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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OS X 10.10.5 - root user suddenly activated

As far as I know, the root-user is deactivated by default in OS X. And I remember trying the command "su" some time (a few weeks) ago and it stated something like "su: sorry" which it should state. I ...
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How to install Windows on a MacBook without Bootcamp parallely?

Recently my Mac got erased while trying to format the partiton. So i was trying to install windows 8.1 on my MacBook Pro. I can't use Bootcamp as there is no OS X in my Mac. The Internet Recovery is ...
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GitSupport.sh permanently running, apparently hangs

I have a niggling process that sometimes runs persistently, somewhat randomly, and sometimes cannot be cancelled. In the screenshot, there are three processes of the same running simultaneously. I'm ...
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Wineskin - Problem with launching java programs

I am trying to launch a Java program that needs JRE 8. I tried installing it onto my wrapper with the installer, but it showed a message in the style of "Oops, no new executables found, maybe the ...
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How to update OS X using dmg

I have multiple Macs and I want to update all those macs using a dmg file. From where I can get the dmg file.And how to update if the minor version difference is more than one. i.e. from 10.10.1 to ...
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How to get current user SID in Mac OS X

For my application purpose, I want to get the user information from Active Directory. Especially I want to get current user SID and user account domain SID. Can anyone tell me some way to get this ...
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.bash_profile is not working unless sourcing it manually

I got a new machine (yosemite osx), and I am trying to set it up. I have created .bash_profile, but unfortunately it doesn't work. Even if I log back in or restart the machine, and open terminal ...
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how many emails does my mac book air archive hold?

I am saving emails in the archive option on my macbook air. What is the quantity limit??
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How to disable auto-save for TextEdit on MacOS 10.9.5 when clicking other windows

I've seen some possible solutions (link1 here and link2 here) on the web on how to disable autosave on TextEdit for Mavericks but it seems to be only for when someone's closing the application. The ...
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No hover feedback in Yosemite, trouble reinstalling logitech mouse software

So based on the link below, I've narrowed the problem down to my Logitech LX5 cordless mouse. I tried to reinstall the unifying software on my mac, but it won't complete. It shows the unifying ...
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Equivalent to “Protected View” and “Enable Content” in MS Office 2016 for Mac?

I have been provided with a "form" to fill out in MS Word format. I have MS Office 2016 installed on my mac, and supposedly I am supposed to be able to click "Enable Content" to be able to fill out ...
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Lost my Downloads folder both from Dock and Finder

I did something stupid apparently and lost my Downloads folder both from Dock and then when I opened Finder to drag it down to the Dock it somehow got deleted in the desktop. Now although I can see ...
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Menubar on all screen without separate spaces for each monitor

This question came up during the discussion of that question OS X cmd+tab behavior with multiple windows and monitos: When disabling 'Displays have separate Spaces' in the settings of Mission ...
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iTerm2, tmux and vim doesn't work probperly

I'm using iTerm2 and in the tmux session I have two panes. When I opened file by vim on a first pane and then go to another pane make some action. Immediately my screen corrupts like this: What ...
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How to install gpg without Admin password

I have a monitored OS X laptop that I would like to put GNU Privacy Guard (gpg) on. Of course I can't because I don't have Admin rights, but I was hoping there is a way to install it in user space ...
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Add permanent Allow rule to Firewall without “Allow signed content…”

I'm working on an OS X 10.5 PowerMac machine. I want to add a permanent Allow rule for an updated OpenSSH server located at /usr/local/sbin/sshd. I have a firewall rule for it in the Firewall App, but ...
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Mac freezing, possible virus?

I am running Yosemite and experiencing very nasty freezing issues. Once I was able to recover from by reinstalling osx and second time (few months later) reinstalling alone didn't help, but also ...
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Disappearing folder on Macbook Air

I have a few folders for uni projects in the documents section on my Mac. One of the folder containing most of my work, powerpoints, word documents and JPEG's has disappeared randomly. The other ...
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Why can I only have 2 partitions on my 3TB Apple Fusion Drive?

According to Apple, I can only have 2 partitions on my 3 TB Fusion Drive. I do not understand why. Techtool Pro made an eDrive, their emergency boot drive, and Apple made their Recovery HD. It ...
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Manage Google Chrome New Tabs

I use Google Chrome, and utilise the "New Tab page". This claims to show "Thumbnails of the websites that you visit frequently" (although it does not explain how this is determined) and has options ...
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Change finder universal size

I would like to change the universal finder size and location? Does anyone know how to? I want this to be a universal change, not only should it change the size and location of ALL finder windows, I ...
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Messages missing chat history - chat.db.incompatable files appear

For some strange reason, out of the blue (as in no significant OS updates or anything like that) the Messages app only shows one message (the most recent one) per chat conversation in it's history. ...
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Independently decrypt System.keychain using SystemKey file

From backup I've extracted (and I can extract any additional file) /var/db/SystemKey and /Library/Keychains/System.keychain I was able to unlock previously used Login.keychain with previous user ...
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Make script run without interrupting GUI experience

I have an AppleScript that automatically opens SelfControl.app to help avoid distractions when I want to be working. The script is very similar to automate an Internet content filter, and it is ...
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Macbook Pro a1211 recovery

There was a laptop Macbook pro a1211, and at one point, covered with darkness, will not load the operating system. When loading shows a gray screen and company logo Click Startup option. There is a ...
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Mac OSX Mail processing millions of unknown Incoming emails

I don't know why my Mail is processing Millions of mails ..but obviously I don't have that many mails.. I wonder what is happening to my mail client as it is roaring my CPU quite seriously.
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I can't open Network without my MacBook Pro crashing

I'm aware of the spontaneous reboot glitch as it happened many times before I found Apple's specifics on how to stop it, but starting earlier today, when I try to open System Preferences my MacBook ...
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dd cloned NTFS partition not working

I have a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.10 and a Windows 7 Boot Camp install. I just bought a 64 GB flash drive that I would like to put a bootable copy of Windows on, to reestablish the hard drive as OS X ...
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Email synching conflict between OS X and iOS

I have a weird problem. Now I got a new macbook pro and I have set up my emails to use Apple mail. For ages I had them set up on my iphone and had no problem at all. My gmail account works fine on ...
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Click on Dock should switch to full screen app, but this is broken. How to fix?

Suppose I have a full screen app. I am on a Desktop space. I click on the full screen app's Dock icon, but nothing happens. I would expect the system to switch to that full screen app. I vaguely ...
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How to find duplicate folder names and resolve naming conflicts in OS X?

I have my music collect on my NAS and would like to copy it to my laptop. When I try to copy the music folder and paste it to a new location on my laptop I get messages that OS X can't paste the ...
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Preserving “hidden” attribute when copying from NTFS to HFS+?

I have an NTFS volume that I am copying into a new HFS+ volume. I'm using the following command to copy everything including all hidden directories and attributes: sudo rsync -aAXvF --del ...
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Rename App Process Name

I'm trying to get around a block that's on my computer that closes down a process if it has a certain name. How can I rename a process? (The name that you see in Activity Monitor.)
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How to change layout in OS X like shift=English, ctrl=Russian?

How to change layout in OS X like shift=English, ctrl=Russian? Like in Punto Switcher in Windows Or Xneur in Linux
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Mouse clicks appear in the wrong place, after connecting/disconnecting external monitor

OS X 10.9.5, Macbook Pro Retina. During the day, I go between using the laptop's display, and shutting the lid and plugging in a larger external display. When I do this, windows get shuffled around, ...
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Disk Utility not letting me Partition Disk

A bit of background before I start. I'm trying to install Ubuntu onto my Macbook Pro and so far I've stumbled into a bit of a roadblock. I've also already installed Windows 10 with Bootcamp, I'm not ...
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How to activate TLS 1.0 in Adobe Acrobat on Mac?

I've an issue with filling out an interactive PDF in Adobe Acrobat, so I was suggested to do the following steps in order to fix/activate the authenticate process: Click on Edit in the Toolbar ...
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Merge several folders, but keep only the newest file when conflicts are encountered

I've hit a bit of a wall with my backups. I have three backups, each is different, some contain newer files than other backups. I want to merge these three folders into one, but when a conflict ...
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How do I stop the dock from moving to my second monitor?

I use an external monitor with my Macbook Pro, often to run Windows VMs with a task bar at the bottom. While trying to use the task bar, I often accidentally summon the dock to the second monitor. ...
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kernel_task and softwareupdate constantly hogging .5 GB of RAM each [duplicate]

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro. It had 4 GB of RAM and I upgraded it to 6 GB last year as it was getting a bit sluggish with the newer versions of OS X and running Vagrant VMs on it. Lately, I’ve noticed ...
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How can a “ghost” iCloud account be removed?

When I signed into iCloud on my Mac, I did so using my iCloud (@icloud.com) email address, which is set as the "primary address" on my Apple ID. However, shortly thereafter, I noticed a "ghost" iCloud ...
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System Preferences search no longer highlights possible matches

Spotlight would mark matches when searching in system preferences are no longer appearing. I have "System Preferences" enabled in Spotlight prefs. I have searched for a solution to this, no luck. Any ...
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Can I install OS X on a failing SSD?

I have a failing SSD in my Mid-2009 MacBook Pro (5,4) that I'd like to install OS X on. It's only temporary because I'll be ordering a new SSD in a couple of weeks. The OS X installer rightly alerts ...
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How do I change my Mac software update server back to the default

It appears that my software update server was changed to a custom one; when I try to update now, it says that the update server no longer exists. I want to change it back to the standard Apple one but ...
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How do I clear iBooks download queue on OS X?

I purchased a book but I don't want to download it on my Mac right now. I want to download it to my iOS device later. I paused the download. How do I delete it from my download queue without ...
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Create service to create calendar event selecting text

I was wondering if it's possible to add a custom service for OS X that is able to create a new event in my (default) calendar when I select some text and right click on it in a webpage, document, ...
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Hard drive boots over USB but not when install internally

I am trying to upgrade from a 500GB HD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136314) to a 1TB HD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152291). The only spec ...
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Can't acquire DHCP with WPA2 Enterprise

I have a user with a MacBook Pro (late 2013) running OS X 10.10.5 "Yosemite" that can't acquire a DHCP address from our corporate Wi-Fi. It's a WPA2 Enterprise network with Meraki on the back end. ...
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Protect changes to plain text file written by standard user's execution of bash script

I have written a simple bash script that I want to use as a time clock for employees (work-studies) in my computer lab. The script works great. 1. Each work-study has two icons (two separate bash ...
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Are printer drivers for Brother laser printers well supported on Mac OS X?

Is there a history of Brother printers being well supported in Mac OS X with respect to updated printer drivers? I am completely unfamiliar with Brother printers but considering their laser all-in-one ...