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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Is there an option/shortcut in Safari 6 to focus the search results after a search?

When I write a search query in the url bar in Chrome, I want the focus to go on the search result. In Chrome I can search for something, then hit tab and select the results with my arrow keys (and ...
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What steps should I take in preparation for upgrading to Mountain Lion?

I am considering upgrading my Mac to the new Mountain Lion operating system. What steps should I take to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible?
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How to disable three-finger tap word lookup?

Just upgraded to Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and I'm loving it so far. One thing I don't care for though is that now, three-finger tapping links—or anything, for that matter—brings up popups with the ...
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Can a reduced number of processes lead to improved performance with OS X 10.8?

I updated to OS X 10.8 and my process count went from about 75 under Mac OS X 10.7.4(?) to 96. What can I do to fix this? I use my Mac (MacBook Pro, Mid 2010, 2.8 Ghz Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) ...
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What is assistantd?

Ever since I upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion and installed OS X Server, I keep getting prompts for my Keychain password from a process called assistantd. I'm pretty sure that it's an OS X process, but ...
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How do I check to see if my computer is infected with the OSX/Crisis Trojan?

Just recently, a new trojan for OS X was discovered. Apparently it only affects Snow Leopard and Lion. Whether it does/doesn't affect Mountain Lion is still unknown. The trojan sits on your computer ...
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Stop iTunes from opening when a device is plugged in?

Since re-installing OS X (10.8), every time I plug in an iOS device iTunes opens up and shows an error message: iTunes could not connect to the iPhone "..." because it is locked with a passcode. ...
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I am missing the option to see the remaining battery life as time in the menubar?

In previous versions of OS X the battery indicator in the menubar included options to show the remaining battery life as percentage or time (or nothing). In Mountain Lion, there's only an option to ...
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Mountain Lion upgrade for organizations

How does an organization upgrade to Mountain Lion? Is it possible to create a generic Apple ID and purchase multiple copies from the Mac App Store? Are there any other available methods? Once one ...
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What un(der)-documented features have you stumbled upon in Mountain Lion?

This question serves to share and collect the enhancements which are not documented by Apple, or documented poorly. Please justify your answer; if it is something that is well documented by Apple and ...
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Is there any application to control iTunes using a GUI over its own dock icon

Do you know any iTunes controller application which uses its own dock icon as a GUI widget to include play/pause, next, previous buttons? Or is it possible to build one easily? If dock icons does not ...
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Hide App Name in Mac OS X Lion Dock

I am trying to figure out how can I disable/hide the App Name in MacOS X Lion dock. I've also attached an image so you can see what I mean. Someone has any idea about how can I hide that?
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Network: Broken Pipe - can't print through WLAN or upload files

Since a few hours, I have a big problem with my Mac: I can't print anything through my network printer, send mails with attachments or upload files to my DropBox. At first I was thinking it's a ...
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What is the complete upgrade path for Mac OS X version 10.7?

I went to the Apple website, and they only talk about the upgrade to 10.7 from its previous version, 10.6.x. (and I know 10.8 is coming out soon). I am the new tech who tries to support a small ...
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Clipboard manager for pasting multiple items at once?

I'm looking for an app that let me copy multiple items from different locations and paste them at once, I have tried many clipboard managers but none of them let me to paste my whole clipboard history ...
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How to check what is preventing MBP from graceful shutdown/restart and fix it? [Now with log entries]

And hopefully really final edit: After upgrading to Mountain Lion, the issue seems fixed, hopefully permanently. Final Edit: The problem doesn't happen all the time, sometimes I have to wait several ...
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Why might more memory be wired in safe mode than in normal mode?

Maybe more noticeable in Lion and Mountain Lion, than in Snow Leopard and earlier versions of the operating system: in safe mode, an unexpectedly large amount of wired memory. Question Why ...
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Is it possible to enable 1.5x scaling using HiDPI on OS X?

I use a Mac Mini on a 46" 1080p TV and using native resolution the UI is too small, and using HiDPI the UI is too big. Is there a way to hack the OS X to enable 150% scaling instead of 100% and 200% ...
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Being asked to log in to a different account to update Mac App Store apps

I have an update for iPhoto available in the App Store but whenever I click the update button the following appears: The account belongs to my wife, and as far as I know it's never been used on my ...
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Change background image with Time

I created 288 different earth renders depending on sun position (one for every 5 earth minutes) based on this file from blendswap. It the image sequence starts at noon and ends at noon. I would like ...
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How can I get admin access to a Mac without knowing the current password?

My Father died last year and I inherited his Mac Mini. My wife has retired and we are trying to set up the mini for her use but the changes we want to make require admin access and we do not have the ...
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ATI Radeon HD 5770 resolution issues

I have a new MacPro5,1 running 10.6 with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card... Today I was using it and the resolution just shrunk to 1680x1050 and thats as high as it will go. I also get ...
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How make Safari download PDF files instead of opening them in-page?

Firefox downloads my PDF files straight to "Downloads", Safari opens them "in-page". I need PDF files to save to a file, not to open. Is there a setting make Safari download PDF files instead of ...
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How to uninstall completely “Blackberry Device Manager”?

I've uninstalled the blackberry software from my mac using the original uninstaller utility. This software did not work properly, so it left a login item called called "Blackberry Device Manager" ...
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How can I open an application when a secondary monitor is connected?

I use SecondBar to add a menu bar to an external display. I've added it to my login items, but I don't want it to open when there isn't an external display. How do I open SecondBar when a secondary ...
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Cannot connect to iTunes Store in Mac OS X Lion without any error messages

I can no longer connect to the iTunes Store on my Mac. My iTunes is from 10.6.3 (now updated to 10.7.4). When I try to connect to the iTunes Store, the following error is occurring and indicating no ...
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How can I switch Dock configurations when an external display is connected?

I have a MacBook Pro that I use in two different 'modes', mobile and desktop. Mobile is for when I'm using just the MBP with the integrated trackpad, keyboard, and display. Desktop is for when I'm ...
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OSX bluetooth private network between 2 macs

Does anyone know how to create a private network over bluetooth that a couple of macs could use for screen sharing? Our wifi router doesn't seem to like screen sharing (kicks us off after a few ...
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How can I upgrade my PHP 5.3.1 to 5.3.2 on XAMPP Mac OS X?

I've just installed XAMPP on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and everything is running correctly and setup completely well. However, I want to install an open source project that requires PHP 5.3.2 or higher. ...
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How to view a PDF at its original size?

A friend sent me a PDF with a UI mockup claiming it is 1024x768. It is, indeed: However, View > Actual Size (⌘0) zooms in so much that the PDF takes up almost all 1920x1200 screen estate that is ...
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print at the command line, how can I print landscape

Just using lp filename.txt and it's going to my local printer How can I do something like lp filename.txt -format=landscape or lpl filename.txt
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Does Apple change OS X operating systems between the GM and the final release? [closed]

For instance, I've found quite a few bugs while working with the Mountain Lion Golden Master. Is there any chance Apple might fix these in the public release? Thanks!
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Why do images with the same dimensions have different size icon previews?

Why is the preview icon for one image larger and the other smaller? The images should be the same size. Css_cursor_pointer.png was opened in Photoshop and saved as cursor.png.
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Client side DHCP log

Is there a dhcp logfile available in osx (snow leopard or lion) where I can see when a new ip-address was received from the DHCP server?
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Where can I find Mac OS Software Glossaries? [closed]

A few years ago, Apple released software glossaries (bilingual files) for each of the localizations available for Leopard. These older glossaries can be found here: ...
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Unable to save hosts file after adding websites to block.

I'm unable to save hosts file after adding websites to block,as well as unable to flush cache. I am not a techie, just researching on the web, and trying to follow directions for terminal and Text ...
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Connection Timeout Error for WEP security

I'm connecting my MacBook Pro to a router which uses WEP security. It shows a Connection Timeout error every half an hour. The security level of the router can't be changed, since its a common router. ...
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Bluetooth problems

I cannot turn Bluetooth off on my MacBook Pro. I am running 10.7.4 and the option to turn it off is grayed out, both in the toolbar and in System Preferences. I used Onyx to reset permissions but to ...
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Why does Finder use 59GB of swap space?

My new retina MacBook Pro(with 16GB RAM) keeps receiving this "Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory" message. I have 300 GB of free space on my hard drive, and ...
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OSX Network: “could not save because write access was not granted”

We have a really basic network of Macs here in our studio. We keep all our files on a machine running Leopard server, but we're all on Lion. The problem we're having is every single time we open a ...
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Any way to force command line terminal to control a Mac?

I'm experimenting a little with Automator at the moment and often get stuck with some pre-recorded automation running very slowly while the whole Mac (an 2010 iMac in my case) doesn't respond to any ...
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How can I make Safari stop webpages from overriding any shortcuts?

I sometimes need to edit pages on WikiDot, but WikiDot overrides the ⌃+E shortcut (and many others), which is a system-wide shortcut I often use due to the lack of an end-key on my keyboard. Is there ...
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What is consuming HDD space on my MacBook Pro? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? How do I find out the files that are consuming a lot of space on my MacBook Pro running OS X Lion?
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How do I find the windowid to pass to screencapture -l?

The command line utility screencapture claims to be able to capture a single window without requiring interaction, but I can't figure out what to pass it. -l<windowid> capture this windowsid ...
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Privent Auto mount a partition on 10.7.4

I made a journaled, Encrypted Partition on 10.7.4 Now every time in startup it asks for the partition password. I would like to unlock and use this partition when ever I want not every time. So I ...
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How to rename a hard drive?

I tried to rename the hard drive of my Macbook from "Macintosh HD" to something else without the freaking space. However, after renaming it, many of my applications showed errors immediately and I ...
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Cannot log into MAC OS X after rename the disk

I tried to rename the hard drive of my Macbook from "Macintosh HD" to something else without the freaking space. However, after renaming it, many of my applications showed errors immediately and I ...
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Why does my cursor on Mac OS X get “stuck” sometimes?

In Mac OS X, sometimes when the cursor should change to a text cursor or hand cursor, it is still displayed as an arrow cursor. This gets annoying sometimes because although it still works, it makes ...
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bash process stays 20% CPU usage after boot

I migrated from a 2011 MBP to a 2012 MBP via Migration Assistent and Time Machine. Now, when I boot the bash process goes to ~20% and stays there forever, with it launchd for root and my user. I also ...
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Can i use “Remote Disc” from a Linux host remotely to OS X?

I just got my first MacBook Pro (retina), so I'm new to OS X. It does not have an optical drive, but I notice there's a "Remote Disc" device in Finder. I was wondering if I can mount my physical disc ...