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

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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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Mac OS X Mavericks freezes, stops responding when running out of memory

It happens every other day and the symptoms are weird to say the least. The computer still responds in some sense; I can move the mouse, the volume buttons on my headphones work. They keyboard does ...
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how to use terminal to remove item from dock

Hi I have a shell script in my login item , which runs whenever i log in to my system . It does work completely but once it exits the terminal , it leaves the terminal shortcut on my dock and I don't ...
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Allow access to a single application only when accessing remotely

I have a Mac mini which I normally use as remote desktop with my friends. Usually my mates only use a single application (e.g. Safari). In order to make my pc private (to me only) I want to disable ...
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How to disable the rubber banding/elastic scroll effect in OS X Mavericks?

OS X uses the rubber band effect to show users that they’ve scrolled to the end of a window’s content. In the past (Lion) the terminal command that follows would disable this effect: defaults write ...
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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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Does Mavericks have a GUI for NFS mounts as in previous OS X versions?

On previous OS X releases, I could open Disk Utility and choose file->NFS Mounts. I cannot find anything similar in Mavericks. Is there any GUI for mounting NFS, or must it all be done via the command ...
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File management 'Favorites' list customization

Generally I'd do all my file management from the terminal but there are the cases where the GUI is more effective. I'm wondering if it is possible to customize the list of apparent 'Favorites' even ...
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Is it possible to allow windows to be only positioned in a low-resolution grid?

When booting a Mac in restore mode (by pressing cmd-R during booting) the windows can only be moved in about 5-10 pixel steps. I’m wondering whether this is possible to have all the time.
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Replacement for ASM's Classic Window Mode in Mavericks?

Once upon a time there was a Menu Extra called ASM ( Application Switcher Menu) which automatically brought all of an application's windows to the front when any of its windows was clicked. In the ...
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Mavericks - Remove GUI

Does anyone know if there's a way to get rid of the GUI in Mavericks? (Or at least disable it?)
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Software recommendation for equivalence to MS Access [closed]

I am looking for an equivalent product to access. I have looked for this before, and have not been impressed with the would-be contenders. It has to have quick and dirty form layout and report ...
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View SSL/TLS certificate in Safari 5+ when no padlock icon shown

According to Apple, With Safari 5 through 5.1.7, a lock icon appears near the top right corner [only] if all of the webpage's content uses a secure connection. That's all very well, but ...
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Better Mail flags

The flags in Mail are silly looking and difficult to distinguish. The designers of iOS 7 Mail have recognized this issue and provided an option to represent flags in a different way: Is there ...
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How to show subject line for new messages in OS X Messages.app?

Mavericks, if that matters. On the iPhone, there is a separate subject line before the main message, and on the Mac it shows (as on the phone) in bold at the top of the balloon. But when I want to ...
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Expand spring-loaded folders instead of opening new window

Is there any way to get Finder to expand a folder (that is, rotate the arrow/triangle to the left of the folder to point down and show the folder's contents) instead of opening a new window? The last ...
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Glitch in 'Open with…'

I want to change all media apps to open with VLC. So I right click on one, get info, open with: But now this: And I only have one VLC on my system: ps-MacBook-Air:~ pi$ sudo find / -iname ...
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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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OSX 10.8.5 file picker dialog doesn't allow sort by column

First post to this site and I'm writing with a user gripe. I haven't found any reference to this issue after some searching. I have a MacBook Air with OSX 10.8.5 and I've noticed a new behavior. ...
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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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Can anyone recommend an app for creating flowcharts and diagrams?

I'm seeking a Mac app for creating basic flowcharts and similar diagrams. Google has been no help; I've followed dozens of links to apps that either don't exist anymore, I can't find any real ...
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How to have Safari open links with the evil target attribute open in the same tab?

In some pages, there are (still) links marked target="_blank". Safari opens such link in a new tab. How to have Safari open such link in the same tab ? I have Safari 7 on Mavericks. I have older ...
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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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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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Milliseconds delay after unlocking phone causes unresponsiveness

Does anyone realise a delay after unlocking the iPhone screen on iOS7 ? You cannot swipe left or right until the animation finishes at 100%, rendering the phone unresponsive till then. This is kind ...
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UI controls in Firefox, Opera, etc. are broken, old-fashioned or blurry (Retina)

I got these ugly controls in Mountain Lion when I bought my MacBook Pro with Retina display. After upgrading to Mavericks the problems still persist. Blurry drop-down list and other old-fashioned ...
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Control-F2 “Move Focus to Menu Bar” only works occasionally

I don't want to use my trackpad too much due to a strain injury, hence I use the Control F2 "Move Focus to Menu Bar" a lot. However this feature only works occasionally, it can work for hours and ...
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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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How to launch a GUI application in another user's graphical session?

I'm trying to figure out how to launch a GUI application as another user that's logged in interactively, in that user's graphical session. For example, say I have two users, foo and bar. Both are ...
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Setup Mac for kiosk/installation environment

Is there any tool out there to automate the process of turning a regular mac into a kiosk machine? That is... not an internet kiosk but a regular machine with no warning, notifications, popups, etc... ...
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Mac OSX Dock - Open application indicators, and left-click actions [closed]

I'm not sure if this is a valid question or simply a rant for a problem that has no current valid 3rd party solutions. I can't get a grasp on the Dock - it just doesn't make sense to me. 1) ...
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QuickLook for files with no extension or an unknown extension

I'm a programmer, and I find Mac's QuickLook a really great feature for quickly becoming familiar with a particular code base. Basically, I open up a Finder window in the directory where my code ...
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Dim screen based on luminance

The terminal is white writing on black background, as are many of my apps. Doing this with web pages is not possible even with plugins, without first experiencing a white flash before the page ...
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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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Remove Window Drop Shadow and Replace with Outline

I'm running OS X 10.8.4. My goal is to remove the wide drop shadows around windows and replace them with a thin black outline. Several questions have been posted asking how to remove or reduce the ...
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Why does OSX's system font menu sizes skip from 14 to 18?

This is one of those things that has always seemed odd to me. I'm not sure if it's just typographic advice, or a hold over from when anti-alisiaing wasn't the norm in type but is there a known reason ...
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Is there a way to link the farthest-edges of desktops? [duplicate]

I have many monitors, and when I get to the far side of the one, it's not convenient to get to the far side of the screen that's farthest from it: +––––––––++––––––––++––––––––++––––––––+ | ...
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Can I change 10.8.2 Mountain Lion window corners from rounded to squared?

Cosmetically I'd like all four corners of all OSX windows to be squared. This proposed half-solution failed on Mountain Lion 10.8.2. I may have seen a mod that was possible at MacThemes forum; alas ...
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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 ...
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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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drag file from file chooser or get path

Editing a file using text wrangler. Want the path so can pass it to a program in the terminal. Is there an easy way to do this? Don't seem to be able to drag it nor right click and get info. I'm not ...
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ALL interface icons are gone?

Here's an interesting one: ALL my interface icons have disappeared since my rebooting my MacBook from safe sleep (the battery had died). Any ideas on what's going on?
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Is it possible to run Nautilus on OS X?

Is it possible to run Nautilus instead of Finder on Mac OS X Snow Leopard? How?
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Looking for a GUI Subversion client for iOS

I'm looking for an iOS app, preferably for iPhone, that can browse Subversion repositories. I have found a few on the iTunes store—Code Viewer, iVersions, iRepoEditor—but reviews are either ...
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Search Results Within System Preferences Not Highlighted

This is just a minor annoyance, but usually, when typing in the search field inside of System Preferences, the icons for matching search results receive kind of a glowing background or highlight. ...
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Is there any Cloud Storage GUI for Mac?

On my iPad, I have GoodReader, as well as ReaddleDocs, and both allow me to connect to a large assortment of Cloud Storage providers. On my Windows machine, there are the Cloudberry Lab assortment of ...
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How do I make a window move to the left half of my screen and another window move to the right half? [duplicate]

On Windows 8, I type win + left and the current window becomes full-height and half the screen width and moves to the left. If I type win + right, the current window does the same except moves to the ...
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How to change the frame color in Keynote

In Keynote, when adding a frame stroke, it is possible to change the background color. However I am not seeing any way to change the actual color of the frame border (which always stays white). Any ...
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quick resize app to half of window on Lion

I am not a long-time Mac user and could find the answer. So on Win7 there is a built-in feature when you click Win+← the window resizes to fit half of the screen and sticks to left. Is there something ...
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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 ...