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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VirtualBox No Internet Win7 Host, OS X Guest [closed]

I have set up Mac OS X 10.9 in a Virtual Machine and I'm struggling to get any internet connection. In my network settings (Mac), it says I'm connected but nothing works. Safari doesn't load any page, ...
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Ruined 2006 imac - Only allowed to reinstall Lion which is no longer availiable

I have a 2006 imac which was installed with lion and now I've got it to a point where the OS became corrupt. I've put a maverick install on a bootable USB but when I boot from the USB doesn't give me ...
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Where should a command line tool store cache files in OS X?

/var/cache is missing, ~/Library/Caches seems to be for full-fledged applications rather than command line tools, tools I've seen in the wild do horrible things (like use the user's home directory). ...
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Install OS X on a MacBook Pro with empty SSD

I have a MacBook Pro Retina 13.3" which had OS X 10.10. I erased the entire SSD with Disk Manager and tried to reinstall OS X. Unfortunately, my internet connection isn't good so it would take more ...
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Import OS X Folders into Photos.app on mac

Does anyone know to import OS X folders into Photos.app albums? Every time I drag a folder in photos.app, it doesn't automatically generate an album for that folder. Is there a way to force this ...
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How to re-span a cron-like launchd script in case of script error?

I have a cron-like launchd script (StartCalendarInterval) that does a backup of some website data once per day: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD ...
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Can applications compiled with an old version of Xcode run on newer iOS?

Can projects compiled in older versions of Xcode run properly (or at all) on newer version of iOS? For example, can a project compiled in Xcode 4.2 run on platforms with iOS 8. Is this possible?
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Yosemite 10.10 Install?

So I'm trying to boot a yosemite installation from an 8GB USB with the dmg file I downloaded from the app store, but once I hit "option" during my mac's startup and choose the correct usb, I get the ...
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launchagent logs warning/error into console

I have a launch agent that I created several years ago to set a random signature both in a .signature and in Mail.app. It does nothing complicated and has hummed along through several OS X versions. ...
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Stop MS Word opening files automatically on launch

Continual opening of files from history. I clear history, but they appear on startup the next time. If I use option (alt) button on 'Word' dropdown, I get Quit and keep files rather than Quit and ...
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How to customize open with menu in Yosemite?

I want to customize the right click/"open with" menu for some file extensions like jpg, in order to see just the 4 apps i want to use with this file type. Google suggests me to edit the info.plist ...
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How to use Page icon for not native format

Is there anyway to force Microsoft format files using Pages, Numbers... icon in OS X 10.10? Display blank icon is unacceptable and make me annoy.
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Why does Disk Utility show “Macintosh HD” on both Logical Volume Group and the volume underneath?

After performing a clean install of Yosemite (erasing the entire disk using disk utility during installation), the original name of the disk (APPLE HDD HTS547575A9E384 Media) turned out to be ...
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Is There a Wired Mouse or Track Ball That Supports Gestures in OSX?

I wanted to find out if there was a wired alternative to Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad that also supports the gestures built into OS-X Yosemite, at the very least the ones supported by a Magic ...
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How can I encrypt my home folder?

I have a Macbook with several user accounts. Most of the accounts have administrator privileges. The computer's hard disk is encrypted using FileVault. Is there a way to additionally encrypt each ...
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Slow OSX booting with black screen before apple logo

Every time I boot my macbook, there is always a black screen before the Apple Logo pops up. The blackscreen stays for around 15-20 seconds. How can I resolve that problem?
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Can I reset app windows to default size/position?

I was just wondering if there is a way to reset app windows like Mail or Finder to there default size and position. Is this possible and so yes, how? Thanks in advance.
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Upgrade from 10.9.5 to 10.10.* without App Store

I can't open the App Store, and I can't open software update. I've tried all the troubleshooting advice I can find online, but none of it solved my problem, so I figured an OS update was overdue. I'm ...
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Mysterious photo uploads to Google Photos

I realise this question is somewhat of an intersection of OS X and Google but I'll start here. My partner discovered that most of her pictures (up to 2013) that are on her Mac were mysteriously ...
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launchctl error “nothing found to load” when run via cron

On OS X 10.9, I'm running a script via my user crontab (added using crontab -e) which, under some specific conditions (not related to this question), will run the following command to launch a menubar ...
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My SSD works on every computer except mine

I've asked several questions on Ask Different about an Intel SSD that I'd bought and tried to use in a DIY Fusion Drive in my early 2011 13" MBP. The Fusion Drive worked for a few weeks and then quit ...
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Unable to delete file from Downloads folder

I have a file (4alJRTP_.gif.part) in my downloads folder that won't seem to delete. Every time I drag it to the trash, nothing shows up in the trash and the file icon remains in the downloads ...
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Repeat a 3 second loop 10x in a 30 second video

I have a short sequence loop in Motion 5. The file loops for 3 seconds, but my video is 30 seconds in length. I want to repeat the short sequence file 10 times, so it fits the 30 seconds. The only ...
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OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite, has the default PATH changed?

Today I had to configure a new macbook, running 10.10.3 out of the box and immediately upgraded to 10.10.4. After installing homebrew I went to configure the default PATH, and opened /etc/paths. I ...
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How to mirror Mac screen like a real physical mirror [duplicate]

Is there a way to mirror a Mac Book Pro screen like if it would be seen from a real physical mirror? I'm not talking about duplicating the screen on another screen (also called mirroring), I want to ...
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Why is my HD full of nothing?

I'm running 10.8. Everything is updated. Tried all the usual memory recovery stuff and resets. Disabled time machine. When I look at at the HD folders in terminal, with show all sizes all the files ...
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Cannot open Parental Controls preference pane in Yosemite

I cannot open the Parental Controls preference pane in OS X Yosemite. It just gives me: "Preferences Error. Could not load preference pane." Here are the console logs I got: System Preferences[609]: ...
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Issues creating Bootable USB for EL Capitan Public beta

I'm trying to follow tutorial over at: http://osxdaily.com/2015/06/11/make-bootable-os-x-el-capitan-beta-install-usb-drive/ to create bootable usb for El Capitan Public Beta, however after completion ...
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Re-install stock Net-SNMP?

Apologies in advance if this has been answered. What is the exact procedure to reset Net-SNMP to "factory defaults" on, say, OSX 10.10 - or any other OSX flavor? A number of our Xserves were ...
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Is there a way to configure the automatic brightness adjust?

Okay, so I have my macbook set to auto adjust to the room's brightness. In a room with no light aside from the macbook it will auto adjust to 30% brightness and hurt my eyes, in a normal room it will ...
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GnuPG for Apple's Leopard 10.5.x

I have a Macbook that was given to me by my friend while I save up money for a replacement keyboard on another laptop that run's linux. My question is where can I find a working URL for downloading ...
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Application keeps bouncing on the Dock and won't launch

I have an application called Company of Heroes: Campaign Edition. It was working fine but after two days it stopped working. I tried deleting the Saved Application State, preferences and its folder in ...
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Make selected text in Notes the default style (no custom fonts, colors, bold, underline etc)

I'd like to be able to select some text in Notes and hit a key or something to make that selected text go "default". No bolds, italics, fonts, or big/small sizes. Is there any such feature?
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Concise, compact list of all 'defaults' currently configured and their values?

Hello Ask Different community, I'm not an OSX expert, though I've used it for some time now. I'm trying to understand more about how to automate and push config changes for netboot/imaging , etc. I ...
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Does OSX 10.10.4 support LZMA compression at the individual file level (not tar files)?

From the command line, I would like to compress some database dumps using the LZMA algorithm. And, OSX adds XZ support (written in October of last year), claims " It turns out the XZ support in OS X ...
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In bash script, how to have a script that runs in the background and starts when an application is opened

I'm making a script which should run when I open Safari. I want it to open when the user logs in and run in the background, then have part of the script to run when Safari opens. Is this possible in ...
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In non-native applications, in the Open File dialog, I can see hidden files but I can't select them

I have a problem with some non-native mac software (Perforce Diff and Kdiff3). When I use the Open File Dialog, I can see the hidden files, but I can not select them or interact with them at all. ...
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iMac hangs when waking up with MAMP running

I recently installed the latest MAMP version on my iMac running Yosemite 10.10.4. MAMP runs fine, used it all day and left it running overnight. Upon waking up the iMac, I have noticed the system is ...
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No bookmark icon next to bookmark item in Safari 8.0.7 (Yosemite 10.10.4)

In Safari 8.0.7 (Yosemite 10.10.4) when I hit "⇧ ⌘ B" my Favorites Bar appears and I can see my bookmarks as well as all folders but one thing I'm really missing are favicon right before bookmarks. ...
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iPad wire-connection issues

I use an iPad Air 1 (8.4) and a MacBook Pro mid 2014 13''(10.10.4) Whenever I try to connect my iPad to my MacBook with a lightning-usb wire it starts connecting but then disconnects immediately. This ...
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What's the difference between the OS X version and build numbers?

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, from a software and hardware perspective, what's the difference between the OS X version and build numbers? Example: Version 10.10.3 (14D136)
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Download source Mac OSX Yosemite 10.10.3 and later

I need download source Mac OSX Yosemite 10.10.3 (and later) to create USB and boost it. But I can't find the way download it. With Yosemite 10.10, I download from the following link: ...
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OSX Stuck - Window manager is responsive, but can't create any process

Shortly (seconds) after booting, the OS (10.6.8) becomes unresponsive. Not a single process can be created, but the window manager is responsive - I can switch focus between existing windows and some ...
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Failed startup after 10.10. upgrade

After upgrading to 10.10.4 from 10.10.2, my Macbook Pro (late 2013) boots up to a blank screen with the mouse cursor displayed briefly every 10 seconds. Booting to safe mode and resetting the SMC or ...
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How to display standard Linux libraries of OS X in terminal?

Platform: OS X: Yosemite 10.10.4; MacbookPro 15" Retina (mid-2015). I am new to OS X, I want to explore the underlying operating system and it's Linux components especially. Linux has standard ...
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Prevent MS Office Outlook Reminders from Stealing Focus and Changing Active Workspace

When I'm working in full screen, typing away, it's extremely disruptive to have an application steal focus. It suddenly takes keyboard focus away from where I'm typing, and immediately accepts that ...
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How to use previous iTunes icon?

I'm have a MacBook Pro (x86_64) with OS X 10.8.5 (fully patched). When I got the MBP, the iTunes icon was a cool blue icon. Recently, Apple changed it to red. The psychologist tell us red indicates ...
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Mac OS X Yosemite public beta not receiving updates

I have a 2010 iMac and I installed Mac OS 10.10 public beta last summer, but I haven't received any updates since. My exact version right now is OS X 10.10 (14A379b). Does anyone know what should i ...
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Can't see a specific external hard drive

I was trying to make an NTFS hard drive writable on my macbook. I tried the way mentioned in this link: https://www.maketecheasier.com/write-ntfs-partition-os-x-yosemite/ Now I can make changes on my ...
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Effectively using arrow keys in Sublime on Apple long keyboard

I would like to effectively use the following keys in Sublime: Presently, both types of arrows jump to the end and beginning of the document. By effective use I would expect that there will be ...