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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How to disable logging to system.log in OS X?

During my time with Yosemite, I've had an innocuous issue that gets logged to system.log non-stop. This question is not about solving the issue. I'd like to stop the chatter, because they're writes ...
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Accessing a terminal when an interactive desktop session is unresponsive?

On linux distributions one can simply press the following keys in order to access the shell: Ctrl+Alt+F2 Ctrl+Alt+F7 to exit and return to the GUI. Is there a similar capability in OS X that would ...
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How to create a Package, which runs a shell script?

While searching for a good (better) solution for this Solution, I try to solve my problem with Packages, but with no success. My concrete problem looks simple: Copy a file to /tmp (it's an ...
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Some of my Safari bookmarks don't appear in Spotlight search results

When doing a spotlight search for my bookmarks, some of them appear in the search result but some don't. I was not able to find a pattern about which ones will show up and which ones won't. Newly ...
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Recover backup set up of two external hard drives

My backup set up consists on two external hard drives. They are named HDD1 and HDD2. This kind of set up what originally started by another question: Second HDD backup for OS X External HDD1 is now ...
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Events or Albums in Photos for OSX

I have upgraded OSX Yosemite and now have Photos instead of iPhoto. I have a question regarding usage of Events and Albums. Say I go to the Zoo with my family, take some pictures and then import ...
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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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I can't install or remove windows 7 or later using Boot Camp Assistant?

I tried for a couple days to install Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro which has OSX Yosemite (10.10.2). As you see in the capture, the third checkbox is disabled. I have created a Windows 7 Install disk ...
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Not enough free space on OS X Base System while installing El Capitan with VirtualBox

I am getting an error while installing OS on Virtual Box machine, that there is not enough free space as shown in the image. I allocated 20GB while setting up virtual machine, and 8.8GB is what apple ...
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Does Find My Mac stop working after the system has been wiped?

Possible Duplicate: If Macbook has been wiped, will “find my iPhone” still work? I lost my Macbook Pro recently. I had activated iCloud on the computer, so Find My Mac is operable. If the ...
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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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How to manually reset OS X Applications settings without reboot?

I want to reset OS X Applications settings, like TextWrangler or some other applications. I kill the TextWrangler Process in Activity Monitor, delete ~/Library/Preferences/com.barebones.textwrangler....
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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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My cursor on my Macbook Pro has a box around it that enlarges everything

One day I was surfing the web when suddenly a large clear square appeared around my cursor! I honestly don't know what to do about it, but it seems like there could be a simple fix. You can see in ...
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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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Troubleshooting Mac issues

This is an attempt to genericise a question to an answer I have posted in many variants over the past couple of years, to try to make it easier for people to find. Comments/suggestions on other ...
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Force Mac App Store to Install to Applications Folder

I recently purchased a copy of my own Mac App Store app (using promo code) so that I could experience it the way my customers do. I've discovered that downloading the app from the App Store will not ...
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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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Enhancement for switching inside a program on OS X

Is there any software or tool that can give ⌘+` a visual interface just like ⌘+tab does?
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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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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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OS X Server: Can't upgrade or configure: App Store fails: “This action could not be completed”

My Mac OS X Server (which is used for wiki as well as a build server / time machine backup hub) is broken due to App Store update problems, and upgrading doesn't work because I cannot authenticate ...
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What is memory pressure, and how do I relieve it?

I have had my machine for more than a year now, and I'm looking at Memory Pressure in the Activity Monitor. What is this memory pressure and How do I "relieve" this memory pressure from my system? ...
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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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Can I Connect to a Local SMB Share?

When attempting to connect to smb://localhost/share, I receive an error that I ought to access the files locally. This is not always desirable. For example, this means I can not use my portable home ...
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How can I boot my dual-booted Mac back to OS X?

I have a MacBook Pro and run Windows XP on it too much however I cannot remember how I can open the MacBook Pro with OS X on instead of Windows XP. How can I boot back to OS X?
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How can I force an application to be launched to the 2nd monitor?

I'm on OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite. How can I force a newly launched application to open to a specific monitor? How can I force a new window that a current application is opening to open in a specific ...
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Is it a bad idea to compile Samba from source for Mac?

We have a Linux NAS and we’re doing some basic Samba sharing. Windows machines are quick and peppy to connect with the device, as are the Linux VMs I’m running on my Mac. The SMB stack Apple has made ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to fix blank icons for Download and Documents stacks in the Dock

I'm getting blank icons for stacks (e.g. Downloads) and grids (e.g. Documents) in the Dock. Nothing seems to fix it. Have tried relaunching the Finder and even a full reboot, but nothing helps. Any ...
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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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Time Machine not detecting changes in certain folders

I recently noticed that TM does not update its backup from certain folders any more. I have a deep sub folder inside ~/Documents, and when I create new folders or files in it, they do not appear in ...
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Deleted all partitions from Mac mini except Boot Camp, now can't reinstall OS X

I have a Mac Mini without DVD drive (2010), and I used Boot Camp to install Windows 8. Everything worked but after I played in Windows with the partitions (I wanted to expand the partition of the Mac)...
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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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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 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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Create 128 Barcodes within Excel

Is there a way to create Barcodes (128 standard) on a Mac, preferably via an add-in? I need it to create barcodes in Excel sheets (or moreso a friend of mine needs it). I have tried all VBA macros ...
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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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iCloud Calendar sync error 400 on OS X 10.10.2

I've been using Calendar with iCloud for a long while without any problems. Now, I have a permanent error displayed in Calendar: The request for account “iCloud” failed. The server responded ...
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How to prevent Safari saved passwords being seen with Mac password?

In Safari on OS X via Safari/Preferences/Passwords/ it is possible to view all saved passwords in plain text by entering the Mac password. I want to use a different password. Is this possible? I ...
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How Finder can find this file with long name?

Macbook Air 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 8GB Memory DDR3 OSX Yosemite This is because of the long name, I think: Hans-Jorg Oestern, Otmar Lorenz Trentz, Lorem Ipsum Lorem Vascular Injuries- Trauma ...
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Edit Table of Contents in Preview?

In Preview, is there a way to change/edit the names of links in the Table of Contents of a pdf? Thanks in advance!
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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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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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How to stop display from turning off when I disconnect a Screen Sharing client

I have a Mac which I connect to using Screen Sharing to log in and start a video playing. Since upgrading to El Capitan, when I quit the screen sharing client, the screen on the remote machine turns ...
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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 ...