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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MacBook shows circle with line through on boot even on Safe Mode and kernel panics

I was rebooting my early 2011 MacBook to run a hardware test on system boot using the shift key. It all went well and the hardware test was accomplished. I rebooted as usual and I get a circle with a ...
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Remove or hide network user names from Users and Groups Preferences

We have open access Macs connected to AD - Any number of users can log in. This results in an extremely large list of users in the Users & Groups Preferences window. I assume there may also be ...
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Safari on Yosemite stops loading tabs if a new one is created

If I visit a site in Safari, and before it loads, create a new tab or switch over to an existing one, the loading stops in the initial tab. Has anyone else experienced this as well? None of the ...
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Why does Spotlight in Mavericks not show the location of search results?

With Mountain Lion, the following was working: Search for a file type and name, e.g. to find all Excel sheets named Foo: kind:excel foo This would show all Excel sheets where the name includes Foo ...
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Need to clean install Yosemite without knowing or resetting password

I have a laptop that I would like to get in working order. There are 2 main issues: I forgot the password. When I boot the laptop, I am seeing the flashing folder with a question mark which ...
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how to install Mac osx 10.8 to a empty HDD?

Hi I have a bootable usb for 10.8 . But my Mac's HDD is fully empty, how do I install this OS to my Mac ? Thanks!
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How to tell what program is launching softwareupdated?

My Macbook was running really slow after opening it up and so I opened Activity Monitor and saw one process called softwareupdated that was not responding. It didn't say it was using any CPU but my ...
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Hide a Disk Image from Finder Searches and Finder Searches

I have created an encrypted Disk Image on my mac for my sensitive files. I can't get to the files unless you type a password, but you can search for the files in Spotlight and Finder. I really don't ...
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Can’t find .plist files

I can’t find the .plist file for TextEdit, Preview. I’ve looked into /Library/Preferences, ~/Library/Preferences, and ~/Library/Containers. I have tried opening the app and changing the preferences ...
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Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Mac Equivalent?

Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Windows provides a variety of functions, the main one of interest being the Task Manager. Is there an equivalent keyboard shortcut & indeed Task Manager for carrying out ...
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Rename/delete files in Mac OS X save window

Is it somehow possible to rename/delete/copy files when saving a file and the Finder window pops up? I know you can do it with Windows, is it possible with Mac OS X?
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Macbook pro stuck on 'About a second remaining' for an hour

I'm trying to upgrade my Macbook pro late 2011's hard disk to an SSD from Corsair. I have inserted the USB stick with the OSX Mavericks installer, and everything went great: I made a GUID single ...
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createinstallmedia: command not found

I am trying to create a bootable flash drive that is named Untitled from my MacBook Pro Retina with Yosemite 10.10. This is what I am getting in Terminal: mbp2013retina:~ chris$ sudo ...
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update OSX Yosemite & cksum mismatch

After OSX Update -> Yosemite: No option to login and run the system. Via Firewire (T) and Diskutils && Diskwarrior: "Unvalid Disk-Label @ 499239710720: cksum mismatch" Diskwarrior: no option ...
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How can I use RSVG with ImageMagick?

I'd like to use the RSVG for SVG processing in ImageMagick (the included library is fairly incomplete). RSVG is a supported delegate but needs to be installed separately. I've installed librsvg and ...
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Keys and mouse randomly stop working briefly

Since a couple of days, I experience the weird issue that OS X 10.10.3 does not react to keyboard or mouse inputs, except multitouch gestures like 4-finger swipes. The unresponsiveness will persist ...
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How to insert up arrow in microsoft word for mac using keyboard shortcut?

Is there a way to insert uparrow that is not a wingding in word with a keyboard shortcut? Whenever I insert the symbol from the character browser it switches my font to wingdings and it's frustrating ...
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Run Node commands for _www user

I've installed NodeJS for all users on my Mac and when I do a whoami in the terminal it says 'cameron' and I can access node, npm, and grunt globally. However when I try and run these from PHP e.g. ...
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Find symbolic links (’s names) with Spotlight (Finder)

underwhelmed by the fact that OS X’s Aliases got really big with Mountain Lion (Lion?) I basically switched to using symbolic links instead. Now I’m just learning the hard way that Spotlight (or, ...
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quicklookd and revisiond eating my CPU

I'm observing regular and abnormal CPU usage on my macbook pro. quicklookd in par with revisiond are eating together over of 50%. It drains my battery significantly and makes the whole machine hot. ...
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iCloud Calendar sync error 400 on OS X 10.10.2

I've been using Calendar with iCloud for a long while without any problems. Now, I have a permanent error displayed in Calendar: The request for account “iCloud” failed. The server responded ...
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Determine when OS X was installed?

I am going to be reinstalling OS X and I was wondering if there was a method for determining when the base (OS X 10.6) Operating System was installed?
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Trying to use a Canon MP210 printer with OS X running 10.8.2

I am honestly not sure if the problem is with the OS or with the printer. I can use this printer with a windows machine without any trouble. However, when I try to use it with my Mac, is just ...
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Text copied from Terminal with formatting in Mavericks and Yosemite

After the update to Mavericks, anything copied from Terminal is pasted in the target app with the same formatting as in Terminal, in my case, white monospaced letters on a black background, e.g.: ...
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Unread message in Messages not being set as “read”

So, I have run into a bug where iMessage syncs my normal SMS-messages with Messages on OS X. The problem is that the message doesn't want to get read. I click on the sender (automatic SMS from a ...
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Why is there a doubled name in the Photos app when I search to name faces?

The image below represents what I mean: Even though there is only one Bartłomiej Semańczyk in my Contacts, that person appears on the list below twice. How do I remove repeated options on the list ...
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Messages.app not downloading messages send/received on iPhone

I've been recently trying to fix an issues with Messages.app. My iPhone sends/receives all of the messages fine, on my Mac Messages.app will display these messages if the Mac is switched on. However, ...
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Chrome keeps creating Application folder in Home folder

So has anyone noticed Chrome (around version 39?) keeps creating an Application folder in their Home folder? The only way I've verified that it is Chrome is that after a fresh boot, it was the only ...
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OSX Yosemite won't show desktop

So I got some freeze issue and beach ball indicator was appeared for me. So I was watching rotation of it during ten minutes and then hard reset my mac. So did because I can't click any buttons or ...
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How to Change the Dock Indicator Lights Color in Mac OS X only for an app that I'm using right know?

How to Change the Dock Indicator Lights Color in Mac OS X only for an app that I'm using right know? I have 10 Firefoxes in my Dock with 10 different profiles, and sometimes I'm lost - I'm not sure ...
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Lock Screen from Command Line? [duplicate]

I have activated the Keychain Menu Bar icon so I can relatively easily click Lock Screen to lock the screen of my MacBook. Is there a way to do this with a shortcut or via the command line? I know you ...
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Mac Mail - Account already exists error when adding gmail

I added a new gmail account to Mac Mail via the File> Add Account, but the mailbox does not show up in mail. If I try to add it again, it says the account already exists. It does exist in System ...
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Reinstall Mac OS issue

I got Yosemite 10.10, now I want to use reinstall option from recovery menu. I hold cmd+r and see this screen: I pick Disk Utility to check if I have disk Then I close Disk Utility and open ...
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How can I opt out of updates for one app when using the App Store?

I have an app that has been radically changed (Skitch) and I'd prefer to not see any of the updates that the developer has made available to that app on the App Store. I'm lazy and like to use the ...
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Disable storage of invisible files “._” on my cfs or smb network storage

I use OS X Mavericks and have some company storage drives mounted (using smb or cfs). (smb://username@address.path.toserver.com/directory/data). When I work with files on the drive or copy files to ...
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Accidentally created user with duplicate UID. How to fix?

I accidentally created a user with a duplicate UID. I need advice on how to fix this predicament. As you can see, running dscl shows two users with the same uid: dscl . -list /Users uid | sort -nrk ...
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How do I copy a Mac volume using cp?

I have researched this for hours. In Single User Mode, I used: cp -Rpvn /* /Volumes/MyBackup My external USB is mounted on /Volumes/MyBackup The issue however is that after 24hrs it still has not ...
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AppStore formatting is broken

My Macbook, Version 10.9.5 Build 13F1077, AppStore is somehow broken. It's like the formatting of it is broken. See attached image. Any idea's about what happened or how to troubleshoot or fix?
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MBP 2011 OS X installation bug

I have a MBP 2011 that had OS X 10.6.8 and worked perfectly. Well, I tried to upgrade it to the new 10.10 and it doesnt work anymore. During the installation process, the "file system verify or repair ...
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Mac with 2 monitors, how do i switch virtual desktops on one monitor only?

I have 2 monitors for mac, one extended the other. How do i switch virtual desktops on one monitor only? For example, When I do 4 fingers swipe left/right on screen1, I expect the switching happens ...
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How to remove Kaspersky icon on menu bar?

Downloaded the Kaspersky app just for fun and to give it go. It had a trial time so when the time was up, I simply just dragged the app into the trash can and then emptied it. However, the kaspersky ...
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How to disable face detection in Photos for OS X

I don't like the feature that automatically detects faces in Photos for OS X because of the unnecessary CPU and disk space consumption. A photo library of 360 MB generated 50 MB of face detection data ...
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Move items on the Safari reading list

Can I move items in the Reading List like I can in the Bookmarks section?
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An unexpected error occurred while downloading the dictation language

I'm on Yosemite and trying to download Enhanced dictation language files for English (USA). Default language is set to English (Australia) I don't know why. I'm getting this error. I have also tried ...
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File browser with treeview

I am looking for a file browser for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) with as many following features as possible (approximately ordered by descending importance): has a treeview along with the main pane ...
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Desktop displaying the titles of my minimized windows

I am using a MacBook Air, OS X Yosemite, v 10.10.1 Just recently I have started seeing the titles of my minimized windows listed on my desktop. The problem is the text bleeds through to other opened ...
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Is there a way to connect to office VPN using parallels (windows) but surf on host Mac OS X?

My office VPN called Juniper does not gets installed on Mac OS X. I am using Parallels to run guest Windows on my macbook pro with OS X Yosemite. I don't know what I am asking, and if it is even ...
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How do I find and remove compilers on my Mac?

Some time ago, I installed Python, LaTeX, C, Perl, Fortran, etc. on my Mac for some college work. I think I used Homebrew to install at least some of them. Now I am not sure how to remove them as I ...
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OSX Yosemite - Photos -

I liked that the events showed only thumbnail images on iPhoto and if i wanted to open a particular event then i got to see all the images from that day. In the new photos it just shows albums and all ...
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All of my events have disappeared in the new Photos app for OSX Yosemite

I have just upgraded OSX Yosemite and have been looking at the new Photos app. It seems all of my events have disappeared. How do I get them back?