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This happens because the LaunchServices database gets corrupted. To fix on Mountain Lion: Open Terminal.app in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder. run /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user Restart This command has ...


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It's not that the icon is sideways, it's that the small thumbnail for the file that's used as the icon needs to be wide because the CSV file has at least one really long line of data in it. The thumbnail you're seeing is a dynamic preview of the contents of the file and in the case of the file on the top of the image, the data contents demand a lot of ...


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Chealion answered this on SuperUser. I won't copy and paste his answer here, as he got the credit not me. But basically, what you could do is (quoted from Chealion's answer) : A second method of arranging the Windows so you can see them (if for some reason they're staying off screen) is to change to the application that owns the window in question, hold ...


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Out of the box there is no themeing capability in Mac OS X, you can however modify some of the colours used by Mac OS X in the Appearance Preference Pane in System Preferences. If you're serious about themeing however there are 3rd party applications you can get to help with this: CandyBar - manages and changes icons. ThemePark - does most everything ...


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This is a very wide reaching question, but to answer the central theme, the rough equivalent of explorer.exe on Windows is the Finder application. Finder is the only application you cannot remove from your dock, mainly because it is the finder that runs the dock etc, much like explorer.exe runs the taskbars etc in Windows (I think I got that right for ...


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Pressing the shortcuts for changing desktops while dragging a window should still work, but the shortcuts have to be enabled in System Preferences. SizeUp supports for example assigning ⌃⇧→ to moving a window to the next desktop.


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Firstly, @cyphorious has the answer you need, but I'm going to add more details to help expand your understanding of Mac terms Firstly, the .app file that is on your desktop, is the actual application, not a link. Think of a .app as being roughly equivalent to a .exe (the main different being that a windows .exe file is a single file that will no doubt ...


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Since Snow Leopard the hard drives aren't shown on the Desktop by default. However if you upgraded from Leopard or earlier it does honor the original settings. However, some updates will disable this setting during the upgrade. Have a look under Finder preferences and make sure the Hard Disk box is ticked.


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The journaled file system practically eliminates the chances that the filesystem itself will be in an inconsistent state after the next reboot. But "consistent" is not the same as "correct". Before journaling, the filesystem structures themselves could become damaged which could lead to more corruption occurring after the next boot. So journaling limits ...


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Apart from the obvious risk of significant damage from drops and what not (which you seem to have taken precaution against), the only real vibration prone component of computers is generally the hard drive. When a hard drive is shaken to violently, there is a risk that the read/write head will touch, scratch, and damage the spinning platter. However, in ...


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If you can't launch or switch programs (I find Spotlight is a good way to do this if everything else is hanging, just hit ⌘Space, but it may not work in your case), you could enable SSH access ahead of time, and then use another device to log in and check what's hogging your CPU. Open Sharing Preferences and enable Remote Login. Then you can connect via SSH ...


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I don't understand how this: Hey I just started using Mac and would really like to get in depth detail about mac OS . connects to this: I tried disabling the desktop functionality- disabling the dock and other features as right click context menu on desktop etc. If you want to start learning how to use OS X, then why would you want to start by ...


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Mac OS X Lion supports this out of the box now. Simply switch to the Space you want to apply a certain background to, then change it as usual (with System Preferences or the desktop's context menu). Repeat for your other Spaces and background images. For older versions, you will still need to use a third-party tool as recommended by the other answers.


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For completeness: From my answer originally at Server Fault Question 7237: When a monitor is unplugged (including the adapter as well if applicable - leaving the adapter leaves OS X thinking the monitor is still plugged in) all the Windows should move onto your main screen. Occasionally some windows (eg. Firefox) will keep their position on the very far ...


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Reputable sources like Macworld indicate that the Finder draws non-generic Desktop icons the same way it draws open windows, and the more of them there are, the more memory and processor time it takes to refresh the Desktop. I have not found any sources that indicate this is a major factor in system speed, but yes, more custom icons on the Desktop take more ...


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This is normal behavior when the desktop has no particular order or arrangement specified. Try going to the Finder and setting a "Sort By" option. Go to the Finder and click on the desktop. Click View > Sort By from the menu bar Then try selecting an option other than "None" with in the "Sort By" Menu.


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I would suggest you set up a hot corner to show the desktop (this is what I do): Open System Preferences Click Mission Control Click the "Hot Corners..." button at the bottom Set the corner you want to use for "Desktop" (I use the top right) Click OK Now you can move a file from a Finder window to the desktop with just the mouse: Click and drag the ...


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In OS X to "properly" install an application, just take the .app file a drag in into your applications folder using the Finder (due to localization the Application folder in the Screenshot is named Program..., but the icon is the same) When you then launch the application it will appear in the dock (the "tray of icons"). Right click the icon and and ...


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This should work for you: osascript tell application "Finder" set desktop picture to file "/Library/Desktop Pictures/Solid Colors/Solid Gray Dark.png" end tell There are several other ways on this Mac Rumors thread, but his way is the easiest.


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Apple's vision for iCloud seems to include isolating users from the confusion of the file system. iCloud files are accessed from within the application that created them–which is advantageous in some situations and a problem in others. To use iCloud to share documents between iOS and MacOS you'll need to install iA Writer on both platforms. (Byword fans ...


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OS X allows you to select different images for each display. When you open the Desktop section in Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences, you should get one dialog on each screen for choosing a desktop image. Each dialog controls only the image for that screen, so make sure you're setting the image you want on both screens.


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Seems like if you set the first desktop to the picture you want and then go to each space and right click on the desktop and select "Change Desktop Background" it changes that desktop's background to the background of Desktop 1. YMMV: This in 10.8.1, pretty sure it wasn't like that before (in 10.8).


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Go to Mission Control and remove all Spaces but the Main Space (which is the leftmost space) by clicking the "X" buttons at their upper left corners. Click the Main Space to enter it and chose the desired desktop background. Go to Mission Control again and add the desired amount of spaces by repeatedly moving the mouse pointer to the upper right corner of ...


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I don't believe you can hide files from the desktop while leaving them viewable from within the Finder, since the desktop is just a folder (~/Desktop). However, here's an alternative that could work: Open your cheatsheet image in Safari (drag and drop the image onto the Safari icon in the dock) In Safari, go to File > Open in Dashboard... Your image ...


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You could try using a program called camouflage. It hides all the icons on your desktop. There are older versions available online that may or may not work with Mountain Lion, but it is also available on the Mac App Store, which will work with Mountain Lion Version 1.25 (free - softonic.com) Free, but it may or may not work on Mountain Lion Version 2.2.1 ...


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You can do this in the terminal (shell). Open the terminal and type cd ~/Desktop to change you current working directory to the Desktop. Then for the different cases you listed: mv *.PSD *.Ai *.INDD ~/Desktop/Workfiles mv *.PNG *.JPG ~/Desktop/Pictures mv *.doc *docx *.xls *.pdf ~/Desktop/Documents mv file target is the command to move files. You can ...


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You can't set it to go back to the last Desktop you were in, but you can set it to go to a specific Desktop when you exit full screen. Just move the application in windowed mode to the desktop you want, right-click the app in the Dock and set to "This Desktop". Whenever you come out of full screen, it will always go into windowed mode in that particular ...


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Starting in Lion, I don't think Lion caches desktop pictures anymore (possibly because you can have multiple at a time, for different desktops/spaces). In that case, use plutil -p to dump the binary plist file in text form using terminal: plutil -p ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist The Apple delivered desktop images are stored in ...


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All sorts of third party activity monitors add that sort of animation. Have you looked in LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons folders in /Library and ~/Library to temporarily remove any you are not SURE you need? Also, it could be something started in Accounts preferences - Login Items. I have never seen anything since OS 9 days from Apple that popped up ...


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The answer is simple (and very Apple-like!). Simply close all extra desktops until you only have one desktop. (To do this, go to Mission Control, hold down alt and click the crosses which appear on unwanted desktops). Then change the desktop background for the one remaining desktop. Now any new desktops you create will inherit the background of that first ...



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