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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Why running Time Machine on OS X Server slows down my Mac?

I have MacBook Pro (2.3GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - late 2013?) and Time Machine backups data via network to our internal OS X Server. But when Time Machine is running backups, my ...
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Set Finder arranging order by kind via Terminal

I know I can easily do this via the Finder's toolbar but I'm currently writing a huge shell script that'll set my future Mac up exactly as I want. So is there any command to do it like the one to set ...
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ImageIdentify.com in running processes

Looking at ActivityMonitor, I saw a strange process with a URL for a name: I went to that site, and yes it looks familiar I might have been there, once, a long time ago. Definitely not at the time ...
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Snapping Preview windows with BetterTouchTool make search buggy

I use BetterTouchTool in order to be able to maximise windows to half the screen by dragging them agains the edge of the screen. When I do this with Preview windows and then attempt to search in the ...
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Safari forgets plug-in settings

I have configured Safari (8.0.7, Yosemite 10.10.4) to prompt me to allow Flash on a site by site basis. Most websites I block and some I set to "allow always" However, every couple of days, all the ...
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Drag and drop won't move ALL selected files between Finder windows

Here's what I'm doing: open a Finder window with source directory (500+ files). open another Finder window with target directory. select all files in source directory using ⌘ - a grab selected files ...
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Phantom Displays on Startup

I have been experiencing a problem with my Macbook Pro (2015 late with the Intel HD Graphics 6100) where the computer detects 3 retina 31 inch displays upon startup. Possibly because Retina displays ...
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How do I resize my partition on my Mac? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble resizing my hard drive partition. Before, I was running OS X Lion in the free space above Macintosh HD 2. Now that I deleted the Lion partition, I am unable to resize Macintosh HD ...
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Problem ejecting external disks

I use a lot of external disks and often I use spotlight to locate files on these disks. Almost always, whenever I do that I am initially unable to eject such a disk. When that happens I issue ...
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Add bottom margin or scroll past last line in Mac OS Terminal

If I have a full terminal history then the cursor will line up at the very bottom of the window. I generally prefer working more toward the middle of the page. Especially since I usually keep the ...
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Clean Install, or in-place upgrade from Mountain Lion to Yosemite?

In the old days, doing a clean install was pretty much required for a major Mac OS X 10.x release. Is that still the case? Or should this graybeard let go of his old ways? The MacBook in question ...
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Xcode 6.4 does not start on OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite

As of this morning, Xcode 6.4 stopped launching on my Mac running OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite. I tried to launch with sudo open --new /Applications/Xcode.app but got LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with ...
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How do I update iMovie to the latest version

I purchased my MacBook Pro in October 2014. It's running OS X 10.10.4 "Yosemite". Can I update iMovie to the latest version at no charge?
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Apps keep crashing after OS X update

I've just updated my MBP 13'' mid 2010 to OS X 10.10.5 (14F27). I remember that the last update was iTunes 12.2.2.25. After this update, Mac rebooted and installed all the features. Now I'm unable ...
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How do SSH sessions work with iTerm?

When I use PuTTY on Windows, if I SSH to some server and launch a script there, closing the PuTTY window stops the script. (so I typically use screen to avoid that) When I use iTerm on Mac OS X, if I ...
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Mac App Store apps without internet connection

I want to set up a Mac running a recent version of OS X but I don't want it to be connected to the internet because of security reasons. Is it possible to copy and activate apps bought and installed ...
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How To Remove Individual Office 2016 for OS X Applications

I have Office 2016 installed - Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Word. I want to remove Outlook 2016 and leave the rest. I want to leave no trace behind, a complete remove of Outlook as if I installed ...
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RAM Usage on Macbook

My Macbook has 4GB RAM. Lately it often starts swapping, which is obviously not so great. Firefox usually takes a huge amount (~ 1GB) which is kind of to be expected. Nevertheless, after booting it ...
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MacBook that spontaneously restarts and often shuts down instead of sleeping

My Macbook Pro has started shutting down rather than sleeping when I close it and it just decides to shut down in the middle of an operation and restart. When I ran Repair Disk Permissions on Disk ...
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AppleEvent Handler failed (-10000)

I'm having issues with a simple part of script, where I wanna get the property dock preferences of System Events. I have the following: tell application "System Events" tell appearance ...
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Close [X] kills Chrome/Firefox/Safari Tabs

I am new to OSX - but I have a behaviour that is not normal I suppose: When I quit browsers (doesn't matter if Chrome/Firefox/Safari) via the red [X] = hide -> all tabs are lost although I turned ...
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How to recover files from the home directory that malware removed on OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite?

Two days ago, somehow, my Mac running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 got infected by malware and it deleted almost all my files from my home directory. I have no idea how it happened (it wasn't because clicked ...
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Prevent Finder to launch on boot

I do not need Finder because I use Ranger in CLI and I manually quit it (I added the quit option) each time I boot (mainly not to have it in the way when I use to switch applications with cmd + tab). ...
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Enable screensharing via SSH and setting password

I am trying to enable VNC (Screen Sharing) on my Mac running OS X Yosemite I have been able to run this command sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.screensharing.plist ...
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How do I install Skype for Business on my Mac?

I have been to the Office365 website and looked in the software section but I cannot find it. Any assistance would be appreciated.
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Location information is not shown in “Years” view of Photos App

I do not see the location information of the pictures I have taken in 2014 when I am in "Years" view. I am sure pictures have GPS information on them. If I go in to 2014 year, I can see that ...
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What will “rm -rf /” actually do?

I know that this is a very dangerous command, but what does it actually do. In other words, to what extend does it delete the hard drive. Does it delete only the user data? Or does it delete root OS ...
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How can I use smtp to connect email to mail client

Right so we have set up a mail server for our company that does not use imap nor pop at the moment, it is based on smtp port 25 and I can't figure out how to link it with my mail client as it always ...
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Set image from iTunes Extras's gallery as desktop picture

I just bought Mad Max: Fury Road from iTunes and wanted to set my desktop picture as one of the stills from the iTunes Extras's gallery. How can I do that?
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How can I prevent the administrator password prompts?

When deleting files, installing new applications, running AppleScript code, etc, I am prompted to enter my administrator password: How can I set it so that everything I do is authorized to where it ...
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find: /dev/fd/3: Not a directory

Running this command sudo find / -iname *.app, among the entries returned was: find: /dev/fd/3: Not a directory find: /dev/fd/4: Not a directory Why is this and how can I fix it?
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AppStore won't install OS X 10.10.5 update

I am trying to install the 10.10.5 update. It seems impossible. Every time I click "update" in the AppStore and confirm the reboot, a dialog pops up: The available updates have changed. When I click ...
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How to share Back to my Mac across different Apple IDs?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to remotely get into my family's iMac from my MacBook Pro as needed while I'm away. An internet search taught me that Back to my Mac was the thing, but that only ...
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Time machine creating files and directories at random places

I'm gonna keep this short and simple. I have a ~/.vim folder and ~/dotfiles/.vim folder (the ~/dotfiles/.vim was copied to ~/.vim). Yesterday I noticed that I had several files with weird permissions ...
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In TextEdit or similar editors, is it possible to go to a previous bullet's indent level without a bullet?

I have an issue is with bullets in a rich-text editor. If I want to put several paragraphs under one bullet, like this: Bullet one Bullet two paragraph one Bullet two paragraph two ...
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Convert wireless Time Machine to wired

I have been using the Time Machine backup utility wirelessly. I'd now like switch to wired. How do I do that? What problems should I expect?
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Apple MacBook Pro 2013 with 512Gb SSD cannot install OS X

I had an issue running an App and the vendor suggested I should revert to the earlier OS X 10.10.3. I located on Time Machine the backup version I needed, waited for the format and restore. I then ...
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What does these extended attributes mean and where are they documented?

For some reason a directory I had (Vundle.vim) got randomly copied to another directory (got copied from ~/.vim to ~/dotfiles/.vim with strange permissions and what looks like no contents. Anyways, ...
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Remove applications from 'cmd'+'tab'

I have just started to use the command+(Shift)+tab shortcut for switching between apps. The issue with this is a few applications that I have open, I hardly use or have them open in the background (I ...
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OSX Yosemite Can't disable four-finger swipe

Intro I want to set a custom gesture for the four finger swipe left/right, but I noticed that four finger swipe was switching between spaces. I went in to system preferences->Trackpad and changed ...
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Mavericks 10.9.5 RAM problem and performance problems

Macbook Pro Late 2011, Mavericks 10.9.5 had my RAM consumed up to 2.75 GB (out of 4.00 GB) with no apps running except Finder. Hard Disk Storage: ~300 GB free out of 500 GB Creating new, renaming, ...
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Cannot cleanup OS X trash

OSX just won't let me clean the trash can. I delete the "Previous System" folder (did it before a year ago and it worked just fine): But, when I try to clean it up, I got: I already rebooted ...
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Losing connection with wireless headset since restoring computer

I have a Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 connected to my Macbook Air which loses the connection to the headset every 5-15 minutes. The headset is now several months old and I haven't had any ...
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What are the Best Ways to Speed Up a Mac?

I have a 2012 Macbook Pro and although it seems to be working fine, over time it has seemed to become more sluggish and less snappy / responsive. So is there any good ways ways that I can 'speed up' ...
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High CPU usage by a process called PTPCamera

On my Macbook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) is a process, called PTPCamera, using a lot of CPU-Time . I already have killed this process but it spawned immediately again. 85% of CPU usage eats my Battery ...
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How to disable context-menu closing behavior (missed-click)

Whenever I right click and the system's context menu shows up, if I happen to click anywhere in that menu that isn't one of the options (e.x. the horizontal rules and spaces at the top and bottom), it ...
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Volume reduces automatically after pluging headset into macbook pro

I got a MacBook Pro 13'' early 2013 with OS X 10.10.5 installed and SONY MDR-1A headphones with a headset cable. When using "headphone" cable everything works as expected. When I use "headset" plugin ...
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How can I disable and/or uninstall “Messages” from OS X Yosemite?

This "Messages" application on my Macbook Pro, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 I would like to uninstall the "Messages" application entirely. How can I do this?
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Temporary .DS_store files, phantom connections?

I have my machine set up not to write .DS_store files, the reason being because I was suspect they may have been causing access issues on shared drives (folder is considered "in use" even when it ...
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Spotlight disappeared when I updated

Last night my computer said that it needed an update, so I ran it. This AM the spotlight icon is gone! How do I get it back? Thank you! EDIT: I'm told that the question was unclear. I mean that the ...