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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Cancelled wireless Migration Assistant… best way to start over?

I was using the Migration Assistant utility to transfer data from my old MacBook Pro to my new Mac. I didn't anticipate issues using Wi-Fi, but the transfer of 250 GB of data using wasn't going to ...
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How can I configure Mac Terminal to have color ls output?

How can I configure Mac Terminal to have color ls output? I am using MacOS 10.5
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How to turn off all animations on OS X

Is it possible to turn off all animations on OS X?
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How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and USB sticks?

When plugging a USB stick into a Mac, OS X creates a number of hidden files on the stick, including a Spotlight index and Trash folder. Example from the terminal for a USB stick "Untitled": $ ls -a ...
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Can I disable Dashboard in Mountain Lion?

I'm wondering if there's a way to disable the dashboard in Mountain Lion. I never use it and I think it's consuming processor and memory powers.
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Can I make my Mac OS X Terminal color items according to syntax, like the Ubuntu terminal?

I want it to have all the colors for syntax folders, etc... How can I do that?
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Can anyone recommend an app for creating flowcharts and diagrams?

I'm seeking a Mac app for creating basic flowcharts and similar diagrams. Google has been no help; I've followed dozens of links to apps that either don't exist anymore, I can't find any real ...
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How can I skip the Trash when deleting a file?

I frequently connect different external USB hard drives and flash drives to my computer and I would like to facilitate deleting files and regaining disk space from them. If I simply delete the file, ...
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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side?

In Windows 7, we can easily arrange two windows with these shortcuts: Option (Alt) ⌥ + ← maximizes the window to the left side of the screen, and Option (Alt) ⌥ + → maximizes the window to the right ...
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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The home and end keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with fn + left arrow or fn + right arrow. Or when certain settings are changed, with the Command (Apple) key instead of fn. None of these ...
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Looking for the ultimate IDE for Mac

I am a little disenchanted with development on the Mac right now. I need a single IDE that can handle all of my development needs. I did notice there are other questions on this topic already, but ...
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How can I move virtual memory swap files to a different drive or partition?

note: This is a question that I asked on SuperUser a while ago. I'm re-posting it here because I think it belongs here. By default, Mac OS X stores its swap files in /private/var/vm/. I would like to ...
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Official way to obtain an OS X ISO file

I'm trying to install OS X Mavericks in VirtualBox on Windows 8.1. I have VirtualBox installed and the VM set up, but I need an ISO file to install the operating system. I've searched around and ...
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runaway distnoted process

Sometimes I see a distnoted process suddenly spin up and chew up 100% CPU (on one core) and a ton of memory, often in the neighborhood of 1.5G or so. This happens a few times a day, starting a month ...
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What's a good XML viewer/editor for Mac OS X?

I use XML Editor from XMLmind for editing/viewing XML file in Mac. It's not bad, but I expect an XML editor for Mac. What options do I have including the commercial/free software?
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Switch between full-screen windows of the same application in Lion

Is there a keyboard shortcut in Lion for navigating through my open full screen Xcode projects? ⌘~ is not working.
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Why does Spotlight keep reindexing my system after updating to Lion?

Since I installed Lion, the Spotlight database keeps reindexing (which is taking several hours). It does this at least every second day. Are any other users experiencing this problem with Lion (i.e. ...
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Screen video capture application

I am Looking for a program that let's me capture screen videos on Mac OS X. I am requesting it for these two use cases: Capture of a webcam. It should allow capturing only the webcam App window. ...
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How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac?

Is there any way to search a specific type of file using Spotlight? I remember there was a special command or something that I had to put in front of the search phrase but I cannot remember it now. ...
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Task Switcher moves to non-primary display on Mavericks

I'm running OS X Mavericks on a computer with two displays that are not mirrored. One of them is configured as the primary display using the menu bar location in Displays System Preference, ...
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Is there console mode in Mac OS X?

Is there something like Linux console in Mac OS X? Like "terminal", but without running graphics environment.
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Where did folder “merge” or “keep both” go in OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

Before Mavericks one could hold the ALT key and move a folder "A" onto a folder "B" where already an "A" existed. In this case Mac OS X asked in Lion if I want to merge - or on Mountain Lion if I want ...
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Can I copy by highlighting and paste by middle click on Mac OS X?

I was using Linux for the last couple of years and I find it extremely useful to copy text by highlighting it as well as to paste by clicking a middle mouse button. I'm using a Mac now and I wonder ...
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ntpd not updating time

I had updated my old iMac to Mavericks just fine. I then bought a new (certified refurbished, actually) iMac and migrated everything over from a Time Machine backup. The new iMac's clock loses ...
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How to change PATH environment variable to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that will be visible to GUI applications? [duplicate]

I tried all methods I heard of for setting environment variables on OS X 10.8 but none of them seems to work. To test, run a bash script from inside a gui application like Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA. ...
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What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line on Mountain Lion?

What commands (or script) can create a fully functional user account on Mountain Lion, running only from the command line via terminal or ssh. It looks like an existing pair of answers might work, ...
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Listing all Openmeta Tags and associated Files

Some month ago I started using openmeta tags to manage my files. Is there a tool which shows all openmeta tags on my mac and the files tagged with these tags?
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How do I move a window whose title bar is off-screen?

I encountered a strange problem today. I downloaded FileZilla and on first launch the title bar was above my mouse pointer's reach. Making the window unmovable. Here is a screenshot of my situation. ...
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re-mount ejected SD card without reinserting

I use a microSD card in my macbook air for additional storage, using a flush adapter (homemade, similar to the nifty minidrive). To save battery when I'm not using it, I disabled auto-mount using ...
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How can I copy the OS X system image from primary HDD to new SSD?

I bought a 240 GB SSD to replace the 500 GB primary HDD in my new MacBook Pro. How do I clone the current Lion system image on my 500 GB HDD to the SSD? I want to clone the entire drive not just copy ...
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How do I recover the administrator or root password on OS X?

I received a hand me down white MacBook with 10.4 on it and it automatically logs into a user account that isn't able to change much in the preference pane. How do I recover or change the ...
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Disk space not freed up after delete

I had approx 50Gb of Windows VMs on my MacBook Pro internal SSD (128Gb) (OS X 10.7.3). I copied them to an external drive, then deleted them from the internal drive, then emptied the trash. When I ...
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Finder and Dock issues in OSX 10.10.1

I have been having issues with Finder and the Dock ever since the upgrade to 10.10.1 (I can't be certain they weren't there in 10.10). I am unable to drag items off of the Dock (to remove them). I ...
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How to move a window to another space without using the mouse?

I use spaces for having multiple desktops, but often need to move a program from one space to another. I am aware of the various ways to do that with a mouse: Click-and-hold on the title bar of ...
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How can I make earphones with full inline controls work with VLC/Spotify?

I have a set of earphones with full inline controls (mic, play/pause, vol up/down) but they only seem to work with iTunes (and I'm not sure the mic works at all). How can I make them work with ...
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Is there a way to hide certain apps from the cmd+tab menu?

Is there a way to hide certain apps from cmd+tab? The problem I'm facing is that I have some apps (like iTunes and of course Finder) always open. But when I'm working and switching between apps that ...
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How to remove an accidentally dropped file shortcut icon from Finder toolbar?

I accidentally dropped a file in the Finder toolbar instead of the destination folder (the ZIP icon on the right of the screenshot): How can I remove it from the toolbar?
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Can you make OSX mount just certain partitions when you connect an external HDD?

I have an external HDD with 4 partitions. My question is the following: is there a way of telling the OS to mount just two of them (One FAT and one HFS+) when I connect the HDD? It is rather annoying ...
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How can I install the Command Line Tools completely from the command line?

I'd like to script the installation of the the Xcode Command Line Tools. On Mavericks, xcode-select --install will open a dialog prompting the user to install, but I'd like to trigger the install ...
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Does the developer of a Mac OS X app get the crash reports when the app crashes?

If an app crashes while I'm using it in OS X I get a little (apparently) OS-driven dialog that lets me "report the crash to Apple". It sends along a stack trace and some other system information. ...
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Why does my MacBook Pro take so long to go to sleep?

My Macbook Pro takes an awful long time to go to sleep when I close the lid. Considering that I generally want to close the lid and then carry it somewhere, I want it to be fully asleep so I don't ...
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Move windows around a desktop — and to different desktops — using only the keyboard?

Here's what I'm trying to accomplish using only a keyboard: Move a window to different areas/corners of a desktop Move a window to different desktops Set/unset a window as shown/sticky on all ...
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How to fix Disk Utility, About This Mac, and Finder that disagree on hard drive space usage?

Has anyone seen this issue and know how to fix it? Look at the free space reported by running "Get Info" on my hard drive (Macintosh HD) in the Finder, "About This Mac" from the Apple Menu, and Disk ...
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Remount drive without physically disconnecting?

So I have unmounted a usb external hard drive but I went to re-mount it. Is there a command that I can use to remount the drive? Only way I know to re-mount a drive is to disconnect the usb cable ...
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Mac virtual memory: how to make OS X create swap (page) files as freely with a normal boot as it does with a safe boot (swapfile1 etc)

Background When my MacBookPro5,2 with 8 GB memory boots in safe mode I see that the operating system causes dynamic_pager(8) to create swap files in a way that's relatively unrestrained. In the file ...
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Sharing a VPN connection using Internet Sharing (via Airport)

Internet Sharing from my MacBook Pro (10.6.6) to other WiFi devices works fine. But the moment I turn on the VPN connection (PPTP) on the Mac (which I would also like to share), the other devices ...
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How to limit my Mac's exposure to malware?

With OS X malware increasingly in the news (see the Flashback Trojan issue), is there anything that I should do to increase the security of my Mac and reduce my exposure to malware? What I'm doing ...
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Re-use Mavericks install file

I have three Macs I want to upgrade to Mavericks. Is there a way of re-using the install files, so I don't have to do three separate 5gb downloads?
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My Mac mini's computer name keeps changing when it resumes from sleep

When I wake my Mac mini from sleep, it occasionally comes up with a dialog saying "The name of your computer "whatever" is already in use on this network. The name has been changed to "whatever (1)"" ...
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Is there a file copy utility for OS X that's similar to TeraCopy for Windows?

On Windows, I use TeraCopy for improved file copying. Are there any similar equivalents for OS X? In particular, I'd like to see things like copy speed.