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 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 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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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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Why is cron being deprecated?

I just found out that cron has been deprecated in Mac OS X. Why is this, and will it eventually be completely removed from future releases?
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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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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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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 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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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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Why do Apple's latest MacBook Pros cap the RAM limit at 8GB?

According to apple's latest documentation (at the time of writing), the cap on the newest MacBook Pros is 8GB RAM. The Mac Pros, however, can take up to 32GB RAM. So, why do the MacBooks have this ...
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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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Set the default search to current folder?

The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders. However, typing into this bar always searches the entire ...
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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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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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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 change the default width of Finder columns?

I have found OS X's default column width to be a bit too narrow. Is there any way to make it wider? I know how to resize columns manually, but it's annoying to repeat the process every time I open a ...
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No .bash_profile in OS X Lion?

I just did a clean install of OS X Lion and I see that now I have no .bash_profile file in my home directory. Should I create this by hand? (I want to save in it some alias.) Thank you. PS : The ...
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How can I copy and paste multiple texts?

I would like to copy several different texts/things at the same time and paste them in any order. Does anyone know any good Mac OS X software or plugin that can handle multiple copy/paste?
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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 change Fn keys usage based on application?

I would like to know if there is any application that can enable you use use Fn keys differently based on the current application. For example in terminal or you favourite IDE you want to use them as ...
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How can I revert the appearance of the close, minimize and zoom buttons with iTunes 10?

The new vertical layout is causing me all sorts of grief - is there any way to revert this back to the normal horizontal orientation of the close, minimize and zoom buttons of every other Mac OS X ...
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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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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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What user behavior is necessary to make Filevault 2 maximally secure?

Situation: Filevault 2 passwords can be stolen Passware has released the Passware Kit Forensic 11.3 which is able to steal the FileVault 2 password from the RAM by performing a DMA Attack via the ...
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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 get notified when the Dropbox app is updated?

I realized that I was running a very old version of Dropbox for Mac. Somehow I was not notified about the latest updates. I was expecting the same behavior as apps like 1Password. In the past, I ...
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Why is my Mac's CPU throttled? (Turbo Boost Ratio)

AnandTech has a instructions1 on how you can check the Turbo Ratios for the Mac's CPU. Since they are logged, the information is very easy to find. In Mountain Lion you can do this the following ...
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How to refresh Messages on Mac after hibernation?

I've set up iMessage on my iPhone correctly (apple id) with Messages on my Mac (OSX Mountain Lion), and it syncs. But the syncing isn't flawless.. Everytime I wake up my Mac after hibernation, it ...
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Only show active windows in the current space in Mac OSX when pressing CMD-Tab

I'm new to Mac and have the following wish: I would like to have one instance of an application (app1) on space1 and another application (app2) on space2. When I pres press CMD-Tab I see every open ...
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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 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 find color codes on Mac?

I used to find color codes which I want to use for texts or background colors on htmls with color edit tool of MS paint which pre-installed on Windows. But now I use Mac instead of Windows. How can I ...
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How can I forcibly shut down my Mac at an appointed time?

I'm looking for an auto shutdown app that will forcefully shut down the computer at an appointed time. The most important part of this is that the shutdown should not be cancelable (unless the ...
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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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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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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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How can I force my keyboard backlight to turn on?

I have a MacBook Pro. When it senses the ambient light is low, the backlit keyboard turns on, and there are keys that let me control its brightness. But when enough light reaches the ambient light ...
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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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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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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 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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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: ...