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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Reversing some /usr/local damage

I was following this tutorial - http://howtonode.org/introduction-to-npm - and set /usr/local to $USER, which I now realise was a huge mistake. Does anyone know how I can revert these changes, but ...
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Why is my “New Zealand” bookmarks folder not appearing on my iPhone?

I am using iCloud to sync bookmarks from my iMac to my iPhone. But one bookmark folder is not appearing on the iPhone. On my iMac (OS X 10.7.5), in the iCloud pref pane of System Preferences, I have ...
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Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive?

I have a Mac Mini with two drives: a 256GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. From what I've read, the new Fusion Drive does all of it's magic in software, using the Core Storage APIs. Can I get my setup to ...
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How to make a bootable USB key from an .iso image on Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make a bootable USB flash drive for a MacBook Air? How to make a bootable USB key from any .iso image on Mac OS X?
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Finder window file view header looks odd - fix?

I think I set this up some time ago and it looks like a search or something but I want it to just be like my apps folder where I can sort. My mistake but very unintuitive how to remove this: and ...
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Is there a way to reorder the Mac Menu Bar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change the location of an icon in the menu bar? The title is sort of self-explanatory. I wanted to group some icons into a more logical and useful layout. This question was ...
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Basic photo editing on OS X [duplicate]

I need to edit a photo on my Mac. I wish to take two photos and paste them together to create one that's larger, containing both. I couldn't figure out how to do this with iPhoto. For Windows you ...
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Disable outgoing mail for an account?

I have an account that I want to receive but never send email from in Mail.app. Is there a simple way to disable this one account? I'm running Mountain Lion.
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Mac App Store shows an update available for an app I didn't install

Like this the picture below. For the record, I did install some cracked apps which isn't available for demo from MAS to try them out. Could this be problem? I'm on Mountain Lion, latest update. But ...
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How can I make this Apple Script shorter? (quitting multiple apps via tell)

I want to edit a part of an Apple Script to quit various applications at once: tell application "TweetDeck" quit end tell tell application "Google Chrome" quit end tell Over all there are ...
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My Retina MacBook Pro is missing some icons suddenly! What happened?

This happened after a wake from sleep. And rebooting doesn't solve the problem! Has anyone encountered this problem before? Every item in the bar, for example Safari, has no previous and next arrows ...
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How to access user installed menubar icons with the keyboard?

I understand that Ctrl + F8 can be used to access the built-in Apple menu and Ctrl + F2 can be used to access program menus (e.g. this existing answer). However, I have a bunch of user-installed ...
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Reinstall Terminal on OS X Lion

I accidentally removed Terminal from the apps folder. Any ideas how to get that back?
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Upgrade from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion in non personal & large scaled development environment

My company is still running Snow Leopard and we're thinking of upgrading to Mountain Lion soon. We are developing iOs and MacOsX applications and have a small break between the old projects and the ...
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Does mac os x have any command tool like pidstat in linux?

It can tell me the current status of a process, for example, whether it is still running or has been terminated.
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Where is system.log located? (In the filesystem, outside of Console.app)

Where is the system.log file actually located? I know of course that I can view its contents in Console.app, but I just want to know where this text file is actually located. Or is it an almagamation ...
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Getting the space key to act like the return key

I come from a Windows background and I have gotten into the habit of hitting the Space key every time there's a popup on my screen that I want to close. But on the Mac, it doesn't do anything, but ...
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Can I “restrain” safari from using large % of CPU?

Some websites make safari go crazy, and use 70% CPU! This causes everything else on this desktop to grind to a halt. Is there a way to restrict safari to never go beyond a certain amount of CPU? (...
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Web apps on OSX?

I can easily create a "Web App" on my iPhone by going to the "arrow" menu and attaching a website to the home screen. Is it possible to do this on OS X with, say, Gmail or YouTube or anything else?
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Downloading OS X Lion after the release of Mountain Lion

I bought OS X Lion through the App Store long ago and installed it to my Mac Mini (Early 2011) which came with Snow Leopard bundled. The Mac Mini was having some issues so I decided to format and ...
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My Wife's Calendar icon is transparent both in the dock and in Launchpad

She's running OSX Mountain Lion, latest updates, on a 2012 MacBook Air 11" I've searched quite a bit and had no luck. We've rebooted (obviously) and removed the calendar from the dock but it didn't ...
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How can I change the default search engine in Safari?

Safari for OS X only offers three search engines: Google, Yahoo, Bing I want to use https://startpage.com as a default search engine to search directly from the unified URL/search bar. Is this ...
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How to create custom Mountain Lion Installer

Is it possible to create custom image of the Mountain Lion with the certain third party applications (Chrome , Adium , Firefox) pre-installed with the operating system. This will not require me to ...
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Mac Pro 2008 will not boot and no video out

I have a friend with a mac pro 2008 model - which is failing to boot. Windows 7 was the predominantly used OS on it, and she hardly ever booted into OSX Snow Leopard. She did change the graphics ...
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iMessages app is missing after update of OSX to Mountain Lion

I have updated my Mac Mini to Mountain Lion. I had iMessages beta installed on OSX Lion but after upgrading it's disappeared and now I don't have any iMessages. I checked various sources for it with ...
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Unable to install Xcode on a freshly-installed OS X Lion

OK, so I own 2 macs : a MacBook Pro (running 10.8 with the latest Xcode on it) an iMac (running 10.6 on one partition - Xcode installed and all - , and 10.7 - just installed - on another partition) ...
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Install 2 different OS X versions on the same machine/hdd

OK, here's my situation : I am a developer needing to debug under different OS X versions I currently own 2 macs : a MacBook Pro and an iMac the iMac has Snow Leopard (10.6) on it - it came pre-...
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How to download youtube videos in Safari?

I am looking for free alternatives to download youtube videos in Safari.
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Is there a way to change the naming scheme for screenshots? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Save screenshot with my own name Is there any way, short of a third-party application (I'm quite fond of the baked-in functionality of the screenshot system in Mac OS), to ...
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Remove rogue keyboard shortcut in OSX

I recently followed this blog to add a keyboard shortcut to lock the screen: http://hpmalte.blogspot.ca/2012/01/keyboard-shortcut-to-lock-screen-in-os.html I assigned the commandL keyboard shortcut ...
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Mac Backups - 5xMac's with a synchronized catalog?

I'm looking for a free or if not cheap solution to a situation we find ourselves in. Currently we have 5 designers all doing artwork throughout the day and then periodically, or when the mood takes ...
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How to refresh Messages on Mac after hibernation?

I've set up iMessage on my iPhone correctly (apple id) with Messages on my Mac (OSX Mountain Lion), and it syncs. But the syncing isn't flawless.. Everytime I wake up my Mac after hibernation, it won'...
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iPhoto has missing photos but they can't be removed

I have an iPhoto library of about 2100 photos. It's iPhoto 11, v9.4.1 (701.67). At some point I imported some photo's from memory stick and played around with the 'store photos in library' vs. 'link ...
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Adobe/mac users: what are the LS1.dmg files(can i delete them)?

I'm using Disk Inventory X to help open up some space on my hard drive. I found some disk images in my users folder, each taking up more than a whole gb of space: the files : http://i.imgur.com/A5K7L....
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Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost

Situation I got tired of some bugs/annoyments in Ubuntu(=some programs coming along with it). For example after using compiz for a few days I found bugs that were distracting my work flow pretty bad (...
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Recovering data off of a dead hard drive

My hard drive died in my macbook and it no longer will start up. It will not mount in an external enclosure but disk utility is still reading that the hard drive is there, and I tried to repair disk ...
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Is is possible to add tag, notes or labels to backups made by Time Machine?

Is it possible to add label, tag or notes to Time Machine backups. Lets say after fresh reinstall of OS X - label it as "Base System 1" then after few days (at some point with more software/work) "...
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How to find out frame rate (FPS) of an AVI video on OS X?

Pretty straightforward question: How can I find out FPS of a video file on Mac OS X? (QuickTime does not open the video because of not installed codec; but VLC does, though.)
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How to stop WebSense from authenticating every 10 minutes on a Mac

My company is primarily a Windows shop and uses WebSense to filter Internet traffic. WebSense uses Active Directory to authenticate the user for Windows. On a Mac, it opens a authentication dialog ...
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How can I get vi-like keybindings in other Mac applications/text entry fields than just Terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to make all text fields in OS X editable with Vi keybindings? I use vim a lot, and like the keybindings. I'm aware that I can get vi-like keybindings in the ...
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Emacsify OSX throughout: word-forward (⌥ + F) and word-backward (⌥ + B) instead of 'special characters'?

Yes, the OSX already supports ⌥+← and ⌥+→ for moving the cursor word-backward and word-forward, but reaching for arrow keys is annoying. So, why not rather have ⌥+B and ⌥+F do this? I mean, not once ...
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Assign shortcut for label in Finder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shortcuts to label files in Finder Is there a way to assign some shortcuts for setting the label colour of the selected item in Finder, like it is in Aperture for example? ...
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Time Machine not fully encrypted. Is it safe to use?

I'm going to format my iMac today and I've just backed up to an external drive using Time Machine. But I am using encrypted backup, so Time Machine needs to encrypt the whole drive (after it has ...
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Mountain Lion screen crashes after returning from sleep

During the past 3 days I have experienced the following issue: when returning from sleep, I see an extremely garbled version of my desktop. The only thing that seems to help is a reboot. My first ...
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Key re-mapping or how get HEX for button

i have new macbook air 13". There is "><" button under Esc. I want to rebind this button to semicolon ";". How? Or please tell me, how can I find Hex for this button, than I can change it by my ...
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Completed Reminders not syncing to iOS from OS X

Running the most recent version of OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6.0, I'm able to sync all my Reminders between all my devices. However, though the Reminders themselves will sync across all my devices, ...
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How do I unlock a .plist file so that I can change it?

I want to edit Info.plist for TextEdit. (Here's why.) I'm running OS 10.7, and I do have Xcode installed. But every time I try to edit the file, it's locked and I can't save my changes. If I try to ...
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Creating a system/service user (update-proof)

I want to run a couple of web apps and services on my Mac. (10.8.2 Server) For every webapp/service I create a seperate user to make it more secure. (So i can sandbox them in their home directory) I ...
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Two different versions of Finder in OS X 10.8 after migrating from OS 10.3 Panther

While setting up new Mac Mini I checked the option to move files and settings from my old Mac to the new Mac. The old Mac was a 2008 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.3 Panther. Everything seemed to go ...
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Add recovery partition back onto drive after drive change [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recreate Lion Recovery HD partition? I hope this question is different enough from the others that is doesn't get closed. I am first time Mac user, long time Linux ...