User Interface (UI) or Graphical User Interface (GUI)

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How to open time machine progress bar window

I know that there is a window where time machine can display its current progress, along with an estimate about how long it will likely take till the current backup is complete. This window did ...
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User Control screwed up but unable to click on icons with Mouse on OSX 10.8

I dont know what has happened, but today user control with mouse and trackpad on my macbookpro is screwed up. I rebooted twice, it made no difference. The trackpad moves the cursor okay, but I ...
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Mountain Lion Title Bar Truncation

With OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.2) there is a UI problem. Calendar + Reminder + Sticky Note apps have truncated title text If i login as a guest they are correct. There is clearly a preference ...
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“Cycle Through Windows” Menu Item is Missing

I recently noticed that the normal cycle through windows command was not working in many of my applications — Terminal is about the only one left that would work. I went to go check, and the Cycle ...
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How to remove AddressBook book-like interface or enable debug menu?

I wish to get rid of the Lion 10.7.5 AddressBook book-like interface a.k.a. leather appearance a.k.a. skeuomorphic design. Usually this kind of setting can be change from the debug menu. However $ ...
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What is the name of this button?

I've been calling it the "keyboard dismissal button," but I'd like to know if it has an actual name.
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Launching a new instance of something instead opening existing one?

Is it possible to have app launcher(Alfred or Spotlight) to launch a new instance of an app(Finder, Terminal) instead of taking me to existing instance? I know this question: How to make clicking on ...
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How do I run an interactive GUI application in pre-login environment?

I am interested in writing an application which runs in a pre-login environment, i.e. right after a user enters their username and password, much like how OS X does the initial account setup: How ...
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How can I remove the window shadow in Mountain Lion?

There's an application called ShadowKiller that seems popular and supposedly works for Lion, but it just seems to die as soon as I try to start it on Mountain Lion. I'd like to get around of the ...
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How to disable any and all eye-candy features on Mac OS X 10.6.8?

I'm going to install Linux Mint virtual machine and work primarily through there. I want to shut off any and all eye candy on Mac to squeeze out every last bit of performance I can. Akin to "Set for ...
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Icons on buttons changed

I was tweaking my new Mac (I'm new to OS X) and suddenly I noticed that the icons in lots of my apps changed. I've checked all the things I done (using OnyX) but can't find what I done to make my apps ...
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Mountain Lion Notification Center glitches

I’m experiencing a number of issues with the Mountain Lion Notification Center and Dock. Just wanted to check whether anyone else is having similar problems. On my 2011 iMac, the Dock doesn’t show ...
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Any *real* useful usage for the “clear key” on apple wired keyboard?

I work on Macs for over two years and still haven't done anything useful with the "clear key" (this one). Do you know of any useful stuff it can do? Other than with the built-in Calculator app, that ...
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Custom Objects and Storyboards [closed]

Are Custom Objects (the little orange cubes) still supported when using storyboards? Details: I was making a sample iOS App using storyboards and I added a custom object mapping a class which only ...
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Trying to get iOS 4 iPod app on a jail broken iOS 5 iPad without totally downgrading

I'm one of the many haters of the new music app because of its useabiliyt. I have an iPad 2 with iOS 5.1 installed on it. Is there any way to download the old iPod app from iOS 4 onto my current ...
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How to enable the windows/linux-like “click to open/reduce windows” on the dock

There is a really intuitive behavior in windows or linux systems: when I reduce a window, it vanishes to the corresponding "dock" icon. Then, when I click on the program icon, the window shows up. On ...
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Fix Blank Icons in Dock Stacks and Grids

I use Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), and here's my problem: Stack and grid views of folders very often look like this: These empty boxes are not very useful for finding files quickly. When I open ...
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Why are some pop up boxes (or “select” boxes) colored blue but others aren't in Mac OS X?

I am fairly new to Mac OS X and I am wondering why some of these pop up boxes have a blue in them, but others do not. For example, on one website it looks like this (look at the little "Select site" ...
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On iPad, is there a way to go to “end of list” or “end of page” — besides going to “top of page”?

There is a way on iPad to go to top of the page or list, in email's list of emails, or in iBooks's highlighting and notes, for example, by tapping on the top status bar of the iPad screen. But is ...
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Custom Themes for Mac OS X Lion

For older Mac OS Versions like 10.4 or sometimes 10.5 you can find lots of themes, which change the whole UI. Now my problem is that I'm using Mac OS Lion (10.7.3) and I want to change the UI, because ...
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Simple File Transfer Logs

This may be a general Unix question rather than a OS X question. I want to log general file transfers on OS X, whether it be from and to the same system or to another system, but to keep it simple ...
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Using SVG for Icons & UI in native iOS Applications [closed]

Is it possible to use SVG files to display buttons and other UI Elements on native iOS applications? I'm thinking of a good way to update and future proof my icons and UI to fit the Retina display.
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How to increase the size of the OS X user interface without lowering the resolution?

I can adjust a few things, such as the Dock, but I don't see a way to say, "I want 1080p resolution, but I'm sitting 5 feet away and want bigger menus, fonts, etc across the entire system." This is ...
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Emptying the Trash: not working

On Lion 10.7.3, when trying to empty the Trash from the GUI the items to be deleted are counted, and the the dialog doesn't progress anymore: Stopping emptying the Trash doesn't help much either: ...
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Can I force GPU rendering on my MBP when connected to a power source?

OS X Lion is quite demanding for old Macs. Even though I own a 15'' MBP early 2011 with the 'powerful' Intel HD 3000 for integrated graphics, some animations just don't feel right (low fps). This is ...
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How do you extend the time required to trigger hot corner actions?

I like the concept of hot corner actions but the trigger time for hot corner actions is too quick for me to make good use of them. I keep tripping my corner actions accidentally while reaching for ...
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Are there any keyboard shortcut prompt applications?

I've been dealing with repetitive stress injury in my mousing hand for many years. Each time it's flared up, I've managed to find something to delay the inevitable (e.g., switching from traditional ...
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What is your preferred way to start a (shell) script from the GUI?

I was wondering what ways there are to start a (shell) script from the GUI, e.g. double-clicking an icon in Finder or launching via Spotlight. This is not about opening a terminal and "manually" ...
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Which Apple app condenses day names into weekday and weekend?

There's a somewhere in one of the Apple apps where they condense the days of the week into "weekdays" or "weekends" etc. can't find it. Any idea? I'm trying to mimic this in one I my apps but I can't ...
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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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How to quickly scroll to top of long list in iOS?

I've recently hooked my MS Exchange account into Mail.app in iOS, and consequently, the list of email in my inbox is extremely long. iOS has the unfortunate habit of scrolling the mail list to the ...
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How can I move the Downloads toolbar button in Safari 5.1 and newer on OS X?

In Safari 5.1 on my Mac, the Downloads button appears on the toolbar at the right of the search bar when you download a file for the first time: I want to move that button elsewhere on the toolbar, ...
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Tab through buttons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I select buttons with just the keyboard? How do I tab through buttons? If I use the tab key it will change the selection (blue background glow) however if I ...
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Windows have pinstripes and large corner radius on Lion

Somehow, some defaults setting or something in Lion on my MacBook Pro has gotten set terribly wrong, because starting recently, my inactive windows (and certain other window chrome) have gained what I ...
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Defaults tool equivalent of Ctrl-F7

In OSX one can use Ctrl-F7 to change what the Tab key can move the focus between. By default it is only text boxes and lists but after pressing ctrl-f7 one can move between all ui elements. I was ...
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Is there a way to make Lion's scrollbars visible on mouseover them?

I have started trying the "Jump to the spot that's clicked" option under General System Preferences because I'm pleased by Lion's vanishing scrollbars but they complicate finding the current location ...
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Weird renderings of folder names in Finder sidebar

I've just upgraded to OSX Lion from Snow Leopard, and started to notice these today in the sidebar of Finder: When you click on them, they go back to normal. What's going on here?
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Is the font in Messages.app changed in iOS5?

The fonts in the Messages app look much better in iOS5 than in iOS4, and wanted to confirm it. I couldn't find any discussion or note about this online. I don't have a phone running iOS4 around to ...
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After upgrading to Lion interface alignment seems to break, any ideas?

After upgrading after Lion (circa 3 months ago) more and more interfaces seems to just break. It's easiest if see it yourselves! Anyone know how to fix this issue?
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Why are my maximize and minimize buttons grey?

I have had my MacBook for a couple of months now, and the minimize and maximize buttons are all grey. They weren't like that when I got it. Does anyone know how to get the colors back?
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Lion Safari's enabled and disabled button contrast is so low it's hard to see the difference

Is it me or is Lion's buttons' contrast way too low? The back button (enabled) and forward button (disabled) are almost the same shade of gray. Is there a way to increase the contrast between ...
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Restart OS X GUI

I need to restart the WindowServer (OS X's GUI); I know this can be achieved using the command sudo killall -HUP WindowServer but this closes all your open applications. Is there a way to restart the ...
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Is there a GUI front-end to Apache for Mac OS X (Lion)?

I am using the default Apache and PHP installs that are present in OS X Lion. But I would like to make some settings (like adding Virtual Hosts to Apache) using a GUI interface. Is there such a thing? ...
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Is it possible to enable “Focus follows Scrolling”?

I tried out Focus follows mouse and found too many occasions when it really annoys me. Thinking about the cases when I would need focus follows mouse, I realized that it's only necessary when I'm ...
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Can I turn pages in ebook with single touch?

I am considering the purchase of the iPad2 and among other things, the one that bother me is this -- you can turn pages when reading an ebook with hand gesture, i.e. moving finger from left to right ...
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How to customize Finder sidebar icons [duplicate]

I'm using Dropbox and replacing some of the standard user folders like Documents and Pictures with symlinks to locations in my Dropbox. I can easily set the icons of these symlinks to match the icons ...
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Two key combos for Enclosing Folder, but same result

While exploring the effect of different keys on menus in Finder in Lion, I spotted what seems like a redundancy in the case of the Go menu. When pressing the ⌥ key while the menu is open, not only is ...
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ctrl alt h shortut not being caught by my active program anymore

this is what I get when pressing that combo. Also, some strange window frame gets drawn along the active sub-windows... I do not know how I have managed to screw it like that but would surey like to ...
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Dealing with ads blocking application functionality on iPad

I've noticed some applications on my iPad have advertisements. The problem is that the advertisement covers lower part of the screen where some applications place buttons and other UI elements, and ...
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Is there a GUI for OS X LaunchAgents?

I'm a web developer by day and a lot of the software I install on my computer (namely databases and web servers) come with an optional LaunchAgent to automate starting/stopping processes on boot. I'm ...