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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Back to My Mac problems under Yosemite

Since updating to Yosemite a couple of days ago my Back to My Mac feature has stopped functioning. It is activated in the Sharing Preferences and I didn't change anything on the router settings. In ...
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swap mapping of left and right shift keys

I have an odd, highly specific problem when using my third-party USB keyboard with my MacBook Pro: option + left-shift + right-arrow (which as Mac programmers will know means "highlight the word to ...
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Menu bar icons disappearing when connecting USB device

If I plug something into one of the USB ports on my Mac 17″ (after upgrading to Yosemite) my Menu Bar at the top of the desktop keeps disappearing and reappearing. The icons keep flashing on and off. ...
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PacketFilter on OS X preserve destination address for sshuttle

There is a cool utility out there called sshuttle (https://github.com/apenwarr/sshuttle). It has depended on ipfw to forward packets in the past. It appears that ipfw is mostly broken in Mavericks ...
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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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Bridge non-adjacent monitors in three monitor setup

I would like to use the following 3 monitor setup because the arrangement aligns logically with the physical placement of the monitors. Is it possible to bridge the gap between the left and right ...
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How to add the current slide number plus the total slides in Keynote?

I am wondering how I could achieve something like that in the current version of Keynote for OSX: For example the current slide is 3 and the total slides are 10. And I want to show it like (3 / 10) ...
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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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Find symbolic links (’s names) with Spotlight (Finder)

underwhelmed by the fact that OS X’s Aliases got really big with Mountain Lion (Lion?) I basically switched to using symbolic links instead. Now I’m just learning the hard way that Spotlight (or, ...
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Microsoft Office, Exchange, Calendar, Snooze issue, Resending Invitation

So here is a weird bug, I've created a Reoccurring Meeting in OSX Outlook 2011 but every time I hit snooze using OSX Notifications the Meeting Invite is sent out again with the same time. Why is this ...
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How to enable logged-in thumbnails for Safari Top Sites for Secure (HTTPS) Sites?

How do I allow Safari to generate logged-in thumbnails of HTTPS pages? Maybe there's a hidden setting for this? Right now thumbnails of secure (HTTPS) pages are rendered without login data. For ...
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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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Typing over selected text replaces some text to the right

In OS X (both Lion and Mountain Lion), I notice that when I select text and type over it, not only does it yield the expected result of replacing that text with the typed text, it often also replaces ...
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Cycling through Spaces?

Is there a way that when you cycle through the last Space, it cycles you back to the first one? And, if you cycle backwards and get to the first space, have it cycle back to the last? Right now, it ...
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Why does my Terminal window close automatically?

I need to use my Terminal window on a MacBook Air but it closes about 10 seconds after I open it. Is there a setting or is it possible another program is causing it to close? If I type quickly I can ...
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What info does a Mac broadcast and how to hide it?

I want to run a Mac in the cloud as a webserver and for facilitative use. I've secured most of my used tools already, but I was wondering about the OS itself. Imagine I'm running an up-to-date ...
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What are the differences between Applescripts saved as *.scpt and *.applescript?

It seems to me that those scripts that are saved as *.applescript are always meant to be the raw, uncompiled text while those that are saved as *.scpt can be either the raw text or the compiled ...
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launchd StartCalendarInterval not working reliably

I have several tasks that I run from launchd using StartCalendar interval. Under Yosemite these do not necessarily run. (Under Mavericks and earlier they did run) How do I see what launchd is doing ...
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How to create a wifi hotspot on OS X WITHOUT available internet connection?

How to create a wifi hotspot on mac WITHOUT available internet connection? In Windows, we can easily create an infrastructure wifi LAN hotspot with: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ...
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Detailed Wi-Fi menu by default

When you hold down the option key before clicking on the wi-fi menu, you get all sorts of detailed stuff about your current connection. Is there any way of making this the default behaviour? A ...
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Bluetooth Dongle Connection “Failed to open an RFCOMM serial channel” on MacBook Pro

I tried to setup another computer with a Bluetooth dongle to connect my Macbook Pro (OS X Mavericks). I managed to pair them and ever since then I get these messages every 10-30 seconds and often they ...
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How to install OS X 10.7 and 10.8 in VMWare Fusion, on a 10.9 host?

I'm working on fairly new Mac Mini, running OS X 10.9.4 and VMWare Fusion Pro 6.0.4. For software testing purposes, I want to install both a OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion inside a ...
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Mac Mini 2013 wakes immediately after sleep when USB drive plugged in

I have a 2013 mac mini running osx 10.9.3. I used to be able to send the machine to sleep by going to the apple in the menubar and choosing sleep. After a recent update, when I do this the displays ...
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Freeze on boot after installing Yosemite

Sorry for the writing style but I am typing from my smartphone now. My MacBook pro on Mavericks worked like a charm but crazy as I am I decided to install Yosemite without any backup as I am lacking ...
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Why is the diagnostic message history not writable as normal user?

When I use normally the OS as a plain user I get frequent console messages like: 20/05/14 08:21:28,194 SubmitDiagInfo[5376]: Launched to submit Diagnostics and Usage 20/05/14 08:21:28,735 ...
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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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How can I stop sound switching to internal if I close the lid on my MacBook while playing video on HDMI-connected TV

If I connect an HDMI cable to my MacBook (mid-2010 white model, Mavericks 10.9.2) and play a video, then the audio comes out of the TV - so far so good. If I then close the lid while the video is ...
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Disabling sound output devices (e.g. Internal Speakers) in OS X

Since my Cinema Display is both connected through mDP and USB, I can (stupidly enough) both choose “LED Cinema Display” or “Display Audio”. Also, I never use the internal speakers since they sound ...
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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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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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Shortcut to create/remove desktop in Mac OSX 10.8

To switch desktops, one can use < CTRL >-i or < CTRL >-[< left >< right >]. Are there shortcuts to create and remove desktops? If not, how can I make them?
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Is there a way to keep the notification open? Prevent autohide?

Is there a way to keep the notification bar from auto hiding? I'd basically like to keep it open/expanded on the right side of my screen.
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How do I re-associate HTTP links with my browser in OS X?

I installed iTerm2 the other day, and was playing around with it. In the process I seemed to have messed up the handling of HTTP hyperlinks on my system. Sometimes (annoyingly, not every time, which ...
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Java Web Start launched in Finder says no JRE available. Works fine in console

Followed solution here - Java for OS X 2012-006: How to re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 applet plug-in and Web Start functionality to restore browser java plug-in, works fine now. But still ...
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Applescript vs. Spaces in Lion (10.7)

In Snow Leopard (10.6), I had an applescript that toggled iTunes between "maximised on Space 2" and "mini-player on all spaces": set app_identifier to do shell script "echo 'com.apple.iTunes' | ...
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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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Enlarging the omnibar in Safari 8

I am using Safari 8.0.2. Safari 8 introduced some really great features, but it made the omnibar tiny - it now occupies less than a third of the toolbar, and it seems impossible to adjust its size. I ...
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Moving files in Yosmite doesn't move all the files

I am having the weirdest problem since upgrading to OSX Yosemite. If I select a bunch (hundreds) of files and try to move them to a different folder, only a few (under 100, like 86) of the files ...
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Signature shows too BIG to recipients

I am using Apple Mail 4.6 and have simple text lines for my signature. Even though I have the "match text in email" box checked, the signature shows as much larger (obnoxiously large) to many ...
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Yosemite Time Machine not backing up (existing and new backups)

I am having an issue with Time Machine. Since upgrading to Yosemite Time Machine has not been working. I have seen this seems to be a common issue but have not seen reference to my specific case. I ...
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fsck not working to fix corrupted external drive

I am using an early 2011 MacBook Pro with the Mavericks OS. I've researched a similar issue on an internal drive but As far as I know, being in Single User mode won't help my situation. One of my ...
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Is there a programmatic way to identify built-in applications?

I'm trying to keep an inventory of where each application in my Mac came from (context: I'm trying to be disciplined and install things only through the App Store, Homebrew or Caskroom). Apps that ...
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“Log out (username)” logs out all users

When I click on "Log out User A" in the Apple menu, then click the Log Out button, the current user is logged out. After I get back to the user selection page, I can pick another logged-in user (call ...
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Full maximise (behind the dock)

None of the maximise commands provide proper maximisation to fill the whole screen. When you have Dock not autohidden, then they only go up to the boundary of the dock. When you have Dock hidden they ...
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Deleting and creating users with terminal in recovery mode?

would anyone know how to delete and create user accounts in recovery mode? Precise steps would be awesome because im not too experienced with UNIX. I already tried the userdel and useradd in urs\sbin ...
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Create Custom Drop Down Menus in the Finder Toolbar

Happy (belated-ish) new year! Hope it's been a great one. Any Dropbox users out there will recognize the drop down menu that one can add to their Finder toolbar. Upon discovering that this ...
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Files Greyed out in Finder - Potential extended attributes issue?

I am having a rather strange issue with some image files I have on a local file server. I have spent a while trying to figure it out, to no avail. Hopefully someone on here can offer some assistance. ...
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barcode scanner for OSX

I am interested in buying a barcode scanner (for a one off to read ISBN numbers on books). I have looked at some at the cheaper models on eBay, but they don't give much information. I was wondering ...
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Changing the open with settings in 10.10.1

I am looking for a way to edit the open with settings in 10.10.1, i have looked through older questions and have attempted to rename the launch services plist and have gotten no where. I have looked ...