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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No Drive Icon at the Tool Bar

How do I get rid of this icon? I'm not even sure what it's for. It's possible that it's for remote CD Drive, but I don't remember how I got it up there in the first place. Details: iMac 27 inch ...
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Warning “disk full” while more than 100 GB space free in disk utility

Why does the system warn me for "startup disk full" while "disk utility" shows there are still more than 100 GB space free? The warning is in the form of a pop-up dialog. Not sure how many ...
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How safe is Force Restart [Control-Command-Power Button] keyboard shortcut?

There have been a couple of occasions where I haven't been able to restart my macbook. Both times I've used this shortcut to restart but I am concerned about the state of the system upon reboot. The ...
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/opt directory doesn't exist on OS X 10.9

Just received my macbook air and discover that i can't run port command because of /opt directory not exists. Is it normal? (OS X 10.9)
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How to prevent Option+Command+Space from opening “Searching This Mac”?

The following keyboard shortcut will always bring up a window that says Searching "This Mac": Option+Command+Space I would like to use this shortcut for another purpose. Is there any way to disable ...
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Microsoft Word freezes when changing font size

With MacBookPro6,2 and OS X 10.8.5, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel Mac 11 freeze when changing font size in dedicated box in top bar. Have to force to quit because Apple Beach ball keep ...
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How to decrease and Increase Sound of chosen App?

When I was playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive, I noticed that sometimes, I want to listen to music when I am dead in-game, waiting for the next round without the gun sounds of the game mixing up ...
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App Shortcuts missing in Keyboard preferences

I upgraded to Mavericks recently and it seems I am now missing the ability to set App Shortcuts. I only see the following in my Keyboard/Shortcuts preferences. Any thoughts on how to get App Shortcuts ...
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What are all the OS X special user folders?

I know OS X has a ~/Sites folder with its own icon for keeping your websites, and it isn't there by default, you have to create it. Are there more folders similar to this one that receive special ...
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How to automatically tag file by name or extension

I was wondering if there is a way to automatically tag a file as it reaches your computer, like downloads, copying from an external drive, etc. I would like to simulate gmail filters, like labelling ...
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How to make post-Lion Finders find special directory . and ..?

Before OS X 10.7, you can navigate to the parent directory in Finder using Go to (Shift+Command+G) to the special directory ... However, since Lion Finder is no longer able to do this and gives he ...
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List failed login attempts

I want to see if somebody has tried to log in on my computer, which is running Mavericks. I have seen the Q&A's How do I detect failed remote login attempts and block them? Where do I find the ...
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Is the /Developer directory still needed for Xcode in OS X Mavericks?

The new Xcode is .app and all the package contents are with it, inside the applications folder. Can I just delete /Developer?
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Can sound be off every time I power off?

I would like to config my Mac (10.8.5) to turn the sound off every time I power it off so that when I power it back on it is silent and doesn't produce that funny boot sound. Can that be done? The ...
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Screenshot file much larger dimensionally than original

So I take a screenshot of an area with Command+Shift+4 but when I open the screenshot file in Paint X, the image's dimensions are far larger than the original area. Is there any way to take a ...
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How do I disable iTunes 11 (Mac) album opening animation?

In iTunes 11 on Mac, there is album opening animation. How do I disable it?
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How can I delete my Mail App and re-install it?

My mail app does not give me a viewer window and all File options are greyed out & not available. iMac 3.06 intel core 2 Duo OS X 10.9.4 Mail opens in this state. I have created new user ...
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OSX is repeatedly asking for login keychain password

After starting up my newer iMac it's asking for for the login keychain password for several applications. It is stuck in a cycle that I can't cancel out of. Any suggestions?
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Look up in dictionary

Is there a way to bind the chrome style look up in dictionary to a key binding? In case you don't know what function I'm talking about here's a screenshot:
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How can I find out what version/fork of fuse is being used on OS X?

I'm trying to debug an encfs-related issue where my filesystem seems to become randomly unmounted or root-read-only. I've gone through a number of reinstalls, but I'm now confused about what ...
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Safari is not responding correctly

When I am using Safari, most of the time I click on a link it is opening with new window and different page as example mackeeper or blah blah kind of advertisement. And moreover the old page from ...
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Safari 7.1 overriding my /etc/hosts file? [on hold]

Years ago, I started using a customized /etc/hosts file, that routes to 127.0.0.1 any attempt to connect to known malware, ad and other servers. In my case, I also added some other domains I'm not ...
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Is there any way to programatically remap the keys in a Macbook running OSX Mavericks?

I want to remap the keys on my keyboard. I want to do it programatically, because I will use some logic to decide what to input. For example, when a user press "A" followed by "S", I will output "λ". ...
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How to get HFS+ filesystem blocksize

How can I find out the HFS+ filesystem blocksize for a local volume on a MacbookPro5,4. I think its 4k. I need to confirm this. Diskutil reports that the disk blocksize is 512 bytes.
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Is there any app for OS X that remind me sentences cyclically?

Im studying for the GRE and while im at the computer checking other stuff i would like that OS X remind me some notes on the lateral side of the screen every hour or every 3 hours, do anybody know if ...
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Install Tiger in VMware Fusion

I've got 10.6 running on a 2006 MacBook Pro. I want to run some older software that was meant for 10.4 and earlier, so I figured I'd install Tiger in VMware Fusion, but it isn't working. Any idea ...
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Reinstall/restore Apache httpd in OS X

How to reinstall or restore Apache httpd in OS X? I want to do that because I deleted httpd.conf file (both /etc/apache2/httpd.conf and the original at /etc/apache2/original/httpd.conf).
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Disk became full, had to force shutdown, now it doesn't boot

Don't know why I didn't get a warning about disk being almost full... It came down to zero free space and I couldn't do anything except force-shutdown it. I booted into Windows, deleted some files ...
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Is there a way to have something similar to Cygwin on Mac?

I'm a web developer using a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9.3. Before I started developing in a Mac, I used Cygwin on a Windows machine to see what was happening behind the scene on my web application. ...
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Bluetooth timeout on Mac Mini

I was wondering if there is any way to keep bluetooth peripherals active for a set amount of time. For example the connection to a keyboard I have just bought is lost after about 10 seconds of ...
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Mail.app causing Macbook fans to spin loudly and turn CPU up to 100%

Over the past few days on My Macbook on Mountain Lion 10.8.5, when I refresh my email in Mail.app, it gets stuck here and then the fans start turning on(along with the CPU running 90-100%). I can ...
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SysPref > Keyboard > Text auto-spell-correct is OFF but persists in Numbers

I switched off spell-correct in SysPref > Keyboard > Text, but Numbers 3.2 continues not only to suggest corrections, but - when I decline the suggestion by hitting ESC - to replace my text with its ...
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Mac OS X Mountain Lion cannot share internet connection because of 802.1X protection

My notebook is connected on Ethernet using 802.1X. When I try to share the internet via Wifi I get the error message Your Internet connection cannot be shared because its protected by 802.1X I dont ...
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Why does Google Chrome Helper spike my CPU?

This has been happening on and off since I switched to a mac at work. Google Chome Helper occasionally runs my cpu into the red and has the fan spinning madly. Sometimes restarting Chrome fixes the ...
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Move full screen app to the LEFT of first desktop in 10.9.4?

I am part of the Apple developer program, and received the 10.9.3 beta before the full release. In that version, I could place a full screen app to the LEFT of the first desktop. My setup was to have ...
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How to prompt user confirmation on Mac from Windows/Linux VNC connections?

is there a way to ask confirmation from the user when someone try to connect via VNC from a Linux or Windows based PC to his Mac? I succesfully connected via VNC from Mac, Linux and Windows, without ...
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Mapping F13, F14, F15

I am a programmer and I would like to map all the unused function keys (from F13 to F19) on my Apple Keyboard to some useful chars like parenthesis: {, }, [, ] and quotes Is there a free software ...
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OS X, connection drop downs, socket closed prematurely, mDNS

I have big problem with my OS X Mavericks Wi-Fi connection. I have tried calling my ISP (now we have stronger AP antenna), NVRAM reset, OS X reinstall, run own DNS local with dnsmasq, manually set IP ...
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Finder not able to view folders and files on EHD after updating to OS X 10.9.4

I can see still see 'Hitachi' in the 'Devices' Sidebar, but I am not able to view folders and files on this Hitachi XL2000 2TB FAT32 Hard Drive (EHD) that is USB connected to the iMac below. Late ...
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Why Do USB Devices Change Nodes on Reboot?

I am using OS X 10.9.4, but this is an issue I've noticed on earlier OS versions. Currently I have an issue with a USB modem hooked up to my iMac (and I have a question that ties in, indirectly with ...
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Window corners don't render properly

I have recently noticed that some of my windows have weird looking corners. It's like they are missing dark pixels right on the edge. It doesn't always happen, some windows seem to be 'immune' - ...
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How do I write to NTFS drives in OS X?

What is the best, easiest, preferably cheapest way to make Lion write to (external) NTFS-formatted drives in Mac OS X?
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Bluetooth problems

I cannot turn Bluetooth off on my MacBook Pro. I am running 10.7.4 and the option to turn it off is grayed out, both in the toolbar and in System Preferences. I used Onyx to reset permissions but to ...
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Safari and Chromium on Mac get input language from other apps

In my system, two 'input sources' (languages) are enabled, and I use different languages in different 'documents' (apps). I have Chromium or Safari open (a Webkit browser, that is to say) with ...
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How do you maximize windows?

Unlike Windows, you cannot maximize a window in Mac with a click of the button. The little green (+) button next to the red and yellow buttons at the left of the windows does some strange stuff ...
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Mac OS X can't be installed on this computer when I tried to downgrade from 10.9.4 to 10.9.3

I need to downgrade my Macbook from 10.9.4 to 10.9.3 but I'm getting this error when it tries to install the Mac OS "Mac OS X can't be installed on this computer" Any of you knows how can I downgrade ...
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What format for my external drive allows use with Mac and Windows?

How can I use my external hard drive on Mac OS so I can modify/edit files on both OS's: Mac and Windows? How should I format it?
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OSX Partition won't mount. Permissions seem wrong

OS X was spinning and spinning when trying to shutdown so I held down the the ⌽ Power button to force shutdown. Current Situation: I cannot boot to OS X directly, I first have to boot to single ...
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Can I get windows 7 like window resizing on Mac OS X?

Windows 7 has a nice new feature for moving around windows. The one that I am particularly interested in is: Windows Key + Left/Right : Move the window to the left or right of the screen, or over ...
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How can I open/use a .ZFS file in OS X?

I've got a .zfs file that holds mapping files. I want to know if I could open it up or use it on OS X. I need to get into it to change the maps.