Questions tagged [mac]

Mac is Apple's computer brand. Apple currently produces several lines of Macintosh computers divided into two categories, desktops: Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, and notebooks: MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. All current Macs ship with macOS. This tag is for any and all questions that relate to the actual hardware. For operating system-related questions, use the [macos] tag.

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Message app is extremely slow to open Big Sur

Messages takes 5-10 seconds to open on Big Sur on my mac. When I click the Dock icon, the process starts, is "Not Responding" for 5-10 seconds and then opens normally. This occurs even when ...
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voice or video calls using google talk in messages app Mac

I have a problem using google chat. in the messages app I can connect my google chat account but when I call someone using the messages app via google chat, it doesn't make the call, it just stays in ...
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How mac detects that personal hotspot is available without internet?

I am curious about how mac automatically detects that iPhone is close without internet and suggest connecting to iphone's personal hotspot whats the tech behind it? situation is iphone has hotspot OFF,...
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Logitech Options won't let me change the “Keystroke assignment” assigned to a mouse button anymore

Logitech Options won't let me change the "Keystroke assignment" assigned to a mouse button anymore. I just get a sad error noise every time I try to set one. Strangely, there are already ...
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Running Apple Silicon Apps On Intel Macs [closed]

In the future, when some app developers stop publishing Intel versions of their apps (this happened in a few years when PowerPC changed to Intel), will those apps never receive updates on Intel macs? ...
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MacBook chrashing after running sudo npm install in root directory

I did a very stupid thing and executed "sudo npm install" in my root directory of my MacBook. It also asked for a lot of permissions (like Desktop and Documents wich I granted) Now I get a ...
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How do I make a mac have a faster boot time? [closed]

I have a Mac desktop 2017 that has 8 Gigabytes of ram and a 1 TB HDD running Catalina. I was wondering how I can make the boot time faster because of work-related reasons. Thank you
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Without realizing the time it would take to complete, I issued the command sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb . What happens if I kill the process?

Will killing the process cause problems if I shutdown and reboot immediately after doing it? I am running OS 11.2.3 (Big Sur) on Mac Mini.
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Is there a keyboard shortcut or app to *SWITCH* displays content?

Is there a free app or shortcut that I can switch my Mac's windows content from one monitor to the other monitor (assuming only two monitors) via the keyboard or app? I know there is a way to move ...
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Erased Macintosh HD - Data. Now can't login

This all started because I was trying to clean install a Macbook Pro that someone sold me. They gave me the password to log into the computer under their profile so I could clean install it. I started ...
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Why does my Messages app keep crashing before it even starts on my Mac Computer?

This question is very specific to Mac, and not mobile devices. I am using a MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019), running macOS Bug Sur 11.2.3 But I went to start work today, tried to open my Messages App and ...
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How to view and delete Mac download history

Yesterday I was told that every computer keeps track of everything you have ever downloaded. My computer is a 2014 iMac that is running macOS v10.13 (High Sierra), so I went to apple.com and tried to ...
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Mac Pro late 2013 Control Buttons?

What is the small slide button located to the upper left of the main connection panel of the late 2013 Mac Pro?
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MacBook Pro not turning on (logo and no progress bar)

My MacBook Pro was working just fine until I tried logging in and it would just freeze after I enter my password. I tried rebooting while pressing Command ⌘ + R but it just shows the Apple logo ...
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Use Android Phone as HID keyboard for Mac mini

I am currently not at home and brought my Mac mini with me in the belief I could enable Remote Desktop access to control it over my MacBook because I don't have a keyboard or mouse with me. I forgot ...
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App from app store taking too long to download, and it won't let me stop the download

Over 10 days ago I tried to download a game on my mac, within about an hour it read 2.65/2.65 GB downloaded, but it still is not finished downloading. I've went to my app store purchases and pressed ...
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Mission Control Won't Open and How Do you set up control + up arrow to make it work

Hello I'm trying to use the control + up arrow to see my desktops/apps that are open but it's not working. I am on 10.13.6 High Sierra. I have spaces enabled and for some reason, the mission control ...
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13“ MacBook Air Terminal says ” (base) UNKNOWN

Usually when I open the terminal, the first part of the command line says (base) john-doe-air, but when I opened it up today, it comes up with the following. What should I do to rectify this issue? ...
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WINE starting an application

I built WINE from source, following their INSTALL.UNIX file, so I start wine via Terminal, a UI appears: Microsoft Windows 6.1.7601 Z: \Users\USER\Downloads\wine-4.20> so I write start "\...
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Uninstall Anaconda from macOS Big Sur

I've some question about uninstalling Anaconda from macOS Big Sur. I was wondering if someone can please help me figure it our what to do. I followed the instruction on the official website (https://...
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MacBook Pro mid 2012 logic board swapping

Question here is I have an MBP with this IDs: Model id : MacBookPro9,2 and apple model number : A1278. It is MacBook Pro mid 2012 with I5 right now. I am thinking if there is any chance that I can ...
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windows 10 - I have the “Create a Windows 7 or 8 version install disk” but there's a problem

I followed instructions in this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh667JSvymU showing me how to install Windows on my Mac and showed me how to get the "Create a Windows 7 or 8 version ...
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Factory App (Music.app) not opening due some old “prevent from open” command

If I guess well I was searching for a method to prevent the music app from opening, when bluetooth device connect to the mac. I tried many commands to find the way and probably this caused the side ...
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HDR color problem on MacBook Pro 16" 2019

I am watching same video on a Mac and two phones, iPhone 12 and Android. There is abnormal glare on the Mac. For example in attached pics the Mac shows too much glare on girls face, clothes. This ...
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Retrieve lost quicktime's record [duplicate]

I start recording my screen for two hours by clicking cmd+shift+5, after that I stopped the recording, and immediately a popped up video appear with an option to share recorded video, I click the ...
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Renamed an icloud drive folder with the .tmp extension and files have disappeared

I read that I could rename a folder to have the..tmp extension to prevent it syncing over. I did this to a folder that had some confidential files, but I renamed the folder in my icloud drive and the ...
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Dual monitor for mac with docking station

I have a late 2020 13" MacBook Pro 13 and a Dell docking station WD19. When connecting the mac to the docking station, which outputs to two monitors, both screens work, but they're duplicated ...
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What is Symantec Auto-Protect

I found some 3rd-party preference-panes in my macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, one is 'NTFS for MAC OS X' but I know what it is, the thing I want to know is 'Symantec Auto-Protect': 'SymantecSAQuickMenu....
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Why are “Messages in iCloud” still taking up storage on my Mac if they’re supposed to be in the Cloud?

I have all of my messages stored in iCloud, but for some reason they’re still taking up SSD storage on my Mac. This behavior doesn’t happen on my iPhone, but it does on my Mac and I’m not sure why. If ...
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Apple Script “Syntax Error”

What is wrong with this piece of Apple Script, It gives the error: Syntax Error Expected end of line, etc. but found application constant or consideration. repeat while true set t to (time of (...
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Time machine cannot see a external drive

I just replaced my time machine drive with a larger unit. Now it cannot see the external thunderbolt drive I use for all my photo editing that I need to backup. On time machine options it is missing. ...
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2 SSDs to one partition

I have the same external SSD twice. I would like to save the macOS operating system on these two SSDs so that the operating system recognizes the 2 SSDs as one SSD. About the same as with a ...
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Can BTT detect mouse cursor moved to different monitor on another computer via Synergy?

I am using the BetterTouchTool and I have a question about that. Actually, I would like to run some shell script to change some of the key mappings on another computer. So can BTT detect mouse cursor ...
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How can I know my current administrator password without resetting or changing it [duplicate]

I really need to access the administrator password but I forgot it. BUT I really don't want to reset or change it. I just need to know the current password.
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Enable sudoing for the logged-in user for one specific prefpane only?

We are running OS X 10.14 VMs hosted on VMWare ESX. Users log into the VMs via Screensharing app. VMWare sets the resolution settings to an odd value, so the users would have to use a VMWare command ...
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Certain apps on Mac OS Big Sur crash after upgrading from Catalina

After upgrading from Mac OS 10.15.x (Catalina), certain apps and audio plugins suddenly started crashing with memory allocation errors. Reinstalling the OS did nothing and my searches on the Internet ...
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What does it mean to give apps access to Documents folder on Mac?

A lot of apps seem to request access to the Documents folder. Does giving them access mean they can both read/write anything in this folder? Isn't this very dangerous and doesn't that mean we really ...
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Enabling external booting on a fusion drive Mac

I am trying to change the secure boot settings so that I can allow booting from an external disk. Normally to do this you would go into recovery mode with command + r and then change the settings. ...
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I put a magnet over the mac book pro 2011

I have put a magnet and I got the error with the file with a ? on it... I dont have a time machine backup or anything. I am not able to reset the mac and I cant reintall mac os as it dosent recognise ...
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Books on Mac won't download epubs from iCloud

I use Books on Mac (Big Sur) to organize my non-Apple epub library. Books successfully syncs across devices, and when I want to read a book on my Mac, I often need to click the cloud download button ...
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External hard drive won't mount or show up

I have tried all sorts of things but still won't mount and I have no idea what to do, I used the ps aux | grep fsck command but no result. I'd be grateful for any help. Thank you.
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Can I run old versions of (now incompatible) apps on MacBook Air?

A bunch of apps require an M1 chip when you try to download from the App Store. Specifically, I'm asking about Classplus. https://apps.apple.com/in/app/classplus/id1324522260 I'm pretty sure it's not ...
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I have an external 1TB Seagate Harddrive but it shows that only 268MB is available. Why?

I tried to erase it with Disk Utility but unsuccessful. It still shows that only 268MB is available, while another utility program (balenaEtcher) used for writing image files, shows 1TB free space. ...
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Mac Firmware password suddenly appeared after moving drive

/tldr - Moved original Apple SSD to new logic board. No firmware password before, now suddenly there is - even on original board (after clean install). Sharing experience and insight from others - not ...
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Login Screen Stuck after Big Sur update

I have a 2018 macbook pro which was running High Sierra. I upgraded it to Catalina and then transferred all my files from my old computer to my new one using Migration Assistant with a Time Machine ...
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Keyboard Shortcut for Mac OS Photos app

I need assistance. How can I create a keyboard shortcut for the Mac OS Photos app's "Export Unmodified Original For X-# of Photos"? I read online that the System Preference's Keyboard ...
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.jar file is not opening on 10.15.7 macOS Catalina

I have a JAR file, which is a program. I want to open this file, but when I double click the icon flashes for half-a-second but then nothing happens. I tried to open via java -jar Downloads/launcher....
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Creating APFS volume

I deleted my APFS container using the command: diskutil apfs deleteContainer disk2 How can I create a container from my internal ssd?
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Updating macOS resets Widgets every release

How can I fix this issue? Usually, I have weather, clock, and calendar in the Widgets, but there are only weather and clock widgets after updating, macOS Big Sur.
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Is it possible to run os x 10.8 on a modern mac? [duplicate]

I would like to get a new computer, but I have a lot of software that I use which is discontinued and requires OS X 10.8. Is there a way on a modern mac to have a dual-boot situation so that I can ...

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