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 I select only a few specific folders to back up with Time Machine?

Can I backup only specific folders with Time Machine? If there is not an "official" way to do this, does somebody know a trick to do so?
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How do I make windows save their position on screen after re-attaching a display?

When I attach a second monitor to my MacBook, I drag many windows onto it. When I detach the monitor, all the windows move back onto my MacBook's display. How can I make it so that when I re-attach ...
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MacBook Running Really Slow, Activity Monitor Reports HUGE VM

My MacBook is running really really slow at the moment, I have quit loads of processes (but activity monitor only reported about 10% cpu usage anyway). I had just noticed I have a VM Size of 250GB! ...
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What is the best icon creator for mac?

I'm new to mac, I used to use Axialis IconWorkshop on Windows. So I want to know what's the best icon creator for mac?
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How to connect to wireless TV satellite receiver from Mac OS X

How could I connect to my satellite receiver from Mac OS X and be able to watch TV and navigate through channel list? Is there any free software that could do this?
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Free (if possible) Video Converter

I've been getting along with VisualHub (defunct) for a while now, but recently I've needed an expanded set of Codec's, in particular Theora and VP8.1
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How do I launch an app at start up but as a specific user?

I want to launch an app at login but have it running as a specific user. Here's the use case: I turn on my Mac and login in as Ben. In the background iTunes is launched for Bill. Ben can launch his ...
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Can I assign Magic Trackpad 3-finger swipe up/down to scroll to top/bottom?

I have the trackpad on my Macbook pro set up to scroll to top/bottom on a 3-finger vertical swipe. As far as I can tell, that option isn't there for a Magic Trackpad. It's very confusing to have both ...
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How can I run/stop/relaunch an application automatically, at boot/login/some other time?

How do you make a script or app to run or stop running automatically when the system is booted, a user logs on, at a specific time, when a disk is attached, etc.?
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How can I use Gmail as the default mail client app in Mac OS X?

I use Gmail as my e-mail client, but when I click on a "mailto:" link, the Mail.app is opened. Is there a way to avoid the Mail.app opening in this case? Can I open Gmail instead?
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Running Leopard on a MacBook Pro that shipped with Snow Leopard

I have a MacBook Pro with 10.6 pre-installed. Is there a way to use this machine to test my software on 10.5? Do I need 10.5, or is there is a mode within 10.6 with which I can run 10.5? If I need ...
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Good Newsgroup Client for OS X

I've just switched to OS X and am struggling to find a good, easy to use, and preferably free/cheap newsgroup reader. Does anyone have any good suggestions?
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OS X - AppleScript Question about moving files daily to another folder (folders vary)

I am currently using this ( http://lifehacker.com/193778/download-of-the-day--auto+applescript-tickler-file ) for a tickler file system and have it setup in my Dropbox (so it works across systems). ...
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Upgrading from Parallels Desktop 5 to 6 caused DNS query resolution “slowness” at Mac OS level

Anybody else feeling this/have any idea how to fix it without reinstalling Snow Leopard? This seems very similar to problems PD used to have back in 2008 (forum link) FWIW, my current network ...
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What's a good Windows RDP client for Mac?

I administer a number of Windows machines, and am trying to find a really good application to remote desktop in to them from my Mac. I've tried CoRD, and I really like its library approach to saved ...
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What are Mac OS replacements for Visio?

Visio is the most conspicuous example of a program that I found useful on Windows for which I have not identified a Mac-compatible replacement. Visio's primary function is as a flowchart diagramming ...
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How secure is Mac OS X's security?

My friend's MacBook Pro was recently stolen. Fortunately, it was protected with a password. How secure is the built-in protection ? Can thieves access the data on the hard drive, and at what ...
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Is there a list somewhere of all the special characters I can type using the option key?

OS X lets me type special characters directly on the keyboard by holding the Option. For example: — is an em dash, “ and ” are curvy quotes, etc. Is there a good cheat sheet listing all these keys ...
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How do I keep my session when I reboot in OS X?

When I reboot my machine, I'd like it to reopen all my programs and windows, and put them back in the same place, after restarting. how do I do this? (I'm on 10.6, and use spaces)
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How do you maximize windows?

Unlike Windows, you cannot maximize a window in Mac with a click of the button. The little green (+) button next to the red and yellow buttons at the left of the windows does some strange stuff ...
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Tool for creating .rar files on the Mac?

Is there any good, free program for OS X that can create RAR files? Preferably with a GUI. It seems there are plenty of options for extracting RAR files, but not that many for compressing them...
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Printing full calendar invitation?

I use OS X Mail and iCal connected to my company's MS Exchange server. Sometimes a co-worker sends a calendar invitation (using Outlook) with lots of agenda details in it. I'm trying to find a good ...
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How do I fix failed aliases?

I had two external hard disks: External and Backup. External had many aliases which pointed to other files on the same disk. Backup was used to backup External. External failed, and I now use Backup, ...
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Can I schedule startup and shutdown with different settings for weekdays and weekends?

Everyday, I usually start my Mac Mini at 16:00 and shutdown it at 2:00 using the Energy Saver schedule settings. I would like to be able to set a different behavior on the Weekends starting Mac Mini ...
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How can I enable invisible files with “Transmit” FTP client?

How can I enable invisible files with "Transmit" FTP client ? It asks me to show them only if I override one of them. I actually would like to always see them.
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Change search Google in Safari to use Firefox

Cmd+Shift+L searches for the selected text in Google using Safari. Can I change this to use Firefox instead?
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What's the proper way to pronounce “Mac OS X”?

I was inspired by the question Mac or Macintosh. What's the proper way to pronounce "Mac OS X"? I've heard the following things used to refer to the operating system on the Macintosh: "Mac OS Ten" ...
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Reduce colors from Millions to Thousands

I was trying to run a Keynote presentation on a secondary display and Keynote told me that I didn't have enough video RAM and either needed to reduce the resolution or number of colors from Millions ...
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Why can Mac OS X 32-bit access all 4GB of memory, while Windows 32-bit can't?

I don't understand why Mac OS X 32-bit kernel can access all 4GB of memory (and even more) while Windows 32-bit can only work with ~ 3,3 GB, and for using more than 4GB you need 64-bit Windows. Even ...
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How do I Convert FLAC files to ALAC for iTunes?

I have a pretty large music library in FLAC, and I need to import it to my iTunes library somehow. I want to use the ALAC format to keep everything lossless so I can transcode to different lossy ...
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Is there console mode in Mac OS X?

Is there something like Linux console in Mac OS X? Like "terminal", but without running graphics environment.
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What setting causes OS X to let you resize windows behind the dock?

I've set up my fair share of Macs over the years, but I've never been able to pinpoint what setting tells OS X that you're ok with being able to drag-resize a window vertically so that it goes behind ...
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How can I allow incoming SSH (SCP) connections?

How can I allow incoming SSH connections on my mac (Mac OS X 10.6.4) from other machines on the same network? Every time I'm trying to scp something on the machine I get a Connection refused error.
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What is the best key remapper tool?

I use international keyboards which have ` (~ with shift) next to Z key. I'm used to having `/~ key next to 1 (currently, this key produces § or ± with shift, which I don't use at all). My goal is to ...
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Installing applications from disk images - what about the resources?

I know that the way to install an application on Mac is to drag the icon from the disk image onto applications. Often these folders don't just contain an application but resources (such as a readme as ...
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Is there any way to set a MacBook Pro to not sleep when you close the lid?

The most common use case I have for this is when I'm playing music over AirTunes, but don't want an open laptop laying around. Or when I'm syncing or downloading something. This isn't the same as ...
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Will a cloned hard drive function exactly as the original?

If I buy a new hard drive and clone my original onto it (using Carbon Copy Cloner or something similar), will my computer function exactly the same as it did before? Will things like licensed programs ...
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iHome Mouse drivers for OS X

I have an iHome wireless 5 button laser mouse model iH-M130ZR and I can't find any drivers to be able to program the buttons. By default, left/right/scroll clicks work, but I can't get any response ...
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Note taking for school

I'm considering getting a Macbook or a Macbook Pro (I use Windows on my desktop computer), and I'm thinking about how note taking could be done. Most I'm thinking would use Microsoft Word/Pages, but ...
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Does anyone have any tips or best practices for using NFS mounted directories?

Does anyone have tips for conveniently dealing with a variety of NFS mounted directories in Mac OS X? When I drag them to the sidebar in finder they can't be renamed. When I mounted them using ...
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How do I change Mac OS X's sleep behavior with respect to USB plugging/unplugging?

If a USB device is plugged or unplugged, my MacBook Pro wakes up from sleep. Can this behavior be changed somehow? That is to say, I do not want my Mac to wake up when a USB device is unplugged.
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What kinds of things should I do to maintain the performance of my iMac?

I've recently switched from PC to Mac. So far, so good! With my PC, I had a variety of tasks I'd regularly perform to keep my PC running well: Run CCleaner to clean up all the cruft (temporary ...
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Autotiling for Mac OS X

I love the big screen on the iMacs, but having to shape the applications so they don't overlap is not optimal. Is there a way to have an autotiling feature, so that with the touch of a (configurable ...
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How can I set a default zoom level in Safari?

I've got a Mac Mini that I'm using as a Home Theatre PC, and my only real complaint is that I can't set a default zoom level in Safari. It's hard to read all that tiny text from 7 feet away from my TV ...
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Mac OS X locks up when I plugin in headphones on MacBook Pro

Every time I plug in (or off) my headphones (even white iPhone ones), Mac OS X locks up for about 10 seconds, and then works as normal, and even displays the beach ball. Not everything locks up, as I ...
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iTunes Utility - Merging Libraries

I would like to merge three separate iTunes libraries. Here is more information: Currently have 3 separate iTunes libraries on 2 laptops and and dekstop. Want to merge all three onto the desktop ...
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How can I use my existing Time Machine drive on the network?

I have an external HD that I've been using as a time machine for my MBP. Here's what I want to do: attach the drive to my desktop machine configure time machine on my MBP to use the drive as a time ...
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Best way to merge mp4 files

Got a bunch of .mp4 videos (info shows H.264 Video + AAC Audio) that are chapters of a larger video. I'd like to merge them, but not sure which is the best way. I don't have Quicktime Pro, but I'll ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for launching Activity Monitor?

I can't seem to find a shortcut for launching the activity monitor. Does it have one?
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How to move a window to another space without using the mouse?

I use spaces for having multiple desktops, but often need to move a program from one space to another. I am aware of the various ways to do that with a mouse: Click window drag to edge F8 to show ...