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 edit a Info.plist file?

I want to edit three lines of file Whenever I try to edit it this comes up I already gave myself permission to Read&Write (I'm 21muffinp) The same thing still comes up, saying I do not have ...
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MacBook Pro 2011 - can't install after erasing system disk

I just got my MacBook Pro back after lending it to a friend, and restarted with Cmd+R. I erased my system disk and now i'm trying to install Mavericks. For two times it downloaded the ...
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Shutdown cause: -104

I have Macbook Pro retina, model 2013. It started to randomly shut down for no apparent reason. The system log always contains this message: Previous shutdown cause: -104 I have tried to reset ...
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How to detect if chrome (or any other app) is playing sound using bash/applescript

I am writing a script to turn off audio on my mac, but need to check if its coming from the browser or an app (say Spotify). Is there a way to detect which app is playing sound?
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Allow system to sleep even with audio stream running

For a bit of background info: I have a 2010 MacBook Pro 15 with OSX 10.10.2 installed. I'm looking to make the laptop go to sleep even when a proccess that sets PreventUserIdleSystemSleep=1 is open. ...
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How to deactivate iPhone USB tethering when OSX is connected to a wireless network

I have enabled USB tethering from my iPhone to my MacBook pro, and it works perfectly. Nevertheless, I would like to automatically disable USB tethering when the MacBook Pro is connected to a ...
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Screen Blacks Out After Fans Run at Maximum

I inherited an iMac and it has an issue. It boots up fine but within the first five minutes the fans start to slowly ramp up to full speed. After about five to ten minutes of the fans running at full ...
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Screen goes randomly black in OS X

A Macbook screen goes black randomly, sometimes completely black and sometimes near black (you can still see the GUI). This happens in OS X Yosemite and also during USB (Mavericks) (Yosemite) install ...
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Mac has lost its Dock and menu bar

My friend's Mac has lost its dock. It boots up, apparently fine, she logs in, but is then confronted with a blank screen - as in a desktop background image but no desktop interaction elements. The ...
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If I have a number registered with another Apple ID, but create a new Apple ID with that number, what will happen?

I want to create a new Apple ID, but the number I want to use is associated with another ID. What will happen if I register this number with a new ID?
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Unable to move Mouse VirtualBox Snow Leopard Server Install

I am trying to install Snow Leopard Server in a virtual machine, but I can't seem to get the mouse to work properly.
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Converting string to int doesn't work properly in terminal

Converting string to int doesn't work properly in terminal. I want to find how much time specific string occur in a big string. if ((echo "iOS/i" | grep -o iOS/ | wc -l | bc)>2) then echo ...
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Disable Keep In Dock on app move

I use my dock without any applications ever kept in Dock. Only applications that are open are in the Dock. When I move an application within the Dock, OS X thinks I want it kept in the Dock. Does ...
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Can not set ls colors in zsh

I'm using zsh on OS X with the Dark Solarized theme. I'm trying to customize my ls colors, in particular the yellow background for directories which bothers me a lot. However, nothing I change in ...
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How can I print a path with a home directory replaced by ~ in terminal?

How can I print a path in Terminal with the home folder path replaced by a ~? pwd /Users/denz/projects/coolApp But I want to something like this ~/projects/coolApp
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Windows 8.1 cannot boot after the hibernate in Mac

I am new to this community and new to OS X.I have a mac mini where i have installed windows 8.1 with the help of Boot camp.All were working fine until i hibernate the windows .Now every time when i ...
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Check if an OS X user is an administrator?

In a script, how can I check if user "Bill" is a member of the admin group (group 80)? I plan to use this in a script to check if he is and if he is not, make him an admin user.
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Mac OS X Mavericks starts with question mark

Yesterday, I was using my Mac OSX and some applications were using a lot of memory. It wasn't possible for me to finish my Mac correctly and I decided to turn off the computer with the On/Off button. ...
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OSX “Microsoft Remote Desktop (MSRD)” redefine shortcut not works

Typically on OSX remaping of keyboard shortcuts works well. In "Microsoft Remote Desktop (MSRD)" it works well too but previous keystrokes still exist: OSX > System Preferences > Keyboard > ...
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Bootcamp puts content in Macintosh Harddrive

I am using Paragon HFS+ for reading my Macintosh hard drive in windows but when I open my Macintosh hard drive I saw lot of window's garbage that I never kept inside of it. Can I delete .exe files and ...
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Do Macs run the full Windows OS making full use of Windows functionality?

So I now know that Macs can run Windows, but I just want to confirm if it runs Windows like a normal Windows would run on a PC, with full functionality. In other words, just like you get an HP-Laptop ...
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Mail app doesn't get 2 e-mails that I can see on another device

I saw that I had two more e-mails on my windows phone device, and I went ahead and did Shift + Cmd + N to Get all new mail, but those two e-mails never arrived. I sent myself a test e-mail, and it ...
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If I uploaded a file to a website, is it saved somewhere in the Safari application? Or elsewhere in the computer?

I scanned a file to my desktop, uploaded it to a website, and then deleted it from my computer. Now this document seems to be gone forever but I need some information from it. Is there any where it ...
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Slow indexing and/or hashing in nearly low memory in OSX

I have observed slow indexing and/or hashing in OSX which are expressed in the SSD disc which is nearly full (about 5% free space). This bug has been reported to me to exist in earlier OSXs too so ...
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Printer induced iMac insomnia

Right, I got an odd problem. My iMac keeps waking from sleep, after roughly 10-15 minutes, without any intervention on my part. Looking at syslog, I found that the wake reason is XHC1, which some ...
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File or directory called ~ (tilde) in the root of my startup volume

I just noticed that I've got a mysterious file simply called ~ in the root of my harddrive. I suspect that I've created it by accident while using terminal. I know about using ~ as an alias to ...
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To install Gnufind in OSX?

I run brew search gnufind and I get No formula found for "gnufind". Searching pull requests.. so no gnufind with the request. I think it must have a different name. I run brew search find ...
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Sound output is muted when restart iMac

Sound output is alway muted whenever I restart my iMac (27inch late 2009) running Yosemite. If I logout a user and login again without restarting, then 'mute' check box is unchecked. However, ...
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Apps still in Activity Monitor after being closed?

Everytime I open up Firefox and Photoshop CS on my macbook and close them up via the X button at the top left corner of their windows, their windows close but my macbook still lags and shows my memory ...
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How do I install SciPy and VisualPython on OSX Mavericks?

I am attempting to download and install both SciPy and VisualPython so that I can get them to work with each other. I've looked at the release notes for SciPy 0.14.0 and 0.15, and they appear to be ...
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What is an efficient way for developers / power users to use OSX window management and Spaces on a single screen?

This may be a strange question. Background: I usually work in a multiple monitor setup, where I can plaster the screen with all my windows so nothing I might need to switch to is ever hidden from ...
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Shell set environment variables for command

I want to run a program in Terminal and set its environment variables. According to my research one can do this using: VARIABLE="value" VARIABLE2="value2" run_program Now I'd like to set a variety ...
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Configure Yosemite Server WebApp with LaunchD

Question Has anyone successfully been able to start a webapp via a webappctl configuration which specifies a launchd configuration in their webapp.plist launchKeys key? Background Specifically, ...
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App > Get Info > Name & Extension > “Hide extension” option is greyed out

Finder menu > Preferences > Advanced > "Show all filename extensions" IS checked, and I'd like to keep it that way if at all possible. But there is one particular app that I'd like to hide ...
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How To Create A Bootable USB Installer for Windows, Linux and OSX?

How can I use my 120GB USB Drive as an ultimate IT tool? I want to have the following ISOs partitioned off and accessible through a bootloader (any): Windows 5,6,7,8,10 OSX 10.6,7,8,9,10 GParted ...
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Windows jump around when resizing

I have a Macbook Pro (Retina) with an external 4K display. I'm running it with the lid closed, i.e., the external display is the only display. OS X 10.9.5. Normally, it works fine. The past couple ...
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Why there is a constant voice notification on my Mac? [duplicate]

Every minute there is a woman's voice saying 'helo' (it doesn't sound like 'hello'...) coming from my Macbook (OSX 10.10). It is freaking me out. I tried closing all my Apps and rebooting my Mac, but ...
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Why there is a constant voice notification on my Mac?

Every minute there is a woman's voice saying 'helo' (it doesn't sound like 'hello'…) coming from my MacBook (OS X 10.10). It is freaking me out. I tried closing all my Apps and rebooting my Mac, but ...
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Disable non-breaking space (Option-Space) specifically in Xcode

There's a pretty general solution for disabling the non-breaking space in OS X for some apps: ...
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CLI options do not work if passed at the end of command [duplicate]

In brief: ls -a /tmp works but ls /tmp -a does not. I recently started using Macbook Pro. Coming from a Linux background, command like ls /tmp -a seems perfectly fine to me. But for some reason ...
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Mac Virtual Keyboard with Words as Keys?

Is there a custom virtual keyboard similar to Apple's that will allow me define keys with complete words or phrases? When I press the button labeled "Hello World", for instance, that would be entered ...
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force quit keyboard shortcut not working

While I can choose "force quit" from the Finder, I cannot: Choose Force Quit from the Apple menu, or press Command-Option-Esc (this is similar to pressing Control-Alt-Delete on a PC). ...
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In Preview, how to set 'Rectangular Selection' as the default (NOT 'Text Selection'

In Preview on the Mac, how can the default Selection be changed from 'Text Selection' to 'Rectangular Selection' I am opening PDFs and want it to default to 'Rectangular Selection' Currently I need ...
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Outlook for Mac IOS X Yosemite - convert email to a task and keep the email as an attachment to that new task?

On Outlook for OS X Yosemite, how do I convert an email into a task and keep the email as an attachment to that new task?
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App Store asks for old Apple ID when installing updates

I got a MacBook that a colleague of mine had used previously. It runs OS X 10.10.2. I created a new administrator account for myself and turned off the "admin" flag on the old account. I also entered ...
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Installed App with Brew Cask Over Existing Install, Did it Remove the Old App Files?

I upgraded to the latest OpenOffice (from 3.4.1 to 4.1.1) with brew-cask without realizing OpenOffice 4 was already installed: $ brew cask install openoffice ==> Downloading ...
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Treat external HD like internal

Out of necessity I decided to migrate all my personal/work data to a new external hard drive (HFS, encrypted) and left the internal HD for the OS. Because of the fact, that I am now fully reliant on ...
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My MacBook Pro will boot up but won't login

My 2013 MacBook Pro will turn on fine and go to the user profile page. When I click my profile type password and login it gets to 50% on the loading bar and freezes.
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OSX Yosemite Kernel Panic

Okay, so I use Teamviewer to remote into this computer while at work, that might explain why the BSD process name corresponding to current thread is TeamViewer_Deskt, not sure. I was on today and it ...
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Finder can not delete files

I am using 10.9.5. I started having this problem recently. I can download a file into my Downloads folder using the browser, save a new file on the Desktop using a text editor, or create a new folder ...