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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Can I download iTunes U courses to USB flash drive?

My Macbook Air is limited on hard drive resources right now. Can I download iTunes U courses onto a USB flash drive(formatted to Mac OS Extended)instead of downloading courses on my own Mac?
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Finder: keep sort-by per-directory

Some directories make sense to be sorted by date modified, while others make more sense to be kept sorted alphabetically. How can I make it so that finder will apply a specified sort by selection on ...
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Manually Set Location Services Location

My iMac rarely has WiFi turned on since I use Ethernet, however Location Services seem to need a WiFi connection (they both connect to the same router, so I fail to see the logic there… but there we ...
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Why is Tor-Vidalia failing to access folders on OSX to create a hidden service?

I'm running OSX 10.7 and following the instructions linked below am failing to start hidden services. I keep getting this error: "Error creating directory ...". It's either No such file or ...
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Change OSX system font [duplicate]

OS X Mountain Lion: Is there a way to change the default system font? Things like color (I'd like it slightly more gray) and the type. EDIT: And Font Weight, if possible. Thanks
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OSX partitions wiped by NAS RAID

So I messed up when I thought it would be a good idea to stick some hard drives into my NAS. It's now changed the partition table to a RAID0 one and my data has vanished. What are my best chances of ...
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Apple Mail not saving Smart Mailboxes

I'm having some trouble with Apple Mail 6.3 (1503) and Smart Mailboxes under 10.8.3. When I create Smart Mailboxes they work just as one would expect them to. When I quit Mail and re-open it, they're ...
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Reinstall MacBook's OS X

I have a bit of a problem with MacBook Pro. Currently it's running Mac OS X 10.8.3, but I want to install from DVD Mac OS X 10.5.2, which is for this MacBook Pro and was reinstalled few months back. ...
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Can you use any application whilst it is being updated

Is it possible to use any application while it is being updated from the Mac App Store?
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How to quick switch OSX proxy on/off?

I use SwitchySharp to quick switch between multi-proxies under Chrome broswer. Now I want to move to Safari(I love its "Tap to Zoom" feature), but SwitchySharp only works in Chrome, there is no a ...
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Dim screen beyond lowest brightness from terminal [duplicate]

Anyone know of a way to dim a mac's screen beyond the lowest brightness setting through the terminal?
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Specific wifi router type? for rMBP?

I've recently gotten my cable internet upgraded. When the tech was here, he was able to get about 48 Mbps speeds over wifi, but on my retina MBP, connecting to the same wireless router, I was only ...
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Can I make a custom keyboard shortcut available to all users?

I've created a keyboard shortcut but it only works for my current user, we have 3 users on our Mac (OS X 10.8.3) but if I set up a short cut, I have to then set the same one up for our other 2 users. ...
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How to download Mountain Lion installer after changing a store?

I'm going to upgrade my machine with ssd drive, so I want to make a clean install. I was told that I can redownload the installer via Mac App Store, but the problem is that I used the store of other ...
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Python launching problems OS X

I'm trying to install python on mac OS X 10.7.5. I installed it from MacPort and I think before I did, I screwed up $PATH somehow. It seems to install fine but then when I try to run ipython I get -...
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Completely Removing Mac OSX from MBP

I have a 2009 MBP that runs Linux Arch and OSX on a dual boot. I have no use for OSX on this machine. I installed it 12 months ago, and straight after installation I set up Arch via BootCamp and have ...
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iPad can't be backed to iTunes 11 in Mountain Lion

Since updating to iOS 6.1.3 I am no longer able to copy files onto iPad and can't back up to my main Mac Pro with Mountain Lion and iTunes 11.0.2. I first thought it was the iPad, but now it's ...
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How to Reset Full-Screen Terminal.app Preferences to Factory Defaults

On an iMac running Mac OS X version 10.7.5 I have accidentally resized Terminal.app to full-screen (272 x 76) and am unable to resize Terminal.app to a smaller size. How do I resize Terminal.app to ...
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How do I change the default font for comment boxes in Keynote

I am using Keynote '09 and whenever I create a comment, it is formatted in Marker Felt 16. I want to change that to something like Arial 20. How can I do it? I tried to apply the point 5 in this ...
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Reason why applications aren't stored in the Home-Folder?

I wonder why Apple don't put all applications in an applications folder inside the Home-Folder. So they could offer a hole new mac for each user. Every file is user specific, except for the ...
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Missing Safari settings option “Safari opens with”

I am running OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.3 and Safari 6.0.4 In Safari, the setting General -> "Safari opens with" is missing. I remember using this setting to turn off session restore a few weeks back. ...
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Mount a disk image as physical USB drive?

I have an certificate manager ("BankID") that allows me to export certificates from its certificate store. However, for some stupid reason it only allows me to export these certificates to USB drives, ...
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How do I know which version of OS X I have?

Eg Lion, Leopard etc. If I click the Apple symbol, then "About This Mac" I only get the version number…
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How to enable Maven autocomplete on Mac OS X command-line?

When using Maven (mvn) on OS X Terminal, how can I get tab-completion for Maven goals, plugin names, etc? Things like this: mvn pa [TAB] -> mvn package mvn je [TAB][TAB] -> mvn jetty:run
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Favorites in Finder Sidebar

Having installed Mountain Lion 10.8.3 I can not get the sidebar in Finder to display Favorites. Finder > Preferences > Sidebar shows a number of boxes against Favorite folders, but these can not be ...
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Reduce image file size to certain size

I have some tiff files of (scanned docs) which are too large than required. I tried to export with Preview while applying filter "Reduce File Size". The new file came out to be quite small 36KB ...
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symbolic link not created

All my docs are in: /Users/Joe/Documents/Mydocs I want to put them on dropbox through symbolic link so I created this empty folder: /Users/Joe/Dropbox/Mydocs Then used this command to create a ...
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OSX Server File Sharing - Allow users to change password?

We are running OSX Server 10.7.5 in our small office. On the machine, in the Server application, I have each employee setup as a user, with file sharing turned on. This allows each employee to login ...
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Date/time in terminal correct but one hour off in apps

I live in Chile and the government has decided to go to winter time later than usual a few months ago. Apple has not provided an update for OS X to reflect this change. I now fixed the timezones ...
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Spotlight not indexing attachments of exchange Mail

I recently got a MBP and really love how quick spotlight is. I'm reading my exchange email via the Apple Mail app. The messages are indexed by spotlight but the contents of the attachments are not. ...
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As a developer, do I need Mountain Lion? [closed]

I'm a college student and aspiring Apple developer. As such, I am trying to find an intel Mac Mini for as cheep as possible. I've noticed that there is quite a price gap between the models that can ...
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Is it possible to install Mountain Lion on a Mac mini that is older than 2009?

Is it possible to install Mountain Lion on a Mac mini that is older than 2009, despite the system requirements?
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Symlink User Folders - Can I keep original Sidebar Icons? [duplicate]

I have my user folders (Music, Movies and Pictures) stored on an external drive, so I used terminal to delete the existing user folders on the boot drive then created symlinks to these folders and ...
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Setting up a shared (smart) folder on the top level in iOS mail

I have a local "next action" folder in the mail app on my mac. I move emails that require an action from the inboxes of my different email accounts into this folder. Also, i have asmart folder that ...
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Applescript to run when iPhone connects/disconnects

I'm trying to figure out how to run an applescript when I connect and disconnect my iPhone with the USB cable. So far, I think I can run an applescript when it connects by using Image Capture (...
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HTTP Get is not working stable after Netboot

I am booting a Netboot Image with a MacMini 5.1, after the system is up a shell script calls a server via curl. At the moment the Internet connection is up and running. I verify that doing a ping to ...
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How to change fonts picked by Terminal.app to display languages other than English?

This is definitely and advanced topic and possibly needs a hack that I am willing to do. I edit Arabic files quite a lot. Arabic characters displayed by Terminal.app are not playing nice at all. To ...
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Is there a way to keep the notification open? Prevent autohide?

Is there a way to keep the notification bar from auto hiding? I'd basically like to keep it open/expanded on the right side of my screen.
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How to disable the docked Finder monitor pop-up on OS X?

Attached is the screen shot of annoying screen monitor round cornered box, not sure what thats called. I dont know how it appeared!!! I wanna disable it. The Command+option+escape window doesn't show ...
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Mac OS X - Terminal window shows up but closes immediately

I'm using Mac OS X Lion 10.7. I open Terminal and its window shows up but immediately close and its icon remains in the dock. It's working fine a moment ago. I don't know what i have messed. I looked ...
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Mac beeping every minute, exactly

My Mac (a MacBook Air, though I doubt that's relevant) has for the last few weeks been beeping (giving the alert noise, that is) every minute, exactly. It is getting to be extremely annoying, and I ...
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Mac virtual memory: how to make OS X create swap (page) files as freely with a normal boot as it does with a safe boot (swapfile1 etc)

Background When my MacBookPro5,2 with 8 GB memory boots in safe mode I see that the operating system causes dynamic_pager(8) to create swap files in a way that's relatively unrestrained. In the file ...
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“opensnoop” utility doesn't work with spaces between filenames, how to fix?

I use "opensnoop" /usr/bin/opensnoop to show all files which are opened from different processes. But when I want to specific a file with sudo opensnoop -n "directory/filename" i'm getting ...
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Where can I get Python VTE bindings for the Mac OS X?

I'm trying to comiple Guake top-down terminal (guake.org) in Mac OS X. I've met a bunch of dependency issues while ./configure phase, but now I'm completely stuck with the following dependency issue: ...
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How to determine which files are on SSD on Fusion Drive?

My question is: How can i determine which files are on the SSD "partition" on Fusion Drive? I have an iMac with 1TB Fusion Drive, and it would be good to know which apps or data are on which ...
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Multiple mouse cursors for multiply mice

Is there any solution to support individual cursor for each plugged mouse in OS X 10.8?
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Momentary freeze in Mac OS X on USB device atachment

This seems to have only started recently, but every time I attach a USB device or removable media (SD Card) to my Mac Book Pro running OS X 10.8.3 there is a freeze in the mouse cursor for a few ...
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In Mountain Lion why do remote shells via ssh do NOT inherit the environment of the launchd parent process?

When logging in to my Mountain Lion Mac remotely via ssh I do not get the same PATH variable as when I open a shell locally: The local shell inherits its environment as expected from launchd and ...
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Is there a way to disable data detectors from Mail?

Is there a way to disable the data detector "feature" from Mail? LE: OSX 10.8.3 / Mail 6.3 (1503)
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How to disable the Trackpad zoom in Chrome or TextEdit

In Chrome or Textedit I always accidently end up zooming with the build-in trackpad on MBA with Mountain Lion. How do I disable the trackpad function for zooming in application specific. Looking into ...