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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Can not set startup disk

At System Preferences > Startup Disk I select a disk with Mac OS X (10.5 or 10.6) installed, but when I click Restart I get this error message: You can’t change the startup disk to the selected disk. ...
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Best approach to offsite backups with Time Machine and USB Disks

What is the best approach to using multiple USB disks and Time Machine to achieve a backup methodology with one drive being used for current backups and one stored offsite and updated periodically? ...
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How can I fix permission issue when I cannot start Mac OS X?

I was creating a guest account and to prevent it from accessing the Macintosh HD as in other applications and stuff I assigned it as in "No Access" When I switched to the guest account everything ...
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Where can I go to make enhancement/feature requests for OSX Lion?

Don't get me wrong, I like Lion, though I do miss many things from Snow Leopard and wish to express this to the OSX team via some sort of suggestion forum. I'm visually impaired and the OS is ...
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Is it possible to use the character map as a standalone app?

I always loved the opportunity to create a standalone version of the Color picker instead of having to look for it between the apps menus. Is it possible to use the character map as a standalone ...
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Manually submit crash reports

When an application crashes, OS X usually presents a little dialog with the opportunity to report the bug to Apple. However, in my current situation there seems to be a problem with the window server ...
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Where does OS X store your current desktop picture?

Where does OS X store your current desktop picture? I read somewhere else that it was in /Library/Caches/com.apple.Desktop. But I don't have that directory.
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Can Finder and the “open” command treat files with .sh or other typical extensions just like .command files?

I am looking for a way to inject some more extensions into the OS X launch services database systematically so that when clicked, they execute in the terminal app just like .command files do by ...
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What is a .apple extension?

What is a .apple extension? I am recovering some files and I recovered several files with the .apple extension.
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X-Mailer header mapping to actual version of mail.app used to send message

When email is sent using Mail.app a Apple Mail (x.xxx.x) X-Mailer header is added to the message. Is there a way to determine which actual version of the app was used to send the messages? In Lion ...
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Dock in Lion FullScreen

I would like to know if there is a way to have the dock always there when running an App fullscreen in lion?
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“Unable to load the Parallels driver” after upgrade to Lion

I have Parallels Desktop 6 (6.0.11994) installed and after an upgrade to Lion, whenever I start Parallels, I get these two messages: Then Parallels Virtual Machines window appears but neither of ...
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How can I remove the Parallels icons from Launchpad in Lion?

I have Parallels Desktop 6 installed and after an upgrade to Lion I got a whole bunch of Windows app icons on Launchpad: They look ugly and don't have a remove button. They also don't exist in my ...
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Can I create a shortcut to open a specific application on OS X?

I want to create a keyboard shortcut to i.e. open Firefox while I am working in another application. I know I can use ⌘ CMD+T when I am in Firefox to open a new tab. I haven't found a way to create ...
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What happened to the Finder window 'jellybean' in OS X Lion?

Before I updated to Lion, whenever I would mount a disk image (.dmg) the Finder window that would pop-up would always have a little 'jellybean' in the top right corner that would expand this window ...
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I can't access the Mac App Store, iTunes, or Software Update on Lion

I updated from Snow Leopard 10.6.8 to Lion. The OS update process was all right. I can access the Internet by Firefox, but Safari. I think my network is all right. So, I can access the internet from ...
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How to create an encrypted volume on an external drive or flash drive

How do you encrypt an external hard/flash drive connected to my Mac in Lion 10.7? Preferable something with a strong encryption as FileVault.
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How to fix not working ⌘ ⎋ shortcut in Lion 10.7

I have a new MacBook Pro 15" early 2011 and use Lion. For "Launchpad" I can't use the Shortcut F1. For "Move focus to menu bar" I can't use the Shortcut Cmd+Esc (⌘+⎋). Simply said, there are ...
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Remove program from list of active apps

When switching between running applications via Command-Tab one can see all of the currently running programs. This is however somewhat cumbersome, for instance I don't want certain programs to be ...
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Prevent OS X from changing Spaces after quitting an App?

After quitting an application, the previous app that I was interacting with is automatically selected. If I was working in Terminal, switched to Chrome, and then decided to quit Chrome, Terminal ...
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Applications stop responding when waking up from sleep

Lately when I walk away from the computer and it goes into sleep mode, I come back and try to us the computer, all the applications are stuck "not responding". I can use the computer and browse ...
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Will maintaining lot of files in trash affect Mac OS X performance?

I maintain more than 20 million files in my trash without cleaning. Can it slow down my Mac OS X?
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How do I view .wtv files in OS X?

I have a Windows 7 Media Center machine for our family's DVR. It creates recorded TV files in a .wtv format (used to be .ms-dvr in the Vista days). We have a laptop running Lion that I'd like to ...
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Can FileVault show the login window as 'name and password', not 'list of users'?

Normally, Mac OS X lets you choose to show the login screen as a list of users (you click to enter the password), or two text fields (you enter the username and password): But, I use FileVault 2. ...
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How can I clone my Lion-pre-installed drive to a new smaller hard drive?

I got a new MBP with Lion installed (as detailed here: How can I install an SSD on my new Lion MBP w/out install disks?), and I want to clone the drive (including the Lion install partition) to my new ...
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What format for my external drive allows use with Mac and Windows?

How can I use my external hard drive on Mac OS so I can modify/edit files on both OS's: Mac and Windows? How should I format it?
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Is there a way to replace Finder altogether?

It seems that a rather large group of Mac users considers Finder to be a product that contains a number of conceptual failures and oversimplifications. It is however not clear whether Finder can be ...
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What scenarios benefit from Mac OS X allowing apps to run when no document windows remain?

As a rule of thumb programs on Mac OS X stay running when you close all their document windows. This is the behavior I noticed in MacVim, VmWare Fusion, Chrome and host of other applications. I ...
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Using “<Modifier>+Left/Right” to move between words in an editing window

I've recently switched to a MacBook as my main platform for doing work. Previously, I was an all-Linux sort of person (I now run Linux under VMware). But there are still a few UI differences that are ...
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Does the 2011 Macbook Air come with a OS reinstall USB drive?

Reading through other questions I learned that the 2010 Air came with one, but I don't remember noticing any USB drives when I unboxed my 2011 Air (days ago).
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Is there a default SSH password on Mac OS X?

If I create an account, and don't give it a password, what's the password to SSH it?
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NFS, AFP, SMB… Advantages and drawbacks on a Mac OS system

Struggling to fix several issues since I switched to Lion (see here and there), I came across several ways of connecting network shares to my MBP: NFS, AFP, SMB, CIFS (maybe others). What are the ...
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Terminal text size different when connected to external monitor

I have a Macbook Pro 15" running OS X 10.6.8. When not connected to an external monitor, launching Terminal looks like this. Note the width of the text (almost looks bold). When connected to my 24" ...
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Apple TV won't start Netflix Streams

When playing some TV shows on Netflix on a new Apple TV, sometimes the show does not start playing. I get the spinning pinwheel for a "normal" period of time, then a black screen. If I press select, I ...
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How / is it possible to compare files on your hard drive with those in your time machine backup?

I have snow leopard and have been using time machine to regularly backup files. How / is it possible to compare files on your hard drive with those in your time machine backup? I know you can ...
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Apple-provided software to measure or estimate the CPU load associated with Core Storage

With Mac OS X 10.7 (Build 11A411) alone, or with Xcode 4.1: Q: is there a way to accurately measure, or at least estimate the CPU load associated with Core Storage? A graphical view of load on a ...
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Creating folders in the Applications folder

I like to keep things neat in my computer, so when I started to have too many apps, I decided to create subfolders within my /Applications folder and move tings around. Sometimes, I got asked to ...
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How do I set up an IRC server on OS X for my local network?

Is there a nice way to set up an IRC server for my wireless home network, running on an old Mac Mini? On other forums people have recommended compiling IRCD-Hybrid for OS X. I have Homebrew installed ...
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Copying Devanagari on OS X

I am working with several files in various formats (PDF, HTML, DOCX) that contain Devanagari (Indian) script. When I try to copy text using either CMD+C or the right-click menu, it is transformed ...
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How do I change the partition table for my hard drive?

I have an external hard drive with Master Boot Record partition table. I wish to change that to GUID so that I can modify the partition on the fly next time. How do I do that? Is it possible to do ...
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Open Finder window from current Terminal location?

If I am in a specific path in a Terminal window, how can I open that same window in a new Finder window? Note: This is the opposite of opening a Terminal from Finder.
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2009 Mac Mini HDD as an External Drive for a 2011 Mac Mini HDD

I have a unique plan: I have a 2009 Mac Mini mid-2009 with 10.6 OS X. I just got the 2011 Mac Mini with 10.7. But I am planning to use the hard drive from the 2009 Mac Mini with 10.6 OS X as an ...
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Connect to Linux File System with default “Connect to Server”?

I'm wondering what kind of setup I need on my Linux machine to be able to connect to it using the default "Connect to Server" (command + k) in OSX. I'm going to ask this on askubuntu as well, but I ...
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Problematic performance of Adobe CS5.5 suite on OSX (Snow Leopard)

We are running some 17 iMacs ranging from 2008 models to 2010 models, all with 4gb ram. Most are on 10.5, the newest one on 10.6 We upgraded from CS 4 to CS 5.5 last month. We also upgraded from ...
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What are some good uses of Hazel? [closed]

I think Hazel is a great idea, but I'm having trouble finding practical uses for it. A short search revealed the below pages, but I still didn't find anything compelling. Why I Started Using Hazel ...
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Is it possible to get the keyboard viewer to show a full keyboard when a bluetooth keyboard is connected?

From time to time I want to simulate having a full keyboard even though my Mac uses the smaller Apple bluetooth keyboard. It is most important for the system events to get the actual key pressed as ...
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kernel.log contains thousands of messages about ip_len checksum. What gives?

My Mac Pro Cyrus (running 10.6.8 in 64 bit mode) keeps writing the same message (for different lengths) to the kernel.log file every second: cyrus kernel[0]: in_delayed_cksum_offset: ip_len 36608 ...
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PostgreSQL in OS X Lion

There's be mention made of the fact that OS X Lion Server ships with PostgreSQL as it's standard database rather than MySQL. Can anyone confirm: It this specific to server or does OS X Lion ...
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Symbols in Mac OS

Where can I find those symbols on Mac OS such as Apple logo, small iPhone?
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How to prevent Finder windows from automatically popping up when I attach a disk?

I have a removable Firewire drive. It has several partitions, many of which have Mac OS installers on them (I'm a developer/sysadmin, and need to reinstall fairly frequently). However, I also use ...