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". it is be replaced by macOS to match its the format of watchOS, tvOS, and ios.

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mail app eats up outgoing mail, never sends it [on hold]

As part of my domain hosting, I get imap and smtp services. Every once in a while (every other month or so), my outgoing mail just doesn't go, although mac mail records it as having sent it. I have ...
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Windows like Restore option in OSX

Windows provide a facility to restore state of OS in case of getting corrupt by loading it up from Hard drive. Is there anything like that available for OSX?
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How to Fix Disk Utility Getting Stuck on “Verifying storage system”

Okay, had a brief power outage today that shut down my computer and external drives, so I figured I should run a quick disk check just to be safe. However, when I run try to verify with Disk Utility, ...
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How to connect OS X Yosemite to a window based SSTP VPN?

I am trying to connect to a window based SSTP VPN network. I am using OS X Yosemite, I was wondering if there is any solution that can allow me to connect to a SSTP based VPN. For the record, I have ...
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How to prevent automount of a partition in El Capitan

There are two boot partitions on my MacBook. A working, bootable, El Capitan is installed on both. How can I prevent automounting partition2, when booting from partition1? According to many pages I ...
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Can Mac OS X Messages support more than one apple id?

I have two Apple IDs, one for work and one personal. My iPhone's Messages settings are bound to my work id. When it receives messages, they pop up on my work computer pretty as you please. I would ...
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WiFi Certificates Accidentally Deleted

I accidentally deleted some certificates from the Keychain Access application and I think they were somehow related to WiFi networks. Now everytime I try to join a network that uses PEAP ...
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hdiutil: Creating case-sensitive image fs for Steam

I'm attempting to use Steam on my Mac, but I set up my system to have case-sensitivity. Steam has a thread for setting up an image file with a case-sensitive file system, however, I'm finding that it ...
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key macros for raising windows

I am new to OS X. I previously used Windows 7, on which I had defined some key shortcuts with the help of Autohotkey. EDIT: making more clear what I want the shortcuts to do: raise a window with a ...
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On Mac OSX Yosemite why does my computer download 500MB every day whether I am using it or not?

I have Mac OSX Yosemite, 10.10.1 and halfway through last month my computer decided to download about 500MB every day. I even quit all programs and it still downloaded 447MB. I am seeing this number ...
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How to change temperature in Today's Summary part from F to C in Notification Center

I'm using Mac OS (El Capitan) and in Notification center, Today's Summary part it shows weather information. I want to change from F to C here. My weather widget is already in C and working fine.
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How to reset 2006 iMac to factory settings without install CD?

This question addresses how to restore a 2011 iMac to factory conditions, but the process doesn't seem to work with a 2006 iMac. Google searches suggest the install CD is required, though some people ...
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How can I download a video off Safari 9.1? (not YouTube)

How can I download a video off of Safari 9.1 and export it into iMovie? The video is not from YouTube.
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The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition

I have two partitions on my MAC both formatted as Mac OS Extended but only one has macOS on it. When I start the Bootcamp Assistant to install Windows 10 I get the following message: How to fix ...
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Is there a way to limit the size of the Trash?

I just ran out of disk space and I have like 15GB in my trash. Is there a way to not keep items older than say 7 days or limit the size of the Trash? I need a way to automatically keep this managed.
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Can I move the Google Drive folder to a different volume?

Is there a way to put the Google Drive folder on a different volume on my Mac (where I have more free space)? I tried Googling the question, and just got tips about doing it on Windows.
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Always show mobile version in safari OS X

I do not know where to public my question and in fact i hope that it is the right place :) I really like mobile version of one web site, but at the same time i hate full version of it. Is it possible ...
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“createinstallmedia” compatibility with Windows [on hold]

When using the createinstallmedia command in Terminal with El Capitan Install, is the resulting USB bootable on any computer, or just Apple computers? For example, I thought I would use my MacBook Pro ...
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How to access Greek symbols on OSX (Mavericks)?

I write mathematical computer code. I frequently need Greek letters such as ø My current workflow is terrible: hold down OPT and run my finger across the three rows of the keyboard: œ∑´®†¥¨^øπ“‘« ...
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Shortcut to disable keyboard/mouse in OSX

On more than a few instances, I have accidentally disabled the internal keyboard and trackpad by a shortcut. The only button which works is the power-up key which I can use to wake up (if it's in ...
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Terminal “open” any image results in “Preview quit unexpectedly”

Whenever I hit open blah.png (any image type) in my terminal, I get a message "Preview quit unexpectedly" from Mac OS X. The solution is to just open the folder in Finder using open ., navigating to ...
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Is it safe to delete ~/Library/Caches?

Is it safe to delete the file Caches, in the Library of the Mac OS X Hard Drive? It's a pretty big file, 3.56 GB, Caches reminds me of logs i don't need or browser cookies. Is it safe to delete the ...
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Isn't Inactive memory a waste of resources?

I'm looking for explanation of memory usage on my machine especially in light of the example in this screenshot below: I understand what is Free and Active means But what are the meanings of Wired ...
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Need help creating Automator Service to perform similar tasks to a residual uninstall

I've been having an issue with a program I use heavily every day, where it it acts like it is recovering from a crash even when it was quit properly and all files saved. The app is FontLab Studio, not ...
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What are Mac OS replacements for Visio?

Visio is the most conspicuous example of a program that I found useful on Windows for which I have not identified a Mac-compatible replacement. Visio's primary function is as a flowchart diagramming ...
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Process is too verbose, how to stop it from flooding system.log?

I'm using this application (Solar.app) from Logitech to monitor the solar cells and batteries from their own solar keyboard (K750) One process is much too verbose and logs approx. 400 bytes in /var/...
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Clear all messages from current Terminal session [duplicate]

In a Terminal window, if I issues a "clear" command it clears the screen. But if I scroll up, the messages are still there. Is there a way to clear call completely? Currently, I have to close and ...
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What is x3d? Help needed deciphering console crash log

For a few days now my Macbook Air seems to hang for a second every five seconds or so. It is only noticeable in my browsers. Chrome, FF and Safari all have the same issue where the browser just locks ...
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Add urls to a list via Automator

What is the simplest way to append a list of urls with a selected URL when browsing either chrome or safari. I tried to do this with automator and it was easy to achieve by creating a service with a ...
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Sending commands from TextWrangler to the terminal

I want to send commands from TextWrangler to the terminal. Even if I found this, I don't understand how that works since I'm brand new to Unix and running Applescripts. tell application "...
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Cannot reinstall OS X. Will Apple Store do it on the spot?

I installed Windows on my MacBook Air 2015 and erased the SSD in the process because it's only 128 GB and because I thought it would be easy to create a bootable USB key to reinstall OS X should I ...
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Can't boot into Mac OS after Windows install via Bootcamp

I just installed Windows 10 successfully via BootCamp. Now I am neither able to boot into OSX, nor is its partition shown anywhere. Turns out the issue occurs because of a mistake I made during the ...
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Deactivate Drag & Drop

Is there a way to deactivate Drag & Drop feature at least for the Laptop Trackpad (MacBook Air 2010, OS X 10.9.5)? I accidentally drag windows and files all the time. For instance, I want to ...
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macOS Sierra Public Beta Update (still calculating…)

I was having some trouble with macOS Sierra (on the Public Beta 2). So I decided to reinstall from the image available via the Purchased section of the App Store. However, I assume that image was for ...
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Word cannot save this document due to a naming or permissions error on the destination volume

I have a mapped network folder on my Mac. About a week ago everything was fine and I could save Word documents to my personal folder on the network drive. Now, I've been getting the following message:...
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Does a black screen save battery on a macbook?

I've seen some similar questions about iPhone on this site, but none of them focus on macbook, so here comes this one. The picture below is a screenshot of my current desktop, with menu bar and dock ...
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Hold item System Prefs

How to lock System Preferences item only to staff group members?
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New MacBook (8,1) EFI [on hold]

I checked the product download page and found nothing for the new 2015 macbooks. I found many for the macbook pros, macbook airs, imacs, and even the xservers, but the closest thing I found to a "...
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Running Siri on OS X El Capitan

Would it work if I run Siri on OS X El Capitan by copying Siri.app from macOS Sierra to the OS X El Capitan? Just want to find out what exactly would happen even though OS X El Capitan doesn't ...
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Documents folder not visible in Finder on macOS

The Documents folder on my Mac (macOS Sierra 10.12 beta) is not visible under my user in Finder. I can see the folder is there through Terminal: But in Finder, I can't see it: I can see the ...
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OSX Yosemite bootable usb drive circle slash (“no” symbol)

I have a Late-2011 Macbook Pro (4GB RAM) that has been running slow for several OSX cycles, and since Mavericks it's been unbearable (spinning beachballs whenever you do anything). I tried upgrading ...
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Debounce mechanical keyboard in OS X

My work has me back on a Mac. I am using my mechanical keyboard (USB, Cherry blue switches, not that that's important) with OS X. The problem though, is that i get relatively frequent "bouncing" or ...
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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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Will updating OS X Server over VNC kill my VNC connection?

I have a Mac Mini sitting in a remote location (another country). To administer it, I use the screen sharing application. There is an update for Server, which I would like to install. However, when ...
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Safari won't open in Yosemite. At all

I recently got my computer re-imaged. Everything was working fine on Yosemite until about an hour ago when my Wi-Fi abruptly disconnected. The AirPort icon gave me the spinning wheel of death, so I ...
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Boot Into Recovery Partition After Installing Linux.

I want to install Linux on my mid 2014 Macbook Pro for educational purposes. However, I don't want this to be permanent. I've tried to partition the hard drive and install both OSs but I have not ...
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What is the “akd” process, and do I need to allow it to connect to the internet?

I use Little Snitch as a Mac OS firewall. Usually, it's fairly clear to me what needs to connect to the internet and what doesn't. However, I can't figure out what akd is or does, and why it needs to ...
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Trying to use a Canon MP210 printer with OS X running 10.8.2

I am honestly not sure if the problem is with the OS or with the printer. I can use this printer with a windows machine without any trouble. However, when I try to use it with my Mac, is just ...
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Macbook stuck on black loading screen

Today my Macbook Pro 2013 crashed so I hard reset it. Since then it boots to a black loading screen with the apple logo and a loading bar in the middle. The loading bar progresses to around 60% then ...
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Is it possible to use old Wacom tablet on 10.11?

I have Wacom Graphire 3 a.k.a CT-630. This model is old Wacom tablet. So, it has no driver for 10.11. Can I use this tablet on my Mac? Any solution?