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 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 replace the 'Linen' that is prevalent in many Lion apps?

There are many places where the "linen" texture is used in Lion, from the Login Window to various app backgrounds like Safari and so on. Is it possible to replace this image with something else? ...
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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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Why does OS X require admin privileges to unmount a drive from the terminal using `umount` but not when using Finder?

Anyone can unmount a usb drive from Finder by clicking on the "eject" icon next to it. However, only a user with administrative privileges can unmount a drive from the terminal using umount. Are ...
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What happened to the Finder window 'jellybean' in OS X Lion?

Before I updated to Lion, whenever I would mount a disk image (.dmg) the Finder window that would pop-up would always have a little 'jellybean' in the top right corner that would expand this window ...
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What is an quick way to create a new blank file in Lion?

In Windows, one can create a new file using Right Click -> Add New -> Type of File. Is there an analogous action in Lion? I just want to create a new blank file on my Desktop.
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How can I stop OS X from switching Spaces when the mouse cursor is at the edge of the screen?

Mac OS X Spaces change when I hold the mouse at the edge of the screen. Is there an application or 'defaults' command to disable this? Warp looks like it might help, but hasn't changed the behavior ...
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Is defragmenting an SSD drive a bad idea?

I have heard that defragmenting SSD drives will shorten the life span of a drive. Just wondering if there is any truth to this and if so could someone elaborate as to why this happens.
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Cannot unlock password protected SSH key in OS X Mavericks

I just upgraded to OSX 10.9, and when trying to establish an SSH connection with public key authentication, a prompt appears asking for my SSH key password. I initially thought that the upgrade ...
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What does “@” signify in unix file permissions?

I have a file with the following permissions on my MacBook Pro: -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 101K Feb 29 17:09 apachectl What does the @ stand for? I can't execute the file and this is the only ...
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One mac, Two or more storage devices - how to divide things?

We're at a crossroads where most Macs now have space and connections to contain two storage devices. SSD are fast, low capacity and expensive - HDD are in comparison slow, huge and cheap. Both iMacs ...
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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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“iPad Not Charging” Notification is annoying - Mavericks

I get this really damn annoying banner every time I plug in my iPad and sometimes when I build and go in Xcode it loses connection with the iPad for a second and reconnects straight away. Anyone know ...
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How to determine which files are on SSD on Fusion Drive?

My question is: How can i determine which files are on the SSD "partition" on Fusion Drive? I have an iMac with 1TB Fusion Drive, and it would be good to know which apps or data are on which ...
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How can I make/receive Google Voice calls in Mountain Lion?

I use Google Voice as my main line now adays. However, having to leave Google Chrome open and logged into Gmail is getting in my way... I was wondering if anyone has a way to get these calls to go to ...
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How can I move virtual memory swap files to a different drive or partition?

note: This is a question that I asked on SuperUser a while ago. I'm re-posting it here because I think it belongs here. By default, Mac OS X stores its swap files in /private/var/vm/. I would like to ...
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How to disable Mavericks' emoji shortcut

The shortcut control-command-space in Mavericks opens a panel with Emojis. I'd like to use it for another application (Divvy), but it complains that it is already used by a system-wide keyboard ...
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Why is lsof on OS X so ridiculously slow?

I can't figure out why lsof on my Mac (10.8.2, MacBook Pro) is so slow. On my Mac, lsof takes more than a minute: $ touch /tmp/testfile $ time lsof /tmp/testfile real 1m16.483s user 0m0.029s ...
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Is there a relational database with GUI for Mac similar to Microsoft Access or the like? [duplicate]

I need a desktop database that will have a need for extensive 1-many, many-1, and many to many relationships. I've built this kind of app with Microsoft Access, which I don't love, but does combine ...
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Is there a way to password protect individual apps?

Is it possible to password protect a specific Mac application? For example, I am interested in protecting Mail because even if you cannot retrieve new emails, you still can read all the already ...
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Editor or notes application with Markdown support?

Are there any editors or notes applications out there that support Markdown? I am often having to make notes or documents where markdown formatting would be ideal, and have gotten into the habit of ...
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How do I type the euro value sign € on a Mac?

I've tried bashing on my keyboard with the ⌥ alt/option key pressed with the ⇧ shift key pressed but I do not seem to be able to find how I can get the euro value sign. ⇧ shift+4 gives the dollar ...
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Is it possible to remove the Dock in Lion?

Is there a defaults write command to remove the dock in Lion. I tried the steps mentioned but that does not seem to work on Lion. I can still see the dock. Are there hidden defaults that can make the ...
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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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Is there a GUI SSH client for OS X?

I know that SSH from the command line is easy enough, but would like to give my students that use OS X a GUI option. Is there a PuTTY equivalent for the Mac?
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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 ⌘T when I am in Firefox to open a new tab. I haven't found a way to create that ...
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OSX keeps switching to the first space

I use spaces with 10.9. I run a few applications in full screen mode. While focused on an application in full screen mode every minute or so I switched back to the first space. This happens with no ...
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How can I make the Cisco VPN Client work with Lion?

Worked in Snow Leopard and now gives error 51 and the sudo restart system command in Terminal i used to use doesn't work. Any idea?
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What are the folders in OS X that I should know about?

I just got my first Mac (a MBP) last Sunday and I am LOVING everything about it so far! But, I am a little confused about the folders in OS X. Please go through the folders I should know about, and ...
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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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Is AirDrop possible between iPad, iPhone and MacBook?

A new MacBook came with something called AirDrop and worked between many MacBooks such as MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Can I also use AirDrop to exchange data between Macs and iOS devices?
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How to make Time Machine backups over network without OS X server?

At our institute, we have several Macs (from 10.6 to 10.8) but not one is running a server version. In the one running 10.8 there are 4.5 TB of hard-drives from which 2 x 2 TB are raided together ...
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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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Is there a better way to search the menus?

I have always used the help menu (command ⌘+shift ⇧+? /) to search the application menus for something that I don’t have a keyboard shortcut for (or don’t remember it). It’s an awesome feature, but ...
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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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Choose a default app for opening files with no extension?

Is it possible to set a default application to open files with no extension? I'm not referring to files with hidden extensions, but those completely lacking an extension -- e.g. README, CHANGELOG, ...
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How do I troubleshoot my Wi-Fi connection when an exclamation mark appears?

Sometimes, when I am in a public Wi-Fi an exclamation mark appears in the greyed out Wi-Fi icon. I can connect to the Wi-Fi (I get assigned an IP address), but I cannot establish an internet ...
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How can I disable the 2nd hard drive in my 27" iMac?

I have an 2010 27" iMac with an SSD and a regular hard drive. Now that I've been using the machine for some time and have not come close to filling the SSD, I'd like to disable the spinning hard drive ...
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How can I browse photos on iPhone in Mac OSX?

Previously, on Windows, iPhone was recognized as a camera and I could browse image folder with Explorer without a need to import/download/tranfer photo files to the computer. Is there a way to do the ...
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Time separators blinks inconsistently

If I have OS X display the time in the menu bar with blinking separators, the seem to blink inconsistently. I've taken a 32 second video of the effect. It's happening on two of my MacBook Airs, 13" ...
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How do I use AirDrop from the Terminal?

Is there a way to share a file over AirDrop via Terminal on Mountain Lion? How so?
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Can I connect to a specific access point by BSSID?

Is there any way to get Mac OS X to connect to a specific access point by BSSID? I have a network with the same SSID for multiple access points, and I would sometimes like to specify which specific ...
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Can I ensure keyboard commands don't get trapped by browser scripts?

Is it possible to tweak Safari to ensure command key combinations like ⌘H or ⌘L go to Safari as opposed to Safari's window contents? This comes up for me most often on this site because the editor ...
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OSX Mavericks horizontal scrolling doesn't work well in Finder?

I've noticed since updating to Mavericks last week (though this is a new Macbook, and I've been on Snow Leopard forever so not sure if this is 10.9 or 10.8 or what....) that horizontal scrolling in ...
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Is there a good Hotmail client for Mac OS X?

I have had an Hotmail account since 1997 (i.e. don't ask me to switch - have hundreds of filters and folders and thousands of contacts) and I recently switched to a Mac and I am looking for a Mac ...
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Do I need a serial number to reinstall Mac OS X?

I need to reinstall the OS but here's the issue: I don't have the original disc that came with the computer in question. However, I have a disc that came with another computer. Is it possible to ...
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Why do I need to put sh before running .sh files?

When I want to run .sh files in Terminal, I need to put sh in front of them. Is there any way to avoid this, and thus save typing?
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Can I reset Notification Centre badge counter for Messages?

The new Messages beta app (based on iChat) is stuck with one incoming message. Can I somehow reset the badge?
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Why does Spotlight keep reindexing my system after updating to Lion?

Since I installed Lion, the Spotlight database keeps reindexing (which is taking several hours). It does this at least every second day. Are any other users experiencing this problem with Lion (i.e. ...
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Re-use Mavericks install file

I have three Macs I want to upgrade to Mavericks. Is there a way of re-using the install files, so I don't have to do three separate 5gb downloads?