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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Finder copies files in two steps and does it as a transaction

I need to organize thousands of files between different locations and there is an unpleasant issue with file copying from a local computer to a NAS. The problem is that Finder copies large bunch of ...
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HP Photosmart 5520 OS X 10.5.8 driver

My mom bought a HP Photosmart 5520. Unfortunately, this printer is not compatible with her OS X 10.5.8 system. Is there a possibility we can get this working?
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Upgraded to 10.10.4 (from 10.8.5), now JNLPs don't open in finder?

I've finally upgraded from 10.8.5 to 10.10.4. But now double clicking on a JNLP file in finder no longer downloads and runs the (in the JNLP file defined) jars but takes me to the Oracle Java download ...
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Delete specific content from the OS X Caching Server cache (not all cached content)

Is there a way to list out the content stored in the OS X Caching Server cache in Server version 4.x and delete a specific update or app? I know how to delete all content in the cache, but I'd like ...
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How to have more than one app in desktop space?

Whenever I click on the maximize/full screen icon on any window, the app window is going to a new Desktop space. But this is kind of distracting because now I am not able to switch apps by doing the ...
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Mac OS crashed! Need help extracting backed up data

I have disk image file on my external HDD. I tried to extract file from mac.dmg file using 7z x mac.dmg and this is what I got: Processing archive: mac.dmg Extracting 0.MBR Extracting 1.Type EE ...
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To install GNU time in OSX?

BSD time gives this kind of output 9990 real 0m4.371s user 0m1.548s sys 0m2.167s GNU time gives then again this kind of output 9990 1.56s user 1.46s system 82% cpu 3.648 total Brew search ...
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Time in milliseconds since epoch in the terminal

How do I get the time since the epoch, in milliseconds, in the OSX terminal? The Linux/Ubuntu equivalent is date +%s.%N: Linux $ date +%s.%N 1403377762.035521859 Which does not work in my OSX ...
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Mac Mini (Late 2009) - Recommended OSX Version for it?

I have a Mac mini (Late 2009) (hw.model: Macmini3,1, 2 GB RAM) that I've got hooked on my TV primary as a "media consumption" device... but a while ago I updated it to: Mac-mini:~ javier$ sw_vers ...
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Mac App Store Update issue in Yosemite

i have a big problem with updating my apps in app store, when i install an application, it doesn't appear as installed as you can see : I have all of this apps installed on my computer, and i ...
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Unable to update though App Store (OS X)

I've been unable to update any of my Apple applications through the App Store. Other applications update just fine. I noticed this when I tried to update Xcode yesterday. Upon clicking the update ...
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How do I uninstall the shortcuts that come with Chrome?

So I am running OS X El Capitan on my Macbook air. I just installed the chrome browser recently and I noticed it installed a few shortcuts onto launchpad. These shortcuts were to youtube, gmail, and ...
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What to do about “File X is not in either expected pre- or post-patch state for Y” errors in install.log?

For about six hours off and on my Mac has been pretty much unusable. "softwareupdated" seems to be the culprit. It goes nuts, maxes out a CPU and uses a huge amount of RAM (and then VM once that runs ...
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How to find wifi password on my mac which is already connected

I need to find the password for my wifi network into which I'm already connected to. I'm using MacBook Pro with OSX Lion. Any guidance please.
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App problems with my iPad [on hold]

Ok, if you change your Apple ID and you still have all the old apps... Could you delete a game for example clash of clans. And say you re download it using your new Apple ID will your progess still be ...
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Boot stuck at Prohibitory screen

I'm using Macbook Pro 2012 running Mac OS X 10.10.3 and earlier today, I was trying to install Linux on a USB drive through Terminal. I first converted the format with this: hdiutil convert -format ...
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Backing up Macintosh HD via Disk Utility (error -5344)

I am trying to backup the Macintosh HD, to my external hard drive via disk utility. I created a blank image and tried to restored my MacintoshHD to that image, but the error pops up, "Restore Failure: ...
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How to use “diskutil corestorage revert lvuuid” on Yosemite if disk says it is not reversible?

I would like to make a partition for Linux. Here's what diskutil coreStorage list gets me (identifiers omitted): CoreStorage logical volume groups (1 found) | +-- Logical Volume Group ...
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I have a Mac OS X and minecraft keeps crashing [on hold]

I recently installed a texture pack for minecraft, but when I tried to use it the entire game just froze, I exited the game but when I tried to log in again, when I pressed play it loaded for a minute ...
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AppleScript - GUI Scripting and setting checkbox, radio button and field values

I'm working on an GUI scripting AppleScript that will, for the open FileMaker Pro Advanced document, go to the File menu and select the File Options dialog box, then set some checkbox/radio button and ...
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Get part of result of command line in OS X

I would like to use the following command line to get the current Wi-Fi channel. /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport -I I would like to use ...
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Shortcut for toggling between between different windows of same app?

I opened two Google Chrome windows (because I am using multiple gmails) and when I do the Cmd ⌘ Tab ⇥ shortcut it just shows me other applications that I opened but does not show me the other Chrome ...
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OS X Mountain Lion/Lion Deep Sleep on low battery

I'm having an issue on my Mac since I installed Lion and now Mountain Lion (I thought that the Lion problem could be because I've put an SSD in my Mac and did not make a fresh install but a carbon ...
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Dictionary: Syllable-hyphenation interpuncts (dots) missing

This is regarding the Dictionary app (New Oxford American Dictionary) that comes with Mac OS X. I currently have version 2.2.1 (156) in Mavericks (10.9.1). In previous versions (Mountain Lion, Snow ...
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Leap Seconds in OS X

A leap second was recently added on June 30, 2015 23:59:60 UTC. How are leap seconds implemented on OS X (specifically Yosemite)?
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My iMac will not allow me to log onto my desktop

I got a viruses alert when using my Mac and sadly I reacted ASAP. I gave control to a remote technican via log-me-in and I went through the steps that where asked. After I got off the phone with the ...
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OS X Server behind an ADSL router

I have a Mac Mini with OS X Server installed on my LAN that I use as a Git server and Continuous Integration server. I would like to be able to use these services from outside my LAN but I'm not sure ...
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To share dynamically network between OSX and Virtual OS

My colleges say that OS cannot dynamically share network between two OS, in contrast to Windows. One college solved the problem by ethernet connection and external network card, discussed here. ...
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How to combine two images into one on a Mac?

Say I have two photos (or any images), for example with the following dimensions: +----------+ +----------+ | | | | | | | | |320 x 428 | and ...
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Cannot see 'For You' and 'New' on iTunes 12.2. How do I get them back? [duplicate]

Right, I already have Apple Music up and running on ios, and I'm eager to sync my iTunes library with iCloud. I downloaded the update for iTunes and stupidly clicked something like 'go to my music'. ...
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Configuring SSD over-provisioning on Mac OSX

I'm in early investigation stages of adding a SSD drive to my MacPro. Fragmentation problems can lead to serious performance problems on an SSD. There are a couple answers to this problem: TRIM - ...
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Is there are tool that can store and retrieve monitor arrangements as presets?

I'm working with a MacBook at different locations where monitors are then in a different positions relative to the MacBook's screen. As a result I have to rearrange the monitor setup every time I use ...
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What's the correctly way to make Postfix run permanently on Lion (not server)

I can start Postfix temporarily with: $ sudo launchctl launchd% start org.postfix.master However, Console.app shows that it only runs for a short time: 26/11/11 2:00:55.710 PM postfix/master: ...
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What is causing softwareupdated to use excessive resources and kill the responsiveness of my Mac?

Usually my Mac performs pretty comfortably but for the last hour or so it's been almost unusable. When I type it takes a few seconds to actually display what I've typed or just beachballs for a little ...
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How to upgrade multiple Macs to OS X 10.10.4?

I own multiple Macs at home and, when I installed Yosemite (10.10) I downloaded the installer from the App Store on the main computer, then copied "/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite" to a safe ...
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Searching fails in OSX Help Center application

OSX 10.9.5 Open a program such as Mail or Messages In the menu bar, select Help, Mail Help (or Messages Help, etc) The Help Center application opens In the Search box enter a search term e.g. ...
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Stuck at the boot screen

I'm running Yosemite. While booting up I get stuck at the screen with the following screen. Is it a serious issue? If yes, how can I save my data?
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Why is the accountsd process eating so much CPU?

Why are the accountsd and securityd processes using so much CPU on OS X 10.10.3? I am on a Early 2011 Macbook Pro. What are these processes for? Is it safe to kill them? The machine has only been up ...
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How to play Apple Music and Radio (Beats 1) on iTunes?

I've updated to Yosemite 10.10.4 but I can't find a way to listen Beats 1 on my Mac...
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Mac dictation custom commands not working

I use the Mac Yosemite (10.10.3) built in dictation extensively, and I find it does a really good job of understanding my speech, at least when I'm speaking in complete sentences. I also use the ...
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Unable to delete locked file

I have a locked file on my machine that I'm unable to delete. I've tried everything (that I know of) and don't have a clue why it won't delete. Here's what I tried: Everything here sudo rm file.txt ...
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Display won't follow sleep settings, uses disabled screensaver instead

I've been on the Yosemite and noticed only as of just this morning that my screen was on with a screen saver running. I have screen savers set to never start, and I have Display sleep set to 10 ...
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How can I open Windows network links on Mac OS X?

I started using a Mac recently in a workplace where most people use Windows. We share with each other links to work files that exist on some server here. So I may get a URL via email that looks like ...
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How to get Mac OS X printer preset to save paper size and not default to system default paper size?

I have a receipt printer and regular printer on my Mac and have the system default paper size set to Letter and default printer set to "Last Used" In Safari I've setup a preset for my receipt printer ...
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How do I get the trackpad (force touch) to recognise a click right after a scroll?

I use CAD software and a really common action is to zoom out (two finger scroll) followed by a click and drag to pan around the document. On the new MBR pro with force touch trackpad I'm finding that ...
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How to debug Safari CPU utilization and spinning beach ball?

I have been plagued by performance problems in my late 2010 MacBook Air for several months now. Most of it seems centred around Safari. I regularly get very high fan speeds (loud to the point of very ...
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Mavericks window loses focus on Cmd+Tab

In OS X Mavericks (10.9) I have discovered a very annoying bug. To reproduce: Have an external monitor connected to your Mac Open two windows of the same application (e.g Chrome), and place one ...
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Why did my MacBook Air stay on?

I have a MacBook Air that the lid I left open. The screen was still on when I left it. In System Preferences, I set it to turn off the display and sleep after 10 minutes. But it didn't turn off. I ...
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Killing discoveryd process affected by malware [on hold]

There was a malware attack on my system. It has affected the discoveryd process. I do a grep to find the process id for related discoveryd processes. I get the following - _mdnsresponder 6115 ...
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Floor Plan software for Mac [on hold]

Is there a free program that can make floor plans on a Mac? Specifically, I'm looking for something that's fairly easy to use. Doesn't need to have a ton of features, just shouldn't be a headache.