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 there a command line utility to display a string or an image in the status bar in Mavericks?

Basically I want to issue a command in a bash script or an Apple Script and see some string (or icon) in the status bar aka "where the clock is". Something similar to osascript but for the status ...
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User Control screwed up but unable to click on icons with Mouse on OSX 10.8

I dont know what has happened, but today user control with mouse and trackpad on my macbookpro is screwed up. I rebooted twice, it made no difference. The trackpad moves the cursor okay, but I ...
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uninstalling adware bundled with adobe reader etc

My wife recently needed to install Adobe Reader for some of her work (apparently there is some kind of interactive functionality that Preview doesn't support) and in the process managed to install ...
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Why did OSX 10.9.4 Internet Sharing stop working?

I had Internet Sharing working correctly on my iMac with OS X 10.9.4. I was sharing my connection from ethernet to computers using Wi-Fi. After I rebooted, my iPhone can connect to the Wi-Fi ...
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screensaver two monitors two images

I'd like to display a different image on each of my two monitors as the screensaver. The "Classic" screensaver almost does this, but it always mirrors the same image to both monitors. A way to ...
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Migration assistant to specific folder

I have a 290gb of data on my old mac. It won't boot up. I have a firewire cable and am going to transfer the data to my MacBook pro which has 590gb of free space. I want to use migration assistant, ...
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How to automate hardware scenarios based on connection type on my MacBook? [duplicate]

I would find it to be possible to automate (e.g. with Automator) a given set of scenarios according to my MacBook's connection, but I'm not very knowledgeable on how to approach this. Specifically, I ...
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Sound on OS X doesn't work after Soundflower install

Because of missing native equalizer on OS-X (Snow Leopard) I had to use third party app Soundflower in combination with AU Lab. Everything was going right, but once I restarted OS X, the sound stopped ...
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Apple said we can use iMovie to make App Previews, but I can't export the correct size using iMovie

I'm trying to create an App Preview for an iPhone app. I recorded a screen capture of the app in the native resolution of the phone. Then I imported the video in iMovie and used iMovie to add ...
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Facebook Video Chat plugin no longer works on Mavericks

After upgrading my Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, I've encountered a minor problem. The video chat plugin of Facebook no longer works. On the Facebook chat box, the video chat ...
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Is it possible to use 'Continuity' to send a WhatsApp message from MacOS? [on hold]

The 'Continuity' feature says that it is possible to send 'any kind of text message' from any device: https://www.apple.com/au/ios/whats-new/continuity/ Is it possible to send a WhatsApp message ...
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screensaver that takes a screenshot

I'd like to make my screensaver look just like an unlocked desktop. The idea would be to take a screenshot just before activating the screensaver, and use that screenshot in the screensaver. Has ...
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Replacement for Isolator

It seems that one of my all time favourite apps Isolator has been abandoned. While it still works, it hasn't been updated in forever, could use some customization features and it isn't ready for ...
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How to define the VPN PPTP port in OSX Lion?

Is there any change to set the port to use when connecting to a PPTP VPN from a Mac? I configured a VPN at home from Server 2008 so I can access my home server and use ports like RDP, VNC, IMAPS ...
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How can the colors of a single window be inverted in OS X?

How can the colors of a single window be inverted in OS X?
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Can I run non server OS 10.6.8 using VMware?

Two part question really: 1) can it be done at all (standard version NOT server)? 2) if it can be done can I import an existing standard 10.6.8 system from an external disk with VMWare or do I have ...
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Average start up time for Macbook Pro running Lion?

I have a new MacBook Pro 13 inch 2.4GHz and I am noticing that the start up timeis about 60 seconds from power on to launching Safari. Is this an average start up time?
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Is Soundflower 1.6.6 compatible with Mavericks 10.9?

Is Soundflower 1.6.6 compatible with Mavericks 10.9?
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Where is the file systems table in OS X?

I can see the following mounts on my MacBook: > mount /dev/disk0s2 on / (hfs, local, journaled) devfs on /dev (devfs, local, nobrowse) map -hosts on /net (autofs, nosuid, automounted, nobrowse) ...
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How can I use Gmail as the default mail client app in Mac OS X?

I use Gmail as my e-mail client, but when I click on a "mailto:" link, the Mail.app is opened. Is there a way to avoid the Mail.app opening in this case? Can I open Gmail instead?
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Can I create an OSX image to install after a disk format/7-pass

I often do a secure pass (usually 7) once a month on my Macbook, for privacy reasons and my job. But, it's annoying that I have to continue to reinstall my applications each time. It is possible to ...
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How to lock the mouse to one monitor in a multi-display setup. (On a Mac)

I've been looking for a way to lock the mouse to one monitor in a dual, or more, display setup. [Edit:] The application that I am programming will be run in full-screen mode only, at all times. This ...
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How can I find out how much space is left on my MacBook Air hard drive? [duplicate]

I'm running OSx 10.9.4 on a MacBook Air and don't know where to look to find out how much space is left on my hard drive.
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How to find Hard Drive capacity in Mavericks? [duplicate]

I usually check the Hard Drive capacity in the Activity Monitor. But when I checked it, it literally looked different. I selected each tabs, trying to find the information about my disk but to no ...
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How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space?

Every few days I get notices on my MacBook that it's running or run out of hard drive space. Curiously, restarting the computer will enable me to recover gigabytes of space (this past time, it was ...
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Why does Spotlight keep reindexing my system after updating to Lion?

Since I installed Lion, the Spotlight database keeps reindexing (which is taking several hours). It does this at least every second day. Are any other users experiencing this problem with Lion (i.e. ...
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Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?

On my 4-month old mid-2012 MacBook Pro I observe that Spotlight seems to want to ALWAYS re-index. I frequently notice that the performance will get unbearably slow and I can hear the hard drive ...
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I forgot the password to Mac OS X 10.5.8 - Leopard… How can I reset it?

A friend of mine gave this MacBook to me because she bought a new one but she forgot to tell me the password. I can't talk to her for some days and need to use the MacBook now. Most probably I will ...
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Spotlight “Indexing and searching disabled.” message in terminal on OSX. Why?

My spotlight searching hasn't worked for quite some time and I've tried everything I could find on Google. I can't search for anything on my MacBook.. literally nothing shows up. I'll list the things ...
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Boot with 2 spaces

Is it possible to have OSX log in with 2 Spaces by default? I want to be able to start on a blank desktop while the Login Items I have set up are started in the other Desktop.
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Fastest way to split a video file into two?

Does anyone know of software for OS X that can quickly split a 2 hour H.264 video file into two 1 hour files? iMovie estimates 2 hours just to import the file. I was hoping for something that could do ...
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how to print all open tabs in chrome on Mac to pdfs?

I have a chrome\firefox on my mac. I have opened many tabs and I want to print all tabs into pdfs. I have downloaded "universal prin" addon for FF. But I cannot send to a virtual pdf printer all ...
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Will iTunes Match organize my local files?

Today I organized some of my songs/albums on my Macbook Pro while I was at work. My main/local files are on my PC at home which is also connected to Match. After organizing songs in the cloud, will ...
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How to enable Maven autocomplete on Mac OS X command-line?

When using Maven (mvn) on OS X Terminal, how can I get tab-completion for Maven goals, plugin names, etc? Things like this: mvn pa [TAB] -> mvn package mvn je [TAB][TAB] -> mvn jetty:run
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Can I show a 24-Hour clock on my Mac's Lock Screen?

I just got a MacBook Pro, and different from my iMac is that I'll be using the lock-screen much more on this one. I noticed that in the upper right corner of the lock screen, the time is shown, but ...
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Volume control (sliders or keys) stops working after plugging into/out of headphone jack

I plug my machine into a projector/sound amplification setup regularly for teaching. Often, when I get back home afterwards, the sound volume controls no longer work. Neither the dedicated volume ...
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OS X Yosemite Beta could not be verified [on hold]

I was trying to update my Mac from OS X Yosemite Beta 1 to Beta 2 from the Mac App Store. When the download had completed, my mac restarted. But during its install process it gave me this error ...
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Is it possible to have 2 wireless interfaces and have each interface connect to a different VPN over a MacPro?

Is it possible to have 2 wireless interfaces and have each interface connect to a different VPN over a MacPro? Basically, I have a MacPro with 2 wireless interfaces. I connected to both wireless ...
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Confusion with sudo and multiple local accounts

I am having difficulties figuring out why certain things are much more complicated on a mac terminal than a standard linux shell.. Say I have two local accounts, one administrator called "adm" and a ...
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Configure OSX Notification Banner self-dismiss time

How can I reduce the amount of time before an OSX notification banner dismisses itself?
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Ran Disk Utility to Repair Permissions but not sure it's doing the right job

I wrote a script to parse Disk Utility log and output and permission changes that give more access than before. There were 5 results: 2014-09-21 21:42:31 +1000: Permissions differ on ...
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OSX Server 10.9 File Sharing - not working properly

I have a 10.9 server with file sharing enabled. One of the users decided to change the permissions on the folder and was doing some "spring cleaning" now all of my shares are not visible from the ...
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Flashing Folder on Mac Pro 1,1 after trying to Bootcamp

So I bought a Mac 1,1 and it runs great, until I tried to bootcamp it the other day with an old windows HDD i had. I downloaded windows, and tried to bootcamp it and now it will not boot the Mac HDD, ...
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How to add a timestamp in log files on launchd?

In launchd, you can change the path of the log files in .pist file using StandardOutPath and StandardErrorPath, but when I used it to output the log returned by the process, the resultant log files ...
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Since Mavericks, I can't mount ISO files on my Mac over a network

Since upgrading to OS X Mavericks, when I want to mount an ISO file that's on my Mac from my Windows 8.1 PC (so, mounting a Mac share on a Windows computer, so I am accessing the file from the Windows ...
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How can I remove the launchpad?

I don't use the launchpad, especially as it has a lot of useless apps in there that you can't delete either. For things like the dock and the dashboard I found guides online on how to remove them, but ...
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A few applications are automatically opened when I first turn on the mac

I have a few applications that are automatically opened when I start the computer, for example TextWrangler or Activity Monitor. Is it possible to start the computer without this stupid behaviour?
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Where file revisions are stored on OS X?

Most Apple applications in newer OS X versions, like OS X 10.9, automatically save all changes to all files and documents without your approval, and file versions and revisions are automatically ...
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App that changes network settings, launches apps, etc. when changing network connection

~5 years ago an enthusiastic coworker was telling me about some awesome app that would do stuff like automatically change your volume, mount network drives, launch apps, etc. when it notices that your ...
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Looking for OS X 10.5.8

I am trying to restore G5 Mac for audio recording purposes. I believe the hard drive has failed and I will need to replace it. My research on this computer shows the latest compatible OS X to be ...