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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How do I use Handoff in the middle of a call?

I received a call today, and the Handoff box popped up on my screen as usual. I took the call on my phone and the box disappeared. Then, partway through the call, I wanted to "hand off" the call back ...
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All the apps do not show for another user login on my Mac OS X 10.9.5

All the apps do not show for other login users on my Mac OS X 10.9.5. I share the Mac with another person & the other person has all the apps showing in her apps folder that are not showing in my ...
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Simple paint app with adjustable canvas using the mouse?

I'm looking for a very simple desktop painting application similar to kolourpaint that allows you to resize the canvas to the desired size by using the mouse (as seen in the picture below)? Does ...
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Desktop backgrounds keep switching position

I've had a problem with my Mac Pro since I first bought it. I have a setup with six 1920x1080 screens (3 screens wide, 2 screens high). I've processed some nice (large) photos, so I could set them on ...
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How can I see if an OS X install disc is compatible with the computer I'm installing on?

I have an old Mac Mini G4. I'm trying to do a fresh OS install on it. According to my searches, the last OS version that will run on it is 10.5.8. I have several install disks lying around, which ...
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Sleep mode on Mac OS X, don't wake up again

I have a MBP 13 (OSX El Capitan 10.11.2) with two external monitors. After a while when I do nothing my MBP switch to the sleep mode. The problem is that sometime it don't wake up again when I move ...
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Can I access an OS X Yosemite Time Machine backup if I revert to OS X Mavericks?

I've had problems with Yosemite since I've installed it but I'm also wondering if it is even worth it to revert since I've done everything on Yosemite?
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What does hitting the tab button do in terminal?

In Terminal, if I hit tab twice, Terminal asks if I want to list all 1580 possibilities. What is this, and what is this used for?
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unable to sync the audio and video on Final cut pro

Am using OS 10.10.5 Final Cut Pro X, version 10.2.2 I am trying to Sync the audio video. But there'e some problem. I recorded the audio and video***(Video contains video and audio both, but since ...
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How to make brew installed software take effect over the manually installed one?

I have an older version of software that I once manually installed through installation package (version 0.6.6 -- I write it down here for later discussion purpose, but the version number is not ...
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Terminal window displays odd text after being resized

If I open a terminal window, and then shrink it as far left as possible, and then enlarge it again, it displays some odd text, including some of the letters in my hostname: Any way to fix this? ...
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How to import tasks from OmniFocus into 2Do?

Is there a way to import tasks from OmniFocus into 2Do?
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Recover deleted filevault2 partition

I accidentally deleted my partition with my main OS. The partition is FileVault-encrypted. I formatted the hard drive while starting from an external OS X. I am using Mac OS X Yosemite. I still know ...
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Two different Dock Icons for thunderbird?

It is possible to run thunderbird with two different profiles. In this case one has two identical icons in the icon line, which is inconvenient when switching tasks. I learned that it is possible to ...
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SSH access using .pub key

I don't know if I'm overthinking this too much but I can't seem to understand how to use a ssh public key to create an ssh connection trough my mac. I'll list my steps bellow: First created the ...
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OS X wont show desktop

I have upgraded to El Capitan, but I was having this problem for a while, where the desktop background doesn’t display. The folders have white letters, and the background is white, and this makes ...
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osx: dnssd_clientstub ConnectToServer: connect()-> No of tries, netstat deny network-outbound /private/var/run/mDNSResponder Operation not permitted

Macbook Air OS X 10.11 El Capitan, console.app constantly prints logs below ( 'ken' is my name ): Jan 22 22:12:44 ken netstat[2656]: dnssd_clientstub ConnectToServer: connect()-> No of tries: 1 ...
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How does bash choose default shell

I am running El Capitan 10.11.3 with bash version 3.x so I decided to update bash via: brew install bash Brew places the new bash under /usr/local/Cellar/bash: brew info bash bash: stable 4.3.42 ...
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Is it impossible to delete/move a file named “␀” on mac?

When I try to move, rename, or delete a file named ␀in Finder, I get this error message: The operation can't be completed, because an unexpected error occured (error code -50). With mv, rm or ...
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Uninstall old CMake and its implications

Currently I'm setting up a user account on a Mac Mini that's been used before by others. I found a pretty old version of CMake installed in /usr/local/bin - a pretty default installation path. I ...
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Know installation source of PHP

I'm finding myself in an awkward situation. I need to install PHP and Nginx for development but I do not want to mess up my Mac with multiple installations. I have found that PHP and PHP-fpm are ...
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Is OS X doing some work after moving .app to trash?

I had Spotify installed and was annoyed by the "SpotifyWebHelper" process. So after some research I came up with the information, that it is managed by a background daemon. To disable that, I had to ...
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Can't install El Capitan update 10.11.3 because can't restart normally

I've got the typical problem that OSX can't shutdown/restart normally. I'm on El Capitan but it happened in the past with Mavericks etc. Don't know why they can't fix this... Anyway, now I want to ...
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Is it possible to set up rules in Mail that do not appear in the rules list?

I'd like to set up a few rules in Mail.app but not have them appear in the list of rules in Mail's preferences. Is there any way to do this?
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How can I create a user that can login through SSH but not on the local desktop in MacOS X El Capitan?

I would like to have a user account in my MacOS X El Capitan system which is limited to login through SSH. I do not want that user to be able to use the system through any other means, especially not ...
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OS X - Make all screens combined

Is there any way to make all screens connected to Mac function as one, so full screen apps (like iTunes Visualizer) can extend over all monitors? Thanks!
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An app that can give me the amount of time using an app? [duplicate]

I need an app that tracks automatically every time I use Final Cut X or another app and gives me the total usage time. Any ideas?
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Fix my LaunchAgents

I suspect because my LaunchAgents on MacBook has been interrupted this is what I get when I run… $ ls -ld ~/Library/LaunchAgents lrwxr-xr-x 1 infacq staff 46 Aug 16 11:03 ...
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How to get exact NTP drift in OS X

I'm trying to get actual NTP drift on Macs connected to a local NTP server. When reading /var/db/ntp.drift file I get -37.521 which according to PPM to milliseconds conversion gives -3241ms of ...
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How can I disable ALL notifications in OSX Lion?

I need to disable all notifications: iCal, Skype, and especially application updates. Everything. I can find info on how to do this in Yosemite, but not Lion. Would anyone know how to go about this? ...
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How can I determine what build or version of Secure Transport my MacBook is using?

I know that modern versions of OS X use Secure Transport instead of OpenSSL for TLS/SSL. However, I cannot find any indication of the specific version/build of Secure Transport that is being used. ...
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How to make a Mac OS X .app with a shell script?

I tried following a few tutorials, but I get this: How can I fix this? I added in a info.plist (I just copied and pasted another app's file, and changed around a few things.) Also, I used chmod +x ...
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Conflict between iMac and Bose Soundlink Min 2

I recently purchased a Bose Soundlink Mini 2 and when it is connected to my iMac to play music, the connection between the two is interrupted or lost completely. Bose have advised me to try using my ...
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What is the avqmd.plist and the _avqmd record in Users/Groups

Today, I was trying to fix the file permissions and ownership on an external hard drive and while I was trying to add myself as a user/owner the through the get Info window, the system presented me ...
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Install xquartz using homebrew on Mac OS X El Captian

I installed xquartz in Mac OS X El Captain using the following command: brew install Caskroom/cask/xquartz After completion, brew list does not show xquartz. Am I doing something wrong here?
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How to give access to my user and _www

I am new to mac and running a website through apache server. The code for my application is being accessed by the _www user, so I set the ownership to _www user but then when I try to edit a file from ...
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What processes are used by DRM?

Whenever some content is DRM-protected, screenshots of such content are masked. Even using Terminal does not avoid such problems. Which processes in ps ax are used by DRM that is implemented by ...
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Unmount disc (partition) on connection [duplicate]

When I connect my external harddrive, I don't want my "Dual Boot" partition to show up.
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My iMac Doesn't boot it. Hangs with spinner and verbose mode can't boot

I have my iMac and I have to install Yosemite because I got iMac with older version when I got it. Then I did too many updates but I had my iTunes account and I had my credit card option set to "None" ...
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Recreate iPhoto library package from contents

Yesterday I needed to copy an iPhoto library through the CLI. I forgot a slash and accidentally copied the contents of the library package instead of the whole package. Is there anyway to recreate ...
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Display just an image as a “window”?

Is there an easy way to display a PNG image (with transparency) as its own “window”, without any OSX window features (title bar, buttons, shadows)? Ideally, it could also disappear when ...
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how do I download latest OS X El Capitan installer app?

So I just reinstalled yosemite (fresh install) on my MBPr yesterday and I want to redownload the latest El Capitan installer app. I have downloaded this installer app many months ago when El Capitan ...
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Issues with date adjustments when exporting photos from Photos for Mac to other software (including Shutterfly and Google Photos)

I was planning on keeping a backup of my photo library on Google Photos, but noticed many of the photos in my photo library had the wrong dates (from camera errors etc). I changed these using the ...
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Use brew to check version of software online before installed

For example, when I run brew search octave It shows homebrew/science/octave Caskroom/cask/octave I don't know which to install so I want to check the version of these ...
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How to ensure Slack runs safely in sandbox?

For work I use my personal laptop and I am required to run Slack to keep in contact with coworkers however it occurs to me that this could potentially be used as an invasive surveillance tool unless ...
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Safe key combinations for global shortcuts

Is there any combination of modifier keys that could be considered 'safe' for setting global shortcuts with a third-party app? For example, I do window snapping with cmdoptJ|L, but cmdoptI would ...
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How to tell if Mac has firmware password

I'm buying a used MacBook Air tomorrow off craigslist. How do I know if the Mac has a firmware password set? If I do Ctrl + R will it automatically query me to enter the password if it's on? I'm ...
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Why are programs I download on my Mac listed under Devices in Finder window?

For instance I downloaded Java and it's listed as a device. After i ran the installation, i clicked on the little eject-like looking button beside its name under Devices and the downloaded ...
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Upgrade OS X operating system from the command line

You can upgrade software with sudo softwareupdate --install --all. Is it possible to upgrade the OS itself from the command line?
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Is there a way to prevent apps from staying in Dock after quitting?

Certain OSX apps seem to have a tendency to stick around in the Dock, even though there's no user-facing setting to prevent this behavior. Is there a defaults command that prevents apps from enabling ...