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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Mac OS X Mountain Lion - DNS resolving uses wrong order on VPN via dial-up connection

I am using a MacBook with Mac OS X 10.8.2 and connect to my company's network via VPN. Everything works great when establishing the VPN connection via LAN or WLAN. However, when I use a dial-up ...
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Mail.app inbox becomes blank after a few minutes of use

On a newly installed and fully updated Mountain Lion system, I see the following problem: After a few minutes of using Mail.app (or even just letting it sit in the dock), the inbox becomes empty. ...
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Getting PHP response om my Mac OS X 10.8

I've tried to install MAMP (also the "manual version of these things) but I haven't got any PHP enabled response from my web server yet.... Running MAMP and loading localhost/index.html returns "It ...
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Booting internally from a harddrive that was used on a different Mac

I just bought a new Mac Mini 2012 and have just replaced the drive in it with an SSD from my old MBP. Now the Mac Mini wont boot anymore, showing a stop sign when I try (after holding alt to begin ...
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Document displayed at the top of the Finder window

I own a MacBook Air. I've recently been having this problem where I'm not sure what I click, but after viewing a document it will stay at the top of my Finder window. I have no idea how to get rid of ...
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How can I convert .ichat logs to text files?

How do you convert the iChat transcript files that Messages creates into human-readable text files that can be opened without the Messages app? For reference, these are the conversation files located ...
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Is there a way for me to open a .xdi file?

I have on my computer a file that as been compress with the .xdi extension. Is there a way for me on my Mac OS X to open it?
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What domain name is appended to a default Apple ID when created in OS X?

Upon booting a MacBook Air for the first time (OS X, Version 10.8), I was prompted to create an AppleID. I selected a username and a default domain name was added automatically to this username. I ...
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How to prevent window resize when exiting Target Display Mode

Using a macbook pro, with a thunderbolt cable connecting to an iMac, and using Target Display Mode [TDM] to mirror the display. I choose the optimal resolution for the external display, which means ...
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Can I export my account configuration from Mail app and import it into Outlook?

I am meeting an unexpected issue where Mail app connects just fine to my Exchange 2007 server given my email address, login and password (autodiscovery), but Outlook 2011 fails to connect. If I try to ...
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Open two views of the same PDF

Is there a way to open two views of the same PDF in Preview (without creating two copies of the file), or perhaps split the window and show two different pages at the same time? This is very useful ...
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Mountain Lion spaces erratic behavior

I have been noticed unique behavior between virtual desktops on my Macbook. For example, Mail is in Space 1, my browser in Space 2, and Autocad in Space 3. Seemingly at random intervals, it will ...
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Strange Freeze on My MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.0GHZ (A1150 / MA600LL) & No Sound After Boot

I have a MacBook Pro 15" A1150 (MA600LL) that will not boot except in safe mode. It gets almost all of the way through the boot then freezes with two vertical checkerboard lines and the trackpad-...
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How do I add icons to my menu bar?

I would like to know how I could add a USB eject button or battery power indicator to my menu bar on Mac OS X. I remember going into my Macintosh hard drive but I can't remember which folder to find ...
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How do I make the hard drive visible in the Finder?

On OS X Lion I don't see the hard drive in the Finder and I seem to have no permission to create a folder under / from terminal. I know I can do this if I activate the root user, but I need to be ...
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How can I erase the data from my Macbook without losing my recent OS?

I'm going to sell my Macbook Pro and want to remove all of the data before doing so. I have the OS Lion installed but my machine came with Snow Leopard. How can I remove everything and restore it to ...
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iOS-style PageCapture app for OSx?

I like the iOS PageCapture here. I want to find it for Desktop. Where can I find such whole-browser-page-screenshotting app for OSx?
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How can I standardize icon size in Finder and across OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard?

I running OS X 10.6.8 on a Mid-2009 MacBook Pro. I would like to standardize the size of icons seen in Finder (I use Icon View). Currently, every folder has its own icon size, which makes it less ...
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How can I permanently dismiss Updates Available notifications?

With the Notification Center in Mountain Lion, I get an alert when software updates are available. The problem is, my only options are 'Details' and 'Update'. I don't want to interrupt my work to ...
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My Mac has stopped working

I installed bootcamp about a month or two ago and I installed windows 7. Well everything worked just fine until one day whenever I would start up my computer and hold down the option key the Mac ...
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Remove entries from finder's context menu?

Does any one know how can I remove items that I never use from the context menu? e.g.: Burn "yadda yadda" to Disk...
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Control program other than iTunes with bluetooth headphones

I am using bluetooth headphones with OS X Lion. The headphones (like most bluetooth headsets) have built-in play/pause and back/forward controls. Using the play button will always launch iTunes, ...
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DIY fusion Drive two identical volumes show up booting with option key?

I've succesfully built a fusiondrive on my late 2009 iMac (256Gb Samung830+2TB HDD). I set the size to 100%, so I have no recovery partion. However when I boot with the option key I get two identical ...
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Looking for Software to Scan or Convert to Searchable and Signable PDF

I have the occasional need to scan and/or convert scanned images into PDF format. OS X Mountain Lion does this natively, but as far as I can tell it's just an image wrapped in a PDF, so text selection,...
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Is there a utility OR applescript that will filter Y keystrokes temporarily?

Looking for a way to run a script OR a utility that will actively block keystrokes on my QWERTY keyboard. Specifically, I want to turn off the Y key, if you're curious. It is a 'problem hotkey' in ...
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What OS X signal strength test apps exist to measure Wi-Fi networking?

Is there a way I can get more details on the strength of my Wi-Fi signal? I'm looking for either an app I can download or a system command that I can run in terminal that will expose the noise of ...
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Can any iOS app remotely wake a sleeping MacBook Air when the lid is closed?

I want to be able to access my Macbook Air (Late-2011, Mountain Lion), when the lid is closed (in sleep mode), remotely from my iPhone 4GS. I have tried using LogMeIn Ignition App but it does not ...
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OSX 10.8.1 update problem

I have a brand new Mac Mini. It came (last week) with OSX 10.8.1 installed. Software update is reporting an update for iPhoto to version 9.4.2. When I try to run the update, it fails with a message ...
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Cannot update Microsoft Office 2011

I have tried numerous ways to fix this problem : Clean uninstall and re-install of Office 2011 Download individual updates Download older Office updates I always stop at "Destination Select" step ...
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Create keyboard shortcuts for menu bar items that don't have shortcuts?

How can I create a keyboard shortcut for something that doesn't have a keyboard shortcut? Example, I use Airparrot to mirror my iMac to my Apple TV. I'd like to assign a keyboard shortcut to the ...
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Is there a way to decline Mountain Lion updates?

In particular, I receive update notifications for printer drivers where my current drivers work and I don't want to update them. I'd like to clear the updates from the store and stop receiving ...
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Why are new Apps only compatible with the latest version(s) of Mac OS X & not backward comatible with earlier versions of the Operating System?

I have noticed that many Apps require at least Mac OS X 10.7.4 to be installed on an apple mac and some apps even require Mac OS X 10.8 to be installed. Cant apps be made backward compatible for those ...
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Does Mac OS X allow for the creation of iso files and if so can they then be run on a virtual drive?

Does Mac OS X allow for the creation of iso files (similar to that of Windows) and if so can they then be run on a virtual drive within the operating system ?
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Question about Macbook Hard-driver replacement

My OSX 10.8.2 crashed recently, I think I got a very good chance to replace my Hard drive as I need more storage. My question is: Can I seamlessly transfer my data (Include my iTunes music library and ...
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Hide/Show menu bar similar to dock? [duplicate]

Do you know if it is possible to hide/show the menu bar similar to the Dock? I found about Menu Eclipse , but I think you can't use the menu bar space, and additionally it costs $1.99. Do you know ...
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OSX Mountain Lion: Automatically restarts after showing screen saver a certain amount of time

Since I upgraded to Mountain Lion it happens to me every day when I enter the screen saver while having lunch it tries to restart the computer. I don't have any clue why this happens. If there is ...
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Why won't Mountain Lion Mail connect to Custom Dovecot IMAP server where Lion Mail connects just fine?

I am trying to set up a new Mountain Lion install on a mac mini to connect using Mail version 6.2 with IMAP to my custom Dovecot mail server which is on an old G5 on my network. My Macbook Air ...
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Dell mouse triggering double-click on almost every single-click

My generic Dell mouse behaves pretty strange compared to all other mice I have used with my MacBook. Almost every single-click is treated as if it were a double-click. Both the right and left button. ...
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How to get UUID with Python?

System Report will display the system's Hardware UUID in the format 01234567-89ab-cdef-0123-456789abcdef. Using the shell we can retrieve the same UUID: ioreg -rd1 -c IOPlatformExpertDevice | grep -...
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Where can I find statistics on download amount on OSX?

I'd like to buy a mobile broadband service, but there's a limit in gigabyte per month I can download. Before i buy, it would be great to know what i currently consume, bandwidth wise. Is this ...
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Replaced Macbook Pro keyboard with US-layout, now cannot type ~/` on external keyboard

I'm owning a MBP 15" early 08, which I bought (and use) in Germany. Recently, I decided to switch to US International layout, bought new keyboards (an internal one and and external Logitech diNovo ...
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How to make Time Machine backups over network without OS X server?

At our institute, we have several Macs (from 10.6 to 10.8) but not one is running a server version. In the one running 10.8 there are 4.5 TB of hard-drives from which 2 x 2 TB are raided together (...
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Why can't I drag columns in Finder's Column View?

Sometimes, when I'm working with Finder (Mac OS X 10.8), with a folder in Column View, I suddenly notice that the separator between columns has changed to a thick one like this: When this happens, ...
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Unzip .exe files on Mac [closed]

Is there a method to unzip .exe file on a Mac OS X without downloading and/or buying applications that do this for you?
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Is there a Firefox Task Manager?

The previous question provides answers for Windows and other addons are for older versions of FF, or do not answer the question. This is a specific question for OSX. Chrome has a built in task ...
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How to make windows of new folders open in my size?

In OS X 10.8.2, I create a new folder by right-clicking in the Finder and selecting New Folder. When I open this folder, the size of the window is not the size of the foremost window. The window size ...
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Using PdfLatex in OS X?

This thread here mentions MacTex but it is 2 GB in size and I am trying to find something as small as Apple's open command for modularized preview. How can I get something like pdflatex in OS X? ...
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Is there a way to split the Cmd-Tab app list onto multiple rows?

Is there an app/program for OS X that will "split" the list of open apps that appears when you hit ⌘-tab into multiple rows? This is the default behaviour for Windows 7 and it's really quite useful ...
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How to choke network preformance on OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac For testing purposes I would like to choke the performance of the network on my OS X 10.8.2 machine. I have currently ...
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Can I install or update Mac App Store apps through a command line using terminal? [duplicate]

Is there an official way provided by Apple or a workaround so that I can install or update Mac App Store apps through Terminal?