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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Terminal displays directory of previous SSH location even when not running SSH

I am using the terminal app to ssh and when I do, it conveniently tells me (at the very top) what and where I am logged into for example: user@computer:/home/user/directory/ and so forth. However, ...
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Trying to use a new Apple ID to reinstall Mac OS X

I am new to the Mac world and I just created an Apple ID. I am trying to reinstall OS X because of a problem with the Mac. When it asked to enter an Apple ID, I enter my new one and it gives me an ...
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Only the spinning beachball when I try to open anything from spotlight

I can't start any programs or open any document from the spotlight since yesterday. It finds the right program / document, but when I press enter I only get the spinning beachball for about 40 ...
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Is there better third-party scanner software for OS X than Preview?

I'm not overly happy with the UI for interfacing with the scanner on my Epson WF-3250 series scanner that's provided by the latest Preview that comes with OS X 10.10. It's clunky and awkward, crashes ...
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Why is my hostname resolution taking so long?

Several months ago I noticed that my text editor (emacs) and IDE (IntelliJ) were taking a really long time to start up. The time appeared to vary based on the DNS servers OS X was using. I was able ...
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In the light of the FREAK TLS vulnerability, how may I disable insecure cipher suites manually in Safari?

A research group named SMACK has released a vulnerability known as FREAK which can be used for man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. The vulnerability is due to an old ghost created by USA Government (NSA, ...
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Finder quit unexpectedly

I've got an issue where Finder quits at startup and then every 2-5 seconds after. Problem details and system config are as follows: Process: Finder [3103] Path: ...
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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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Why can I set VLC as my default browser?

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 installed; in my System Preferences > General, my default browser selection allows me to choose VLC. Why does this happen and can it be removed?
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How to list Network Interface UUIDS?

I'm trying really hard to find a simple way to fetch all network UUIDS on my Mac to be able to do some plist magic. Is there a command to do such a thing? If I look in the plist I'll find for an ...
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Outlook Mac 2011 regularly crashing

I installed Outlook 2011 and imported a pst file form my old Outlook program. Outlook continues to crash and gives me the following error. It also gives me double "sent" messages for every one I send ...
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How can I fix read-only permissions on the whole file system?

I was not able to save my screen shot, since it was giving me a error that file can not be saved because i do not have permissions. Then probably I made a mistake & right clicked Macintosh HD> Get ...
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Python script executable opened by text editor

I have a simple "Hello world" script that I want to turn into an executable. The problem is that even though I went through the steps of declaring the path of the Python interpreter in the first list ...
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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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Change tabstop in TextEdit.app

How does one change the tabstop in TextEdit.app for Snow Leopard? The current tabstop is 8 spaces. I would like to change this to 4 spaces. Is there any way to achieve this?
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How to calculate the amount of space that iCloud Photo Library would take up?

I'm in the OS X Public Beta program, so I recently got the opportunity to get Photos for OS X and use iCloud Photo Library, which uploads every photo on every device I own to iCloud. However, I'm a ...
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RedQuits (or alternative) on Mac OS X 10.10

I have installed RedQuits on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Unfortunately, it is not working at all. I have made sure that RedQuits has access to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy ...
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Free up more File Cache in Activity Monitor like PURGE command [on hold]

I have found a application has Clean Memory function. I think it uses the original PURGE function, but after checking (using Activity Monitor), I see that it's likely to be more free File Cache ...
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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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Mac becomes slow and unresponsive when opening complex pdf

So I a trying to open some lecture slides from my university to study however when I try to open certain PDF files the system becomes extremely slow and unresponsive. Details of the PDF (Blurred out ...
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Help with changing user home folder file name

My computer was restored from my ex-wife's laptop 3 years ago. Her maiden name pops up as the user-folder name on all my files, and it's been wearing on me for a long time. I used this Q&A to try ...
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Mac randomly wakes up. Wake reason: (User)

My mac randomly wakes up for no reason and says the user is the reason, when it is not. Here's syslog |grep -i "Wake reason": Feb 25 20:13:44 Garys-MacBook-Pro kernel[0] <Notice>: Wake reason: ...
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Trouble accessing ntfs drives in mac os x

I installed tuxera-ntfs in mac os x and am able to mount my external disks and use them without any issues. I can delete files, copy files to my external disk and from my disk But I am not able to ...
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Is this launchd plist broken or is it just me?

I was reading a post about using Bittorrent Sync on OS X that includes a launchd plist that's supposed to keep the app running in the event that it crashes. It doesn't seem to work, though, since I've ...
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Finder Reports Disk is Full, Other Tools Don't Account for it

I looked at some of the other Q&A here and didn't see a duplicate of this one (e.g., How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? and other linked and related questions). Finder reports ...
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Is there a simple way to have separate dock icons for different Chrome Profiles?

I am using Google Chrome version 22 on OS X 10.8. I use separate user profiles (created using the native Chrome facility in Settings->Users) for my "regular" web browsing, and the web development ...
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Suddenly some folders are unreachable from my external hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro and I partitioned the internal SSD into two parts (150GB and 50GB). One of them (the 50 GB part) contains a bootcamp with Windows 8.1. I also have an external hard drive, which is ...
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Safari 8 on Yosemite Spawning distnoted process and spiking CPU load

My Safari 8 was hijacked by Open-Search.com after updating OS to Yosemite (10.10). The effect was two fold, my home page was hijacked by Open-Search/MacKeeper and the CPU started to load spikes at ...
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Sandbox browser for safely viewing malicious websites

I'm looking for a quick and safe way to browse potentially malicious / infected websites. So far all of the products I've found are PC only. I can run a Virtual PC environment but it's a pain and I'm ...
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Add ~/Downloads to Dock through Profile Manager

I am trying to create a minimal dock through Profile Manager (OS X 10.10.2/Server 4.0.3) but I need to include the users' Download directory. Profile Manager has an option to add the Documents folder ...
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Messages will not login; just sits and spins

Whenever I open Messages, enter my credentials, and attempt to login the status indicator spins forever and the application never authenticates me and loads. I had this issue on Mavericks and still ...
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Outlook quick-steps functionality on Mac

In Outlook 2010 on Windows, I use the quick steps functionality a lot to automatically sort incoming messages to different folders. The good thing is it applies these rules on subsequent messages as ...
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What's the best way to synchronize Calendar/iCloud with Outlook 2015

I've recently switched from using the native Mac Mail app to using Outlook 2015 for emails. It seems that Outlook automatically gives me access to my Mac address book. What's the best way to ...
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Ejecting SD card takes a long time and CPU usage goes up

I'm on Mavericks and after I eject most SD cards, it takes a minute or two and process UASysAgent is taking 80% of the CPU... quite annoying, does anyone else experience this? Something that can be ...
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The volume can't be ejected because it's currently in use

After working with an external USB backup disk I want to cleanly unmount the drive. When pressing the 'eject' button Finder warns me with the message: "The volume can't be ejected because it's ...
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How to reset Launchpad ordering in OS X Yosemite?

Previously I can remove the files end with db in ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/ to reset the ordering of apps, but now doing the same thing doesn’t help. Do anyone know where the new path that ...
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Mac OSX Mail; how to delay 'Mark as Read'

In OSX Mail app a message gets read immediately when as soon as it is selected. Often this happens by accident; i.e. when organising folders, or it gets auto-selected when you delete/move another ...
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Replace Recovery HD with a “bootable drive” formatted partition?

A while ago, I had the idea to use the bootable Mac OS X USB drive-making procedure on a hard drive partition, so that I could basically have a version of the “Recovery HD” that doesn’t need to ...
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Process completed immediately after opening Terminal

After I open Terminal in OS X: Last login: Tue Oct 28 10:29:21 on ttys000 login(14773,0x7fff7572f300) malloc: * error for object 0x7fd4bb715110: pointer being freed was not allocated * set a ...
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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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Lowest volume is still too loud—how can I make it even lower?

The lowest volume I can get by pressing the volume keys is still too loud when I'm wearing headphones. How can I make it even lower? I have a Mac Mini 2011 (5,1) running Mountain Lion.
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How can I get Wikipedia embedded audio and video to play back in Safari?

What is required to get the embedded Ogg Vorbis/Theora media on Wikipedia to play back natively in Safari, assuming a clean, up-to-date OS X install? The Wikipedia page for Beethoven's Piano Sonata ...
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After erasing 200 GB I need to repair it using the Recovery HD

I was cleaning my MacBook Pro, erasing all unused files I had on it. After that I decided to erase the free space, so I will have all my files organized and cleaned the "used space". After that I ...
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OSX Yosemite full screen menu bar

Is there a way to always keep the menu bar visible in full screen mode? When developing I like having certain applications take up the full screen but I find the delay in bringing down the menu bar ...
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Create/Close Desktop workspace keyboard shortcut

I was wondering if there is a way to automate create/close of a desktop workspace using keyboard shortcuts. By default the osx does not support such thing or I was not able to find it within keyboard ...
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iPhone 5 doesn’t connect or show up in iTunes

I am using a Dell Inspiron 15 3521. I replace my iPhone 5 with Apple, and my new phone doesn’t show up or connect in iTunes. It doesn’t even show any device as attached. I’ve reinstalled iTunes three ...
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ASP & PHP Web Server on OS X

On Windows, I ran Xampp on port 80 for PHP/MySQL and IIS on port 8080 for ASP. For OS X, what's the best route to take... Should I just run Xampp for Mac for PHP/mySQL, or is there a better option ...
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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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What is “secd” process on OSX (Mavericks, Yosemite)

I wonder what secd process does under OSX Yosemite. I am pretty sure I have seen this process running in earlier MacOS versions, but I don't remember it gobbling up all the available memory so ...
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How to get OSX Yosemite outside the Mac App Store

I have the following scenario. At work I run an Ubuntu PC machine with fast connection. At home I have a Mac without any kind of outside connection (offline) My question is how do I get the OSX ...