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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Open file dialog doesn't allow to select tagged folders

I use the latest OS X El Captain on MacBook Pro Retina, and I had this issue since Yosemite. When I try to select a file to upload in browser (same problem in Safari and Chrome, but not in another ...
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“Logout user after (x) minutes of inactivity…” not actually logging out users

On my network when a user is auto-logged-out, this feature seems to just activate fast-user-switching, Is that what it is supposed to do? I am talking about the setting, as seen below in El ...
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Open programs at random time with applescript

I was wondering how I can make a harmless "fake" virus to prank a friend. I am using Applescript Editor. The prank is going to open Safari at any random time. I know how to open Safari with ...
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How can you switch users at the login screen, without administrator access, with only one local account (the administrator) and many network accounts?

Sometimes, a network account is logged in, and the user doesn't/forgets to log out. When someone else uses this computer, the lock screen shows. The only options that I know of from here are: Click ...
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Mac OSX 10.6.8 Failed Boot Camp Partition Cleanup

I'm working with a late 2007 Macbook (A1181) running OSX 10.6.8. I do not currently have a working OSX disk I could recover off of This afternoon I was using Boot Camp to create a large windows ...
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Windows failed to start after upgrade to El Capitan

There is something very frustrating I am trying to figure out for a few days. My MacBook Pro has a 500 GB hard drive. It had Mac OS 10.6.8. There was a Windows7 installation done some time ago via ...
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How to access the Wi-Fi password through Terminal?

I am at my school and the computer I am currently using is connected to a Wi-Fi network. I want to know the Wi-Fi password and I am on a Mac. I know there is a way to do it through Terminal. What I ...
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Confounded by permissions problem on NFS share

I'm setting up an NFS server (Ubuntu) to serve files to several Macs (10.7). The way it's set up, I can log in from any Linux client and read/write over NFS exactly as expected. (I've set up ACL ...
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How can I fix the OS X dictionary lookup feature for StackExchange comments?

When I use the "Look up word" right-click menu option on a StackExchange comment in OS X, the system selects other text and looks that up instead: Step 1: select a word in a StackExchange comment to ...
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MacBook Pro number keys failing most of the time

I have a MacBook Pro late 2012 with OS X El Capitan. Recently the number keys have become very flaky. Most of the time they're not working. They do work at times though, and it's the whole row from 1 ...
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How to specify between identical menu command names when making custom shortcuts.

I commonly set custom keyboard shortcuts in System Prefs. I tried setting a shortcut (command-shift-a, mirroring command-shift-j to move to junk) for Mail app to move messages to archive, since the ...
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How to search for evidence of Camfecting (webcam hacking) on MB?

I'm worried about camfecting (webcam hacking). The built-in camera light on my macbook (running OSX) is not on, but it isn't hard wired so that doesn't say a lot. I've ran a virus scan but no signs. ...
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Mac keyboard shortcut for Alt+4 now resolving to ¢

I am not sure how to google for this problem. I recently upgrade OS:X and had a crash and I lost the ability to do my alt4 shortcut to move spaces. I instead get the ¢ character. My shortcut setting ...
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How to disable Mac OS X's autocorrect but still show spelling suggestions?

I welcome popup spelling suggestions, but I dislike the OS replacing text as I type without any real confirmation from me. I'm aware both behaviors can be enabled/disabled together as one option in ...
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Keynote Play presentation on 1 display and Just see my desktop on my second

Is there a way to have keynote play full screen on one display and just let me have access to my desktop on a second display? It always shows the presenter notes. I want to just be able to access my ...
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How many worldwide average system processes and minimum process runs in Mac OS X?

As I can check system processes in activity monitor, it is around 76 process running in my mac. As I assume if number of running system processes increases then it impacts on Mac speed. If number of ...
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How to have a script restore a desktop spaces default setup (as defined in the script)

Noob here so I might be asking the wrong questions... I'm on El Capitan and I tend to create and dump desktop spaces on the go. I've been trying to write a script that cleans op the Spaces situation, ...
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How can I add a Windows (smb) printer using the address directly?

I am using macOS 10.11 El Capitan. I want to re-add a printer I have in order to use a different driver. For some reason, I cannot discover/browse the workgroup (in the Windows pane of + Add… under ...
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Can't Set Desktop Background in Fullscreen App

I have an 11" Air so I usually run all of my open applications in fullscreen mode. I have a launchd job for my user that runs a script every hour and every login to set the desktop background ...
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Screen annotation software to draw on any app in OSX

I want to draw on any app pdfs, videos, code. It would be helpful to aid in demonstration in a class setting for me. Do you know if any such app exists that does not require an external pen i.e. using ...
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How to use unix find and exclude paths?

I need to exclude Time Machine path /Volumes/somedrive/Backups.backupdb from the results of find. I currently use the following code, but it generates massive logs as it finds and includes all files ...
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With OS X , is there a way to create a 640 x 640 image out of a 500 x 640 image?

Some website requires the user to "crop" the photo, but sometimes you'd like to keep it original. Using OS X alone, can a a 500 x 640 photo be enlarged to 640 x 640 (with white or black bars at the ...
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How to automatically refresh external data in excel 2011/osx?

I have an excel spreadsheet that is pulling in data from an external CSV. I want it to refresh every time I open it, because eventually it's going to be pulling data in from 20 different files. At ...
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Install Monokai Theme on Terminal with prompt colors, etc.?

I already have a Monokai theme installed in Terminal, as so: I was wondering how I could get the rest of the Monokai (as Sublime uses) into Terminal? Like, making the prompt (Gamma@~) colored, etc. ...
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Is there a Google Calendar Mac Desktop App?

Is there any OSX app that allows me to see my google calendar on my desktop?
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Google Inbox as a standalone app via Chrome

Google Inbox recently added compatibility with Safari and yet still does not play nice with Fluid. I decided I might as well use Chrome. Google recently improved the way "desktop app extensions" work ...
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Can I install OS X from external hard drive to internal hard drive?

My hard drive is failing so I put a brand new 500gb hard drive in my MacBook 2008 white 13". I have a retail disc of Snow Leopard but the install keeps failing over and over again. It hangs at 29 ...
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Mac Mini DVD Player Up-converting

I have a Mac Mini connected to a 1080p television. Does the Apple DVD player (or even the OS) up-convert to 1080p from SD playback, like some standalone players do?
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How to stop maps, photos, and ibooks from loading in dock on startup

I checked system preferences (screenshot attached). They are not listed there. I checked the folders mentioned in this question, but they are not listed there: # Nothing grep -i -R photo ...
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Keyboard shortcut for restoring applications from the Mac OS X Dock?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to restore a minimised application window from the Dock? Almost all Apple Mac OSX applications respond to the Apple + M command which minimises the current application ...
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Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac?

Some videos on websites have the sound volume so low that even with all sound settings at maximum levels it's hard to listen. I'm looking for an app that would allow me to boost the Mac's volume. ...
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How do I break out of a stuck lock screen?

On a MacBook Pro (the office's, I'm a noob), I started the upgrade process from Mavericks to El-Capitan from the app store. After a while, the screen locked as, I assume, is usual. But now I cannot ...
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Mac won’t display WiFi login box after upgrade to El Capitan

I don’t know if the upgrade to El Capitan is relevant or not, but lately I’ve noticed I can’t connect to the Internet via public WiFi hotspots with my MacBook Pro. I can connect to WiFi networks ...
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Extend Netgear CG3100 Router network with Airport Express A1088

I have a Netgear router (CG3100) which is in my office and the base of our wireless network. A few rooms to the back of the apartment we have an Apple TV but the wireless connection here is flaky and ...
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VPN to OSX from windows machine?

The environment i have setup consists of an OSX Server, running file sharing and VPN. The file share is accessible from the local network on both windows or OSX machines, and OSX machines have no ...
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How to turn off an external display without disconnecting?

I have a workplace setup for my Macbook Pro 15" (2011) that is actually two workplaces. One is the Macbook itself, for sitting. The second, right next to it, is a standing desk with an external ...
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Please share your hidden OS X features or tips and tricks

Do you know any hidden or little-known nice feature of Mac OS X? It doesn't matter what it is—maybe just a short terminal command or a keyboard shortcut. Share your experiences on hidden Mac OS ...
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Automator/Applescript using Tags

I need an Automator/Applescript to move a file to a certain folder based on a specific tag it contains. The input would be the file. Anybody have any ideas? TIA, Jake
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How do I get magnet links to work with Deluge?

How do you associate magnet links with Deluge BitTorrent Client on OS X? On other systems, you can associate magnet links with the client through Preferences, but this does not seem to be the case ...
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How to remove the downloaded OS X El Capitan from App Store

I downloaded OS X El Capitan from the app store to create a bootable usb drive and now that I am done, I dont know how to delete it. There is no un-install option in the app store. How can I delete ...
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How to pin a window on top of other windows in OS X?

I used to use an app called Keep Afloat (http://www.chrisvanpatten.com/master-windows-afloat-mac) that let me pin windows on top of all other windows on the desktop. However, Afloat stopped being ...
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How can I create a symbolic link in Terminal?

What command is used to create a symbolic link/soft link?
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I can't boot into windows after having resized my mac partition

any help would be greatly appreciated diskutil list sudo fdisk /dev/disk0 MacBook Pro 15" late 2011, OS X El Capitan (10.11.4) Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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Configure specific app settings via configurator?

I'm an app developer of educational apps. In EDU settings, admins often use Apple Configurator to setup many iPads at once. While I know it's possible to install my app on many iPads at once, and ...
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Can't disable only system preferences using parental controls

I'm trying to disable system preferences for my guest account (running El Capitan). Enabled parental controls for Guest and unticked only System Preferences to make it "not allowed". However, when ...
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Yosemite Install or post-install Boot-up Frozen

The screen I'm on does not have a time remaining estimate, that was the prior screen. This one simply shows the Apple logo and a plain status bar with no percentage or time indicator. Perhaps it's ...
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Alfred: How to get Alfred to run a terminal command?

I often need to run multiple copies of an app, like VLC. For this I use the terminal and run a command similar to: open -n /Applications/VLC.app How can I create a shortcut with Alfred to run this ...
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How to add shortcut to directories to OS X menubar

I have several directories that I want to quickly access in Terminal. And sometimes even in the finder. I would like to be able to hit an icon in the menu bar and have it drop-down a list of folders ...
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How to prevent mail app from marking e-mails from VIP as spam

I set someone's e-mail address as VIP, but lately his e-mails end up in the junk folder. Is there any way in the mail app to prevent a certain address's e-mails to be marked as junk?
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Why is my Launchpad missing app icons?

Sometimes my Launchpad just look like this without any app icons. What causes this problem and how can I solve it? I am using 2011 11″ MacBook Air with OS X 10.9.1