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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Disappearing folder on Macbook Air

I have a few folders for uni projects in the documents section on my Mac. One of the folder containing most of my work, powerpoints, word documents and JPEG's has disappeared randomly. The other ...
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Should Mac menu items be title case?

Should Mac menu items be title case? "New from Clipboard" vs "New From Clipboard"? Gus Mueller asked this question on twitter and I am curious as well. If it is title case does it follow a ...
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Why can I only have 2 partitions on my 3TB Apple Fusion Drive?

According to Apple, I can only have 2 partitions on my 3 TB Fusion Drive. I do not understand why. Techtool Pro made an eDrive, their emergency boot drive, and Apple made their Recovery HD. It ...
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Manage Google Chrome New Tabs

I use Google Chrome, and utilise the "New Tab page". This claims to show "Thumbnails of the websites that you visit frequently" (although it does not explain how this is determined) and has options ...
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How to remove or hide Apple applications from my app folder?

I've got a lot of Apple applications on my Macbook which I never use (Photos Facetime, iBooks, iMovie, iTunes, etc.). They just clutter up my application folder and I want to get rid of them. This ...
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Change finder universal size

I would like to change the universal finder size and location? Does anyone know how to? I want this to be a universal change, not only should it change the size and location of ALL finder windows, I ...
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Services Using com.apple.geod

I blocked the com.apple.geod process with my software firewall but after 2 days of non-stop 1 second attempts I just pkill'ed it. I want to know what services are using this so I can disable them ...
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How do I change Mission Control shortcuts from the command line?

I have been trying to figure this out for a long time. I have a pretty typical Mac OS provisioning script: https://gist.github.com/ryanpcmcquen/b2e608311f286a4ab3e1 I would like to change the ...
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Why OS X says a low free space, despite having 25GB free?

I've the following entry in log: 24/08/2015 18:00:32.197 com.apple.mtmd[55]: attempting to thin because of low free space on Macintosh HD (/) by removing 2015-08-24 16:57:54 +0100, estimate 0 ...
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Screensaver doesn't come back after display turns off

I have setup WebViewScreensaver to show a dashboard, and the password is required afterwards. This works well, except that when the display turns off after a few minutes, I turn it back on and cancel ...
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Force Chrome to use OS X notifications?

I'd like to find a way to use OS X native notifications instead of the Chrome notifications. I have read something about using a Growl extension and then redirect Growl to OS X Notifications Center ...
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Messages missing chat history - chat.db.incompatable files appear

For some strange reason, out of the blue (as in no significant OS updates or anything like that) the Messages app only shows one message (the most recent one) per chat conversation in it's history. ...
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Create a bookmark to a site in the dock

Is it possible to have an icon in the dock which is a link to some specific site and opens it in Chrome when clicked? I'd like to put Trello in the Dock so that to quickly access it when needed.
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OS X Server leaves some unwanted open ports after removal

I am currently running OS X Version 10.9.5 (Mavericks). In the past I installed OS X server and had to sign some certificates so that users could authenticate with the VPN function (which is what I ...
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Independently decrypt System.keychain using SystemKey file

From backup I've extracted (and I can extract any additional file) /var/db/SystemKey and /Library/Keychains/System.keychain I was able to unlock previously used Login.keychain with previous user ...
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What is the netstat command for particular port if that's connected or not? [closed]

Need to know what is the exact netstat command to find out if a port is connected with any network or it's open through OS X Terminal. I want info on a particular port, such as port number 80, so the ...
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Make script run without interrupting GUI experience

I have an AppleScript that automatically opens SelfControl.app to help avoid distractions when I want to be working. The script is very similar to automate an Internet content filter, and it is ...
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Macbook Pro a1211 recovery

There was a laptop Macbook pro a1211, and at one point, covered with darkness, will not load the operating system. When loading shows a gray screen and company logo Click Startup option. There is a ...
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Mac OSX Mail processing millions of unknown Incoming emails

I don't know why my Mail is processing Millions of mails ..but obviously I don't have that many mails.. I wonder what is happening to my mail client as it is roaring my CPU quite seriously.
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How can I delete multiple users from OS X Yosemite?

My tech put Yosemite on 39 iMac computers in my elementary computer lab last week. I have 800 students who come through it every week, and I need to delete the last 4 year's users (approx ...
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I can't open Network without my MacBook Pro crashing

I'm aware of the spontaneous reboot glitch as it happened many times before I found Apple's specifics on how to stop it, but starting earlier today, when I try to open System Preferences my MacBook ...
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Logging for SSHD when started from Launchd with `-d` option?

I'm working on OS X 10.8.5, fully patched. I have an updated OpenSSH server installed in /usr/local/sbin listening on port 1522. Connection attempts result in ssh_exchange_identification: Connection ...
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dd cloned NTFS partition not working

I have a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.10 and a Windows 7 Boot Camp install. I just bought a 64 GB flash drive that I would like to put a bootable copy of Windows on, to reestablish the hard drive as OS X ...
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How do Macs calculate the amount of Hard Drive space left?

What kind of algorithm do they use to see how much space is left? I thought that maybe the amount of space it began with is programmed in and then the size of files created is then subtracted from the ...
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Partially copy a folder, preserving the invisible system files contained, but only some of the remaining content

I am looking for a way to copy a folder, with all the invisible and system files it contains in its "first level", but only some of the other visible, "normal" folders it contains? This is related to ...
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Defaulting my WiFi connection [duplicate]

I am currently surrounded by a long list of WiFi connections and every time I boot up my MacBook Pro, it switches away from what should be the default for the public WiFi connection. How can I ...
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Unwanted programs at startup

How do I turn off the background functions at startup (in my case, Creative Cloud, Evernote, Dropbox, et cetera) that cause my OSX hard drive to run hot, so that they don't cause this problem in the ...
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Email synching conflict between OS X and iOS

I have a weird problem. Now I got a new macbook pro and I have set up my emails to use Apple mail. For ages I had them set up on my iphone and had no problem at all. My gmail account works fine on ...
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Click on Dock should switch to full screen app, but this is broken. How to fix?

Suppose I have a full screen app. I am on a Desktop space. I click on the full screen app's Dock icon, but nothing happens. I would expect the system to switch to that full screen app. I vaguely ...
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How to find duplicate folder names and resolve naming conflicts in OS X?

I have my music collect on my NAS and would like to copy it to my laptop. When I try to copy the music folder and paste it to a new location on my laptop I get messages that OS X can't paste the ...
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Why do I have IPv6 listeners when IPv6 is disabled?

I'm working under OS X 10.8.5, fully patched. I have IPv6 disabled under Network Settings: I also have unneeded network interfaces disabled: While troubleshooting an OpenSSH server issue, I ...
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Preserving “hidden” attribute when copying from NTFS to HFS+?

I have an NTFS volume that I am copying into a new HFS+ volume. I'm using the following command to copy everything including all hidden directories and attributes: sudo rsync -aAXvF --del ...
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Permanently disable Apple's OpenSSH?

I have an older OS X 10.5 PowerMac (PowerPC) that needs to be online for testing software under the processor. It needs to be online because others want to use it for testing, too. I've updated ...
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deleate update reminders in osx 10.10.2

I need to stay with OSX 10.10.2 because some legacy programs don't perform smoothly with later versions. Is there a way to completely prevent any OSX upgrade reminders from showing up?
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What are the services Apple's Firewall considers essential?

I'm trying to determine what Apple's Firewall considers essential services. Apple's Firewall has the following settings available: A search of Apple's site does not reveal a support document on the ...
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Rename App Process Name

I'm trying to get around a block that's on my computer that closes down a process if it has a certain name. How can I rename a process? (The name that you see in Activity Monitor.)
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How to change layout in OS X like shift=English, ctrl=Russian?

How to change layout in OS X like shift=English, ctrl=Russian? Like in Punto Switcher in Windows Or Xneur in Linux
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Can't edit partitions with Disk Utility in OS X 10.10

I'm having trouble accessing about 50GB of space on my computer after a failed partitioning attempt. Before you ask, I don't know what went wrong, I just know that now, I can only turn the free space ...
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Should the pgrep command be available in OS X 10.7.5

I posted this question on stackexchange and was told in no uncertain terms that my system was broken because pgrep did not exist in /usr/bin This has me worried, my system is stable and I am sure I ...
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Missing Hardrive icon in Finder, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 MacBook Air

I purchased a Mid 2013 MacBook Air with OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 and I am unable to locate the hardrive icon in Finder.
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Is there a way to tell how long your Mac was turned on on a distinctive day?

I would like to know how long my MacBook Pro was on today - total uptime for the day. I just bought it, and I thought the battery was bad but it went on for longer than I thought. Of course, I wasn't ...
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Drag with three fingers missing in OS X 10.11 Beta “El Capitan” (15A215h)

I decided to try out the El Capitan Public Beta for fun by putting it on my external drive and booting off of it. However, one of the first things I've noticed is that the drag gesture in System ...
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Workstations with trouble accessing home directories

I have had two Mac Mini workstations (10.10.x) in a small office give me weird behavior. The server is a 10.10.4-based Mac Mini. All networking is done over ethernet. I thought I had solved it on the ...
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Using Dictation with MacVim or Terminal

I'm trying to use Dictation on Mac 10.10.5 to enter text into MacVim (or into Terminal). It works for the most part, but for whatever reason, those programs won't let Dictation add a space after each ...
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How can make changes to a hard drive being shared with a Windows machine?

So, this may be a unique issue and goes to show my ineptitude with Apple products. But, I have a hard drive that I share with my Windows PC that I use for storing all my pictures, music, and movies. ...
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Mouse clicks appear in the wrong place, after connecting/disconnecting external monitor

OS X 10.9.5, Macbook Pro Retina. During the day, I go between using the laptop's display, and shutting the lid and plugging in a larger external display. When I do this, windows get shuffled around, ...
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Can I disable saving passwords in Safari 8?

I just upgraded to a new Mac and a newer OS X release than I previously was running and have encountered some different behaviour in Safari 8 that I can't turn off around offering to save passwords. ...
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How to configure Finder to let me rename dotfiles?

I always have hidden files set to 'visible' in Finder, because I'm a developer and I work with a lot of dotfiles. But even with this setting, Finder won't let me rename a file beginning with a dot. ...
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How do I ensure that users can run only applications that have been installed in /Applications?

With managed (parental control) accounts and "Allow apps downloaded from Mac App Store and identified developers" enabled, users are still able to download and run other applications. I want to ...
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Problem downloading some urls with cURL on OSX

I have problem downloading some applications with homebrew. I could get them when the download urls start with https:// but curl fails when the urls start with, ftp:// or http:// For example, I ...