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

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Change color of desktop font (Yosemite)

Tinkertool took care of most of the too-small fonts (are any Apple designers over 40?), but the white text on my preferred light desktop is bad. Linux GTX has a rather tricky file to hand-edit to fix ...
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Can I make iOS 8 look like iOS 6?

This has to be my #1 wish for iOS, bar none. I swear the look of the GUI in iOS 6 fits my brain far better than that of 7/8. It's not just a matter of cringing every time I look at it; there is no ...
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How do I change from English to my native language in Xcode?

My whole system is in my preferred language, except Xcode. There's no use Googling "Xcode change language" or even "xcode change language -iphone -IDL -parse -Python -app -localization ...
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How can I show text labels on buttons globally?

How do I display text in addition to icons in toolbar buttons? For example, I find some of the icons in the Preview app to be quite unintuitive. Is there a way to set this globally across all ...
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Replacing Yosemite RED/ORANGE/GREEN window buttons with standard Mac OS X icons?

I've tried Yosemite on my MacBook Air (testing machine). I think it is ugly, bland, and the most un-Apple-ish OS that Apple has ever released. One of the most irritating design aspects is the ...
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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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OS X 10.11 El Capitan - Verifying file dialog, every time a file is opened [closed]

Not sure, if this question will be closed, but the situation is quite annoying. Every time, I open some .pdf or .jpg file, a dialog appears,and it seems to be stuck there for a long time. After I ...
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One frame of my WiFi searching animation is wrong

My WiFi loading animation is messed up. The frame where the second-longest bar is filled doesn't match with the other frames! This is mildly infuriating — have I done something to mess this up or ...
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Clear cached frameworks to reload OSX UI (graphics only)

With the release of Yosemite I'll no doubt be needing to update our OS X UI at work, basically just white-labeling various parts of OS X. I lost my bash aliases a while back and have forgotten the ...
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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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What's the difference between rainbow and regular spinning wheel?

I usually see the well known rainbow colored spinning wheel when the Mac is working on something, but sometimes there is a blue one. What is the difference between them? Do they come from the OS and ...
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Applescript click button that has no title

Hi I would like to tell the application to click the Configuration button that has the value of 1 (top left) I have locked the accessibility inspector on it, it has no title and I dont know which way ...
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Scaling all UI elements when using an external monitor

When I use my Macbook Pro's internal monitor, I have the following options in the Display settings menu: The best thing here is the Scaled option, which means that I can use the native resolution of ...
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How to close the strange blank white panel on my screen?

It's really strange there is often a small white panel on my screen, which can be moved and resized, but I can find no way to close it. I don't know where it is coming from. Does anyone know what's ...
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Where are system UI image files stored?

On OS X Yosemite, where are the image files for system UI elements such as buttons, sliders, menus, traffic lights, etc. stored?
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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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Run GUI Applications from Terminal with root privilege

So it has been well documented that GUI applications (like gedit or textedit) should NOT be run with sudo. Ubuntu et al get gksu and gksudo (and the like) so question: what do WE (Mac users) get? ...
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How can I change the aqua theme in Yosemite?

How can I change the aqua theme/skin to a dark one in Yosemite? I'm referring to the window title bars, scroll bars, buttons, etc (the cocoa aqua ui theme?). Everything is grayish by default, but i'd ...
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How do you make the dock more sensitive to being shown?

The amount that you have to move the mouse downwards to get the dock to trigger is too high in my opinion. I've only found the following settings: defaults write com.apple.dock ...
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How to get old Spotlight Search View back for Yosemite?

I do not like Yosemite's default Spotlight search. It is in the middle of screen and I can see very little outputs at once. It is so much helpful when it is full screen. Example of the window ...
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iMessage stuck in Notification Center

I have this weird situation where I was using the reply-from-Notification-Center Messages feature and it got stuck in the write-the-message state, as in the screenshot below. The message was sent, ...
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Safari modify suggested url

Imagine I visited a website: http://example.com/food/cake.html with the title Delicious Cake. When I use Safari and start typing Del, one of the suggestions shown by Safari might be the aforementioned ...
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What is the default (blue) value for AppleHighlightColor?

Lots of popular dotfiles repos (stemming from this one) include this: # Set highlight color to green defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string "0.764700 0.976500 0.568600" It looks ...
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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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Update Preferences Panel after using default write

I am using default write to set/unset Block all incoming connections option of OSX firewall. sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.alf globalstate -int 2 sudo defaults write ...
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Reference parent of object specifier in AppleScript

This is my first attempt at AppleScript so I apologize if I don't explain myself very well. I am trying to have iTunes select an App form a list when an iPad is plugged to the computer. I need it to ...
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To solve this extra window bug in Yosemite?

I have got this kind of glossy window on top of other windows regularly in OSX Yosemite 10.10.2, two times per month approximately. You cannot press anything there. It blocks the user interface ...
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How to disable animations on controls in Yosemite?

When an edit control is selected (activated) in Yosemite, a blue rectangle closes in on it to draw attention. When a dropdown control is closed, the list gradually scales down to show only the ...
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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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What does the orange keys mean in keyboard viewer?

I use the keyboard viewer as a cheat sheet so I can guide myself in the horrible fields of OSX keymaps and I realised that pressing some keys will display a few keys in orange. What does that color ...
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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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UI Guidelines : Left Navigation button should be a previous button

I've recently heard the that statement that the left navigation button should be a previous button and should not be used to display a menu. Is that statement present in an offical guideline ...
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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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Assistive Access when script is launched by agent

Problem Applescript run by osascript is not allowed Assistive Access when launched by agent (~/Library/LaunchAgents). Although it works when run from Applescript editor or commandline directly (using ...
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Is it possible to put the contents of a folder on the outside cover of the folder

Is it possible to put each item in a folder on the outside cover of the folder - like on a pc where each item in the folder looks like a box on the outside of the folder so that you don't have to open ...
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Whiteout (missing UI graphics) on toolbar icons in Yosemite

Getting this weird UI whiteout on all toolbar icons all of a sudden. Any idea how to get rid of this? I have been using this version of OS X for a while with no problems at all.
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How can I activate buttons with just the keyboard?

Many user interface (UI) elements or dialog boxes have buttons. I would like to be able to activate a button with just the keyboard, without the mouse. How can I do this?
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Xcode GUI adjusting location of Navigator-Menu

How can one adjust the view settings, so that the Navigator-Menu (see image) appears on the right or on the bottom, etc.? UPDATE: Thanks, jherran, for telling me the name of this menu.
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Is there a Mac OSX equivalent of zenity?

I'm porting some simple X windows/bash scripts to Mac OSX, but I cannot find a build of Zenity (a Gnome app for basic GUI dialogs) for OSX. Is there some other command line driven dialog utility I can ...
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Missing a lot of options from Finder's right click context menu

No idea what caused this or why it's happening, but when I right click something in Finder I'm missing a lot of the standard options that should be there (dropbox options, labels, etc). I've ...
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Drag and Drop file to desktop when windows are maximized

I typically maximize my windows to the full size of the screen and then rather than clicking windows to navigate through them I cmd+tab to switch between applications. The only problem that this ...
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MacPro6.1 interface issues and unstoppable auto shutdowns

I have a MacPro 6.1 which has had sequential issues with a fully loaded set of interfaces (two displayport-fwire adaptors, multiple thunderbolt devices, full loaded USB2/3devices plus extension hub) ...
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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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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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Is it possible to dock a detached Web Inspector in Safari 8? [closed]

I'm running OS X Yosemite. I detached the web inspector and cannot find a way to dock it again. The usual dock/detach button isn't there, and I couldn't find any help elsewhere on the internet. Does ...
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Yosemite UI crashes after 1 hour

I've been having some trouble with Yosemite since I installed it a while ago. The UI seems to hang after exactly 1 hour of use. This means I have to force the mac to shut down by holding the power ...
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How to disconnect from wifi on Mac OS X

How does one disconnect from a wifi hotspot on Mac OS X? The only way I found how is to Turn Wi-Fi off then back on and finally select a different access point... Surely there must be a better way.
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'Edited' Still hanging around when the window bar fades away

Any idea why? It's a little strange in iA Writer when its supposed to be UI-less but "Edited" is still there. This is what it looks like before it fades off This is what it looks like when it ...
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Prevent Finder from opening new windows AT ALL!

(OSX 10.10) Yes! I know already, that there is the option »always open a new tab«. BUT there are exceptions. E. g. when hitting Command+R on a search-result in Spotlight or Finder (despite the ...
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How to quit without saving using just the keyboard?

When I quit an application (e.g., Excel) with Command-Q, a dialog box pops up, asking me to select between don't save, cancel and save. I can hit Enter to select save, or I can navigate the mouse to ...