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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Native OSX Dictionary

Is there a native dictionary on OSX? I would like to be able to click on a word (in any open window), and get its meaning in a quick popup windows.
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Is it possible to hide the name of the desktop icons?

I know it is possible to hide the name by renaming the file/folder to something else. The problem comes with my cloud showing in the desktop. I want it to show and I don't want to change the names of ...
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Messages.app on mac: search in history

i've a problem, i'm able to search for string in messages.app. It actually tells me all the matches for every conversation, the problem is that is shows only the last match, how can i go through all ...
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Why does Google Chrome Helper spike my CPU?

This has been happening on and off since I switched to a mac at work. Google Chome Helper occasionally runs my cpu into the red and has the fan spinning madly. Sometimes restarting Chrome fixes the ...
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How do I know which Python install is being used?

If I type the command which python, then I get: Oliviers-iMac:~$ which -a python /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python /usr/bin/python If I then type python --version, ...
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Uninstalling Genieo broke my system

Update below, the rest is more or less background information. After discovering a Genieo install, I vaguely recalled it being, well, not trustworthy. After a quick search I knew I wanted to ...
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Can't delete preferred networks from wireless settings (comes back up) [duplicate]

I am having an issue with preferred networks in WiFi settings. There are few networks I want to delete - when I do so, the disappear temporarily, but will eventually come back. I believe is to do with ...
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Is it possible to go from pre-installed Mavericks to Mountain Lion on my new Macbook Pro?

I just brought a brand new MacBook Pro (mid-2012) and it came with Mavericks installed on it. The previous Mac I had before I got this one had Mountain Lion and it ran my pro tools sufficiently but ...
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Stop TextEdit to iCloud Save

Every time I save a TextEdit file 'SAVE' always goes to iCloud, even though I have been saving to another folder. Can I stop 'SAVE' from doing this? I run OS X 10.9.4
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Magic Mouse Gesture not working OS X Mavericks

I am using Magic Mouse with my iMac having OS X Mavericks 10.9. Everything was working fine since today morning, I realized that my Magic Mouse is only responding to scrolling and primary, secondary ...
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Looking for a typing tutor app

Years ago, I learned typing by a program named Typing Tutor, on DOS. XD Now, my son is using a MacBook and I am teaching him how to type. What software/website you recommend to learn typing on a ...
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How can Finder permanently show a specific file starting with a dot/period?

I have a folder on my Mac that I will set up to git-sync with a folder on my web server. I’d like to be able to see the .htaccess file in this folder without having to unhide hidden files all over the ...
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Adding application to “Open With” context menu - QNapi problem

I have tried many available solutions (searched through similar questions), most of them was quite obvious - like editing Info.plist in the application package, but oryginal application Info.plist ...
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Denied file read access on file I own and have full r/w permissions on

I received an email with a plain text attachment (named 'noname') via Gmail and downloaded it using Chrome from gmail.com. It's a recurring automated report. Everyday I get the file , download it, ...
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Encrypt data before sync to dropbox?

If I have FileVault on, this will encrypt all my data on my HDD. so this said, will this send to dropbox the encrypted files or the original files?
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Cleaning up birth years 2000 in my Address Book

A few years ago (or actually, more likely, in 2000), for some reason, birthdays that didn't have a birth year (but did and do have correct month and day) were automatically given the birth year 2000 ...
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Wifi channel selection

Is it possible specifically select a Wifi channel use? I am defaulting to channel 6 which has a low signal to noise ratio. "Wifi Signal", ver 1.3 suggests that several other channels offer better ...
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Deleting files doesn't free up space [duplicate]

I moved away (to an external drive) about 30 GB of files from a drive (startup disk) that had 60 GB of free space. After the move it still shows only 60 GB of free space, not 90, as I would expect. ...
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Unable to read last block of the device

I'm mid way through replacing the hard drive in my MacBook Pro (mid-2009). I've created a boot disk (10.8) on a SD card which I am booting from. On trying to format the new drive with disk utility ...
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What is the function(s) of the hidden Debug menu in Disk Utility? [duplicate]

What is the function(s) of the Debug menu and why is it hidden by default?
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Can Google Chrome be blamed for high RAM usage and lagging performance?

On my Mac, OS X lags substantially when browsing through Chrome. I've researched things and understand that inactive memory is part of the free memory, that can and should be freed at a moment's ...
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X11 periodically losing focus

I have a very annoying issue with the X11 app on OS X when using it to run things remotely over SSH. Every now and then (it's pretty regular, I'd say about each 1-2 minutes), the app I'm in loses ...
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Automatically hide latex aux files in finder (files with a certain extension)

I'm a LaTeX user in OSX. I use TexShop primarily. LaTeX automatically creates lots of helper files with various different extensions (.log, .nav, .aux, .out, etc). It's almost never necessary to view ...
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Remapping keys in KeyRemap4MacBook, how do I find keycodes?

I'm currently remapping some of the keys on my MacBook using KeyRemap4Macbook - in that process I need to remap the keys using this xml-file, namely private.xml, that is referenced ...
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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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How do I reassign the F3 key to another application?

I have a gesture for Exposé so I need another button (the F3) to do the same. I'd love to replace F3 to show/hide the MacBartender app. Would it be possible to reassign this key for such a use? I ...
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How to prevent password reset using OS X installation disc?

I want to set a master password for the whole machine, but it appears this can be easily bypassed. It is possible to reset the Mac OS X Password using the OS X installation disk and Password Reset ...
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MacVim — switch to tab where file is opened if trying to open an already-opened file

Over the course of the day, I often open many tabs/windows open in MacVim, I forget exactly which files I've opened etc. Then when I try to open a file I have already opened somewhere, I get ...
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-bash: Applications/mvim: /bin/sh: bad interpreter: Operation not permitted

I am getting a weird error with the mvim script that is supposed to start the MacVim interface. See below for the issue. /bin/sh is just fine, mvim was chmod +x'd, other /bin/sh scripts run fine... ...
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How can I install Adobe Flash manually or without giving root access?

Background info: I've locked down my /Library folder so even the admin group can't write (only root can). The Adobe update app opens the password dialog when I click "install". Is it possible to ...
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What is the data corruption risk of force shutting down a running Mac?

Eg when the power supply is cut or someone presses the power button for 5 seconds? How big of a risk am I taking to my data? Is it a 1% chance of corrupting data? I know most mac these days have a ...
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Can I move Applications to another partition?

My Startup disk partition is just 20 GB and I'm running out of space. What's the safe way to transfer Applications folder to the other partition? Can I just move all apps into a folder on the other ...
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How do I detect failed remote login attempts and block them?

How do I detect failed remote login attempt on my MacBook Pro and how do I block them? My MacBook Pro is on a network with built-in firewall, if that's relevant.
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Why does iChat launch itself whenever I wake my monitors?

I'm using OS X Lion. Whenever I wake my monitors, the iChat screen below pops up: When I let my Mac idle, iChat was NOT open. I never use iChat and would really like this dialog to go away ...
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Personal sorting system in the finder's windows

Is there a way to use a personal sorting system in the finder's windows ? I don't want to sort the files and folders using the "Labels" (because of the colors). I just want to have the list ordered ...
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How can I show a slideshow of pictures in multiple subfolders while keeping them in order?

I have a folder that contains a number of sub folders that are full of pictures. What I'd like to be able to do is start a slideshow from the parent folder that will show all the images in all the ...
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Have iOS apps. Can I use them on my Mac Mini?

I bought many iOS Apps on various iPads and iPod touchs. This Wednesday I will have my first Mac, a Mac Mini, so my question is: Will I be able to download these Apps without any charge, if they are ...
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How to restore Parallel's Applications folder?

Normally when you install Parallels, it adds a folder to the dock which acts exactly like the default Applications folder on the Mac, except for all the Windows apps. It even organizes them in ...
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On connecting device - iTunes or iPhotos must not open

Whenever I connect my iPhone/iPad/iPod to MacMini, It automatically launches iTunes & start syncing every time. I am a developer & I frequently need to connect/disconnect different devices. ...
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Disable “not ejected properly” warning (as only charging and not writing data) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Disable “the disk was not ejected properly” message Per this blog post (not my blog post) how would you go about disabling the warning popup given that I ...
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How to reset safari 9.0.3

In older versions there was an option to reset safari But in 9.0.3 I am not seeing this option What are the alternatives? How can I reset safari 9.0.3?
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Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files

I have dozens of folders that I need to compress into individual zip files. If I select all of these folders in the Finder and do "Compress [X] Items," I get one zip file containing all of the ...
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pygame installed through homebrew does not work?

I ran brew install pygame, it installed it together with all the dependencies. Python v2.7.10 / OS X version 10.11.2 Whenever I import pygame in a script it says this Traceback (most recent call ...
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BootCamp can't partition

I had a problem with my Macbook that couldn't read the internal SSD and boot OS X, but I solve it: MacBook does not mount, does not boot, does not read drive . I used resizeStack method to get the ...
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New icons come up as default file icon in El Capitan

I'm not able to properly set icons, I've tried with *.icns and *.pngs. I'm on a El Capitan, MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) Does this seem familiar to anyone? EDIT: I should mention I ...
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Headless Mac mini: Share Screen + FileVault

At the office we have a Mac mini that will be used to run a Teamcity agent. It is a requirement from our security department that we enable FileVault on this machine. I will also need to manage ...
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Can I use or access the San Francisco font that comes with El Capitan?

The new font San Francisco, introduced in El Capitan throughout OS X's Finder and contextual menus, is a beautiful font and proves that once again, Apple is on top of their game when it comes to ...
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Using mouse from OSX host on iOS device

Is it possible to use a mouse connected to OSX computer at iOS device. Assume I have a Mac Mini and iPad on same WiFi network. I have a USB mouse connected to Mac Mini. Is there an option to use this ...
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What are some good ways to free up disk space on OS X >= Yosemite?

I am fed up with all these useless "Delete old pictures" "Delete your trash" BuzzFeed-tier articles so I am hoping for some qualified ideas here. What I've done so far (and how much it deleted) is: ...
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How do I backup photos *from* iCloud Photo Library

My Macbook is beginning to run out of space to "Keep originals" of the photos I have in the Photo Library, and I don't want the only copy of the photos to be in the cloud. How can I create a hard ...