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

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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 can I select buttons with just the keyboard?

Many user interface (UI) elements or dialog boxes have buttons. I would like to be able to select a button with just the keyboard, without the mouse. How can I do this?
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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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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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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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What scenarios benefit from Mac OS X allowing apps to run when no document windows remain?

As a rule of thumb programs on Mac OS X stay running when you close all their document windows. This is the behavior I noticed in MacVim, VmWare Fusion, Chrome and host of other applications. I ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I reverse the two-finger scrolling direction in OS X Lion (10.7)?

I just got 10.7. The two-finger scrolling direction seems wrong to me, although it says "direction - natural." I couldn't see a way to reverse it. Does anyone have a way yet?
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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 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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Possible to move the cursor word-by-word with Cmd+left/right instead of Alt+left/right?

I would like to use Cmd+←/→ instead of Alt+←/→ to move the cursor word by word in Mac OSX (A Cocoa thing I guess). Is it possible to change that? And by the same token, I would ...
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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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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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What's the rule of thumb for interacting with inactive OS X window content?

I have to admit I'm a bit mystified in trying to understand one particular part of the OS X user interface: interacting with content in "inactive" windows. For example, let's say we have Chrome & ...
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Printing to a Cups Server without using the local CUPS doesn't work since OS X Lion

With our new 21,5"-iMac, we bought the first Mac system for our Windows/Linux-oriented office. Hence we don’t have a lot of experience in using Mac OS X. I started to set up everything and it ran ...
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Option + b results in ∫ Instead of Jumping Back a Word

Just got a new MacBook Pro and can't seem to recall how to get the emacs bindings to work in the general MacOSX GUI. On my old Mac Option + b went back a word and Option + f went forward a word. ...
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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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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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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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Window corners don't render properly

I have recently noticed that some of my windows have weird looking corners. It's like they are missing dark pixels right on the edge. It doesn't always happen, some windows seem to be 'immune' - ...
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How can I remove the launchpad?

I don't use the launchpad, especially as it has a lot of useless apps in there that you can't delete either. For things like the dock and the dashboard I found guides online on how to remove them, but ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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What is this white 'No items selected' popup box in save/open dialogs?

On a Mac running Lion, in the Save As dialog boxes for seemingly all applications, there's a white popup box that appears and disappears on pressing the space bar. I notice it a lot as I use a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...