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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Can I create a shortcut to open a specific application on OS X?

I want to create a keyboard shortcut to i.e. open Firefox while I am working in another application. I know I can use ⌘ CMD+T when I am in Firefox to open a new tab. I haven't found a way to create ...
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How do I write to NTFS drives in OS X?

What is the best, easiest, preferably cheapest way to make Lion write to (external) NTFS-formatted drives in Mac OS X?
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How to set to open folder with enter in finder?

I want to set to open a folder in finder with Enter. I know it's possible to open a folder with ⌘ Command + ↓ Down Arrow but I don't like it and I never use it because it's easier to use the ...
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Roll back from OS X Mavericks ( or any newer OS) to Mountain Lion

I installed the developer preview of OS X Mavericks, & too many things broke. I can't stay on it & need to roll back to Mountain Lion. Any ways of doing that? Please help! I originally ...
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How to unlock a Mac that's been locked with Apple Remote Desktop's “curtain” screen lock

Apple Remote Desktop has a "curtain" feature that a remote client can use to lock the screen of the Mac that's being remotely controlled. I use this when I connect to my work Mac from my home Mac. ...
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Enter a filename in the File Open dialog

Can I enter a path to a file and its name instead of selecting a file in Mac OS X file dialog? I tried just typing into an open dialog but it will just try to "Go to a folder", it won't accept a full ...
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Do MacBooks have a true “Hibernate” option?

I've recently switched from Windows to a MacBook pro. In Windows, there are the following shutdown options: Standby - the machine goes into a "light sleep" from which it can awaken very quickly ...
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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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Is there a way to hide the unread count badge in Mountain Lion's Mail.app?

Mail.app used to have the ability to hide the unread count badge, as shown on this 37signals blog post: It seems that Apple has removed this in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Is there any way to restore ...
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What's the best text editor for use with large files?

What are your recommendation for opening large text files on OS X? I found both BBEdit and Textmate to be struggling in this department.
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How can I easily add a batch of files to the HandBrake queue?

How do I add multiple files into the queue at once in HandBrake? I heard that multiple files can be added to the queue by selecting the folder. But when I select the folder as source, only the first ...
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Can someone describe the purpose of OSX root level folders in laymen's terms?

Simple and concise documentation on the OSX folder hierarchy is sparse. I'm looking for a simple description of each - what are the functions of each? /private /var /usr /tmp /etc /bin /sbin ...
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How do I sync two folders in OS X Lion?

I have some files and folders on a USB drive connected to my iMac...I would like to sync them with a folder on my iMac...how do I do that? Is there built-in functionality in Lion that allows me to do ...
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Yosemite - Pre-release: How do I opt out installing the beta seed?

Last night Apple put forth 14B17 a Pre-release: OS X Update Seed 10.10.1 I don't want to install it, but it doesn't go away. I tried downloading the 'normal' Yosemite from the App Store and ...
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what are the split terminal commands

I stumbled across the command-d hot key which splits the terminal into 2 panes. But I cant find documentation anywhere on how to close the new pane or even switch the focus to it so I can use it. ...
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Can I make a symlink (to a .app folder) in Applications directory show up in spotlight?

I used brew to install MacVim and it put it in /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.3-61/MacVim.app I would like to be able to go to spotlight and type MacVim to launch the app. I tried creating a symlink in ...
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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 window drag to edge F8 to show ...
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How can I open port 8080 of Mac OS X Lion?

How can I open access to port 8080 from the outside world (private lan) on my Mac OS X Lion? I'd like to access a webpage that's running on my lamp stack on my mac (zend server ce) from within the ...
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How can I rename desktops in Mission Control?

The default new desktop space is named 'Desktop 1'. If you create a new one, it is named 'Desktop 2'. Is there a way to change those default names to something more meaningful? Additionally, it looks ...
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How to get the smaller tabs back in Safari 6?

In Safari 6, tabs became very wide. I don’t like this new behavior. Is there a way to get the old, smaller tabs back?
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What's the proper way to pronounce “Mac OS X”?

I was inspired by the question Mac or Macintosh. What's the proper way to pronounce "Mac OS X"? I've heard the following things used to refer to the operating system on the Macintosh: "Mac OS Ten" ...
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What's the canonical name for the “sunburst” waiting animation?

Is there an accepted name for the spinning animation that's displayed when one needs to wait for an indefinite amount of time? It looks like this:
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Can I view system stats in the Terminal?

The widget iStat Pro allows to monitor different system stats like CPU usage network bandwidth in/out memory usage ... How can I view such system stats in the Terminal?
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How do I take a screenshot on my Mac?

What's the easiest way to take a screenshot of my Mac? I've used Grab.app, but it's a bit annoying just to get a quick screenshot. Is there a faster way?
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What does it mean if I have lots of “Inactive” memory at the end of a work day?

After a day's of work at my MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6.5, Activity Monitor shows that the majority of my computer's 8 GB of memory is "Inactive", and only a tiny sliver of the pie chart is ...
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How can I remove the “Eject” icon from the menubar?

How can i remove the "Eject" icon from the menubar? It's an icon that starts on login. It ejects all mounted disks (dmg/usb/etc...).
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Using The Terminal Command to Shutdown, Restart and Sleep My Mac?

I'm getting more interested in using Terminal as an alternative way to address solutions on my Mac. I have seen this question entitled "Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?". I would ...
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Can I force Mac OS X to select certain Wifi network?

When I turn on Wifi on my MacBook, it always selects some open network. Can I somehow force the system to choose another network (it is password-protected but I have the password stored in the ...
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How can I force my keyboard backlight to turn on?

I have a MacBook Pro. When it senses the ambient light is low, the backlit keyboard turns on, and there are keys that let me control its brightness. But when enough light reaches the ambient light ...
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Where can I find the task manager in Mac OS X Lion?

Where can I find a task manager in Mac OS X Lion? I want to see the processes that are currently being run, and I can kill any process I like.
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Intriguing connection issue on OS X

I've been recently having this issue with my internet connection on my MacBook Pro Early 2011 running OS X 10.8.3: from time to time the connection "freezes" for about 5 seconds and then comes back. ...
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Disable a user's ability to unlock a FileVault 2 volume at startup/login time

I recently performed a clean install of Lion on one of my Macs. The installation process created one administrative user account. After installation, I enabled FileVault for the entire disk. Then, I ...
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Why is /tmp a symlink to /private/tmp?

Why is /tmp a symlink to /private/tmp on Mac OS X? In other words, why isn't /tmp just a regular directory, like on Linux or BSD? I understand how it works and I don't mind it, I'm just interested in ...
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What's the correctly way to make Postfix run permanently on Lion (not server)

I can start Postfix temporarily with: $ sudo launchctl launchd% start org.postfix.master However, Console.app shows that it only runs for a short time: 26/11/11 2:00:55.710 PM postfix/master: ...
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Linus Torvalds and the OS X Filesystem

Back in 2008, Linus Torvalds famously said in an interview that "OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary." I've ...
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What are your “must-have” MacPorts? [closed]

I hate to be all cliché with yet another "best [something]" question, but I am genuinely interested in what you most often install with MacPorts. When you get a new Mac, which ports do you first ...
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How do you delete apps from Lion's Launchpad?

When pressing alt/option in Lion's Launchpad, only some icons get the delete X overlay to remove them. How do you delete the others? I've read that control-option-command should do this, but it ...
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Concisely starting Mac OS apps from the command line

I do a fair amount of work in the command line, and I find myself defining a lot of aliases of the form: alias skim='/Applications/Skim.app/Contents/MacOS/Skim' Is there a way to add magic such ...
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In their simplest form, do programs just run terminal commands?

Say for example in a program it lets me select one folder and copy it to another location, on a very basic level is that application running commands that I could run in terminal or is it using some ...
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Time Machine backup to an SMB share Mavericks

I'm following the instructions and scripts detailed in this article, but it's failing on mavericks - the mounted windows drive isn't showing up in the time machine disk selection pane. Any ideas how ...
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Are there any free and lightweight spreadsheet programs for the Mac?

I'm looking for a free spreadsheet editor that is simple and lightweight. I don't want to install OpenOffice just to use a some spreadsheets every once in a while.
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How can I open port 80 so a non-root process can bind to it?

I want to run a web server on my Mac as a non-root process. Normally only root processes can bind to port 80 (or to any port below 1024). Can I open port 80 specifically so that non-root processes ...
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Case-insensitive ls sorting in Mac OSX

How can I make the ls command in Max OS X Lion sort files and directories similar to how Ubuntu Linux does (case-insensitive, directories NOT on top, dot files NOT on top)? Ideally I'd like to do ...
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How do I make windows save their position on screen after re-attaching a display?

When I attach a second monitor to my MacBook, I drag many windows onto it. When I detach the monitor, all the windows move back onto my MacBook's display. How can I make it so that when I re-attach ...
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Delay in keyboard responsiveness after wake with Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, now when I open the lid to my 2010 13" MacBook Air, there is a 3-5 second delay between when the screen powers on and when the keyboard will respond to key presses in ...
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Can Mac App Store installs & upgrades be automated?

How can I script installing or upgrading apps from the Mac App Store? I'd prefer command line tools, but AppleScript or some other API would suffice. Relevant puzzle pieces: installer: note ...
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When opening a DMG file, how do I get it to open up in front of the windows?

Whenever I download a .dmg file and then open it (usually from the download bar in Chrome), it opens up in the background. Is there any way to get it to open up in front of my window? Edit To ...
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Dropbox-like client for Macs to access existing FTP/WebDAV/CMIS storage

We have many users on Macs that access their files on one big non-Mac server that supports FTP/WebDAV/CMIS. PROBLEM: They can not use their files while not connected to the Internet. QUESTION: Is ...
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How do I set OS X to boot by default?

I set Windows 7 to my Boot Camp. Windows 7 starts now by default in the normal boot. However, I want that OSX boots by default and Windows 7 only as I press ALT and then select it. How can you set ...
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What orthodox file manager for OS X could I use?

I'm looking for a graphical file manager fro OS X, for console Midnight Commander is ok. I need two panels, function keys operations and preferably FTP and SCP support. Also, it would be great to be ...