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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does “reveal” do from, e.g., the services menu?

"Reveal" seems to be an alternate action to "open" - except it just opens some random thing that I have no control over. For example, "revealing" a ruby file in the Finder opens Path Finder (the third ...
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How can I make an automator service always show up?

I have an AppleScript that adds the subject of a selected email in Mail to my task manager. I have put this AppleScript in an Automator service so I can hotkey it. Only problem is this: Lion insists ...
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How can I add an action to search for the selected Terminal text in Google?

I want to be able to add an action to search Google with any selected text in Terminal. Any ideas?
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How to pass inputs to a shell script in automator?

I want to pass the filename of the file I rightclicked to a shell script through automator: # encrypt file.txt to file.enc using 256-bit AES in CBC mode openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -salt -in file.txt ...
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Why won't my AppleScript run as a Service?

I have a simple AppleScript that works exactly as expected when run on its own, ether as an app, directly from within ScriptDebugger or Script Editor, or as an element of an Automation from within ...
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Always show service in contextual menu

Sometimes when I create a service in Automator, I want it to always appear in the Finder contextual menu, not just when I have a selected a file or folder. The services are always either pure ...
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Custom shortcut executes service twice

Following this answer I have created a custom service that executes a shell script that looks like this: open -a FireFox "http://dict.cc/$1" It works fine when I click. Then I defined a custom ...
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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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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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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 I capture Spotlight input and use it in another process?

I'd like to capture everything I type into Spotlight and use the text as input for a script, possibly a new instance of a Services workflow. From that point of course anything is possible; the most ...
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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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Automator service to print a relative path of selected files printing everything twice

I have a service that copy the selected file's paths and put them on the clipboard. It kinda works, except everything gets printed twice. The service is like this: Get selected files from Finder > ...
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Automator service for encrypting or decrypting with openssl

Can I create two Automator services that allow me to encrypt or decrypt files? So I would right click a file and click 'Encrypt', the .txt file would be encrypted to a .enc using openssl: ...
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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 ...