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 I get my MacBook Pro's sound back?

Sound isn't playing on startup or any other time. I'm not seeing the red glow from the headphone jack that I've seen mentioned in certain cases of this failure. Though I have noticed an awful lot ...
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Can I create Windows-style alias in Finder?

In Windows, we can hold down Ctrl or use right mouse button while dragging the file in Explorer. When we release mouse button we see a menu where we can choose 'Create shortcut'. It's quite handy, I ...
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How to delete protected folder?

I'm using external NTFS HDD via Tuxera-NTFS.Suddenly some of my folders turn to be protected (I don't now how it has happen): I'm trying to delete such folders but still without any luck. I've ...
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How do I hide the file extension in Finder?

On my mac, when I go to the folder Applications see the format ".app" How can I hide it?
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Can I restore only selected files from Time Machine Backup after a fresh OS X re-install?

I'm thinking to reinstall my Mac OS X on my Macbook Pro and starting fresh (instead of recovering from a Time Machine backup) The question is: If I do that, after OS X is reinstalled, will I be able ...
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Couldn't locate MessageTracer database (at path /var/log/DiagnosticMessages)

Whenever I open "About this Mac" > "More Info..." and navigate to logs there is an entry with the following content. Any idea what I can do about it? /usr/bin/pmset -g log: Description: Power ...
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File named zero

I've got a lot of files named 0 all over the place on my filesystem. They contain some digits (mostly also zeroes) inside. I'am wondering what is it and where did they come from? I'm running OSX Lion ...
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installing windows from bootcamp with image dvd

I'm trying to install windows 7 with bootcamp. I get the following message, after mounting windows image (.iso) Insert your Windows installer disc and wait a few seconds for the disc to be ...
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Option-Delete deletes word with white space in front

So this has been driving me crazy for a while now: when you have a lot of blank space before a word, you go to the beginning of the line and push option-delete, it will delete not only the blank ...
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How to disable WebGL in the Chrome browser on Mac OS X

How does one disable Google Chrome from using WebGL on a Mac (Mac OS X 10.6)? (There currently appears to be some sort of security advisory regarding this component.)
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Frequent crashing and unresponsive OS X

About six months ago, my MacBookPro's (summer '09) HDD died. A solid, irrecoverable failure - flashing folder question mark, utterly invisible to Disk Utility, Disk Warrior, being housed in an ...
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Alternative backup solution for a mac?

I know that we can easily use time machine. However, i wonder if there exist any other way to backup the data on my macbook? Since I do a lot of modification to the system and sometimes make it has ...
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How do I uninstall imagemagick from Mac OS X?

I have ImageMagick installed on my Mac. I manually installed it and the dependencies. However, it is causing some problems with brew doctor, so I would like to just uninstall it. After uninstalling ...
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How to remove a nonfunctional folder from the Finder sidebar with Paragon installed?

I drag-and-drop 2 folders to the places group in finder's sidebar. Now i want to remove it. However, there was no option for remove it from side bar, although the other things (application, desktop, ...
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Removing personal data from OSX without deleting user or reinstalling OS

I will be returning my work machine to my employer soon and I would like to leave little or no personal trace on the machine. I am not able to create a new user, delete my user, access the ...
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How to Kiosk Mode a Web Page OSX - Chrome

I have to let members of the public use my laptop to access a member signup web page at a student fair in a couple of weeks. Chrome doesn't have kiosk mode on Mac, is it possible to disable CMD+Q, ...
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how to switch windows faster…?

I used to switch windows using win+1..9 on windows 7. Now switching to mac, i wonder if is there any equivalent feature in snow leopard? Or maybe there exist some third-party application support that? ...
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Good/inspiring uses of automation on Mac OS X

I have been a mac user for quite a while now (about 5-6 years) and I would consider myself rather tech-savvy. That being said I have very little insight to the automation capabilities that have been ...
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Is it possible to modify OS X default MIDI sounds?

I've been looking around to find out how to change MIDI sounds for the Built-in MIDI synthesizer inside Mac OS X, haven't found anything, is there a way to do that?
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transfer iTunes from Windows 7 to OSX

I store my music on a network location \192.168.1.6\music I added that folder to iTunes on Windows 7. I want to use a new Mac and I'm wondering what's the easiest/fastest way to transfer all the ...
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What is the quickest Mac OS X app to use to remove the background of an image to make it transparent?

I followed the instructions in How to use Preview for Basic Image Editing: Remove Backgrounds and Extract Shapes to use the Preview app to remove backgrounds with an image. The problem is that the ...
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How can I map keyboard keys to mouse axes in Terminal?

How can I map the mouse axes to my keyboard keys in the Mac OSX 10.6 Terminal? For example, moving the mouse up (positive x) triggers a keypress of W. Is this built in, or do I need a software ...
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How to “type to search” in current folder

Prior to owning Mac, I used Ubuntu with Nautilus (the default file-browser). With Nautilus, you could simply start typing something, and it would select the folder / file matching the characters you ...
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Is there a way to password protect individual apps?

Is it possible to password protect a specific Mac application? For example, I am interested in protecting Mail because even if you cannot retrieve new emails, you still can read all the already ...
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How to filter both from and to address with a single test?

I can't seem to find a simple way to filter mail that is either to or from a given address. It seems that you have to duplicate the address and use two conditions e.g. From - contains - ...
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How to turn off all animations on OS X

Is it possible to turn off all animations on OS X?
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How to make aliases go away when main file is deleted?

Is there a way to (automatically) delete all aliases when the file they are an alias to is deleted?
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How to move a folder containing aliases to another machine without breaking the aliases?

I've got a large folder of music with lots of aliases to tunes that are spread throughout subfolders of the main tunes folder. For example I might keep the original files sorted by artist, and then ...
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How to restore Parallel's Applications folder?

Normally when you install Parallels, it adds a folder to the dock which acts exactly like the default Applications folder on the Mac, except for all the Windows apps. It even organizes them in ...
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Image files organizer for OS X

Is there a good image file organizer for OS X? I'm looking for something with good previews for image files, and that will allow me to tag the files.
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Mac Mini as a bluetooth headset?

Is it possible to have a Mac Mini running OSX act as a bluetooth headset for the iPhone? (sound comes out the mini's speakers, sound goes in the mini's mic) I'm guessing that the mini would have to ...
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Dock Notifications Displaying Odd Red Icons Instead

Having an odd issue. My dock is showing these strange red icons where normal numerical notifications should be. For example, Thunderbird will display a 3 when I have 3 new messages, but instead it is ...
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Why is syslog not logging where I tell it to log?

I've configured syslogd like so: *.debug /var/log/messages I want pretty much everything logged in /var/log/messages. When I run the command syslog -s hello, I get the message showing up in ...
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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that apple includes as a ...
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What does the lock icon on the 'Get Info' screen do?

In OS X there is a lock icon in the lower right of the Get Info screen. What is this icon called? What does clicking this icon do? I am running on an account with administrator access. I have ...
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Disable Growl Notification When a Certain App is Running

Is there a way to disable Growl notifications automatically when a certain app is running, Quick Time for example. I don't want to get the notifications while watching a movie.
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How can I burn a CD with folders containing MP3's to listen to in a car?

I have a bunch of podcats that I've downloaded as mp3's. I'd like to burn them to a CD in a single directory, call it "podcasts-1". Next week when I download more I'd like to add them to the CD (if ...
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Any REAL good Mac/iPhone combo IM applications out there?

I am looking for a combo of two IM applications, one for the Mac and the other for the iPhone. The main features I am looking for are as follows: supports MSN (Microsoft messenger) has Push ...
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MacOS & finder hang to beach ball after a couple of hard resets, won't go away

I had to do a couple of hard resets (holding power button until it shuts off) because MacOS became unresponsive. Now it's happenning every time, when opening a pdf with preview, or apps that used to ...
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Mac OS X Snow Leopard cannot install python 2.7 readline

When I try pip install readline or easy_install readline I get the following error Running readline-6.1.0/setup.py -q bdist_egg --dist-dir ...
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How can I get the Alt key to work in an X11 application?

I'm using an editor that requires X11 and for the most part it works well. I have many commands that use the Alt key and I like to navigate the menus this way as well, but the Alt key doesn't work ...
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What causes permissions to change?

In Mac OS X, what causes the change in file permissions? For example, consider that the operating system was terminated abnormally. On a subsequent boot, randomly (or possibly those files that were ...
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Disabling the “keep pressed” function of OS X sticky keys

I use the accessibility feature called sticky keys in OS X, what it does is that if you press a command modifier key (Ctrl, Cmd, Alt, Shift, Fn), it stays "pressed" until you press another key. This ...
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Automatically arrange icons on the Mac OS 10.6 desktop in groups

Recently I found my estimated 100 desktop symbols re-ordered in 5 bunches: 4 bunches with one in each corner and one bunch in the middle (leaving more space for more crowd between the bunches :). ...
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Browse website developed in BootCamp via OS X/Safari

If I develop a website in BootCamp under something like http://localhost:3458 can I browse that web site from within OS X? I was thinking maybe using Parallels/Virtual Box to point to the BootCamp ...
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Force Quit Connecting Screen Share

This has happened to me a couple of times now. I try to connect to a computer using screen share and for some reason the computer doesn't answer. I'm not worried about that though. The issue I'm ...
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How to prevent resetting a login password in single user mode or from a recovery partition?

There are a few ways to reset the login password of an OS X user account: Starting up in single user mode, running mount -uw /, launchctl load ...
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OS X: Read mbox formatted files in /var/mail (local mail) graphically

I have a local development environment that is sending email to the mbox file at /var/mail/myusername. I can successfully view those emails with the command line mail program, but I'm looking for a ...
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Updating modifier key mappings through defaults command tool

I am trying to automate the inital setup of my macbook, that includes installing software and changing OS X configuration to my needs. I have tried to update the modifier keys with defaults, the ...
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Choose a default app for opening files with no extension?

Is it possible to set a default application to open files with no extension? I'm not referring to files with hidden extensions, but those completely lacking an extension -- e.g. README, CHANGELOG, ...