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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Is my computer being hacked?

I have reason for suspicion that I'm being hacked. On top of that, my MacBook's screen will light up (several times a week) when it is asleep, showing the log in screen. It will fall back asleep ...
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mount list grows endlessly on automount / autofs setup

I have configured macOS (Catalina 10.15.3) to automount 4 SMB network shares with autofs. It works, the shares are mounted whenever I need them, as they should. The problem I find is that my mount ...
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Java 8 appears to be installed but in fact is not (macOS) [duplicate]

I downloaded Java 8 from oracle.com, and I installed it. Nothing unusual. But when I type java I get: No Java runtime present, requesting install. And if I go to settings the java icon is there!
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speakers stopped working after i installed windows 10

speakers stopped working after windows 10 was installed (without bootcamp) i had a similar problem with the wifi but i fixed that, the speakers are not broken because the mac start up noise plays fine,...
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My Mac is beeping 3 times every couple of seconds when it starts

Here is what happens, I have 5-10 seconds to do stuff on my computer, then it turns off, turns back on again and attempts to load or something, then turns off. then eventually after enough on and offs,...
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How do I access files that are owned by another user?

I recently formatted my Mac Pro and I copied all the files to external drive, I didn’t use TM. After creating a new account on a new OS I can’t open the files, because the old user can’t be located. I ...
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iCloud took my mac as a hostage-how to get back all my files?

Turns out, everything i put inside any folder in my mac, is being uploaded to the cloud, showing me the cloud icon, and files are not available when i need them.(which by itself is a strange UX) To ...
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Is it possible to remove or at least hide the “Family Sharing” Preference Pane from Catalina?

I can hide the other preference panes the usual way (Preferences -> Menubar -> View -> Customize) but not this one. Is it possible at all?
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When I record my screen using quicktime, it looks like this:

Using most recent Mac and Quicktime software. When I record my screen using QuickTime, and choose to record a selected portion, the resulting recording looks like this: What is supposed to be a ...
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Audio Interface is not showing up in System Preferences Output Input

Running Catalina OS. Unfortunately when plugging in my Focusrite Saffire 6 interface it is not recognized in System Preferences > Sound > Output Input. Very frustrating. I am using the correct high ...
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Sync ~/.gnupg dir between multiple Macs? (GnuPG / MacGPG)

I have GPG Suite 2019.2 installed on 2 computers, both running macOS 10.15.3. I would like to sync my GPG keychain and config files between them, so that adding/trusting a key on one machine is ...
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128K Mac without signatures inside

I have a 128K Mac with an odd thing about it. It has no signatures inside the case. Every other 128K and even most 512Ks that I've seen have all the team signatures inside but, this one has doesn't. ...
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Installing Catalina OS in VirtualBox?

I have a Macbook that runs Catalina OS, but I would like to have a VirtualBox version of it. I was able to successfully download Catalina from the App Store, and followed a tutorial to convert it ...
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Booting to Recovery Mode won't work anymore

I have an upgraded MacPro 5.1. I recently installed Catalina and had to use a patch from dosdude. I had to disable SIP using crsutil disable command. I successfully installed macOS Catalina and the ...
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Sony wf-1000xm3 audio quality is different between Mac and Android for the same song

Today I was listening to "Lil jon - Get low Bass Boosted HQ HD" on YouTube using my Sony wf-1000xm3 earbuds. First I was using my Mac (16-inch, 2019) to stream the song and then I used my mobile (...
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How do I change my System Preferences menu colour from Dark Violet back to Dark Grey?

When I set my accent to colour to anything (besides graphite) the background colour of my menus become Melanzane (a deep dark violet) instead of the original Nero colour (dark grey). It was normal at ...
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Apple Contacts wont sync and contain ghost profiles

I have an Iphone 8 running IOS 13.3.1 and a MacBook Pro (2015) running Catalina (10.15.3). For a while now I have dealt with my contacts on the 2 devices being different, but i am now using the ...
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Boot Partition doesn't have the correct storage space

So my SSD has 500 GB of storage I have only one Partition (the Macintosh HD Partition) but it only has ~100 GB storage space. Is there any way I can get my total ~500 GB of storage on my partition? ...
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Make the TouchBar show app controls for one specific app at all times

Say I want to have control over my music regardless of which app I have active on the front. I want the music controls exclusively. This is just an example. I would like it to be possible for any app....
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How can I find the source of a Mac desktop notification? [duplicate]

I installed a trial software, NTFS for Mac, and then uninstalled it (via AppZapper). However, I am still getting occasional desktop notifications and I don't know how to get rid of these. Any ...
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Macbook Pro 2015 15" Bootcamp does not allow ISO file option - requires USB

I want to use Bootcamp for Windows on my 2015 Macbook Pro. After downloading the Windows ISO, however, Bootcamp is requiring a USB install instead of allowing me to choose the ISO file from on my ...
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Opening multiple finder directories simultaneously [duplicate]

Is there a way to open multiple finder directories at the same time without necessarily opening two windows? I'm thinking something similar to opening multiple tabs in a mac terminal.
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How to Sync Books from Mac on Catalina

I upgraded to macOS 10.15.3 and am having trouble syncing books from my Mac to iPad. In the documentation I only see reference to iCloud. This would not be satisfactory to me. Is there a way to ...
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Mac how to remove instance icon from array

When I close an app, sometimes it's icon still shows up when I press ⌘ + ⇥. On my Mac that command brings up an array of icons whose instances are still running. It's quite annoying. How do I remove ...
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How can I make sure my Mac has access to files on its own SMB server? [duplicate]

I have a Mac mini that runs a Samba server through the "file sharing" option in settings. I can create files on it and my clients can access it. However, creating files on the client end causes my ...
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Steps to ensuring data integrity / security of Mac mini prior to sale? [duplicate]

I've got some Mac minis ranging from 2011 models to 2014 models, which I wish to sell. My concern is with the integrity / security of the data on them. I don't have a large external HD / server to ...
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Booting from MBR USB on Mac

I have a MacBook Pro8,1. For experimental purposes I've installed Windows 7 to USB (it's NOT an installer, a real OS on USB) via WinNTSetup on other PC. When I'm trying to boot from the USB with the ...
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WiFi unable to turn on [duplicate]

WiFi is unable to turn on and connect to network. I have tried many options available on the Internet and nothing is working to allow my MacBook Pro to connect to a WiFi network. When in System ...
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How to login to my Mac without a mouse?

Can't login to my Mac, I have no mouse and I don't know how to do it with the keyboard. So, how can I login with the keyboard only?
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Platypus - get selected file name

I am using Platypus to create an app which runs bash script on opening of a file. I need the clicked/opened file name to be passed as an args to the script. Does Platypus have any option or macro to ...
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Why can I not have the date and time in one cell

I want to start at a date and at 12:00:00 am and I want each cell to increase by 1 hour. I put =a2+time(1,0,0) but I keep getting "The formula’s arguments can only include one date value." What am I ...
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Google Chrome on Mac OS Sierra - Annoying ‘This Website Wants to Open this Application’ warning for Files .mkv .mp4

Google Chrome on Mac OS Sierra - Annoying ‘This Website Wants to Open this Application’ Sorry have to log this one again as I am newbie and so can’t comment yet. This box pop up only used to show ...
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External displays don't work with macOS, while with Boot Camp does

I have Mac Mini, PC, two external displays and HDMI Matrix. The problem is that without matrix displays work perfectly with Mac, but if I use matrix to connect them, displays show picture as normal, ...
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Mac pop up notifications getting cut off on the right

Recently all of my pop up notifications are getting cut off so I can only see half of it, like the computer thinks my screen is wider than it is, as you can see in the picture: I have a 2019 15 inch ...
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Kernel panic invasion on Mac G5

I found my old Mac G5 with Tiger and started it, but forgot the password. Then I tried to crack it using the single-user mode. But then, after I start it, mostly every time, there is a kernel panic. ...
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Detecting theft of data - folder / files transfered from MacBook to USB

I know this is similar to another question posted here a while ago: Did someone copy files from my Mac? but the problem is slightly different and the answers don't help in my case. I need to know ...
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How can I run Final Cut Pro on an 2011 MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro running high Sierra (the latest operating system supported) and I needed to get final cut pro. you can't natively download it from the App Store without an error. so I ...
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macOS automatically opening unknown app that cannot be found

Since a few days ago I have been randomly getting this popup on my Mac. I cannot seem to locate the file via Terminal, Finder or Spotlight. I'd rather not open it and see in case it could damage my ...
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How to sync(two way) Google Photo with mac

As of July 10, that's changing. Google says that Drive sync was causing confusion with users, so Photos will no longer include an option to sync with Google Drive. Is there any idea for seamless way ...
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How to install FaceApp to mac?

How do I install FaceApp in macOS? Is there anyway to do it without using an iPhone or Android emulator?
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MacOS Catalina default space for app

Is it possible to set in Catalina a default space (display) to open the specific app? When using 3 monitors I have a specific setup to which I am accustomed to, however when I plug the laptop from ...
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How to Format exFAT on Mac with custom block size (Read only problem!)

I'm trying to format a CF card on Mac Osx 10.14.4 to exFAT with a specific block size of 4MB, with this terminal command: sudo newfs_exfat -b 4194304 -v exFAT /dev/disk3s1 It appears to have worked… ...
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iCloud Sync of Documents not recreating Folders on icloud.com. Process stuck. Catalina

I have tried just about every solution available on the various boards and groups. Some so old they are no longer even relevant. Photo syncing works. iCloud Drive does not. I'm running Catalina 10.15....
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How can I use my 12' MB 2015 with AC power only? (No battery)

My 12 inch MacBook from 2015's display broke and only works while connected to an external display. I don't want to spend the $800 on a replacement display so I was hoping to use it as a full time ...
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macOS - Is it possible to lock the time zone?

I'm looking for a way of stopping myself changing which time zone my computer is in. I would like to remain an admin with knowledge of the password so just making a non admin account would not work. ...
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Brightness up/F2 button stopped working on my 2014 rMBP [duplicate]

Sometime in the last week or two, the F2 button stopped working.. F1 (decrease screen brightness) still works, but not F2. Is there any kind of fix for this, or is the button broken for good?
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Creating REAL typewriting effect on mac (similar to Type.js but with actual keyboard input)

When recording a programming demonstration video, I want to automate the typing according to a manuscript. Basically w looking for a tool/technique that will enable me to script lines/files/strings ...
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I installed Windows 10 with bootcamp on Imac and my imac partition is lost it file type

I am having serious trouble here, i install windows 10 in my imac 2015 model now i am not able to boot in Mac OS, i am upgraded to New os 13. I tried Option key on start, did not work I tired Commond+...
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What do Apple Diagnostics for Mac offer better than Apple Service Providers' tests? [closed]

Apple's embedded tests for Macs seem very shallow compared to those used by Apple Service Providers (AST2 tests). I know AST2 tests are very good at catching sensor failures (such as temperature, ...
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How can I connect mac to Iphone hotspot without making “personal hotspot discoverable”?

Question How can I connect mac to Iphone hotspot without making "personal hotspot discoverable"? Usecase get on train on phone, make "Personal hotspot discoverable" open laptop wait for laptop "...

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