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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View machine name on login screen

Is there a way to view the machine name on the Yosemite login screen? It's been a few versions, I believe, since this was a default.
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How does maximizing/full screen work in Mavericks and Yosemite?

OSX features full-screen mode in recent versions but that's not really the same thing as automatically resizing a window to use the full desktop like on Windows... And, what is the + button supposed ...
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Terminal: command overridden via shell script in /usr/local/bin not executed unless called directly

I've created a shell script wrapping ssh to change my terminal background when connecting to a server following one of the many examples on this site and stackexchange. 11:22 ~ $ echo $PATH /opt/...
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Remove Duplicate Shared Computers

After my upgrade to Yosemite, I am seeing a couple of extra shared computers in my finder sidebar. There are two additional computers that seem to be copies, based on their naming, having (#) ...
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How Do I fix The Audio in Windows 8?

I have Windows 8 installed on my MAC but I don't have sound. The Internal speakers are not detected by Win8. In the charm, it show this; No speakers or headphones. and in Driver manager The High ...
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Does Apple still support 10.5.8?

Have a friend that's running OSX 10.5.8 and claims it's still supported by Apple and has the same security patches as needed as any other version of OSX. Does Apple still support 10.5.8? What if any ...
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Problem with Terminal after changed permission to /usr/bin

I was trying to install rake and rspec using ruby gems. I changed read permissions on /usr/bin Now my terminal window looks like this: login(388,0x7fff73cd5310) malloc: * error for object ...
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'Macintosh HD' not bootable anymore after installing Yosemite on a second disk

So I installed a second HDD that I plan on eventually using as my main system disk and did a fresh install of Yosemite on it. The thing, is that I'd like to boot back into the original Macintosh HD so ...
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Yosemite grey background on login screen

I recently installed yosemite (fresh install) on my mbp retina and i notice that the login screen has a grey background with only my account pic. I can login normally and without any problems but it ...
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MacBook Pro unusable when HDMI output is connected

My new MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (OS X 10.10) gets completely unusable when I attach the HDMI cable to the HDMI port. I have noticed that there are few processes that will start to consume crazy memory. ...
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Can launching an app trigger the launch of another app?

When I launch a specific application in Mavericks I'd also like to automatically launch and execute another one. Is it possible/how?
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How to skip the tools during installation which I don't want to install from this automated installation list for osx dev tools?

https://github.com/thoughtbot/laptop/blob/master/mac For example I don't use Heroku so I want to comment out Heroku stuff. But I don't know how to do that. I have forked this script and want to ...
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exFat Hard Drive not showing up on mac OS X 10.7.5

I formatted a 1TB Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive as ExFat to be used on both a MacBook and a Windows PC. The formatting was done on Windows and there isn't any issue when I access it through Windows. I ...
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SD memory for Time Machine?

I am running a MacMini 2013 that has Mac OS X 10.9.3 installed and I want to use SD memory cards with Time Machine. Can I use the SD flash memory for a backup drive? What is the maximum size ...
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Determine if file or directory is encrypted?

I have FileVault enabled, so my home directory is encrypted. However, programs and libraries often use directories outside of /home; and Disk Utility allows us to create encrypted files and ...
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How to periodically run a script/command when a specific application is being used?

I would like a certain applescript to run every 10 seconds but only when a specific application is being used (i.e. both being the front application AND the mouse or keyboard being used in the last ...
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How to select text with touchpad without pressing the “hard” key?

Now on OS X, when I want to select some text, I have to press the "hard" key on touchpad with thumb and drag through the text with another finger on touchpad. With linux on the same macbook pro, I ...
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Is it possible to reinstall iMovie in case I delete it?

I'm considering to delete iMovie since I'm not using it at all and it takes more than 2.5 GB. But before deleting it, is it possible to reinstall it in the future in case I want to use it?
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How do I make Finder snap to grid regardless of the number of items in the directory?

Maybe I have a case of acute OCD, I don't know - but this issue irks me more than it really should. I set up my Finder settings to display four files or directories horizontally, snapped to a grid in ...
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Cannot find users on login screen - only guest login available

I am using OS X Mavericks and when I boot the machine I only see the guest login. When I log in as a guest everything functions correctly but I can't access my files.. I ran OSX utilities and all my ...
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Textmate OSX Yosemite ruby 1.8

After upgrading to the OSX Yosemite, Textmate's duplicate line command ctrl+shift D produces an error warning: -K is specified; it is for 1.8 compatibility and may cause odd behavior. Previously, ...
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“Reinstalling” /usr and /local folder

How would I be able to reinstall Yosemite keeping the software I've installed through things like brew or macports but not the "system" files? For example, the system files being /System, /usr, /bin, /...
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Commands not found in Terminal except echo

In my terminal basic commands are not found like: mds-macbook-pro:~ ZILLURRAHMAN$ ls -bash: ls: command not found mds-macbook-pro:~ ZILLURRAHMAN$ env -bash: env: command not found mds-macbook-pro:~ ...
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Swift is not available for OS X Application?

I just had a clean install of Yosemite Version 10.10 (14A389), and my Xcode is Version 6.0.1 (6A317). When I create a new iOS project, I can choose languages from Swift and Objective-C. However, when ...
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Toggle alarm to scare intruders?

My coworkers always tell me to lock my Mac when I get up from my desk, or they'll mess with it. I think it's pretty obnoxious that I have to lock my computer each time I get up for anything, and of ...
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Remove Mac maximize window left margin

When maximizing a Mac window with the green button, it will not maximize to full size, but have a little left margin from the left side. I guess there is no setting to change that, but that margin ...
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How can I respond in a definitive fashion to an app pestering me about a permission?

Why? In that case, I think of Steam, which keeps requesting access to the Accessibility Panel. I don't think I want that, because Steam is not an Accessibility tool. What? I'd like to say "No, I ...
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Format usb drive (dmg is on - and show read only)

I have a problem to format/erase an usb drive with mac os x on it. It shows that drive is read only. Is there any way that I can format/erase disk to become writable?
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Incorrect icon of Time Capsule in Finder

Have a little perfectionistic problem: quite often in Finder Time Capsule's icon not displayed correctly, when I click on it - becomes normal, what's the problem?
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Opening apache conf file with write permissions

I'm trying to open the /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf file to make some changes. I thought I'd be able to open this with the correct permissions from the command line, so I tried: cd /private/etc/...
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Launching Terminal Freezes the System for 5 Minutes in Mavericks

Only recently, when I launch Terminal in Mavericks, the system becomes unresponsive temporarily: the spinning wheel appears; I can still move the mouse pointer but nothing responds; if Activity ...
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“User”-folder is larger than contents

My "user" folder is about 56GB big, but when I look at the contents (and add them up with a calculator) I get up to about 24GB. What happened to the other 32GB? Is there a way to free this space up? ...
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New non-retina 13.3" mac, will I get OS registered in the app store?

I'm thinking of buying a 13.3" MacBook Pro that a store has at low prices right now. Will this come with the OS registered in the app store? I ask because I plan to switch out the disk for an SSD, ...
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Can I create an OSX image to install after a disk format/7-pass

I often do a secure pass (usually 7) once a month on my Macbook, for privacy reasons and my job. But, it's annoying that I have to continue to reinstall my applications each time. It is possible to ...
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uninstalling adware bundled with adobe reader etc

My wife recently needed to install Adobe Reader for some of her work (apparently there is some kind of interactive functionality that Preview doesn't support) and in the process managed to install ...
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A few applications are automatically opened when I first turn on the mac

I have a few applications that are automatically opened when I start the computer, for example TextWrangler or Activity Monitor. Is it possible to start the computer without this stupid behaviour?
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Does Time Capsule require Internet to properly function as a backup server?

Is it possible to use Time Capsule without the Internet as an offline private wifi network for backup? I have read only tales of terror in my search for anecdotes and instructions regarding set-up ...
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Is it possible to permanently install PyCharm?

I am quite new to OS X and I have just discovered a fantastic Python IDE, which is PyCharm. The problem is that every time I want to start it, I need to click on its installer, which apparently is ...
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How can I downgrade mac to 10.9.4?

I don't really like OS X 10.9.5, it has many problems with SelfControl, can I down grade it to 10.9.4? Upgrade: I can't install 10.9.4, here is the error message
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How can I add a font to the Font Book Web Collection

I'd like to add Courier New to my Font Book "Web" Collection: I go to the "All Fonts" Collection and search "Courier New": After dragging Courier New into the "Web" Collection nothing happens: ...
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Can't access internet through network share

I have an MBP with the latest OSX connected to the internet through ethernet. I've created a wi-fi network with the same name as the laptop and set the WPA2 password. I then enabled internet sharing ...
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How long can Photo Booth record video?

Does anyone know how long Photo Booth can record video with iSight camera on Mac? I want to record for a few days non stop, and don't know if that's possible even if there is sufficient space in HD? I'...
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42 Spaces Open on Mission Control on starup (mavericks)

On startup, when I press f3, I have 42 spaces open in mission control. Is this normal? Is there anyway to limit the amount of spaces that are open on startup in OSX? I don't remember this happening ...
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How do I completely uninstall an app in OS X without the use of a dedicated app eg AppZapper?

I came across this post, however all the answers recommend using Applications eg AppZapper or similar to achieve the uninstallation of the App desired. What are the steps required where the ...
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OSX Mavericks: AppStore wring out my credit card number, but I haven't got any

My problem is that I can't even update my system or download a free app from AppStore, because it demand my payment information. There isn't any None payment info statement, so looks like it's ...
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OS X works perfectly fine on external HD but extremely slow with HD on MBP

Things get weird when I replaced my HDD with an SSD since my MacBook Pro (Mid-2012) slowed down horribly. I get beachballs everything I did on my MBP and it was so painful. I thought it was because ...
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Is any other application known to install TeamViewer?

I was listing my launchd items the other day to track down a constantly-crashing gpg-agent, and I was perturbed to notice TeamViewer in there. So, I removed it, momentarily not thinking much about it; ...
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Can Pages export .doc document to .xml?

Can I do this using Pages? It's basically a simple table made in MS Office Word (.doc) which I need to convert to xml / html, insert some html input blocks (there are cells which are left empty for ...
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How can I play a MIDI file on my MIDI keyboard?

I have a MIDI file example.mid on my Mac OS X 10.6 laptop. The laptop is connected to a MIDI keyboard (old Yamaha Clavinova, if it matters) via a Roland UM-One mk2 USB-MIDI interface. Using Apple's ...
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Removal of proposed updates

I don't want to update my epson printer driver since I'm informed that it's likely Epson's method of preventing the use of non-Epson cartridges. Is there a way to stop the proposed update from popping ...