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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Having video issue, not sure how to describe it

I have a mid-2009 Mac Pro with dual video cards. About a year ago I started noticing an odd video artifact on one of my monitors. I'd be scrolling something vertically and part of it would freeze, ...
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MBP - Switch back to built-in microphone

I have some Apple earplugs with a broken microphone, therefore I cannot talk. I would like to switch back to the built-in microphone. However, there is no option to do so in the Sound System ...
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List number of files in multiple zip files

How can I get the total number of files in multiple zip files at the same time? I have around 1000 zipfiles in one folder and would like to know the total amount of files inside them all combined. How ...
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Is it possible to evaluate an expression in launchd's ProgramArguments array?

Is it possible to compose my launchd.plist file so that an embedded expression is evaluated and not treated as a literal value? And, if so, how? I have a ~/Library/LaunchAgents/setenv.JAVA_HOME.plist ...
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Apps “cannot be opened because of a problem”

Whenever I am trying to open an app, most of them won't open with the error as below. I am really helpless here. Is there is any issue with my machine? I have a Ubuntu background and recently ...
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App is greyed out

What does it mean when an app is greyed out like this? It is not compatibility with OS X version because this grey thing just happened suddenly and I used to run this app a short time ago and I ...
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Some native keyboard accent shortcuts not working since OS X 10.11.3 Update

I have a Qwerty keyboard on my MacBook Pro late-2015, set to the standard US layout, that I sometime use to write French accentuated characters. However, since the last OS X update, some accent ...
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NFS on El Capitan: In rwxrwx— directory, Finder can't delete but Terminal can, and both can create

I have an NFS drive mounted: /../Volumes/PDISK2 -fstype=nfs,nolockd,rw nfs://10.0.0.11/Volumes/PDISK2 /../Volumes/PDISK3 -fstype=nfs,nolockd,rw nfs://10.0.0.11/Volumes/PDISK3 Taking ...
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How to perform FileVault authenticated restart when updating OSX from AppStore?

I am aware of the authenticated restart when using FileVault 2 on OS X. Running the fdesetup authrestart command does however restart the system immediately. Now, when running the OS X Update from ...
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What exactly does “out of application memory” mean?

When OS X (10.11 in my case) pops up a dialog saying the system has run out of application memory, what does this really mean? I've looked at this question, but my question is a bit more specific and ...
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System asking for Apple ID login

Recently my El Capitan has started asking me for my Apple ID credentials, out of the blue. It often happens after waking the system from sleep, but not always, and sometimes it happens during the ...
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Terminal Command into Applescript

I have the following terminal command that I want to automate using applescript. I also would like to have a command to cd directories to the folder where I want to apply the command first. After cd ...
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Unable to boot into recovery mode on El Capitan MacBook Air

I want to disable System Integrity Protection, So i am trying to run this command csrutil disable On recovery mode, But i am not able to boot in Recovery mode, It keep showing user login screen, I ...
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How to put Wifi card in monitor mode?

When I run tcpdump, I do so after having connected to an access point. Is there a way to run tcpdump without having connected already?
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How to restore my Macbook Air thoroughly without a OS X recovery partition?

I brought my Macbook Air(Mid 2015) July 2015. Then I started endlessly installing different linux distributions on it. One day, I make a mistake and my OS X recovery partition was deleted. Now I ...
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Recovering iPhone camera roll from iMac

Today I upgraded from an iPhone 5s to an iPhone 6s via the Verizon store. The clerk told me everything would be transferred between phones automatically. After getting home I discovered my photos on ...
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QuickLook process has a file open multiple times

I was cleaning up my Mac (on El Capitan 10.11.2), and I tried to delete some obscure old Word file. When I clicked on "empty trash", it gave me the message that the file was being used. I didn't know ...
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Where does OS X keep the FileVault password during reboots in an upgrade?

For security concerns, I wonder how it would be possible for an OS X upgrade (e.g. from Mavericks to El Capitan), to reboot my Mac multiple times without asking me for my FileVault 2 password? I ...
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How to put Spotlight back into the middle of the screen

I have a Mid 2012 MacBook Pro. For some reason, Spotlight search now appears in the middle of the right hand edge of the screen, rather than the center. This is not catastrophic, but extremely odd. I ...
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Disabling automatic en dash when editing files in TextEdit

I've noticed that typying -- in text edit results in those signs being converted to en dash: –. This is highly undesirable behaviour. For example correct formatting for the SRT files is (related ...
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OSX 10.11.3 keeps crashing when logging in

When logging in on my MBP (from stand by) it crashes in the middle of typing the password, and goes back to the user selection screen. When click on my user icon, and then typing in the password ...
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Can not resize disk image file .dmg

I've found that OS X supports .img files which might be resized after it was created. Interesting thing is I can not resize more than 1 time :) is it real limitation or I'm doing something wrong ? ...
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Force Preview to use freehand mode by default

How to I make Preview use freehand mode by default while I'm drawing? It seems to want to smooth everything everytime.
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Can a webpage open in Safari crash the whole computer?

I have a Mid-2011 MacBook Air. Everything seems to be working fine, except Safari keeps freezing and stops responding. Sometimes, when Safari freezes, it causes the whole computer to crash and I have ...
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Any way to log off or close apps when time limits run out

My kids use Steam to play games on the Mac. Each kid gets half an hour through parental controls time limit feature. However, it just locks their account and leaves the apps running. Steam can only ...
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What do some of the / directories do? [duplicate]

When I run cd / && ls I see some directories in which I know the purpose of, and then others I don't. Here are the directories I do not know the functions of: /etc /opt /private What do all ...
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BT Headphones don't connect to MacBook Pro

My NuForce BE6 Bluetooth headphones easily pair up with my iPhone (6s). But my MacBook Pro Bluetooth device setup doesn't find them. Specs: OSX 10.11.3 Apple Bluetooth-Softwareversion: 4.4.3f4 16616
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Big black rectangle

A big black rectangle is slowly overtaking the screen on my macbook. It is all frozen can't do anything. Any suggestions?
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US Extended Input Source missing

I'm wanting to type some Pinyin characters (e.g. adding a bar above an a with Alt A + A) and am following this guide http://pinpinchinese.com/blog/how-to-type-pinyin-tone-marks-mac-os-x-yosemite/ ...
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Text insertion cursor very hard to see over black background

The text insertion cursor is very hard to see over black background. Are there any tweaks to make it easier to see?
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Different dock positions for multiple displays?

Usually, I have my dock on the left of my macbook screen. When I plug in to my big display I would like my left hand monitor to have a dock on the left of the screen and my right hand monitor to have ...
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Can I get a 'modern' browser for Mac OS X (10.7.5) without upgrading to OS X El Capitan?

I am using Safari (6.1.6) for all my web use but certain sites I use often are telling me my browser is out of date. I gather Safari cannot be upgraded to a more modern status. Having read the ...
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Thunderbolt Display dropping out with sound

yesterday we had a supercell storm and during the storm we got a massive lightning strike in our front yard. Since then, the sound in my thunder bolt display keeps dropping out and then when I switch ...
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Shortcut to mute tabs in Safari

Is there any shortcut to mute one specific tab in Safari? Or to mute all except the current tab? Using only the MacBook keyboard.
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Running mod_perl on El capitan

I'm trying to run mod_perl on El capitan. Process Following http://blog.n42designs.com/blog/2014/10/23/compiling-mod-perl-for-apache-2-dot-4-on-os-x-10-dot-10-yosemite/ an ...
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Do not disturb by time per application

Is there any way to disable notification only with specific application(s) for a certain time (not permanently)? Something like Do Not Disturb, but for specific application(s). Or maybe even by ...
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How to get continuous audio playback when switching user accounts?

Suppose I'm playing music on one user account and then want to switch (without signing out) to another user account on the same machine, while continuing to have the audio played by the app from the ...
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What is the MacOSX.sdk file? Where do I find it?

I am trying to do a build of Cyanogenmod, that outputs the error: Can not find SDK at /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX.sdk However, the /Developer/SDKs directory does not even exist. I know that most of the ...
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Batch Job Scheduler

This might be weird to ask, since in all these years I've never used a Mac as a "remote scheduler", but this is what I need now. Can you recommend a batch job scheduler? What I need is to login via ...
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What happens when the kernel_task is killed?

What happens when you kill kernel_task on OS X? Is that even possible? I know that the system reboots because of kernel panic when you kill launchd, but I can't find any resources online and am afraid ...
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Syncing OSX settings and preferences to iCloud

Is there a way to sync/save OSX's own settings, preferences, etc to iCloud? I use OSX El Capitan.
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Remove Ubuntu and grow Mac partition

I'm new to the whole Mac world, and the first thing I did when I got my MacBook Air 2015 was I installed Ubuntu, but have regretted it now and want to remove it and get my space back into the Mac ...
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Index SMB share

We have a Buffalo (ntfs formatted disk). I have connected my Macs via SMB and it's awfully slow. Is there way to index it before hand accessing folders, to make it faster ? One folder with 500+ files ...
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My Security Settings don't Save

I have an odd problem with my MacBook Pro. I open the Security preferences screen, click the lock and enter my password, change the timeout before entering a password. When i close the dialogue and ...
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What command(s) are ran when you right click on a text and click “open man page” in Terminal?

I know it obviously does man, to show the request manual page. However, I wonder what it pipes the output to, because it shows the entire thing at once, but it starts from the beginning. I would love ...
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Can “Full Keyboard Access” tab-key behavior be set for the login window?

The shortcut fn-F7 toggles the tab key behavior anywhere in Mac OS X, including on the login window (called "Full Keyboard Access" in System Preferences, this determines if tab cycles through text ...
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Apple dictation missing commands in web browser

I am dealing with physical problems from the keyboard/mouse, so discovering Apple dictation has been amazing. However, I work a lot in Google Docs and Gmail... and Google Chrome (or any web browser) ...
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Limit CPU when starting a task in terminal

I'm working on an application for part of a school project that simulates an operating system and which I launch using the Terminal. By nature it will consume all possible resources to loop over and ...
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Getting full HTTP request from website

I am doing a project in which my Arduino needs to connect to a simple web page and retrieve the content of a text file. I want to use curl to see the response I would get if I sent the following HTTP ...
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How can I display the individual windows associated with a dock icon?

Say I'm working on a project and I am using Chrome and I have multiple profiles and/or windows open simultaneously. For example: Personal Chrome Profile with Google Mail and Calendar open. Work ...