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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Choose Default Out CHANNEL for OS X Audio

I need to get my default audio output to outputs 3/4 of my audio interface. What is the easiest way to do this? Do I need Soundflower (and will it even work)?
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Is there a user-friendly app that can create an archive of system.log files and the like?

Background I have this command to create a temporary collection of selected log files – sudo tar -czf $TMPDIR/archive\ of\ install.log\ and\ system.log\ files\ only.tgz --options='compression-level=...
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Home folder has two Desktops within it - can one be deleted?

Somehow I created a second Desktop Folder and icon within my Home Folder. One Desktop has the word original following it, the second has a different icon. Can any suggest how this happened and can I ...
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Shortcut to revert autocorrect change

I like the autocorrect feature, but sometimes I want to revert to the word I typed. If i backspace to the word, I see an overlay with the word as I typed it, but can't figure how to revert to it ...
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Mac Could Not Restart After a Kernel Panic

I was forced to restart MacBook Pro when a kernel panic happened about 2 hours ago... Since then my computer would just stuck on the grey screen with the Apple logo every time I tried to reboot it. ...
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How do I delete my number from iMessage on send and receive from my iMac?

When I go to settings, iMessage does not show up under anything and I cannot access iMessage settings straight from the iMessage icon.
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Permission denied for symbolic link

I'm creating a symbolic link with the following applescript: on run do shell script "rm /usr/bin/ant" with administrator privileges do shell script "ln -s /Users/hordine/software/apache-ant-1....
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Password protected partitions on mac os x

I have two partitions first is primary with os x installed and second is empty, I want to password protect this second partition so when I double click it must ask for password and then tell me read ...
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Windows 8 version specifically for Mac

I really dont understand this. My school sells products to students via onthehub.com. They offer a separate version of Windows 8 Pro that they claim is specifically for Macs. How does this make any ...
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How do I remove the default margins when printing (when “Page Setup” options don't work)

I'm trying to print a web page that I've created with a custom paper size of 4.5x10.25 inches. I want the page to be printed right to the edge of the paper, with no margins at all. I've been reading ...
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Are the OSX Mavericks tags visible from the command line?

For example, suppose I have a directory structure such as /Users /tlehman /Math algebraic_varieties.tex [tagged: Math, Documentation] projective_geometry.pdf [...
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Don't have view options in finder

I'm trying to change the icon size on my desktop. This should be easy via the view options. If finder would offer them. I tried to get access to the options via the finder menu, cmd+j and I tried the ...
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Terminal bash commands stopped working

I was trying to install some stuff for scala development on my MAC, and probably I managed broke the shell/terminal while I was mindlessly running some scripts that I don't know. Now when I start the ...
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Sorting through windows that are grouped together

I have a number of open windows that belong to the same program (preview). I would like to easily and quickly flick between these open windows, but I have found this frustratingly difficult to do ...
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How to position a window (e.g. iTunes Mini Player) next to the Dock?

I like to keep the iTunes Mini Player in the bottom left corner of my screen, since it doesn't overlap anything else there and I can always see it. This works fine, with the following exception: When ...
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changing the meta key in emacs

I am running emacs 24.3 through the terminal on OS X 10.8.4. I would like to modify the meta-key which is currently set to be the ESC key. I have successfully changed the meta-key from ESC to option/...
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Roll back from OS X Mavericks ( or any newer OS) to Mountain Lion

I installed the developer preview of OS X Mavericks, & too many things broke. I can't stay on it & need to roll back to Mountain Lion. Any ways of doing that? Please help! I originally ...
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Is there a tool to auto-restore network shares?

I log on to my work VPN very infrequently. Whenever I do that, I have to painfully re-connect manually to all the network shares I use there. Is there a tool (preferably with a UI) that can help me ...
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Sometimes key “B” doesn't work on my preinstalled keyboard

Although I have seen discussions on this topic before here and I tried all those options told by everyone, yet the problem persists with me. So here is the thing->- Its been 3 weeks since I bought ...
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Setting defaults for Magic Mouse

When I log on the Guest user, the Magic Mouse settings are not as I want them to be. E.g., I would always like the right click enabled and the tracking speed set to fast, but these settings default to ...
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Transferring Mountain Lion

i bought a new macbook pro with mountain lion preinstalled and i dont know how to put it on my older 10.6.8 Imac. There is no file for it on the macbook and says i havent bought it in the app store.
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Where can I download the source code of SEDarwin project?

I am trying to get the source code of SEDarwin project. TrustedBSD page related to Sedarwin(http://www.trustedbsd.org/sedarwin.html) says that that SEDarwin project has been moved to it's own website ...
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Apps unresponsive directly after starting them. Log says: “didn't gather any samples due to audio running”

Recently, I'm seeing the following symptom regularly on my Mac. I'll start an application such as safari or sktich and then the app bounces in the dock and is unresponsive. I have to force quit the ...
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Mirroring two displays with different screen sizes

I have an iMac 20" mid-2007 and an external 23.6" 16:9 aspect display, I would like to mirror displays keeping a 16:9 aspect on the external display, eventually stretching the image of the built-in 8:...
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Mac OS X 10.8.4 cacerts default password

Yesterday I upgraded my Mac to Mac OS X 10.8.4, along with it came an update of the Java JRE (version 1.6.0_45). I want to add a certain CA to the list of trusted CAs by issuing sudo keytool -...
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Clean install Mac OS X 10.6.8, using USB Drive

I've Mac 10.5.8. I've upgraded to Mac 10.6.8, using USB device. Now I'm thinking of clean installing Mac 10.6.8, using USB device. When inserting Mac 10.5.8 CD, I' getting option to format the disk. ...
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Any advice on troubleshooting instability in Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.4?

In all cases of crashes, I can SSH to the machine, but I can't figure out anything useful to remedy the situation. This freeze happened when sizing the crop in Aperture. Machine had been running for ...
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Wireless display from one laptop to another

Here is my setup: macbook pro retina physically connected to 2 external monitors, and keyboard+mouse. 17 macbook on its own What I want to do: I'd like to somehow use one of the external monitors ...
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How can I get Launchbar to open the Wireless Diagnostic app?

I use Launchbar Version 5.5 (1008) to start programs from the keyboard and can't figure out how to start one specific app that comes with Mountain Lion 10.8.4 Build 12E55. Has anyone figured out how ...
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Mount ISO as CD/DVD in VMware fusion 5

I am trying to mount as CD/DVD an ISO image of Windows 8, in VMWare Fusion 5, but i cant. I dont know if this is a VMware bug. I have rMBP, and since it doesn't have an optical drive, I have to ...
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keyboard input stopped being accepted after login

I just disabled my screensaver successfully by entering my password, then after that my machine no longer accepts keyboard input. The only thing I was able to do is change windows with option-left/...
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OS X 10.8.3: how do I get it to remember my finder windows when I reboot? [duplicate]

I've looked all over for this, but with "windows" being a major OS name, it's pretty hard to search for this issue. :(
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Internal Mic Option Disappears when using Apple Earbuds

Does anyone know of a way to use my macbook pro's internal microphone while using my Apple "Earpods" for sound? When I look at the Sound Prefpane without my earbuds in the internal mic option is there,...
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Change apple ID associated with Mac App Store application

How can I change the Apple ID associated with an application downloaded from the Mac App Store? For example, when I try to update an application, it says for me to login with the account that ...
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can't install xcode, issue with MobileDevice.pkg

I am trying to install xcode on my mac version : Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 But I'm having a problem, i download xcode version 4.6.2 from Appstore after i installed the app i clicked on the icon in the ...
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Is there a way to hide/remove the drop box folder (not dropbox.com) that is inside of public folder?

Inside Public folder there is a folder called "Drop Box" (I'm not talking about dropbox.com) which is used for network/sharing purpose. Since I only use the machine locally, I would like to delete ...
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What font is used for the file extensions in mac icons?

The fonts on one of our macs have become corrupted. I was able to fix most of the problem by copying across a non-corrupt version of Lucida Grande from another Mac. However, the font used to display ...
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How do I show all hidden & invisible files on the command line (both .files and invisible flagged files)?

Is there a way to show only the hidden and invisible files in a directory using the command line? For instance ls -a | grep "^\." will show all the files hidden by a period as the first character, ...
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Can I get Mountain Lion on a MacBook?

I own a MacBook which I purchased approximately 6 years ago (I'm not sure exactly what version it is, but I can get that information if needed). It is running OS X Leopard, and I want to install ...
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What causes the popup alternate characters from showing?

I have the latest version of Mountain Lion 10.8.4 but can't use the new hold key to show variations option. So, when I press the n key and hold it down, it would be nice to see the two alternate ñ and ...
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Mac crashing suddenly and restart

My Mac keeps on crashing around 5 times a day which is very annoying. It just turns off all of a sudden and than start again... Crash log is provided below. Any idea as to what may cause this? ...
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Does mounting a large disk image require a certain amount of free space on the internal drive?

I've got a bunch of Mac disk images (.dmg files) that are 100 GB or larger. I'm currently on an iMac with a few hundred gigabytes of free space, but I'm going to be moving to a Mac laptop with 128 GB ...
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Setting up “HPN-SSH - High Performance SSH/SCP” on Mac OS X

As you'd expect from the name, HPN-SSH - High Performance SSH/SCP is a "high performance" patch of SSH/SCP. I've installed a newer version of OpenSSL via Homebrew (brew install openssl). I've ...
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Should I reinstall the OS after restoring from time machine?

A while back, my MacBook Pro died. It was an older machine (2007 I think), with a Core 2 Duo processor. I was doing regular backups through Time Machine. I bought a I7 MBP, and re-staged the new ...
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How to resolve netbios names with osx

Hi I'm new to osx and trying to resolve the netbios name of a windows machine. When I try to ping it I get the error cannot resolve hostname. When I use the command smbutil lookup %hostname% it will ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive and detailed technical software manual for OS X?

Are there books written for OS X (particularly the most current version) like the hundreds of thousands written for Unix? I'd like to know about the command-line utilities and the locations of system ...
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How to back up Boot Camp before upgrading my hard drive to an SSD?

I have a Macbook Pro which has a 750GB HDD. I'm currently using Bootcamp to run Win 7. If I want to upgrade the HDD to a SSD but keep my stuff from both the OS X side and the Win 7 side what are the ...
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Set the screen saver to 20 minutes

I set 20 minutes in System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Saver, however the screen saver starts after 5 minutes. I tried to log out and restart the mac with no success. I should say that after ...
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If I authenticate a second iTunes can they browse and watch movies I've bought?

I would like to authenticate my sibling's iTunes on his mac so he can watch movies I've bought. I know if I authenticate his iTunes I can copy a file over that I've bought and he'll be able to watch ...
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Confounded by permissions problem on NFS share

I'm setting up an NFS server (Ubuntu) to serve files to several Macs (10.7). The way it's set up, I can log in from any Linux client and read/write over NFS exactly as expected. (I've set up ACL ...