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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Is it possible to change Dock icons on a per-user basis?

Can you make the Dock icon for an app appear different? Obviously you could copy the whole app or symlink parts of it, but I don't want to have to create a symlink for every single file in the ...
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How does Finder decide whether a file extension needs to be hidden?

I'm using Mavericks and I noticed some of my files have their extensions hidden and others don't. How does Finder decide whether a file extension needs to be hidden? I know I can prevent this ...
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.mov file in external HD, grayed out and won't open: “this item is already used by Mac OS X”

The file won't open, with QuickTime, with the following error message: Selecting repair disk on disk utility results in this: I'm under OSX 10.7.5.
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How can I get full resolution out of different generations of cinema displays?

I have a newer thunderbolt display and an older Apple Cinema HD display hooked up to my retina macbook pro (15 inch, early 2013, 1 GB GeForce GT 650M graphics card). The older one is going through a ...
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Why aren't Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 cables/adapters available?

I have the Late 2013 Macbook Pro, which has two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. I currently use both USB 3.0 ports and one TB2 port. I want to connect a third USB 3.0 device to the machine, ...
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Partition Format on Mac

Mac newbie here. I need to have a case sensitive file system. I am planning to create a separate data partition for that. 100GB (Mac/home directory) + 151GB (data partition). I have a habit of making ...
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Looking for a black/white only terminal emulator on Mac

My original question on Stack Overflow can be found here. Basically, I ssh into my linux work station from my Mac and I would like to test my program (that runs on the linux machine) if color output ...
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How to change to workspace on non-active monitor?

I have multiple workspaces. I can switch them via Ctrl + Arrow Keys Left and Right. I also have multiple monitor setup. I realized I can only switch this way on the current, active monitor. How do I ...
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How to delete files from a NAS drive in OSX

I am running Mavericks on a 2012 Mac Mini. I have a WD MyBookLive NAS drive on the network which appears under SHARED in Finder. There are lots of files on the drive I want to delete but my Mac ...
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Is it possible to convert window into tab?

I can drag a tab out of window, and it becomes independent window in Safari, Finder and other apps that support tabs. Is it possible to reverse this operation, convert window into tab by dragging it ...
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Windows management

Just wondering whether its possible to achieve my goal. Imagine you are running Firefox and have all windows minimized to Dock. If you switch to other application and back to Firefox via cmd+Tab, it ...
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Force Mac to display in grayscale

Is there a way to force OSX to display in monochrome(also known as grayscale)? I'm working with a student who has ADHD (and I am mildly ADHD myself). The colors are too much for him/her to handle. ...
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Time Machine menu bar Icon Location

I'm trying to find the Time Machine menu bar icon resource so I can change how it looks a bit. Where is that icon? In Time Machine's package contents > resources, all I see is backup.icns (the Finder ...
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The OS X GUI won't accept any passwords (but the command line will)

The graphical side of OS X has stopped accepting passwords for any account. I am definitely typing them right, but the password box just wiggles "no." And here's the weird part: I can log in from ...
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Tracks not syncing from Mac to iPhone

I have an album with two tracks in it on my Mac that does not sync to my phone despite being explicitly selected to sync. At first the two tracks were unchecked (because I didn't want them in smart ...
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Safari starts automatically after login

Since a few days, after every boot Safari will automatically start. Today, the same thing happens with OmniOutliner Pro (MAS Version). I have the latest version of OS X 10.9.3 (13D65) These programs ...
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Typing >console in username box—nothing shows up until cancelled

When I type >console into the username box on the login screen, the computer seems to freeze for a very long time. Then I press ^C^C^C^C^D^C^D^D^D^C^D and eventually the computer unfreezes—but ...
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Switch between monitors using camera

Is there any software for Mac which watches out head and focus a window that is in a specified monitor based on our head angle? I'm using 3 monitors at the same time and hitting cmd + tab is always ...
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Determine what's using the 'system' cpu in OS X Mavericks

I am running a job in R that forks multiple processes. Every once in a while it seems that when the forked processes return and the next job starts, the previously forked processes terminate, but the ...
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Restoring to a 10.6.8 from Time Machine that backed up a 10.8 system

I spilled coffee on my Macbook Air and didn't turn it off in time. It's fried. I have a Time Machine backup of the entire system. I believe it was running 10.8 when it died. I want to format my old ...
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Why does directory vanish when I do SSHFS?

I'm running Max OSX 10.9.3 and I'm trying to setup an SSHFS file-share between my MacBook Pro and a remote file system. However, when I try to do it, it doesn't work. Strangely enough, it makes the ...
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Which user's privileges do I use to run MariaDB?

I installed mariadb from Homebrew. It'll be used for CMS access through PHP. I want the DB to start when the system starts up so I added the homebrew/ mariadb-supplied launchctl plist to ...
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How to remember only a username in Safari?

Chrome and Firefox allow to remember only a username (gmail, for example) without no problem. But it's not working the same way for Safari. Safari, if remembers, it remembers both, username and ...
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decrypting FileVault2 WDE seems stuck, how to unstick?

This is happening on an MBP Mid2010 running Mac OS X 10.9.3 I have been using FileVault2 full-disk encryption for several years now; however, I needed to decrypt to repartition the disk for BootCamp. ...
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How does one reverse engineer how the Finder performs an operation?

I'm trying to figure out how OS X implements it's secure empty trash operations and it seems like I should be able to get more finely grained information than what the process monitor tells me. The ...
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Error opening a zip file: No such file or directory?

After 25 years on PCs I am delighting in learning all I can about working with my new Mac and OS X Mavericks. I tried just now to open a zip file but was interrupted when an Archive Utility dialog ...
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Broken hard drive or operating system

My MacBook Pro froze today. When the system is restarted, it goes directly to the OS X Utilities window. None of the alternatives seem to work. I don't have a Time Machine backup, so there is no use ...
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How to change the color scheme in KeyNote 6?

In Keynote 6, each Theme comes with a color scheme. I cannot figure out where this color scheme is defined, nor how to change it. How to change the color scheme? Or this one from a different ...
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Remove OSX shortcut to switch between spaces (ctrl + number shortcut)

On MacOsX Lion (upgrade from Leopard). Working with some 3d application, I would like to temporarily turn off the shortcut ctrl + [numberOfSpace]. I went to: Preferences > Keyboard > Mission ...
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could you force install OSX Mavericks onto a Apple MacBook A1181 early 2008 model if running snow leopard or mountain lion osx

iv just bought an Apple MacBook A1181 (white) early 2008 model and was wondering if i could install mavericks on it? in any way shape or form?
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Setting up a IMAP hotmail/outlook mail account with SSL and with a certificate

I can't seem to enable SSL on my hotmail account in Mail. Whenever I enable SSL in Preferences>Accounts>(email)>Advanced the connection fails in connection doctor. My settings are here. These settings ...
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What are the key-names for the PressAndHold.app keyboard plists?

To avoid ambiguity in this question I will use key to mean a plist-dictionary-key (look-up string); and key to mean a button on your keyboard. This answer to another question identified a great way ...
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Clone a NetBoot Drive

I am in a small pickle. Basically, I have a netboot server (I think, when you press option at startup, drives with small globes appear) but I cannot access it locally, and I need to clone it to a ...
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Time in milliseconds since epoch in the terminal

How do I get the time since the epoch, in milliseconds, in the OSX terminal? The Linux/Ubuntu equivalent is date +%s.%N: Linux $ date +%s.%N 1403377762.035521859 Which does not work in my OSX ...
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Full screen YouTube still shows Dock and Menu Bar

Whenever I bring a video to fullscreen on YouTube (on Chrome or Safari), the video will go to fullscreen but the dock and menu bar remain visible, covering the top and bottom parts of the video. They ...
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Upgrading OS X from 10.5.8 to at least 10.6.8 to update my iTunes

Recently purchased an iPhone 5c and was trying to upload my music and apps from iTunes. iTunes could not upload music because iTunes needs to be at least 10.6.8 to update. On my 2006 iMac I am ...
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Restrict OSX applications from using the network

I tether my mac to my iPhone regularly and find it works well. However there is (obviously) a limited amount of bandwidth availible and I've got things like 'OS X's update service, dropbox, evernote, ...
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Is it possible to switch off the trackpad in OS X with a keyboard shortcut

I'm using OS X almost entirely using the keyboard, and it helps to have the trackpad disabled most of the time. But I'd also like to be able to enable it every so often for individual tasks - is it ...
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standalone upgrade from older version to current version osx

I want a standalone upgrade from an older osx (10.7.4) to the current mavericks. There is the free upgrade in the app store which normally would be perfect -- but my internet connection at home is ...
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My hard drive doesn't work but Bootcamp work

For two days my mac is "dead", the hard drive crashed, so I reformat (twice). Then via the Recovery I wanted to reinstall Mavericks but at the end of the proceedings it appears to me there remains ...
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Diagnosis or Hardware Test on a mid 2009 Macbook Pro with MacOS 10.9.2

I would like to test hardware on a mac book pro model from 2009 with Mac Os X 10.9.2 installed. Since it is running unreliably I would like to perform a diagnosis/hardware test. What is easy to find ...
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USB Modem Recognized But No /dev File

I have two USB modems. One is a US Robotics and it shows up in System Information and also has a device file in /dev. (Actually, it has more than one file in /dev.) I have an Encore modem, model ...
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Can I downgrade to Mavericks after installing Yosemite?

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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Auto log off on mac even when account is active

is there any way to automatically log off a guest account after 10 minutes of login? I want to log out of the account every 10 minutes immaterial of whether it is active or inactive. Is there a way to ...
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Simple deletion of files using text file list won't work

I have to delete files specified by remove.txt which looks like this: img_8138.dng.jpg img_8140.dng.jpg img_8141.dng.jpg img_8143.dng.jpg I've tried several suggestions from the ...
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How to create pkg which installs files to /usr/local

I tried using Whitebox's Packages to create an installer for a LaunchDaemon. The daemon calls a shell script, which itself sources a configuration file. So what I would like is an installer which ...
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Windows aren't quite maximized when opened

When I open window in a program, I typically want it to take up my entire screen (but not be in full screen mode, just maximally sized) Instead, there is a thin gap at the left edge of the screen. It ...
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OS X: Specifying custom command line invocation of program as application for opening files on double click

I'm primarily a Linux user who recently acquired a MacBook Air and I'm currently desperately trying to find out whether there's an equivalent for Linux's desktop definition files, where you can define ...
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How to guide on prioritising performance of one application

Most Linux based operating systems allow you to increase allocated system resources for a particular application and I am wondering if the UNIX based OSX Mavericks has the same capabilities. I am ...
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How do I permanently disable the scrollbar?

I set the Show Scroll Bars setting to "Automatically based on Mouse or Trackpad", but it constantly appears. I do not want the scroll bar to automatically appear, or appear when scrolling. I want it ...