The process of changing your brain to switch from one OS to another. Most often this is used for questions like, "I know how to do this on Windows, but how do I do this on the Mac?" Also valid for other choices of switch direction include switches to/from other operating systems such as Linux.

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Why is it not possible to use the “cut” command to manipulate a file in the Finder?

On OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I don't seem to be able to us the "Cut" command on a file in the Finder, like you can do in Windows Explorer on Microsoft Windows. (In Windows, once you select a file and ...
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How do you maximize windows?

Unlike Windows, you cannot maximize a window in Mac with a click of the button. The little green (+) button next to the red and yellow buttons at the left of the windows does some strange stuff ...
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Alternative to Windows Snipping Tool for Mac OSX

Is there something like the Windows Snipping Tool for OSX? For those, who don't know about the tool, it's an easy to use software to take snapshot of any portion of screen, and is really useful in ...
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Is there no such thing as Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac OS X?

This is my first Mac and I'm wondering: is there no Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac OS X? I am a web developer and I need IE (not really lol) but so as I Google it, I see some questionable ...
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Can I make my Mac OS X Terminal color items according to syntax, like the Ubuntu terminal?

I want it to have all the colors for syntax folders, etc... How can I do that?
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How can I browse photos on iPhone in Mac OSX?

Previously, on Windows, iPhone was recognized as a camera and I could browse image folder with Explorer without a need to import/download/tranfer photo files to the computer. Is there a way to do the ...
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Why does the enter/return key rename a file/folder, instead of opening it? [closed]

Is there some sort of known logic behind Apple's choice to make the enter key rename a file/folder, rather than open it as is standard on Windows and Linux? For those of you coming here for the ...
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Make Mac OS X “Option-Arrow” work like Windows “Ctrl-Arrow”

I rely on the "Ctrl-→" command on Windows to navigate my way through text documents. This useful key-combo will quickly bring me to the beginning of the next word. For example, the following ...
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Is there a relational database with GUI for Mac similar to Microsoft Access or the like? [duplicate]

I need a desktop database that will have a need for extensive 1-many, many-1, and many to many relationships. I've built this kind of app with Microsoft Access, which I don't love, but does combine ...
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Is there a file copy utility for OS X that's similar to TeraCopy for Windows?

On Windows, I use TeraCopy for improved file copying. Are there any similar equivalents for OS X? In particular, I'd like to see things like copy speed.
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Is there anything like System Restore for Mac OS X?

I've been a Mac user for a few years now. Thinking about if it would be a good idea to set up a Mac for my parents, I came to think of the awesome feature of System Restore in Windows where making a ...
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How would I make a keyboard shortcut to *maximize* the current window?

I love using the keyboard in Windows. It's an integrated part of the OS, and it feels like it; nearly every mouse action has a keyboard equivalent. However, as I am starting to use Macs more and ...
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Remapping keyboard shortcuts in Chrome and Firefox

I recently switched from Windows to Mac. One of the things that's really ingrained in my muscle memory is hitting Alt+D in a browser to go to the address bar. On Mac browsers, ⌘+D creates a ...
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How do I run a GUI app via SSH?

I'm used to working on Unix/Linux and recently moved to Mac. In used to be able to do this: derick@linux1:~$ ssh -X linux2 derick@linux2's password: derick@linux2:~$ xclock I've install X11 from ...
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Good resources for those transitioning to Mac OS X from Windows

I'm going to be getting a new MacBook laptop as part of the PhD programme I've just started, but have never used Macs before in my life. I'm quite an advanced computer user (running an informal ...
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Can the finder edit mp3 sound file tags like artist?

How can I change artist of multiple selected mp3 files in finder? Like in windows we can select multiple mp3 files and can change the artist of all selected file in properties.
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What keyboard command can be used to move the cursor to the end of the next word on the Mac?

In Windows and Ubuntu one can move the cursor to the end of the next word in text by pressing ctrl+ left or ctrl+right. What's the equivalent of this on the Mac?
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What's the Mac equivalent for CTR+ALT+Backspace on Linux?

I need to regularly shutdown brutally my Mac, due to program misbehavior (Starcraft 2 and EVE Online), which take control of the graphics and never surrender it back. While I admire the tenacity of ...
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Windows-style taskbar functionality in OS X?

Looking for an OS X add-on that will enable Windows-like (one-click) functionality for switching between different windows of a single application. Example: I have 5 maximized Chrome windows open, ...
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Why are executables called DMG (disk image) files?

I am not experienced with OSX but I have been using it recently. It seems to me the equivalent of an .exe (executable) in Windows is a .dmg (disk image) in OSX. And you don't install it, you mount ...
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Move complete Lion installation to another physical drive

is there a way to completely move my OSX Lion to my new SSD without reinstalling? I came from Windows and Linux to OSX and i thought maybe it is possible to simply change the bootloader config after ...
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How can I use command+tab to switch between windows of the same app in addition to all the other apps? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best app to switch between all open windows (alternatives to Witch) I would like to see all the windows, including from the same app, when I switch between them ...
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App behavior with spaces and minimized window

I would like to change the behavior when I click on an app that's not open on the current space. Right now, it goes to whichever space has that app. Instead, I'd like it to favor the current space, ...
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How to make the maximize button behave consistently across applications?

So I'm a semi-new Mac user (loving it btw), but one thing I'm finding super annoying is that when I hit the "+" to maximize/minimize windows it doesn't behave like I think it should. I see many ...
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How to simulate “right click” in Apple MacBook Pro

I have very recently started using Apple for the first time. I have MacBook Pro. I am used to using windows/dell laptop/ibm thinkpad laptop. I am not being able to understand the mouse. It is one ...
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Decimal comma in Spanish keyboard layout

I have a Spanish layout keyboard (in Snow Leopard). Whenever I use the dot, or comma, in the numeric keyboad (right of the 0) it always shows a comma, but I'd prefer if it entered a dot, just like PCs ...
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Fixed region screen capture on Mac OS X?

I use both Windows and Mac OS X on my work/home computers, and on Windows I love SnagIt, because it allows me to capture fixed regions of the screen: I select a resolution (for example, 500x400), and ...
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Can I move the top menu bar?

As a Windows/Fedora/Mac/Ubuntu user, the menubar at the top of the screen has always bugged me. It doesn't go away and you can't move it. I've tried dragging it away in vain several times. It would ...
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One Note alternative for Mac?

For some time I've been using the combination of FreeMind and One Note on my Windows machine. About a month ago I migrated to Mac and now I'm trying to search for an alternative. So far I've tried ...
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Why doesn't the red dot shut down the program?

If I use the red dot in the upper left of the last window of a program, why doesn't it shut the program down? Except for rare programs that run without windows, what's the point of keeping programs ...
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How can someone coming from Windows learn Mac OS X file system and Finder?

I have recently purchased a Macbook Pro and I am very impressed with the machine and OS X. Coming from Windows the one thing I have struggled with is the file system and the Finder application. I ...
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What is the keyboard short cut to cycle to a minimized window?

For example, if I have 2 Safari windows open. One is minimized and I have focus on the other one, how do I open the minimized one with out using the mouse? I found ⌘-` activates the next open window ...
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Install MAMP (not PRO) For PHP And Mail Sending

I first tried searching here at apple.stack but couldn't find a solution that seemed to work for me, so I'm trying my hand at posting a question. I already spent a few good hours trying to make it ...
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Do Macs care which USB socket you plug devices into?

Windows never likes when you stick things into different (USB) holes. It has to recognise the thing again, install drivers, again, etc. Is that the case with Mac? Eg. I keep Time Machine on a USB ...
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What's the equivalent of windows explorer?

The documentation says that Finder replaces windows explorer. However I have gone to my home directory in a terminal and created a directory with mkdir temp How can I browse this directory using ...
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How can I modify OSX GUI colors to be more readable for weakened vision

A bit of preface: I'm currently a Windows user but I'm looking into switching to Mac for work purposes. This of course means that I'd be staring at the UI of OSX for about 40 hours every week at least ...
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OS X equivalent of Windows keyboard commands to access in-application menus?

In Windows, I often use the keyboard commands to navigate through the menus in a program. For example, in Photoshop, I can do Alt+F, then D to quickly Save for Web & Devices. Or Alt+V, then D to ...
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Learn about basic OS X applications

I have been a Windows user and have recently started using OS X (I have Snow Leopard on my machine). I wanted to learn about the basic applications in OS X (e.g. Terminal) and other commonly or some ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for switching Spaces?

I have a laptop and a desktop both running 10.11.1; on the laptop I found a way to set up Spaces so that CTRL-1 would take me immediately to screen 1 and similarly for all the other screens. I rely ...
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Automatic Window Switcher

I'm looking for a Mac app that will accomplish the following: Switch between two full-screen mac apps - Tweetdeck and iCal, automatically on a timed interval. Back and forth without stopping. We ...
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Dual screens: one monitor switches to desktop, window appears on other monitor

My computer is behaving oddly and I would like to know if someone else has this issue too (if so, it's a bug) or that I am the only one (in which case there is probably a quick solution). Let's say I ...
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Microsoft Publisher: Mac Equivalent?

Microsoft Publisher is an excellent piece of software on Windows. Does a Mac equivalent of Microsoft Publisher exist in its own entity ?
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Is it possible to edit the path and view the folder path in the Finder?

I'm not sure what it is called on the Mac, but when I open my Downloads folder (or any other folder), I'm referring to this file explorer window that shows me my file structure. I know there are ...
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Using Windows on Mac keyboard without Delete key

I'm just curious - I guess lots of people with Mac hardware use Windows. How do they manage to do so, given that delete key is missing on Mac keyboard and you have to press ctrl+alt+delete to log in ...
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how to ungroup windows on mac

I am coming from ubuntu. In Mac i notice that multiple browser windows or finder windows don't show up independently in task bar or task switcher. This is causing problems in many operations. Is there ...
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How can you customize the keyboard layout / shortcuts?

I've recently migrated from Ubuntu to Mac, but one of the features that I'm lacking most is the keyboard layout for alternative languages. I don't like to switch keyboard layouts all the time, yet at ...
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How can I switch applications on iPhone or iPad by keyboard like “Windows key + tab” on Windows?

I like typing by keyboard while using iPhone and iPad. But when I switch applications(e.g. between Safari and memo application), I have to the push home putton on the devices'. It is very frustrating. ...
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Are there any differences, feature-wise, between Firefox for Mac and Firefox for Windows?

I know that Chrome for Windows and Chrome for Mac are extremely similar. So similar that I only notice one difference for the Mac version: the green + button doesn't maximize. However, that can be ...
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Are there any differences, feature-wise, between Safari for Mac and Safari for Windows?

I know that Chrome for Windows and Chrome for Mac are extremely similar. So similar that I only notice one difference for the Mac version: the green + button doesn't maximize. However, that can be ...
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Switch Cmd and Control keys for one app only

I use a mac at work and a home. However, at work I need to log into a Windows virtual machine (using either CoRD or MS RDC) several times each day to do some work. Switching between using control ...