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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Is there a limit for the attachment size in Messages?

I'm trying to send a 36 MB .mp4 video via Messages, but I'm not exactly sure if it's working. After sending the file, the CPU usage of the processes VTDecoderXPCService and IMTranscoderAgent goes up ...
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Cannot write to SMB Share with Terminal OS X 10.8

I am trying to copy some files from my local drive to a SMB share I have set up on my home network using Terminal, but I keep getting this error: fchmod failed: Permission denied The share is set ...
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Multiple instances of the Mumble client

I have tried command that I found and it works for second and after that second client closes. open -na /Applications/Mumble.app Other command that I tryied with the same resul. /Applications/...
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Solver Window Resize in Mac Office 2011

For what ever reason the Solver add-in for Mac Office's Excel 2011 produces the following dialog box when attempting to add a constraint to Solver: Does anyone have a similar problem? Or know how ...
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How to deal with WindowServer kernel panics, three NVIDIA-related KEXTs in the backtrace, whilst using Google Chrome?

I have a MacBook Pro (MacBookPro6,2) running OS X 10.7.5. Once every few days, on average, my screen goes black and it stops responding. Before these incidents I'm mainly browsing, random web pages ...
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What software can replace AppleWorks on a new Mac?

I just purchased a new Mac Mini, replacing an ancient iMac with AppleWorks. I use that software for email, web-browsing, word processing, spreadsheets and an occasional database. Is there a package ...
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Why does the version of Java verified by Oracle differ from the version shown at the command line?

Questions Why do versions differ? Should we trust Oracle's verification routine? In some cases, the version verified by Oracle is different from the version shown at the command line. Example ...
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What can I use to organize a large music collection?

I'm looking for something similar to MediaMonkey on Windows, for things like: batch editing of metadata automatic tagging based on folder structure creating folder structures from metadata (the ...
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The document “X” could not be autosaved. You don’t have permission

I have a Mac OSX Lion file share over the AFP protocol in our office and users are having trouble saving to it. Here's the process: Open an existing file on the server Make changes Save changes, ...
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How do I remove the previous App Store user from my computer?

Someone else at the office was attempting to help me setup the laptop before I started, so now my MBP has their credentials for some apps. I can uninstall and reinstall the app, if that's all it takes,...
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DVD mounted but not accessible from Finder

I have burnt a set of data DVDs on my Windows PC. These read fine on the PC, but for some reason OS X misbehaves. I have Hardware Growler installed, so when I insert the disc I get a notification that ...
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computer sleeps, then crashes later

For the past several weeks, this has been happening. I put the computer to sleep at night, and when I wake the computer up the next morning, my computer has restarted itself. There's a "Problem ...
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How do I setup Python3.3 and Sublime Text 2 correctly on OS X 10.8.2?

I am trying to setup Sublime Text 2 so that the build command correctly runs Python3 / Python3.3 scripts. I have installed Python 3.3 via the installer obtained from python.org and installed Sublime ...
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Can Aperture be migrated or reinstalled from iMac to MacBook Pro (which has no DVD drive)?

Can Aperture be migrated or reinstalled a new MacBook Pro which has no DVD drive? Would target disk mode work to simply copy the file? I think Aperture usually runs an "installation" rather than just ...
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Ip blocked since I updated my Mac to Mountain Lion

Since I've upgraded my mac from lion to mountain lion, the ip 5.9.31.48 (api.shellycloud.com) appear to be down (ping said that "Host is down"). So I think that there is somewhere a firewall rule that ...
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How to make a Mac harddrive partition non bootable

Just recently added an SSD drive replacing the optical drive. Carbon Copy the whole partition and now left with 2 bootable drives. How do I make the old partition no longer bootable? I've changed the ...
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Is it bad or unhealthy to put my Mac to sleep?

I am wondering if it is bad or unhealthy to always put my Mac to sleep or should I shut it down instead? What I mean by putting it to sleep is that the display and hard drive are sleeping. The reason ...
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Can a TrueCrypt volume be ejected (or the app quit) upon entering sleep?

Is it possible to force all TrueCrypt mounted volumes to eject when my Mac goes to sleep or to have TrueCrypt quit (causing them to unmount)? I'm looking for a little extra "easy" security when I move ...
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No internet access on MacBook Air, though I can connect to networks

(Edited after rebooting everything again.) I'm unable to get my MacBook Air (mid-2011 model, running OS X Lion 10.7.4) connected to the internet. I've tried to get online through tethering both an ...
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Backing up a disk image with Time Machine

I'm storing backup of my Gmail account in a disk image, to cut on number of files on the main HFS+ volume. This makes Time Machine ignore the existence of this volume, just because it's in a disk ...
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Can I fix things so Archive Utility doesn't hang on all zip files?

I am using Mac OS X 10.8.2. I don't know exactly when it started (might have been after the upgrade to 10.8.2, but not sure), but now, any zip file I try to open starts up 'Archive Utility', but then ...
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Cannot add keyboard shortcuts in Mountain Lion

As of an unknown moment, I cannot add custom keyboard shortcuts anymore. Isn't there supposed to be an add button somewhere here?
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How to start an app in the foreground?

For some reason, gitk always starts under all other apps. How to make it start on top of all other apps, like a normal program? Start it from the terminal with the gitk command, which lives in /usr/...
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How can I merge two photos using software that is provided with OS X?

I have two photos of a group of ten people. Unfortunately, one person has the eyes closed in each photo. I would like to merge one person from one photo into the other so that everyone's eyes are ...
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Two Email Accounts in Mail.app / Can I disable notifications for one of them? [duplicate]

Hopefully this is an easy one! :-) I am working in Mail.app these days in Mountain Lion and I have two mail accounts within. I'd like to disable all notifications for one of those accounts. This means ...
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Export pdf annotations only using preview?

I use Preview on OS X and GoodReader on the iPad for reading and annotating pdfs. GoodReader allows me to 'view summary' which is a plain text list of all highlighted sections and comments added to ...
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how to get google search history back in safari 6

I am very annoyed about safari 6 doing away with the google search history. Is there anyway to get it back? Just to be clear I am talking about when you google something and then you need to go back ...
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Can I automatically remove my signature from all replies? Mail 6.2 OS x 10.8.2

In OS X Mail.app (version 6.2 from OS X 10.8.2), I can see how to automatically add a signature for all new messages, but I do not want it automatically added when I reply to a message. Is there a way ...
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Upgrade to new MBP with OS X without reinstalling applications?

I hope someone can help with some basic advice: My wife has used a MacBook Pro since 2006, and I want to get her a new one, or at least a newer refurb. She has OS X 10.6.3 and wants to install it ...
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Specifying the keyboard layout for Chinese input

I use both Chinese (pinyin) and Japanese (romaji) input and am used to having them mapped to a standard US keyboard layout. However my regional setting is Switzerland since I'm studying here and “...
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Where can I find the source image files for the browser checkboxes in Safari?

I'm looking for the source PNG image files for the browser checkboxes used in Safari. Specifically, these guys: I've looked through the Contents > Resources folder in the Safari.app file, but ...
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How to isolate the most disk-active process(es) in OS X?

I have some process(es) performing a lot of drive access from time to time, however I've hitherto been unable to isolate which process or processes are performing the access. What shell command can I ...
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Applescript vs. Spaces in Lion (10.7)

In Snow Leopard (10.6), I had an applescript that toggled iTunes between "maximised on Space 2" and "mini-player on all spaces": set app_identifier to do shell script "echo 'com.apple.iTunes' | /usr/...
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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard function keys unreliable

I have a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard connected to my 2011 MacBook Pro. The keyboard's normal keys (letters, etc.) always work fine; however, there is a problem with the various function keys....
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How to transfer my apps, home, and OS X setup from an external Lion disk to an internal Mountain Lion SSD

I installed an SSD (Samsung 830) as the internal drive of a Mid 2009 MacBook Pro, then attempted several times to clone the (now external) bootable OS X Lion drive using either SuperDuper or Carbon ...
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Application to draw “Rich Pictures”

Any software to draw "Rich Pictures" diagrams of Information Systems Analysis? I searched for a stencil for OmniGraffle but didn't find anything.
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Using OS X of a new MacBook on an “old” iMac

I have a late 2009 27" iMac. The iMac runs the default OS X version, 10.6. This week I bought a new MacBook with OS X 10.8. Can I install the new OS X on my iMac without buying 10.8? Does the license ...
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Double-clicking file from Finder does not open it in application [closed]

I have installed an application that is associated with a particular file type. When I double click a file of that type in Finder, the application starts, but does not open the file that was clicked. ...
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Clocks due to change and sleep prompt goes into infinite loop

Tonight the clocks change in the UK from BST to GMT. Officially at 2am BST going back to 1am GMT. At 00:00 my Mountain Lion macbook pro asks me if I want it to sleep. Usually there's never a ...
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Grey screen on startup of OS X when using Boot Camp 5

I'm afraid I've corrupted my OS X install. When choosing to boot up with the system I get a grey screen (there's a short load sequence before this, after klicking the system icon in the bootup menu). ...
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hdiutil not finishing (UDRW)

I'm trying to convert a .iso to a .img using server:~ user$ hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o ~/Downloads/ubuntu-12.04-alternate-powerpc.dmg ~/Downloads/ubuntu-12.04-alternate-powerpc.iso Usage: ...
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How can I opt out of updates for one app when using the App Store?

I have an app that has been radically changed (Skitch) and I'd prefer to not see any of the updates that the developer has made available to that app on the App Store. I'm lazy and like to use the "...
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Restart needed to reconnect Thunderbolt Display?

I was just reading the Apple Thunderbolt Wiki and stumbled upon this: 25) If I eject a Thunderbolt device using the Taskbar tool or disconnect the Thunderbolt cable, can I reconnect it again ...
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Can I remove the page breaks (or re-flow postscript documents) in PDF files?

I have a piece of software that formats source material and produces PDF files. These resulting files may be any length and are broken into pages according to a selected page size. (In other words, ...
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What is Shutdown Cause -108?

My rMBP 15" just shut down by itself when idling, screen turned off. When I rebooted it, I checked the Console to see why it shut down, and found this message: 10/27/12 1:21:36.000 AM kernel[0]: ...
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Where can I download the Darwin 12.2.0 source code?

I'm wondering where I can download the source code of the kernel of Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2: Darwin 12.2.0. I googled it, but its hard to find. And yes, I tried http://www.opensource.apple.com.
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Mac OS X Terminal: Commands not found

I really don't have much experience with Terminal and I believe I may have caused a problem when trying to download and use wine on my Mac. If I try to type in anything I simply get "Command not found"...
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Assigning shortcuts to particular keyboard layouts

Is there any way to assign hotkeys to switching to particular keyboard layouts directly, without having to cycle through them one by one? I am quite new to OS X. On Windows (which I used before) it ...
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On the MacBook Pro, send file links via iMessage?

I have two Macbook Pros in my office. I would like to send a link to a file (specifying its path) to another user, using that other MacBook Pro. We have a commonly mounted network drive. So I would ...
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Mac Sudden Motion Sensor: Obtaining activation state

Very similar to this SuperUser question, I'd like to know if there's a way to know when the SMS is actually engaged. Note that I do not want to know if the sensor is enabled (which can be done from ...