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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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 do I stop Finder from warning me when I change a file extension?

When renaming a file in the Finder and changing the file extension, I get the following warning message: How can I disable it?
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Is there a shortcut which invokes the “Login Window…” fast user switching command?

Firstly, let me say that there's two questions on Think Different that claim to answer this question but do not: Does the MacBook Air have a Fast User Switching (Login Window) shortcut key? The ...
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How to remove an accidentally dropped file shortcut icon from Finder toolbar?

I accidentally dropped a file in the Finder toolbar instead of the destination folder (the ZIP icon on the right of the screenshot): How can I remove it from the toolbar?
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Run AppleScript from bash script

If I wanted to run an AppleScript from within a bash script I could call a file with the list of commands that I require to execute. #!/bin/bash {some commands} osascript file.scpt {other commands} ...
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What is the significance of 1946-02-14 08:34:56?

When Finder is operating on a file or folder on the system, the file/folder is greyed out and unable to be opened, as well as unable to be trashed. This is most notable when copying or moving a file ...
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Shortcut key for fullscreen mode

I am new to Mac OS (2014 Macbook Air). I am looking at the arrow on top right corner of windows, when I click it, it maximizes window over the top menu and in order to switch back I need to hold mouse ...
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How do I write to NTFS drives in OS X?

What is the best, easiest, preferably cheapest way to make OS X write to NTFS-formatted drives in Mac OS X?
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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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How do I get F11 and F12 to behave like normal function keys?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15" and I'm trying to set the function keys to perform as normal function keys. So I want the behaviour to be inverted from the standard behaviour where I need to ...
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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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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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Shortcut to revert autocorrect change

I like the autocorrect feature, but sometimes I want to revert to the word I typed. If i backspace to the word, I see an overlay with the word as I typed it, but can't figure how to revert to it ...
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OSX ssh-agent: no password pasting, and problem with PKCS#8?

I use ssh on my machine, and have set up a long not-human-friendly passphrase which is saved in my password manager. What makes me crazy every time is that I cannot paste into the window pictured ...
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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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How can I remove this icon from the menu bar?

I am seeing attached icon in the top right menu bar. I tried deleting MenuExtras by going to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extrasbut it didn't help, please help to hide or remove it.
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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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Is it possible to launch a program in a specific language?

I'm a developer, and my primary language is French, so I use Mac OS X in French. However, I need on a regular basis to open an application in English to do support. Right now I'm going to the ...
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Why does the enter/return key rename a file/folder, instead of opening it? [closed]

Is there some sort of known logic behind Apple's choice to make the enter key rename a file/folder, rather than open it as is standard on Windows and Linux? For those of you coming here for the ...
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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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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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Is there any Mac software to handle archives (zip, rar, 7z, tar, etc.) that allows browsing?

I am looking for a software to handle archives on OS X. I know there are many of them quite easy to find, but none seems to have the most basic feature that most Windows archive applications have: ...
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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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Can I downgrade to Mavericks after installing Yosemite (beta/developer preview)?

I have installed the developer preview for Yosemite. Huge mistake. Everything in my workspace is broken. I don't have any sort of backup image. I was wondering if I could re-download Mavericks and ...
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How to determine original location of file that is currently in the Trash?

Suppose some file "Any File.pdf" is in the Trash (aka ~/.Trash). How can I determine its original location? By "original location" I mean the folder where that file would be moved to if one were to ...
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Is there a free, lightweight text editor that isn't text-only but also isn't a heavyweight IDE?

I'm not really satisfied with the text-editors available for Mac OS X. I tried TextWrangler, Smultron, Coda, SubEthaEdit, TextMate and others I do not remember. But none of the above satisfied my ...
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Damaged and can't be open app error message

I bought the iBoostUp app when I was using Lion, and one day it suddenly stopped working, I uninstalled it, and yesterday I got Mountain Lion hoping that it would get magically fixed, but it didn't. ...
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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 to close all windows of Mac OS X Finder?

Having 30 or 40 windows of different folders open, is there any way to close all of them at once? I tried to relunch Finder, and I was happy for a second having no open window anymore, but it reopened ...
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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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How to show hidden files and folders in finder?

I have a folder that starts with a dot . but unable to display them in Finder. How can I say that for folder X Finder should also display hidden files/folders?
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OS X Calendar - view shared Google calendars

I've been able to add a Google Calendar (CalDAV) account to OS X Calendar (v6, Mountain Lion 10.8.5) without problem, and all my own calendars show up. Is there a way of seeing calendars others have ...
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How to view progress when encrypting a disk?

Mountain Lion allows one to encrypt any disk by right-clicking on the disk in the Finder and selecting Encrypt from the contextual menu. Is there anyway to check on the progress of this encryption ...
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Where can I find the installed package path via brew

I installed some packages via brew. But I can not find where is it. I can NOT get access by typing hping on terminal % brew install hping ...
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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 I get detailed SMART disk information on OS X (Mavericks or later)

I'm trying to get a detailed SMART status report on the drives in my Mac. I'm not talking about "Verified," I'm talking about the detailed report that's about 100 lines long listing all the vital ...
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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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Can I disable auto-correction of a single word on OS X?

I'm running into an annoying issue with OS X's automatic spelling correction where the word nala gets automatically corrected to napa. I've tried adding nala to my custom dictionary under ...
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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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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 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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Disable line wrapping for output in the Terminal

I often read outputs in the terminal that get wrapped as they are too long. Since there is no way that I can modify the printed output, I need to let the Terminal allow for horizontal scrolling. Is ...
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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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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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Mimic Xcode's camelCase selection keyboard shortcuts in OS X

I spend a very large amount of time editing text in Xcode, and I would like maneuvering around text within the rest of the Cocoa Text System to offer an identical experience. There are 3 versions of ...
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How does iOS and OS X detect when a Wi-Fi network is a personal hotspot?

When there is a Personal Hotspot network available, it displays a chain link icon instead of the usual lock icon in the list of available networks on iOS and OS X. My question is, how does OS X ...
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How can I make Safari cmd+number shortcut switch tabs instead of opening the bookmark associated with that number?

I'm used to switching tabs with cmd+x where x is a number and takes me to tab x in firefox and pretty much every other browser I've ever used. I like safari's speed and would like to try it a bit, but ...
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How to check if my HD is case sensitive or not?

How can I get information if my HD format is case sensitive or case insensitive? I want to make sure my Mac running Mountain Lion has a case sensitive file system.
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Will Mountain Lion make an older computer run faster or slower?

Performance/responsiveness is a common concern with new software, especially on older machines. In general, upgrading from Snow Leopard (10.6) to Lion (10.7) wasn't too bad, but now Mountain Lion ...
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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...).