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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Make folders opened by external apps open in a new finder tab rather than a window

I have the setting "open folders in new tabs" (instead of new windows) in finder turned on but this does not seem to influence what my other apps do when they open a folder. Launchbar and a shell ...
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Quitting an app makes the control move to MAMP

I've suffered a bit from this issue - when I quit MAMP, and then restart the app again, everything works just fine. However, when I quit all the other applications except MAMP, then the control ...
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MAMP always grabbing focus when quitting an app in Mavericks

Upgraded from Lion to Mavericks and now when quitting any app, MAMP is always grabbing the focus instead of the previously opened app e.g. open MAMP, open Safari, open TextWrangler, quit TextWrangler, ...
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Printer Deploy with and custom preset profiles to Mac OS X workstations

How would I go about deploying a network printer (Sharp MX-2600N) to Mac OS X machines that would include a custom printer preset profile (Embedded Printer User Authentication Code)? Ideal Method of ...
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Solver Window Resize in Mac Office 2011

For what ever reason the Solver add-in for Mac Office's Excel 2011 produces the following dialog box when attempting to add a constraint to Solver: Does anyone have a similar problem? Or know how ...
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Software-only way to disconnect and reconnect a USB device?

I have a DisplayLink 3rd monitor on a Mac Mini. Half the time I wake the computer up, the DisplayLink syncs but the graphics onscreen are garbled. Reaching behind the computer and ...
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Can't login after setting up FileVault

I ran FileVault on my MacBook Pro. It seemed to be OK, generated the passcode etc. All happy. Next log on failed. Grey Screen. Tried both users with correct passwords. Nothing. Grey screen, short ...
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Set a custom dock icon for an application instance via Terminal

I'm frequently opening multiple instances of applications, especially Emacs, since I may be working on different projects on the same time, and I find this the best way to manage this (yes, I know ...
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Is $HOME/.MacOSX/environment.plist still used in OS X 10.9.2 for setting global environment variables?

Is $HOME/.MacOSX/environment.plist still recognized/used in OS X 10.9.2 for setting global environment variables? Apple's official documentation does not say explicitly it's deprecated, AFACT: ...
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Frequent kernel panics osx 10.9

I'm getting kernel panics more often than I'm comfortable with. I got one yesterday and one today, not sure the exact frequency before that, but I got at least a couple last week. If anyone would ...
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How can I force the application switcher to stop following the dock and instead show on my main display in Mavericks (OS X 10.9)?

I understand the App Switcher follows the Dock. Other answers here confirm as much. However, is it possible via some hidden command-line preference to force the Application Switcher to display on the ...
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Can't log in until after reboot

I have an iMac running OS X Mavericks and OS X Server. The OS X Server services running are Time Machine and Xcode. A couple of times per week, the iMac gets into a state where I cannot log in. I can ...
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change the spinning color wheel (beach ball) to something else

I want to change the spinning beach ball / color wheel icon to something else, like a funny GIF, or maybe just a different icon. Is anyone familiar enough with the operating system to know where files ...
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2011 iMac kernel panic

My iMac keeps shutting down approximately every 3 hours. I added 8GB RAM about a month ago. i also upgraded the firmware. BSD process name corresponding to current thread: ReportCrash ...
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PowerPoint 2011 crashes when trying to format shape

Whenever I try to format shape (for example edit line) in PowerPoint it crashes leaving me with this error message: Microsoft Error Reporting log version: 2.0 Error Signature: Exception: ...
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Weird bug: Cmd+Tab sticks in Mavericks

I am experiencing an odd bug that I haven't seen anywhere else. When I use Cmd+Tab, it seems to stick on whatever application it lands on when I release Tab. It should open that application, but ...
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Can the default permissions on /dev/disk* be changed?

Is it possibile to change default permissions /dev/disk*? In Linux this is done in the udev configuration files; which is the equivalent on OS X? I'd like to give group write permissions so members ...
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Disable USB Write Caching by default

Is it possible to change OS X's USB filesystem mount behaviour to use the noasync flag to disable write caching? The aim here is to allow USB devices to be safely removed without eject or hdiutil ...
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Disable mouse interference in Cmd-Tab overlay?

I often use Cmd-Tab with my right hand on the mouse. If the cursor happens to be within overlay, then any accidental mouse movement causes OS X to think that I want to switch to whichever window icon ...
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Force OS X to use Bluetooth dongle instead of built in controller

I'm using a Magic Mouse with my MacBook Pro and Mountain Lion. The cursor sometimes start to lag. I figured, the reason for this could be the distance between my Mac and the mouse (about 1.5 meters / ...
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Why are DNS server addresses lost after reboot?

I applied OpenDNS server addresses to Network Preference > Advanced > DNS. These were applied first under user account, then believing I needed to apply as Admin. Yet upon reboot they're replaced ...
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Add Windows Printer to Mac OS X 10.6.8

I have a Windows 7 computer that I am trying to print to from a Mac. I have added my printer using a smb:// protocol and it works and says Idle, however when I try to print I get the following: ...
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Full guide on configuring NIS/NFS on OS X 10.7?

I am trying to setup OS X 10.7 Lion to work as an a NIS/NFS client but without too much success so far. Existing configuration that works on Ubuntu cat /etc/yp.conf domain uk.example.com server ...
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A single shortcut that changes text color in Notes?

When using Notes I often find myself changing the color of the text (usually to blue or red) as an additional way to indicate emphasis (alongside italics and bold). The shortcut for displaying the ...
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How can I get rid of this Symantec-related error message in console?

I was forced by my company to un-install Synamtec Antivirus on a machine running OS X 10.6.8. Unfortunately, the person who uninstalled Symantec didn't know how to thoroughly get rid of the program. ...
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How to make a display port cable provide max resolution for Dell U2713HM with Mac Book Pro?

I bought This Display Port Cable to use with Mac Book Pro OSX 10.9.X and Dell U2713HM monitor supporting resolution 2560X1440. The cable is giving me only 1080p resolution. I have restarted both the ...
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Mac OSX: strange shaking (jitter) of screen

I noticed that sometimes a strange interference in rendering happened on my screen. I thought it was some minor issue with hardware. It happened 2 or 3 times a few months ago and I didn't think much ...
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What causes playing a video in browser to take up all the RAM?

I've been noticing lately that when I'm playing a video on my Mac from say Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, any video site via a browser, the computer gets extremely laggy for 5 minutes and then acts normal. ...
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Logo of Java application changes after launch

I have a Java application in my dock, whose icon appears as the following when it is unopened: However, after opening the application, the icon changes into the Java coffee cup logo: This makes ...
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running email server (postfix?) on plain Mavericks (NOT server)

I need to run a very simple email server on a plain (non-OSX Server) Mavericks box (Mac mini). All I need to do is be able to receive email with attachments, send it to a Perl/Python script, and send ...
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Notes.app on OS X crashing whenever I make an edit in the iOS app

Notes.app on OS X crashes whenever I make an edit in the iOS app and it syncs back down to my Mac. When it crashes, I just open up the app again, and everything is synced up and works perfectly. The ...
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brew doctor warning about Python config scripts

Can someone please explain what I should do about the following warning from Homebrew: Warning: "config" scripts exist outside your system or Homebrew directories. `./configure` scripts often look ...
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Allow access to www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies, but not www.bbc.co.uk

I'm using OS X Parental Controls to limit what my son can do on our Mac. He has his own user account, managed by the Parental Controls. Under Website Restrictions, I've chosen "Allow access to only ...
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Uninstalling Genieo broke my system

Update below, the rest is more or less background information. After discovering a Genieo install, I vaguely recalled it being, well, not trustworthy. After a quick search I knew I wanted to ...
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Any OS X Whiteboard apps/software designed for large screen multi-monitor use?

We're looking at upgrading our static whiteboards to interactive whiteboards/smartboards, and one option is simply to buy 1-3 large multi-touch displays and hook them up to a Mac Pro, and use some ...
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moving a file crashes Finder with kernel Code Signing error

When I move a file, either into another folder or the Trash, Finder crashes and relaunches, and the file doesn't get moved. This also happens when I try to empty the trash. Console shows a couple of ...
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Unable to mount SMB share using Snow Leopard

I have a Linux box (Raspberry Pi) with Samba set up, and when I try to mount the shares on a MacBook Pro (Snow Leopard, 10.6.8) it just stalls. I have an Applescript that runs at login, which I use to ...
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Run multiple instances of the same version of Firefox with different profiles simultaneously

I have an existing installation of Firefox. I've been using this installation for a long time so theres a lot of data (history, bookmark, browser preferences, addon preferences). Now I want to split ...
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How did the MAS find and update my backup copy of the Mavericks install app?

I wanted to see if I could get a 10.9.2 installer for Mavericks from the Mac App Store that I could use to clean install a Mac without requiring a patch after installation, so I went to the MAS and ...
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Removing shutdown and sleep button from the Apple menu on Mavericks

I'm trying to remove the "Sleep" and "Shutdown" entries from the Apple menu. So far I managed to do it by editing ...
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How I can install GDB in NetBeans in Mavericks for debugging?

I have an error when I debug a C program in NetBeans. GDB has unexpectedly stopped with return 127 Here is a screenshot of the build tools:
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MacBook Pro 5,1 will only turn on after SMC reset

Resetting the SMC every time the machine is turned off is the only way to turn it back on and when it is on the fans run at max speed etc. etc. (SMC issues). Have tried to swap out HDD and RAM. ...
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Numbers v3.1: Automatically link URLs in spreadsheet?

I've inherited a spreadsheet that has a loooong column (thousands) of URLs, all unclickable. I'd like to make them clickable. I have tried the following: Highlighting the column. Select column, ...
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Censor bleep keyboard shortcut

I want the censor beep that you hear on TV to play continuously as a system sound when I hold down F12 on my MacBook. I make screen recordings for YouTube videos. Because I have brothers and sisters ...
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How to disable the warning when saving names that begin with a dot?

I get a warning when I try to save a dotfile. The warning message is: How can I disable this?
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Sorting in Finder is out of order when using “Save As” or “Open” from another application

The sorting in Finder works whenever I open Finder. However, it behaves quite strangely when I am using another application. Here is an example: Example: When using Chrome, upon hitting ⌘+S, I am ...
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How to get rid of full screen video translucency?

I recently noticed that whenever I watch a video in full screen on the Mac, the video has a certain level of translucency showing the contents of the window or the desktop behind it. This occurs with ...
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Why is Terminal.app corrupting my tcsh history?

I've had an ongoing problem that appears to be specific to OS X and Terminal.app: periodically, I get garbage in my tcsh history that looks like this: ^[[1m^[[4mcomputername:~/Code/emacs-source ( ...
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How to print and email PDF from any OS X application on PDF letterhead?

On the Windows PC there is a nice eDocPrinter PDF printer driver from Iteksoft that prints from any Windows application to a PDF file overlayed with a PDF of the corporate letterhead and even attaches ...
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Facetime HD Camera undetected in Vodburner

I have installed Vodburner but it is not detecting the Facetime HD camera. Please suggest how to solve this.