OS X Services allow sharing data and capabilities across applications. They are invoked by the user either through the active application menu's "Services" submenu or via keyboard shortcuts, typically to act on the data selected in the currently active application.

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How do I remove duplicate “Open With” context menu items in Finder.app?

For whatever reason, the "Open With" context menu in Finder is always listing every app four times (exactly). I've read about (and tried) rebuilding the Launch Services database to restore the ...
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How can I turn off the gamed service or more generally, any service?

Yeah, bought a Macbook Retina, come from a Linux background where this stuff is usually a question of removing via the package manager. Anyhow, I don't play games on this, it's purely for ...
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What's the services/running processes manager in Mac OS X?

I installed MySQL but I am unable to see if it is running or has stopped. How do I see what are the currently running services corresponding to the "Services" interface in Windows?
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How to disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) on OS X 10.8?

I am using an iMac at work, and the IT security guys are raising issue with the Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) trying to bypass the proxy continually. I would like to know how I can disable ...
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How do I delete a Service?

If I created a service using Automator, how can I delete it if I no longer want it?
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Location of services created in Automator

Long-time ago i created a service in Automator, which still works. But i want to change the code and it isn't located in either /Library/Services/ nor ~/Library/Services/ as they are both empty Have ...
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Disable Services in OSX (services.msc)

Is there a Services.msc or ntsysv utility for OSX? I just want to harden my OSX by disabling any unwanted service and it's ports.
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How to disable/always allow assistive access on Mavericks?

I've been using this script (AppleScript) bound to a global hot key as an Automator Service to open new terminals using a global keyboard shortcut. After upgrade to OS X Mavericks when the ...
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How do I set up iCloud for a family?

What is the right way to set up iCloud for a family? Assume that I want to share iTunes store account, have separate mail, contacts, bookmarks and notes, but have the possibility of sharing calendars ...
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Is the “Lookup in Dictionary” context menu option hardcoded in Google Chrome for Mac?

I'm having a hard time removing the "Lookup in Dictionary" context menu element in Chrome for Mac (see screenshot). I tried deactivating the Dictionary Service shortcut in Preferences / Keyboard, ...
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How to reload autofs on Lion without restarting?

I'm trying to get my host machine running Lion to automount an NFS export on my CentOS VM. I was able to get this working on a system running Mac OS 10.5 by modifying /etc/auto_master and then ...
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Where are Services stored?

I created a service using Automator and noticed that it created a .workflow file in ~/Library/Services. Is this the same file that handles the service that I see under (Application's Name) > Services? ...
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How to restart sshd in OSX Lion?

I have configured ssh keys for github. I have multiple ssh keys configured already. I need to add new ssh keys for bitbucket. But it does not seem to be working. How do i restart sshd in OSX Lion?
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What is the difference between 'Application' and 'Process' in OS X?

As I increasingly dabble with AppleScript and OS X tweaking in general, I arrive at this question: What is the difference between these two words in terms of OS X's inner operations - e.g. do some ...
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How can I control (start/stop) applications and services that start up after reboot?

I have a Mac that is slow when using the internet, but other PCs on the same connection aren't as slow. I suspect there are too many AV scanners running concurrently, or there is some process that ...
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Mavericks Server - nothing enabled, but services still running and logging messages

I have a Mavericks server with ALL services disabled in Server.app in an attempt to figure out what's causing a huge number of log messages. When I check to see what services are running, I see the ...
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What does lsboxd process do on os x?

My firewall asked me for a connection from lsboxd (module com.apple.ls.boxd, ) to one another computer in my network to the port tcp 548. What does it do? I found that it is a part of sandbox ...
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Remove system default / third-party app 'service' items from OS X context menus?

I'm in the process of replacing OS X's default 'Search with Google' context menu item (found when you right click on text in many apps like Terminal, Notes, or third party ones like the RSS reader ...
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Symlinked services in ~/Library/Services not working in Lion

Does anyone know how to make symlinked services work in Lion? I used to keep all my services under version control in SL and symlinked into ~/Library/Services and this stopped working when I installed ...
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Select a menu item in AppleScript without using “System Events” in 10.9 Mavericks

I was just answering another question and was reminded of a new "feature" in Mavericks. I used to have a number of small Automator Services that took no input but did something useful when tied to a ...
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Show all services on right click

Whenever you have more than 4 services, they are put in a dropdown option "Services" on right click instead of just being added to the right click menu itself. Is this an option somewhere that can be ...
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How do I assign a keyboard shortcut to a service in OS X?

I created a service using Automator and I'd like to assign a keyboard shortcut to it. How do I do this?
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Where Is The “Summarize” Service On OS X Mavericks?

In previous versions of OS X, you could find the Summarize service by highlighting the text you want to summarize, going to the app name menu, click service, and then clicking summarize. Call me ...
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How to create a service that puts selected text into quotation marks?

I'd like to create a service that puts any text I select in TextEdit or web page text editors into quotation marks. I understand Automator is the tool to use, but how do I create this action using ...
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How to show a list of processes that are launched upon a login?

There are some processes that are launched upon a login, how to get a list of these processes? I want to prevent some processes from being launched automatically.
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Remove services from context menus (but leave them in the app's Services menu)

I created a few services with Automator and it seems OS X automatically adds these to the context menu of files/folders that they apply to. Is it possible to remove the services from the context menu ...
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Is there any study on how which services/sensors consume the battery?

I am looking for some study/comparison on how battery-consuming are specific services/sensors (3G, Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, accelerometer) in the iOS devices. Has anyone stumbled across something like ...
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Workflow Services not showing in Service Menu

All of a sudden my Automator services are no longer showing in the Service menu in Mail. None of them. All I see is No Service Apply (grayed out). I know they still work, if I open them in ...
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GUI service manager for OS X?

I am looking for a GUI application, with in icon on the top bar, that can be used to start and stop different services on OS X. These do not have to be real OS X (launchd) services/daemons, it is ...
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Starting and stopping mysql server. Shorten and make automatic

Currently I start and stop mysql with the following command sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server stop It is quite a long ...
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Is it possible to create a user without a home directory?

I want to create a user to run tomcat on my system and was wondering if it is possible to create a user without a home directory like it is possible in linux.
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How can I restrict Mac sharing services to a specific network/adapter?

I want is to set up a Mac to connect to multiple networks. So far, so good. However, I only want to grant AFP access to users on ONE of the networks, but not the other. How can I accomplish this on ...
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Services submenu disappeared from contextual menu of right click

I am using OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 at my office. Last week, I was still able to right click files or folders and choose services from the bottom of contextual menu. However, after I started my Mac this ...
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Iphone 3G shows 'no service' eversince I came back from Malaysia

I'm using Iphone 3g for a year exactly and have no problems at all until recently I went to Malaysia. it says 'no service' where the carrier name supposed to be. so I assume its because since I'm out ...
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Look Up in Dictionary with “All” filter

I like the fact that I can launch the dictionary app by highlighting a word in any any application and then going to (Application Name) > Services > Look Up in Dictionary. However, this selects the ...
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Run nrpe on boot w/o a logged in user

Running a Mac mini with server app. (El Capitan 10.11.4 & Server.app 5.1) Installed Xcode, brew, and nrpe via brew. Works fine as such. It's not sensible to have to remote desktop to it and log ...
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Automator Service to insert text only available when text is selected

I'm trying to make an Automator Service to insert the current date. I have one that works but it is only available in the Services menu when text is selected. I need it to be available when there is ...
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Is there a way to enable “Services” menu for an application?

Almost every OSx Application has a service menú like this: But I've found that my HipChat for MAC doesn't have. I don't know if there is a setting that will enable this menu or it is something ...
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Create a zip file using an Automator Service

I am trying to create a service in Automator in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. The command that I want to use is as follows: zip zip-file.zip "$@" And here is a screen capture of what I did: It works. ...
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Passing selected folder path to custom Service executing AppleScript

I have a custom Service I created in Automater. Right now, the service shows up in my context (right-click) menu, when right-clicking on any folder. In Automater, I added the Run AppleScript action, ...
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Can I make GIMP work as a MacOS X Service?

I would like to be able to use GIMP as a MacOS X Service. That is, I want to be able to select an image in a document, choose Services->Edit Image in GIMP, bring the image into GIMP, make changes, ...
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Can only run AppleScript from Automator

I have the following AppleScript which toggles the scroll direction on the trackpad: tell application "System Preferences" activate set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.trackpad" ...
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How to change the finder services submenu threshold?

In the finder context menu, there is a list of services at the very bottom. Once this list grows beyond 4, it becomes a submenu instead. Is there a way to affect this threshold, i. e. have five ...
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Can't assign keyboard shortcut to service

In OSX 10.8.2, I created a service using Automator and saved it in ~/Library/Services. The service receives selected messages in Mail.app. It shows up in the list of services when I click on the ...
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Run TeamViewer on demand, instead of at startup

I installed TeamViewer Host (v. 10.0) for making remote connections back to my Mac. It loads on start up automatically, and there doesn’t seem to be a preference to disable that behavior*. TeamViewer ...
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Delete/disable app-installed services?

I've written a bunch of services for my own use that I use frequently, but recently it's getting tougher. I installed some apps (such as Skim.app, apptivate) that introduce their own services (eg. ...
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Disable SpeechRecognitionCore

edit: I don't use this feature, don't need nor want it running in the background. Is there a way to deactivate the service? I've seen so far this command: killall -9 ...
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Submenu for services

I have written a small application and want to allow other applications to share data with it. My first idea was to integrate it into the service menu. However, I need dynamically populated submenus ...
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Coming from a Windows Server world, how does one connect workstations to an Apple server?

I have a number of workstations on a LAN with a new OS X Lion Server. The server is "set up," in that there are user accounts on the server, among other things, but I actually don't know how to ...
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Can I create a service in Automator that will run without having a file selected?

When creating services in automator, the topmost options is "Service receives selected..." Is there a way to create a service that just works on the currently open finder window, without having a file ...