is ctrl+F2 (access the menu-bar with the keyboard). However, sometimes this just stops working. Whenever this problem happens, ctrl+F3 (access the ...
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I forgot the password to Mac OS X 10.5.8 - Leopard… How can I reset it?

A friend of mine gave this MacBook to me because she bought a new one but she forgot to tell me the password. I can't talk to her for some days and need to use the MacBook now. Most probably I will ...
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How to fix multiple errors when installing Homebrew on OSX Lion (mainly OSXFUSE and Mono related)

I'm trying to install Homebrew but I'm getting multiple errors when brew doctor is run. I'm a complete noob at this and I've tried uninstalling Homebrew and re-installing, but still not working. ...
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How do I tell OS X to always mirror displays when I plug them in?

I plug the same external HDMI monitor in every day, and each time, I have to manually switch from external to mirrored mode. It's minor, but annoying. Is there a way to tell OS X to default to mirror ...
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How can I **EASILY** install this Mac OS X on a bunch of Macs without downloading the whole thing every time? [duplicate]

I am a Linux guy, and I have to provide support for about 15 Mac users. I need to install this OSX 10.8.x and I got the license codes all sent to me. But I can't figure out how to get whatever file on ...
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Remap Control+Command+F from Facebook to Full Screen

Many of my OS X applications have the "Enter Full Screen" action mapped to Control+Command+F. When I hit this key-combo though I get a dialog that tells me that no Facebook account is configured, and ...
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How to Develop iOS or Mac apps? [closed]

I know Apple needs developers to be a part of the iOS Developer Program or Mac Developer Program to acquire several solutions and am interested in knowing how to start. What tools are needed for ...
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Should I join a Mac to the domain using a network account or local account?

Is there any diference joining a computer to the domain under the local admin account or using the new network account? Does the computer have to be added using the new network account? If I added ...
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How to debug slow Chrome on MacBook Air?

I have a MacBook Air that is behaving poorly with Chrome. Symptoms include: Chrome often giving the "Ahh Snap" error message for lots of different websites, this happens frequently with the Google ...
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Can I have a custom desktop wallpaper 'Change Picture' interval?

In System Preferences → Desktop & Screen Saver, it's possible to set an interval for changing the desktop wallpaper picture: However, you are limited to a few specific times: Is it possible ...
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Bash not running script at /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/

I wanted to have bash autocompletion for git commands, so I dropped a bash script file into /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/. When I open a new Terminal, the script file in /opt/local/etc/...
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Can't plot with gnuplot on my Mac

I am trying to plot with gnuplot on my Mac (OS X 10.8.5). I have installed X11 and XQuartz 2.7.4 and after that I installed gnuplot, but unfortunately gnuplot couldn't plot. Simple plots like the ...
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NTFS write not working any more after update

I searched for solutions to make OS X write NTFS disks, and found this one; How do I write to NTFS drives in OS X? It worked like a charm, until I updated my mac recently. Now it does not want to ...
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RDP from OS X to Windows using RD/TS Gateway Services?

I am trying to connect from my Mac 10.8 to my work Terminal Services server. It think it runs Windows Server 2008. When using the RDC Client on WinXP ➞ Win 8 it bring up these menu options: You ...
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Unable to boot into Ubuntu 13.04 on Mac

Today I decided to erase OS X and install Ubuntu - unfortunately something went wrong and now I am asking this question on live mode on Ubuntu. So basically all I did was create a bootable USB stick ...
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Disable Spotlight Index on 10.8 on Specific Volumes

To switch off indexing in Terminal I use: sudo mdutil -a -i off This disables it with the -a switch across all volumes and the -i off part turns "off" the indexing. If connected to my iMac is the ...
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Unable to Access Local Snapshots when external Time Machine is disconnected

My local snapshots are behaving weirdly. When no Time Machine backup is connected and if I enter time machine, I get this prompt: Your Time Machine backup disk can’t be found. …but when my ...
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Why does OSX's system font menu sizes skip from 14 to 18?

This is one of those things that has always seemed odd to me. I'm not sure if it's just typographic advice, or a hold over from when anti-alisiaing wasn't the norm in type but is there a known reason ...
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Run AppleScript from bash script

If I wanted to run an AppleScript from within a bash script I could call a file with the list of commands that I require to execute. #!/bin/bash {some commands} osascript file.scpt {other commands} ...
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How do I use Mail.app search and replace without the mouse

A recent update to Mail.app in Mac OS X changed the UI of the search and replace when composing a new message. The old version could be driven 100% from the keyboard while the new one requires using ...
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What does -HUP do when used with killall?

Sometimes when I'm running a killall command from Terminal, a co-worker would suggest or edit my scripts to show killall -HUP. What does the -HUP part do?
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2007 15" macbook pro disk full won't get past login screen

I was trying to help my brother fix his computer: A pop up that comes up at login that will tell you that your startup disk is full, he logs in and the screen gets stuck without loading any files. I ...
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Using The Terminal Command and Emacs To Play The Video Game “Tetris”?

OS X via the Terminal command and Emacs apparently allows you to access and play a version of the video game Tetris. How do you accomplish this (and can you play via keyboard controls) ?
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Changing The Dock's Appearance From 3D to 2D?

Sometimes the glossy finish to the Dock 3D's appearance annoys me, and I want something less bedazzling on the eyes. Is there a simple terminal command I can use to convert it from a 3D glossy to a ...
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Creating A Stack That Shows Recently Used Applications etc In The Dock?

I would like to create a stack (being able to portray List, Fan and Grid View) which sits in the dock that allows me to see my most recently used Applications upon clicking it. Furthermore (and if ...
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Using The Terminal Command to Shutdown, Restart and Sleep My Mac?

I'm getting more interested in using Terminal as an alternative way to address solutions on my Mac. I have seen this question entitled "Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?". I would ...
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Bash Script that will start up second Terminal process?

I need a script that will be able to fire up a second Terminal instance and pass a command directly to that one whilst it continues it's own executions. It's to start up Python script that will host ...
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Leopard or Lion with Photoshop 11.0?

I just downloaded OS7 to my iphone. To back it up on itunes it needs itunes 11.1. It wont download to my computer because I'm still running 10.5.8. If I upgrade to Snow Leopard or Lion I need to know ...
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Replace non-functioning system applications

Yesterday I used Drive Genius 3 to clear up some space on my primary drive. I may have been a bit too aggressive, allowing it to delete localizations and a few other things. Long story short, apps ...
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Mountain Lion 10.8.5 VPN can not connect to internal http sites

I VPN into my companies network. Yesterday all was well. Today when I try to go to an internal website it will not go there. I am using Chrome on Mountain Lion 10.8.5. ssh, telnet, nfs all still ...
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What Is The Go To Folder Command Within Finder?

I have been told that the Go To Folder option in OS X contain many crucial system files. What exactly is the Go To Folder command within Finder and would it be therefore advantageous to disable it, ...