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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Apple Mail not saving Smart Mailboxes

I'm having some trouble with Apple Mail 6.3 (1503) and Smart Mailboxes under 10.8.3. When I create Smart Mailboxes they work just as one would expect them to. When I quit Mail and re-open it, they're ...
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How to chat with multiple Apple ID's?

I have two Apple ID's to have Messages chat sessions for work and private separated. Is it possible to use these both at the same time, on my Mac, at home? Now, I can only login with one Apple ID at ...
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What is the dotted blue underlining when I use dictation on OS X?

When I use the dictation feature in OS X, sometimes some of my text has got dotted blue underlining below it after entry: What does this mean? Am I able to use it to correct the mistakes in the ...
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What software can rip high quality audio from a DVD? (losslessly if possible)

In Mountain Lion, how do I rip only the audio from a DVD as losslessly as possible? I have several concert DVDs that I would like to listen to on my iPod. I have an extensive music library, which is ...
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Can I get iPhoto's albums to work like folders instead of labels?

My wife has been trained for years with the desktop metaphor of a file living inside one (and only one) folder. iPhoto uses the "label" paradigm that Gmail has where photos can live inside multiple ...
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OS X as X Window Server

Is it possible to serve Mac applications like iPhoto over a network to X Window clients? Our problem is that a broken Graphics card is causing a lot of stripes etc on the screen. Other remote ...
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How to configure OS X for exhibitions

I need to configure a Mac Mini and OS X for use in exhibitions so that it: boots when power switches on (or wake on LAN) starts Safari in full-screen mode suppresses closing Safari and/or showing ...
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How do I create a shortcut link from the dock to an application?

I'm trying to put a link to Outlook Express in my dock but can't see how it's done. When I right-click on the application icon in a finder window, "Make Alias" is not one of the options available, so ...
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How to quickly send new mail without opening mail application?

I know Quicksilver has a plug in for quickly sending new mail messages without opening the Mail application. But the Quicksilver plug in doesn't work under Mountain Lion. How do you send a new mail ...
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How to get 3 1900x1200 monitors working on a 2010 Mac Pro

I have a new Mac Pro with a single ATI 5770 card installed. It has two mini-display ports, and one DVI port I have tried the following configurations: All 3 DVI connections: This results in one ...
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When using an second monitor, is it possible to move the cursor off both sides of the screen?

For example, I have a MBP connected to an external monitor. I use both screens but hate the fact that I have to go all the way to the left side of the external monitor (which is huge) in order to go ...
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Rsync filter: “OS X label”

On OS X, can I rsync selectively based on the file label as set in the Finder? e.g. rsync all files and directories labelled "green".
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MacBook Pro: long time to wake from sleep, what could it be?

I have a 2011 13-inch entry-level MacBook Pro, which was upgraded almost straight away to Lion. I consider myself a careful, conscientious user, not installing things I don't need. However, recently, ...
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Fix Blank Icons in Dock Stacks and Grids

I use Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), and here's my problem: Stack and grid views of folders very often look like this: These empty boxes are not very useful for finding files quickly. When I open ...
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How do I disable the Russian keyboard layout in software?

I enabled Russian input source, and am having problem disabling it. How do I disable it?
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How to translate between Windows and Mac -style file locations?

For an office with mostly Windows workstations and a few OS X workstations, what's the easiest way for the Mac users to translate to and from a Windows-style file paths? For example, to automatically ...
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How to batch forward messages from Mail.app

I get mail forwarded to my OS X Mail from an Outlook account at work. I use my Mac to reply to messages directly from Mail.app and now I want to forward all my sent mails from Mail to my Outlook ...
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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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Browsing to a nested subdomain resolves wrong page

Our corporate network has some web applications hosted in a nested subdomain hierarchy. A "subdomain's subdomain", as you will. For example: Root-> http://*.mydomain.com (resolves to: 192.2.2.200) ...
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How can I extract video clips from a non-encrypted DVD?

I have a non-encrypted DVD (of my wedding, if you must know) and I was wondering if I could extract clips from the DVD into files in some standard video format (i.e. clip1.mp4) so I can look at them ...
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In Terminal, can I find out the current Finder folder?

It is commonly asked how to get a Terminal prompt from a Finder window. I am asking the opposite. I would like a command-line way of determining the working directory of the "current" Finder window. ...
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How to change Mac OS X iCal's calendar color for Microsoft Exchange server account?

I'm using iCal for managing my schedules in my company. And my company is using Microsoft Exchange server for schedules. When I added the company account to iCal, it set the calendar color as orange. ...
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Why is my inactive memory not getting free? [duplicate]

When my MacBook Pro (13" 2010, Intel C2D 2.4 GHz, 4GB RAM 1067 MHz DDR3, running Snow Leopard) runs out of free memory, instead of releasing inactive memory (which is mostly about 500 - 1000 MB), it ...
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I am only seeing 1:50 of estimated run time on a new MacBook Pro battery. Problems?

I have bought brand new MacBook pro 15-inch model with highest specifications in this June. I have also installed newest Mac OS, Lion. However, how it could be strange, when cable is not plugged it, ...
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“Unable to load the Parallels driver” after upgrade to Lion

I have Parallels Desktop 6 (6.0.11994) installed and after an upgrade to Lion, whenever I start Parallels, I get these two messages: Then Parallels Virtual Machines window appears but neither of ...
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Is there a default SSH password on Mac OS X?

If I create an account, and don't give it a password, what's the password to SSH it?
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Frequent crashing and unresponsive OS X

About six months ago, my MacBookPro's (summer '09) HDD died. A solid, irrecoverable failure - flashing folder question mark, utterly invisible to Disk Utility, Disk Warrior, being housed in an ...
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Strange keyboard shortcut icons in Mac OS 10.6.7

Running on Mac OS 10.6.7. Don't know of any changes that could of happened to make the keyboard shortcuts different. Tried Googling and found nothing helpful. Anyone know why this happens and how to ...
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Problems changing drive icon

Want to change the icon of my main drive. I have a bunch of drive icons from interfacelift. They appear to be just .icns packed in the resource fork (%file returns empty, and %cat prints nothing, ...
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Swap key €->$ permanently

I have a Macbook Air with a Swedish keyboard and when I type Shift+4 I get this: €. What I would like to get is $ ,now at Alt+4. How can I swap these two around?
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How to install and run nautilus using macports (or any other way)

I've installed macports and then done 'sudo port install nautilus' to install nautilus, which all works fine. Now i'm not sure how to actually run nautilus - there's no app in the applications, and if ...
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Is there any app to monitor how long has each app been actively used?

What I'm looking for is basically some monitoring application, which will log how long has each of my applications been actively used. By that I mean it got focus. The point of this would be to ...
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How to enable Subscribed Calendar to be in read/write mode? [closed]

As today, any Subscribed Calendar is added as Read Only to the iCal Application to confirm that. just double click in a day with the subscribed calendar selected and you will get this annoying popup ...
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How can I sync my google calendar with my work exchange calendar with my iphone calendar?

Basically I'd like changes in all of these to be reflected on my iphone... but it would be cool to have all three completely synched. Google Calendar: - has multiple calendars (some public, some ...
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rMBP Early 2015 wakes from sleep every minute

My Macbook Pro 13" after upgrading to El Capitan 10.11.2 wakes from sleep every minute. This effectively drains battery overnight. Tried to reset SMC, turned off wifi but nothing helps. Does anybody ...
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OSX paste images as inline by default in Pages 5.x?

When I paste an image, it is pasted as floating. (even thou I had the cursor set to the text position). I then have to manually change text wrap to inline with text every single time. (similar to ...
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Click app in dock to show open instances

Coming from a windows machine here. Is there any way that when you click on an app in the dock that is running, it would show the open instances? For example if I have multiple chrome browsers open. ...
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Can't add Google Account to OSX

I can't set up my Google Accounts on my MacBook Pro. When adding my work (one step) or private (two-step) Google account in the internet accounts panel in system preferences, it doesn't go past this ...
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How to correctly remove drivers of external USB wireless network adaptor?

I want to completely remove the driver of a TP-Link wireless network adaptor. I can't find any tips from TP-Link's official site. Is there a right way to safely and gracefully remove?
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Can't compile source code on mac

I already have xcode installed on OSX Yosemite. I have also run it and accepted terms and conditions. I can also do gcc --version and I see Configured with: ...
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Yosemite and El Capitan USB crash kills keyboard and trackpad

I'm seeing a similar issue to MBP 2013 becoming unresponsive to keyboard and mouse, but this is with no external USB devices at all. Periodically/intermittently, my keyboard and trackpad will stop ...
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How do I share Processing apps with an expired signature?

I made an application with Processing that I exported to a .app file. It works just fine on my computer. When I download my app from the Internet and try to open it, I get the following message: ...
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Invalid node structure - how to fix this?

I do not know how to fix this issue, did something like kext update in sngle user mode..I am searching for the one fsck command which I can do on the harddisk to fix everything...is there any?
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How do I access sshd log messages that are in system.log with /usr/bin/syslog?

I am aware that messages on OS X are usually logged in the ASL database which then (based on asl.conf) are also written into files like /var/log/system.log Based on this comment I tried (and failed) ...
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Macbook El Capitan won't shut down

some time ago I ran into problem, sometimes when i try to shut down mac it won't shut down loading wheel is just spinning and I have to shut down with the button. I tried SMC and PRAM reset, the ...
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How to change a key combination without using Karabiner?

I have used Karabiner to change a key combination but the problem is, it doesn't work exactly as I want. For example, using Karabiner, I have mapped alt← to cmd← and vice versa. But what Karabiner ...
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How can I change a command and cursor key bindings globally?

I want to assign "Go to previous word" command to cmd← and "Go to beginning of the line" command to alt←. In short, I want to switch the actions of cmd← and alt←. Similarly for cmd→ and alt→ as well. ...
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Is it possible to type in macron (e.g. “ā”) without using U.S. Extended Keyboard?

I want to type in macron (e.g. ā) in my OS X, but after I searched for how to type in it, I got that I first must use U.S. Extended Keyboard as suggested in this article. However, once I switch to ...
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OS X spotlight UI bug

The spotlight search UI on my mac seems to have broken. It doesn't have a rounded corners. Nothing seems to solve it.
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Disk structure error reported in Onyx but not fixable via the Disk Utility in Recovery Mode

On Yosemite 10.10 Onyx returns the following error: Error: -69845: File system verify or repair failed Underlying error: 8: POSIX reports: Exec format error The disk needs to be repaired. I ...