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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OS X El Capitan keeps changing the auto hide Dock feature

Up until recently I have had no issue with the Dock. I always leave it showing and don't have auto-hide enabled. Now whenever I switch program from Chrome to Skype or Terminal to System Preferences ...
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Change the icon of a single, specific file

I want to change the icon of a single, specific file, eg. not all the docs file, only one .doc file (and this change should even persist). Is this possible? How?
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Cannot kill process shown in parenthesis

I started a rather long dd command that I would like to stop. ps shows: $ ps PID TTY TIME CMD 2006 ttys002 0:00.00 (dd) The dd process is shown in parenthesis without the argument. ...
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Why can't I update my imovie?

I can't update my iMovie - it always says "These apps cannot be accepted by your Apple ID" anyone knows why?
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Can't seem to redirect input in Terminal

I'm having issues getting redirection to work in Terminal. I'm in a C++ class where we have to create an application, then find that application in the Terminal and place a text file in the same ...
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The SUM function in Numbers 3.6.1 on my Mac OS X10.10.5 isn't calculating correctly. Why?

You can see in the attached screenshot that I have used the SUM function to add the values in column E. There are several "1" values (you can see one in cell E126) but the SUM always comes out at ...
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Is it possible to simulate a continuos press in AppleScript?

The closest solution to a continuous key press that I know is just repeating a key press a certain number of times: repeat 1000 times tell application "System Events" to keystroke "c" using ...
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Install App Store Application via Script [duplicate]

I'm working on automating my OSX setup further and I was curious if anyone knows how to install application via a script from the app store. I've seen examples before but it involved opening safari ...
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How can I sync Saved searches to an external hardrive

Is there an Mac tool I can use to sync saved searches/smart folders to a external hardrive? Note: I've tried time machine but I can't include the saved searches. With time machine I can only exclude ...
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My battery icon has x in it

My MacBook Pro 15" battery has a black X in the battery icon and the indicator lights on the side do not light up when button is pressed. What could be the problem? It runs fine when plugged in
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Checking if a driver is loaded for a device

I'm trying to get a Hauppauge Nova-T USB dongle working under OS X El Capitan. I found an unofficial driver installer and a program to watch television using this dongle, but the program is not ...
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Video playback effects in Safari different from other browsers OS X

I am testing html embedded videos in OS X Safari browser and have come across the following issue. Here is a video link from the page: http://realestate.xitech.com.au/barryplant/17491 In Safari, ...
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How can I determine which App is Hijacking / Disabling my Option-Enter combo?

I use Option-Enter A LOT. My main uses are to put a new line into a message in Messages, and to open a url in a new tab in Google Chrome, I know I can hit Command-T, but I often want to modify the url ...
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Is there a Safari extension to provide a drop-down menu listing all tabs, or shows all tabs in the tab bar?

Safari used to have a dropdown on the right-hand side of the tab bar listing tabs. In Safari 9, that's gone, and instead all tabs are present in the tab bar, with many being almost or completely ...
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Why are my Login Items cleared upon restart?

Since I have been using OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 (Beta 15D13b), most of my login items are not remembered. With the exception of Dropbox and WD Quick, all other applications I put into Login Items ...
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How to check VT-x status on MacBook Pro

I need to enable VT-x on my MacBook Pro but I don't know if it's already enabled or not. is there a command for checking the status, enabling or disabling VT-x? Those are the device specifications: ...
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Can't install Homebrew on OSX

I am trying to install Homebrew on OSX El Capitan. All latest OSX and Xcode updates have been installed. I am using this command in terminal: ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL ...
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How to bind a key to press two separate keys

In other words, if I press "x", it registers as me pressing "a" and "b" sequentially. I run Mac OSX Yosemite 10.10.5. A Karabiner solution eludes me, thus I am researching more.
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Mac App Store stuck on Sign In

I recently installed a fresh (erased my HD) install of OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 During my first log in I skipped sign in to my apple id Now when I open my Mac App Store and try to Sign In, it gets ...
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Is adding root to the user group staff safe?

So it seems my library folders are owned by my user, and staff is the user group. When I run commands in sudo, I get warnings from programs like pip that root doesn't own the folder/file. To avoid ...
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Why was my volume indicator sound suddenly muted and changed?

Background I'm on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) running 10.11.3 (15D21). I haven't changed any sound preferences. I bought the notebook brand new about 4 months ago. I only have a few ...
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Effects of changing calendar system from Gregorian to ISO 8601?

In at least Yosemite and El Capitan versions of Mac OS X, we can change System Preferences > Language & Region > Calendar (popup menu) from Gregorian to ISO 8601. I know one difference in ISO ...
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App store still showing beta release of El Capitan months after withdrawal from beta programs?

Months after withdrawing from the beta program, following the guides for exiting, and then installing the production release of OS X 10.11 and installing 10.11 back when it was new, then restoring ...
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iCloud login with an infinite loop on Macbook Pro with OS X El Capitan version 10.11.3 installed

Recently, when I changed my password to my Apple ID, my automatic iCloud login will trip a infinite loop in the settings section of my Mac. When trying to login (entering my password correctly) once, ...
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Internet sharing option “to computers using iPhone USB”

Under System Preferences > Sharing, there is an option to share your connection from wherever "to computers using: iPhone USB": At first glance, this looks to me like: [Mac] ...
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how can I search for folders ending in certain characters in Finder?

Executing a Finder search for folders seems limited to searching for folder names beginning with the search term. I can't search for folder names only using a characters in the middle or end. I'm ...
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Install Rserve return an error

I am trying to install Rserve but it returns an error. > install.packages('Rserve') trying URL 'https://cran.rstudio.com/src/contrib/Rserve_1.7-3.tar.gz' Content type 'application/x-gzip' length ...
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Issues with Anki and BasicTeX

My last Mac worked with Anki to display LaTeX formatted equations but I am still, but I haven't been able to transfer it over. My steps thus far: I obviously downloaded and installed Anki and ...
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sudo and some other system commands not working with platypus

I am making a shell script that works great on its own, but does not work correctly when packaged with Platypus. It does not want to execute sudo, and a few other system commands. Are there any work ...
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Where are iTunes music files located, if they are not in Music/iTunes/iTunes Media?

I recently rented a MacBook Pro because I needed to take mine in for a hardware recall. Before giving mine up, I transferred the folder ~/Music/iTunes and the file ...
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Couldn't open device

I can not partition nor use a removable USB disk without file system. I obtained the following informations: sh-3.2# diskutil info disk2 Device Identifier: disk2 Device Node: ...
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Preview seems to have corrupted PDF and lost all text and arrow annotations

I have used Preview to create a number of annotations for a PDF file. The annotations are a mix of boxes, ovals, text, arrows, etc… Upon exiting and reopening Preview, it seems to have lost the ...
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Using rsync to backup

I currently back up the contents of an external hard drive A by (1) deleting everything in the destination external hard drive B and (2) copying everything from A to B (in Finder). The external hard ...
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Changes to Preferences > Login items setting doesn't affect com.apple.loginitems.plist

I am on El Capitan (10.11.3) on a MBA Mid 2013. The system doesn't seem to make any changes to the com.apple.loginitems.plist file despite me adding items in preferences to login items list, this ...
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Deleted account still being detected (OS X El Capitan)

I recently got a Macbook and easily set up my user account (admin), plus a standard and guest account. One day, I opened the computer and the screen was frozen. After waiting a few mins, I ...
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Recovery: OS X Yosemite can not mount NTFS partition but windows can mount it in 10 minutes

I have a Seagate GoFlex 2TB external HDD that stopped working one month ago. The head of this external disk seeks continuously and produces sounds even when it is not connected to the USB port. On OS ...
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How do I use Handoff in the middle of a call?

I received a call today, and the Handoff box popped up on my screen as usual. I took the call on my phone and the box disappeared. Then, partway through the call, I wanted to "hand off" the call back ...
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All the apps do not show for another user login on my Mac OS X 10.9.5

All the apps do not show for other login users on my Mac OS X 10.9.5. I share the Mac with another person & the other person has all the apps showing in her apps folder that are not showing in my ...
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Simple paint app with adjustable canvas using the mouse?

I'm looking for a very simple desktop painting application similar to kolourpaint that allows you to resize the canvas to the desired size by using the mouse (as seen in the picture below)? Does ...
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Desktop backgrounds keep switching position

I've had a problem with my Mac Pro since I first bought it. I have a setup with six 1920x1080 screens (3 screens wide, 2 screens high). I've processed some nice (large) photos, so I could set them on ...
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How can I see if an OS X install disc is compatible with the computer I'm installing on?

I have an old Mac Mini G4. I'm trying to do a fresh OS install on it. According to my searches, the last OS version that will run on it is 10.5.8. I have several install disks lying around, which ...
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Sleep mode on Mac OS X, don't wake up again

I have a MBP 13 (OSX El Capitan 10.11.2) with two external monitors. After a while when I do nothing my MBP switch to the sleep mode. The problem is that sometime it don't wake up again when I move ...
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Can I access an OS X Yosemite Time Machine backup if I revert to OS X Mavericks?

I've had problems with Yosemite since I've installed it but I'm also wondering if it is even worth it to revert since I've done everything on Yosemite?
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What does hitting the tab button do in terminal?

In Terminal, if I hit tab twice, Terminal asks if I want to list all 1580 possibilities. What is this, and what is this used for?
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unable to sync the audio and video on Final cut pro

Am using OS 10.10.5 Final Cut Pro X, version 10.2.2 I am trying to Sync the audio video. But there'e some problem. I recorded the audio and video***(Video contains video and audio both, but since ...
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How to make brew installed software take effect over the manually installed one?

I have an older version of software that I once manually installed through installation package (version 0.6.6 -- I write it down here for later discussion purpose, but the version number is not ...
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Terminal window displays odd text after being resized

If I open a terminal window, and then shrink it as far left as possible, and then enlarge it again, it displays some odd text, including some of the letters in my hostname: Any way to fix this? ...
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How to import tasks from OmniFocus into 2Do?

Is there a way to import tasks from OmniFocus into 2Do?
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Recover deleted filevault2 partition

I accidentally deleted my partition with my main OS. The partition is FileVault-encrypted. I formatted the hard drive while starting from an external OS X. I am using Mac OS X Yosemite. I still know ...
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Two different Dock Icons for thunderbird?

It is possible to run thunderbird with two different profiles. In this case one has two identical icons in the icon line, which is inconvenient when switching tasks. I learned that it is possible to ...