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 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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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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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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How can I expand the number of special characters I can type using my keyboard?

I am aware that when I press ⌥ or ⇧⌥ on my Mac, I can type a variety of special characters. I also know that I can insert special characters using the character palette. Is there a way to expand the ...
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Alternative to Windows Snipping Tool for Mac OSX

Is there something like the Windows Snipping Tool for OSX? For those, who don't know about the tool, it's an easy to use software to take snapshot of any portion of screen, and is really useful in ...
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Unsaved Files in OS X Lion

Where do unsaved files go in Lion? I quit TextEdit without saving since I had no intention of saving, but with autosave the file still got save somewhere since when I reopen TextEdit the file I was ...
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Can you recommend an editor for both iOS and Mac OS X designed for writers?

Is there an editor designed specifically for writers of short prose? Currently I am using Microsoft Word and it is very heavy weight. Large technical reports need indices, chapters, heavy formatting ...
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How can I prevent an SSH session from hanging in OS X Terminal?

When I close my MacBook with an active SSH session in Terminal and then wake it up, the prompt goes unresponsive. In about five minutes it says Write failed: Broken pipe and terminates. This ...
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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 a safe way to move the /Users folder to a separate volume/drive?

I have an SSD on the way and will be moving my HDD to the optical bay slot in my MBP. I want to boot from the SSD and store my /Users folder on the HDD. I've seen the way that everyone suggest ...
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How do I resolve duplicate “in the cloud” songs in iTunes 11?

When I installed iTunes 11, for some reason it re-downloaded all my purchased "in the cloud" songs even though they were already in my library. So now I have duplicate songs, one that matches the ...
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OS X computer name not matching what shows on terminal

My computer name in System Preferences > sharing is set to "archos" but is showing as "iphone" on the terminal. It just started doing this after I loaded Xcode for doing iPhone development. Last ...
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Installing Imagemagick leads to weird error involving OpenCL

I'm trying to install ImageMagick on Mac OSX 10.7 and I'm getting the following errors: When I try to run the suggested verification $ convert logo: logo.gif dyld: Library not loaded: ...
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Lock Screen Command One-Liner

I'm trying to find out whether there is any kind of equivalent command line one-liner which replicates the exact identical functionality of the 'Lock Screen' menu option available via the Keychain app ...
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Safari 6 rendering issues/artifacts (on Mountain Lion)

Final update I just received an email from Apple confirming this bug has been fixed in OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 I've been having rendering issues with Safari 6 on different systems all running ...
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What are the differences between minimizing and hiding an application?

Coming from a Windows background, I'm confused about the concepts of minimizing windows and hiding applications. What are the differences between the two, and when would you want to use one method ...
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How do I remove GarageBand?

I'm nearly out of space and ~/Library/Application Support/GarageBand is taking up 1.5 GB and GarageBand.app is taking up 381 MB of my hard disk space. Can I simply remove the app itself and this ...
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How do I use chmod on a Mac to make new files inherit parent directory permissions?

I'm on Mac. I want to make it so that any new files/folders that get created within a specific folder have the same permissions (not group, that's already taken care of) as those of the parent ...
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Can you make OSX mount just certain partitions when you connect an external HDD?

I have an external HDD with 4 partitions. My question is the following: is there a way of telling the OS to mount just two of them (One FAT and one HFS+) when I connect the HDD? It is rather annoying ...
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Can I force my Mac to make better use of the inactive memory?

I use mysql and it takes up to 2.5 GB of my ram. I checked activity monitor and saw that I have 1GB of inactive memory but it never changes even if I have only 10MB active free memory. Is there any ...
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How do you color code folders in Mavericks?

I used to be able to color code each folder in Finder. I know I can use tags in Mavericks, but is there a way to restore the ability to actually color code folders? Thanks.
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Where are the default (system) wallpaper folders located on OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are Apple's default desktop images stored? Does anybody know where the folders containing the default (i.e. system) wallpapers are located on OS X Lion? (it ...
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Control-F2 “Move Focus to Menu Bar” only works occasionally

I don't want to use my trackpad too much due to a strain injury, hence I use the Control F2 "Move Focus to Menu Bar" a lot. However this feature only works occasionally, it can work for hours and ...
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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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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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Can I select only a few specific folders to back up with Time Machine?

Can I select to backup only few folders with Time Machine ? If there is not an "official one", does somebody know a trick to do it?
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Can a Mac's airport card run 802.11 N, G, B or A only?

Occasionally it's nice to hard code a wired connection network port to not auto negotiate and force things to be 100 half duplex even though a higher speed is configured and negotiable on the switch. ...
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Is there anything like System Restore for Mac OS X?

I've been a Mac user for a few years now. Thinking about if it would be a good idea to set up a Mac for my parents, I came to think of the awesome feature of System Restore in Windows where making a ...
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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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Make folders opened by external apps open in a new finder tab rather than a window

I have the setting "open folders in new tabs" (instead of new windows) in finder turned on but this does not seem to influence what my other apps do when they open a folder. Launchbar and a shell ...
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What are some great OS X games? [closed]

Despite being a "subjective" question, it is a useful one for newcomers to the Apple platform, and serves to aide the lacking gaming community. What are your favorite OS X games? Rules: Limit to ...
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What are some great OS X Dropbox uses?

There are a number of ways I use my Dropbox with OS X apps, or iOS devices. Some of them include: Recipe tracking: I keep a 'recipes' folder inside Together's dropbox-synced-library, so from my Mac ...
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Why is my Macbook Pro getting so slow?

On my MacBook Pro (Year 2009) it takes a long time until I'm logged in or until when a program is started. From day to dayit's getting slower. Programs like Safari or Word or MonoDevelop take up to 2 ...
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How can I stop OS X from automatically connecting to an NFS server on startup?

I upgraded to Lion today, but was having the same problem on Snow Leopard. When I start up my Mac and login, it automatically connects to an NFS server. I know this because I see the server in Finder ...
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How can I resize a Mac OS X app window after disconnecting from an external monitor?

I'm a MacBook user, and when I'm home I plug into a large external monitor to get additional screen space. When I'm on the go I disconnect and use my laptop's built-in display. For the most part this ...
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Problem with “Always Open With” in OS X

I want know how can I apply a software to open all my same document, for example I want to open all my PDF document with Skim but when I right click on it> open with > other and choose my desired ...
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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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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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Taking a screenshot of a tooltip

I am attempting to take a screenshot of a tooltip that appears when a user hovers over it, and immediately disappears upon any key press or cursor movement. Unfortunately, this means the typical ...
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How can I remove a folder that no longer exists from my Finder sidebar in Lion?

There is a folder in my favorites in the sidebar of the finder on my Mac. That folder no longer exists, but for some reason it started showing up again as soon as I upgraded to Lion When I ...
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Will it work well to use a .dmg as an encrypted folder?

I have a folder containing files including Wills, Trusts, personal financial statements etc. Most of these files are word docs, excel spreadsheets, PDF's and jpegs. I would like to protect this folder ...
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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 open a Finder window in Desktop without switching to another one?

I have these five desktops with a dozen of full screen apps and feel very happy. Say I'm at right Desktop 5 now. (Sadly my picture is deleted since it wasn't uploaded to the site hosting service) ...
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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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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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CrashPlan's top-bar icon, how to get it?

I have two Macs running CrashPlan. In one of them, one day, a CrashPlan icon appeared on the top menu bar that informs me when backups are being done, how much is backed up, etc. In the other one, I ...
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Is there a file copy utility for OS X that's similar to TeraCopy for Windows?

On Windows, I use TeraCopy for improved file copying. Are there any similar equivalents for OS X? In particular, I'd like to see things like copy speed.
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How to write on FAT32 and NTFS from Mountain Lion?

What is the best free software for OS X Mountain Lion for enabling write support for FAT32 and NTFS?
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How to share internet with WPA/WPA2 security?

I'm using a macmini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard to share a cable internet connection. Sharing works fine except that security is limited to 40/128 bit WEP that is insecure (can be hacked in minutes). ...
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Problems with font rendering on a MacBook Pro using external 24" LCD

I have a 24" HP LP2475w at my home and 23" Apple Cinema Display at work. Today when I turned on my laptop at work, I noticed that all fonts look perfect (after having an issue with rendering for the ...