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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Sublime Text doesn't hide on startup

I added Sublime Text to my Login Items, so that it starts up automatically when I start up my Mac. However, even though I have the Hide box checked already, the app still does not hide on startup. Is ...
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Local web server

I'm running OS X Yosemite and I'm trying to setup Apache so I can access files over my WiFi for my Chromecast application (runs using NodeJS). So I followed some tutorials online ...
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Automatically login to Mac even when using Apple ID as Mac account password

I use my Apple ID as my Mac's account password, so now I can't enable auto-login. Is there really no way to re-enable auto-login even if I'm using my Apple ID for my Mac account? Or is there something ...
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Backup iPhone to external drive on Mac

What is the best technique for changing the backup location of one's iPhone to an external drive. It would seem that with small SSD's (256GB) and very large iOS devices (128GB) that Apple would easily ...
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What is analogous to the Windows registry in Mac OS X?

I am new to Mac and was wondering where application/OS settings are saved.
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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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How to disable the scrolling on OSX Safari?

What I would like to be able to do is set a certain part of a webpage in the viewport of Safari and then "Lock" the scrolling temporarily so that I can't accidentally scroll up or down and move what I ...
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Macbook Air (Mid 2013) keyboard and trackpad not detected

I was holding down a key (can't remember which) and then my keyboard and trackpad were no longer responsive. Multiple restarts, PRAM, and SMC resets did not do the trick. I can use the keyboard and ...
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Write in NTFS using Mavericks

I was able to read and write NTFS filesystems normally in Mountain Lion, but after the upgrade this stopped to work. I installed ntfs-3g and fuse4x using homebrew in Mountain Lion and followed the ...
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MacOS X stability compared to other operating systems (freezes) [on hold]

I'm coming from Windows. I was told that Macs are stable, that they rarely crash unlike windows. So I got the base config of the latest MacBook Pro with retina. It had Yosemite installed, which I ...
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Macbook air builtin keyboard and trackpad not working

Since yesterday, my mac's keyboard and trackpad is not working. More precisely keyboard is working but with a long lag whilst trackpad is not working at all. This is when, I connect my laptop to a ...
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Why does Mac OS X requires repairing of permissions for maintenance while other OS (windows /Ubuntu) doesn't require it?

Please explain briefly why repairing of permission is one of the maintenance tool for mac os x exclusively . Why it isn't done on windows?
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How to disable that “Guest User” from appearing at the OS X 10.8.5 login screen

I have removed the "guest user" account by: System Preferences → Users & groups → Guest User → Remove. It still remains as an option under users (but states disabled). It still shows up on login ...
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Yosemite freezing/lagging constantly on 13" MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)

I'm running OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 on a mid 2012 13" MacBook Pro with the 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. The hard drive (the 500 GB, regular HDD) was replaced about a year ago (close ...
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Installing Mavericks instead of Yosemite

I am trying to install Mavericks (I have my reasons not to install Yosemite yet) on my MacBook with Lion. Obviously the possibility to upgrade to Mavericks from the App Store is now gone so one must ...
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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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How can I make applications on OSX open new windows in the same space when opening a file from Finder?

OSX 10.8. Pretty simple. Right now when I open a file through Finder, if the filetype is set to be open by application Y, oftentimes OSX finds a space that has an open window of Y, and sends the file ...
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Finder doesn't launch when a specific user logs in

There are three user accounts on a system running Yosemite 10.10.1. When a specific user logs in, Finder does not start. The keyboard shortcut for Force Quit (⌘-⌥-esc) works, but Finder is not on ...
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Can I automatically remove my signature from all replies? Mail 6.2 OS x 10.8.2

In OS X Mail.app (version 6.2 from OS X 10.8.2), I can see how to automatically add a signature for all new messages, but I do not want it automatically added when I reply to a message. Is there a way ...
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OS X Yosemite - My wired keyboard does not work anymore

I just downloaded OS X Yosemite Beta for testing on my MacBook Air 11. But my wired keyboard stopped to work. Both the usb ports won't recognize the keyboard anymore. I also tried to used even ...
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What's the best way in terminal to move a file from deep in one directory to deep into another?

E.g. /desktop/a/b/c/file.txt and I want to move the text file to /desktop/x/y/z/ Thanks for any help!
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Folders created through “Save As…” dialog not immediately visible in Finder

One my favorite OS X features is creating folders through the "Save As..." dialog. But recently I've run into an issue. When I try to browse to folders recently created using the "Save As..." ...
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Updating to OS X 10.10.2 broke Quick Look previews for HTML files

After updating to OS X 10.10.2, I can no longer use Quick Look on HTML files – I just get a blank preview window, and the issue persists through a reboot. But all other files types work fine. Is ...
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How to access the IR sensor of MacBook Pro Mid 2010 to be able to use non apple remotes

I have an Audio to IR accessory for my iPhone which works very well with most of the TVs and DVD players as the app that comes with it supports them. I was wondering if it would be possible to write ...
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OS X Yosemite: System slow and using a lot of RAM

I noticed that my OS X sometimes goes very laggy and it does everything slowly. I opened up Activity Monitor and I saw that it's using a lot of memory. Any ideas on how to fix this (because I guess ...
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Space Occupied By Other Files And Folders On Hard Drive

I have been using VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows 8 on and after deleting the virtual drives and virtualbox due to having issues with Windows 8, I am missing a lot of memory from ...
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VDCAssistant seems to be causing perpetual crash reports

As stated above VDCAssistant seems to be causing perpetual crash reports to the point that the ReportCrash system process will use 50-100% of cpu. Application Specific Information: Client is ...
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Keyboard shortcut to select Application “quit unexpectedly” dialog

When encountering an application "quit unexpectedly" dialog box in OS X, sometimes the focus on that dialog box is lost. With only a keyboard, how does one restore focus back to that window? cmd+tab ...
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How can I activate buttons with just the keyboard?

Many user interface (UI) elements or dialog boxes have buttons. I would like to be able to activate a button with just the keyboard, without the mouse. How can I do this?
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Torrent clients for Mac other than uTorrent

Can someone recommend a good torrent client for the Mac, other than uTorrent? [The only problem I have with uTorrent is that occasionally it doesn't respect the upload limit. This is a known issue, ...
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Can I still set my account picture to an image from disk in OS X Mountain Lion?

I can't seem to browse my hard disk for a custom image to use as my account picture anymore since installing OS X Mountain Lion. The new popover shows that I can now only choose from the default set ...
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Can I get a table-only view in iBooks like on iOS in OS X?

Oftentimes, tables are cropped in iBooks so that information is missing because the table doesn't fit on a page. On iOS, I can tap the table and get a table-only view just like I can with pictures. ...
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I can't find the location of jdk for Java 7 and 8 [duplicate]

I have 3 different versions (jdk) of Java installed: 6, 7 and 8. In bash_profile: export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8) setjdk() { export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home -v $1) } ...
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How do I transfer pictures from iPhoto to iCloud Drive?

I have 17000 pictures in my iPhoto library. How do I transfer them to iCloud Drive?
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How to install java.pkg (not unarchiver)

When I try to launch MC it says I have to have the latest java (OSX Yosemite) this is the day after I updated. So I download it, open the dmg and then to find out that it is not a jar launcher file ...
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Create 128 Barcodes within Excel

Is there a way to create Barcodes (128 standard) on a Mac, preferably via an add-in? I need it to create barcodes in Excel sheets (or moreso a friend of mine needs it). I have tried all VBA macros ...
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Shortcut to switch to full screen apps

There is a shortcut to switch to desktop 1...N in OS X. But usually I have only one desktop and other apps (Chrome, iTerm, etc) in full screen mode. Is there a way to make shortcuts to switch to ...
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Jarfiles opening in Unarchiver?

I'm primarily a Java programmer and I work with a lot of executable jar files. I found this morning when I booted up my MacBook that all of my jar files now default to open with The Unarchiver rather ...
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What is the use of snapshot.db?

After installing Mavericks, I discovered snapshot.db (1.5 GB) file in: /var/db/systemstats/snapshots.db What is the use of that file? Is it safe to delete it?
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Unable to save or You don't have privilege to save file

PREMISE: My mac has two HDs, an SSD for system and an HDD for storage (and user folder). I'm using an Utility which takes some strings and create a text file to localise that strings. Trouble is ...
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How to make Finder show icon thumbnail for some Excel documents?

I have two Microsoft Excel documents that are, except for the data contained within, virtually identical. One was created as an offshoot of the other. In the Finder, the original displays a thumbnail ...
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Shutdown from launchd script no longer works in Yosemite

I'm new to this forum; please excuse any faux pas. I've been using rsync fired by a LaunchDaemon written in tcsh for several years now. It worked great on my 2008 MacBook Pro under Snow Leopard. I now ...
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Disable system-wide ctrl-click as right-click in Mavericks

Disabling ctrl+click as right+click is useful because: Many web app rely on ctrl+click (typically for multiple selection). There is little use for this combo (mice have 2+ buttons and trackpad ...
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Outlook IOS sync to Outlook Mac?

Now that Microsoft's released Outlook for iOS, does anyone know if it will sync calendars, contacts and tasks with Outlook on a Mac?
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How do I create a Mac bootable USB drive using Windows?

My MBA 2012 with OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks won't boot anymore - it simply freezes after the initial jingle. I already tried resetting NVRAM and SMC, but to no avail. I don't have any time machine backups. ...
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Discrepancy between Finder and Disk Inventory X on Yosemite

I recently got warning that my 500GB SSD was nearly full. So, I offloaded stuff in Dropbox, image files, videos, duplicates, etc. and cleared over 200GB off the drive, leaving about 170GB of iTunes, ...
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OS X SMTP issue - Unable to send email (gmail)

I have installed OS Yosemite 10.10.1 a couple of months ago. Everything was ok especially with mail. However a couple of days ago it just stopped to sending emails with no apparent reason since none ...
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Multiple display setup mac, ignore separation between displays

I am currently setting up my workstation, and I want to use the set up pictured here: As you can see, the display on the top is turned sideways, and that is the way I want it. The question is ...
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How to disable emoji substitution for pictographs/symbols in special characters?

When I try to insert a special character/symbol/pictograph that has an emoji equivalent, it always changes into the emoji instead. Is there a way to make it not do this? I am not asking about how to ...
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Unable to Resize Partitions

I have recently created a partition on my macbook air running OS X 10.9, and this was to run install another OS instance (Yes, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, but that is an aside to the query I have) on it. I ...