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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How do I automatically connect to a VPN when using Wi-Fi in OS X? [duplicate]

The FBI issued a warning regarding hotel Wi-Fi access points, and any other public access point. I'd like to make sure my apple device always uses a VPN when using Wi-Fi. That way even if an attacker ...
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No X button on App Store downloaded apps icons in Launchpad “jiggle mode”

I can't seem to uninstall Mac App Store purchased applications. I know that holding down the Option key or clicking and holding on the app icon to make the icons start jiggling so you can uninstall ...
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What's the dot in the centre of the red window close button for?

When I'm working with certain applications / windows in Mac OS X (I'm using 10.8, although I'm not sure that's relevant), I sometimes see a black dot in the centre of the red window close button. What ...
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Safari alternative to gleebox for mouseless navigation?

When I switch to Safari from Chrome I really miss the mouseless navigation plugin that highlights every link and input with a letter ("A", "B"... "AA", "AB"...) and typing that combination + Enter ...
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Migrating to new user account: must chown old account's files… I think

Is there a way to selectively chown the files/folders owned by a particular user, while leaving other files/folders untouched? I'm in the process of migrating to a fresh user account on my machine. I ...
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Is there free utility to amplify the system volume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac? Skype way too quiet. How to get louder Skype audio output on my MacBook Pro? I came across this question about tools ...
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Cannot assign 'Open With' to a specific application using Mountain Lion

I am using Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and Coda 2.0.4. I want all my .js files to open with Coda (currently js files are assigned to Safari). When I do a 'Get Info' and change the 'Open with' application I ...
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Are there any free and lightweight spreadsheet programs for the Mac?

I'm looking for a free spreadsheet editor that is simple and lightweight. I don't want to install OpenOffice just to use a some spreadsheets every once in a while.
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tool to remember window positions when I plug in/unplug an external display [duplicate]

When I have a giant Thunderbolt monitor plugged into my MacBook, I want windows arranged a certain way. No full-screen apps, some apps are shown on my small laptop screen, other apps are shown on my ...
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Mountain Lion Title Bar Truncation

With OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.2) there is a UI problem. Calendar + Reminder + Sticky Note apps have truncated title text If i login as a guest they are correct. There is clearly a preference ...
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Can I partially use iCloud with someone else's Apple ID without syncing contacts to my device?

I'm using my mum's Apple ID on my new MacBook Pro, so, because of iCloud, I'm receiving all her emails, I have all her contacts, etc. I just want to use her Apple ID for iTunes, the AppStore and ...
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How to remove leading or trailing spaces from copy/paste operations?

I usually have to copy/paste test from web pages (or other places) and paste it into HTML forms (usually Chrome). The problem is that ofter I do end-up with a text that has additional leading or ...
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Set the date and time in menubar to be in a specific format

I want the menubar to display the date and time in the menubar as follows: 2012-10-03 09.12.14 which translates into Year-Month-Day 24hr.min.second What I've tried: Gone into System Preferences ...
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Can we get “Enqueue” or something similar in iTunes [10.7]

iTunes 10.7 is pretty awesome compared to nearly all media players/browsers I have experienced. But, just a quick question if I could have some option to get "Now Playing" list with "Enqueue" option ...
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Mac Vector Image Tools

I am looking for a vector image creation/editing tool for the Mac. My primary focus with be creating/editing images (mainly icons) for application development. I think I will be purchasing the full ...
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Enable f12 shortcut for firebug

I was wondering, how to enable the F12 shortcut key on OS X for Firebug? I don't really use Dashboard, so I'm more than happy to disable it.
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Can I remove the lines in the Notes.app and change the line spacing?

The only reason I use the Notes.app and not Stickies.app is iCloud sync. I enjoy the customization (colors, fonts, minimized view) and minimalism (plain background, thin borders) of Stickies over the ...
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Can Apple mail only sync the last month of a Exchange email?

I just synced my Mountain Lion Mail app with my Exchange work email account in order to have it locally on my machine (rather than continuously going through the web interface). However, now Mail ...
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Do I need to buy Growl in order to use the iterm2 growl feature?

Seems the notification is not working, or do I need to buy the Growl from App Store in order to use it?
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How did my Mac end up with iPhone 4S as my host name in the user prompt in OS X terminal?

The other day I was searching for Xcode iOS 5 tutorials. About a day or two later, I noticed my terminal prompt is now "iPhone4s : myusername". Naturally , my biggest fear is that there could be a ...
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mountain lion & vmware fusion bridged ethernet issue

I am running Mountain Lion and I have gone back to using VMWare Fusion to run my local development environment. However I had added a second network adaptor within VMWare Fusion and I am setting it ...
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Script to delete all groups in contacts

I would like to have a script to delete all my groups in my Contacts. Somehow I got a kind of replication bug resulting in over 500 groups. Delete them one by one is not an option. Tried this script, ...
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Hidden folder in /Users/Shared that has MD5-encrypted name of another user

I was familiarizing myself with some of the hidden files in OS X (while cleaning house) and I came across a hidden folder inside the /Users/Shared directory. It's name is "." followed by a ...
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How to reset iMac to factory defaults?

I want to sell my iMac (2011) and I want to reset the system and remove all my data. I tried the Command-R method. It wants me to enter my Apple ID and password but I don't want to do this! I want to ...
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Why does my MacBook's screen continually dim and brighten without my input?

My MacBook Pro screen constantly dims and brightens. The automatic box is unchecked. The brightness adjustment button is constantly moving back and forth.
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How to removing print drivers from Lion?

I am working with an school trying to load print drivers on iBooks running OS 10.6 and 10.7. I loaded the latest drivers for the printers but found that they did not work correctly. I went to the ...
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How to open a port on MacOS X

I previously had Memcache running on my localhost/127.0.0.1 port 11211. Unfortunately, I rebooted my computer and now port 11211 isn't open and I don't know the command to open this port. Can someone ...
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Icons and other graphics have strange colored strips after waking Macbook

I am running OS X Lion on a late 2008 model Macbook (not pro). From time to time, usually when left on and unattended, the battery gets low and it goes into sleep mode. I kick myself for letting it ...
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How to tweak boot time by disabling apple kexts (including cryptography related ones)?

Initially, I am running OSX Mountain Lion on a mid 2010 6,2 MBP. I wanted to enhance my boot time a little, maybe by disabling some official apple kexts. Has anyone played with that, knowing which ...
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How can I search for photos taken at a specific time?

All my photos are in iPhoto and I want to be able to search for photos taken at a specific time. Happy to use an app or command to search at file system level from Terminal if I need to. Smart ...
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How to find how long a Mac App Store app installation will take

When installing something via the Mac App Store, Launchpad will happily show a progress bar but it's a very limited view. Is there any way to see how long, even if the estimate is inaccurate, the ...
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Always show hidden in Open/Save dialogs

Is it possible to set by default to show hidden files and folders in Open and Save dialogs ? I know it is possible to trigger to show hidden for dialog lifetime by press Command ⌘+Shift ⇧+..
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How to run Excel on headless Mac?

I'd like to run applescript to control Excel on a headless Mac. I want to do it from the command line via ssh, and I cannot - there is no display to run applescript on, so osascript throws an error. ...
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Why is Time Machine using 180 GB of my 250 GB for backups?

So this may be a misunderstanding as I am still getting to know my MacBook Pro, But can the majority of an internal drive be occupied by Time Machine backups? I was looking at the space taken up on ...
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Simple scanning to PDF

In OS X Mountain Lion, is there an easy and fast way to scan to PDF, with multiple pages per PDF? I know this can be achieved with Image Capture, but in my opinion that is just a terrible ...
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How can I enable fingerprint authentication on a Mac? What compatible scanners are available?

Do you know if there's a way to have fingerprint authentication on Mac? If so, is there any scanner compatible available?
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OS X esc key stops working (randomly)

I have a 2011 MacBook Air with OS X Mountain Lion (I've upgraded from Lion). And ever since upgrading my escape key randomly stops working. And it's not that the keyboard on the laptop would be ...
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Cannot open Mail Preferences in Mountain Lion

I have a user that whenever she tries to open mail preferences it consistently locks up with the pinwheel icon and requires her to force quit mail. Mac mail was fine until a gmail account was added to ...
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Reinstalling Mac OS X on Macbook with swapped hard drive?

I don't know much about Macs, so when my girlfriend asked me to repair her old Macbook, I tried to swap out the hard drive from my junker laptop. I got it all changed and now the boot manager shows a ...
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Facebook Page notifications in OSX 10.8.2 Notification Center

I currently have my Facebook account linked up to my Notification Center on my Macbook Pro - great! However, I do have a Facebook page (relatively low traffic) and I'd like to receive notifications ...
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Code Runner does not run C# code [closed]

While using the application CodeRunner with C#, whenever I try to "run" the program it gives me this error: bash: Run Command: No such file or directory. How can I resolve this?
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Can I reset my privacy settings on OS X Mountain Lion like I can on iOS 6?

iOS allows me to reset my location settings, causing apps to have to ask me again if they can use my location information. iOS 6 allows me to reset all location and privacy settings globally as well: ...
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How to get old Dock Exposé on Mountain Lion?

Dock Exposé was a Snow Leopard feature which allowed users to click on an app on the Dock and, holding that click, windows of that app would be exposed. On Mountain Lion, Dock Exposé doesn't seem to ...
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How to unlock a Mac that's been locked with Apple Remote Desktop's “curtain” screen lock

Apple Remote Desktop has a "curtain" feature that a remote client can use to lock the screen of the Mac that's being remotely controlled. I use this when I connect to my work Mac from my home Mac. ...
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Shutdown multiple Windows XP machines with a Mac

I have a room full of Windows XP machines and I want to shutdown all the machines remotely with my Mac (10.8.2). Can this be done and if so, how?
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How do I run a jar when I double-click it?

So, I double click on my jar file and it just blinks a window with white screen then it disappears. After that, I right-click and select "Open with jar launcher" it is the same. too. I opened up ...
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Mountain Lion Crashing while hibernating

I had one crash yesterday and one tomorrow on my iMac running mountain lion while the computer was hibernating. In both cases the computer restarted alone. The messa is always the same: mountain lion ...
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Mail won't open after installing the security update for 10.6.8

I have seen other people with this problem, but their Mail icon was moved out of the applications folder. My Mail is and has always been in the Applications folder, so the problem is not that. I ...
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Is there a way to see which contacts are “VIPs” outside of Mail.app?

Obviously, with Mountain Lion, users may define VIPs in Apple’s Mail.app. I would like to see which contacts are marked as VIPs outside of Mail – for example in Contacts.app (smart list??), or in ...
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Typing over selected text replaces some text to the right

In OS X (both Lion and Mountain Lion), I notice that when I select text and type over it, not only does it yield the expected result of replacing that text with the typed text, it often also replaces ...