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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Can Blu-ray discs be played from a Mac if you aren't using HDMI?

I'm using a Dell Ultrasharp monitor connected using Display Port (it doesn't have HDMI, it does have DVI and VGA). It's connected to a Mac Mini using the thunderbolt connector. (Note the Mac Mini does ...
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Import certificates into the System Keychain via the command line

Is it possible to copy a certificate to a machine running OS X Snow Leopard, add it to the System Keychain, then set it to "Always Trust via SSH?" And if so... how?
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How to change one color to another in iMovie?

I just started using iMovie on Mac for the first time. I've imported a single clip of a video I filmed of trees with sky above them. I applied a comic style filter, and now there is solid white around ...
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Manually Tag People/Faces in Photos for iOS

Photos for macOS has the ability to manually tag People in a photo where the machine learning algorithm has not yet detected a Face: Window > Info > Add Faces > Click to Name These tagged ...
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OS X 10.11 VM can't accept tracing from DTrace (for example trying to crash it with 'sudo dtrace -w -n "BEGIN{ panic();}"') [duplicate]

Something keeps me from tracing on OS X El Capitan using DTrace (for example crashing it with sudo dtrace -w -n "BEGIN{ panic();}"). How can I solve this?
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Is it possible to boot both an Intel mac and an Apple Silicon mac from the same system on an external drive?

I have a few macOS systems of various versions (latest Big Sur, Monterey, and now Ventura Beta) on an external drive I use for testing, and sometimes I need to test on an Intel mac and sometimes on an ...
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MacBook keeps booting into Linux even if I press Option key

I have a MacBook Pro 2017 13-inch (no touch bar) that does not let me boot into macOS. I tried these few key combinations: CommandOptionR and CommandControlR, and it still does not work.
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'Shadow tabs' on Safari?

I'm not sure what the name of this feature is or what it does, but it confuses me, and I was wondering if I could disable it. Sometimes I have a Safari window open with multiple tabs. For a long time, ...
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Programatically get screen coordinates of selected element in Finder for Python or Swift [closed]

I am trying to create a tool that will allow to do right click on Finder items while navigating with the keyboard. The problem that I am having right now is finding a way to programatically find where ...
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Crackling/Popping Right Speaker on Mid 2015 15" Macbook Pro

I've only began experiencing this issue this morning, I first noticed it at around 4 AM. Its 1 PM now. What I've done so far: Reset PRAM & SMC Switched Left & Right Speakers. The right ...
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How to fix traceroute on MacOS just shows asterisks?

I am trying to use the traceroute command on MacOS 12.6 to get a trace route. But no matter what arguments I am using, I am getting the same output every time, a list consisting only of asterisks: ...
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Offline iCloud backups

I’m a heavy user of iCloud Drive to synchronise my files across my iOS and Mac devices. It works well, but I’d also like to have an automatic way to maintain offline backups of my iCloud data. This is ...
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How to open current folder in ForkLift from command line?

I know how to open it in Finder: open . But, how can I open it in ForkLift?
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How to reset an app's settings on Mac

How to reset an app's settings on Mac? for example on GNU/Linux I just delete say .firexox and Firefox "Loses memory" just like it has been just installed. I remember there was an option to ...
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rsync 3.x on M1 Mac

Previously, rsync could simply be upgraded on a Mac to 3.x version by homebrew. As command, I used /usr/local/bin/rsync instead of just rsync (which used the preinstalled 2.x version). On a MacMini M1,...
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Transfer WeChat history from Mac to iPhone (not the other way around)

My phone broke and was forced to get a new phone without backing up my WeChat chat history. However, because I always use the MacOS app, I still have my entire history on my Mac. But I can't seem to ...
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Using an external (computer) keyboard as a MIDI controller

Is it possible to remap a USB (computer) keyboard as a MIDI controller? Something like Logic's musical typing, except one keyboard functions normally and the other only sends MIDI events.
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pf.conf configuration?

I've been a Windows user for 35+ years and I'm new to Macintosh. I would like to configure PF firewall to block the ports below, incoming and outgoing on all interfaces. What commands do I need to use ...
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Is it possible to extract Screen Time passcode from macOS?

I don't remember my screen time passcode on Big Sur 11.6.8 and I do not want to resort to "forgot your passcode". I have an administrator account on the Mac. Can I somehow extract this ...
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Application level volume control in OS X?

I recently switched from PC to Mac and one thing I miss is Windows' application-level volume control (i.e. mute Firefox, turn up iTunes, turn down Skype etc). How can I achieve the same on a Mac? Or ...
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Can't Remove macOS Command Line Tools Update

How can I stop this update from trying to install on my Mac? I deleted /Library/Developer and /Library/Updates already. I don't have Xcode or Homebrew installed. What else can I try?
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How to access Shortcuts for Forward and Backwards in PhpStorm when using a German keyboard on a Mac

I currently switched from a PC to a Mac. I'm working a lot in PhpStorm and there use the keyboard-shortcuts for Forward and Backwards - which on windows are Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right Key. Now I read ...
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Should I downgrade my MacBook Air 2017?

I recently found my MacBook Air 2017 becomes slower after upgrading it to the latest macOS. And, now it's too slow when I write code in vsCode and if I switch screens then it's laggy sometimes. I have ...
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Is it possible to make Office 365 on mac textbox navigation keys consistent with macOS?

I have to use MS office 365 (ex: Outlook 16.55) tools for mac. MS being MS, they have different text navigation shortcuts on mac. Is it possible to make them the same as rest of the macOS? ...
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"Wake on LAN" my Mac Mini from my PC?

I would like to be able to use the Wake On LAN feature to wake up my Mac Mini from my Windows PC, and I have tried two different programs (Solar Winds and NirSoft) but it is not working. I have ...
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Installing MacOS High Sierra on a Macbook Pro 17 mid 2010, after formatting the drive

There is a 2010 Macbook, in which the hdd disk was replaced with x2 Samsung ssd 860 evo 500gb. Foolishly, I decided to roll High Sierra. I formatted the disk, I'm waiting, but nothing loads (it ...
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Update Apple ID Settings (iOS) - Enter Mac Password "Enter the Password you use to unlock the Mac" with correct password reports "Incorrect Password"

On my iPhone (iOS 15.5), the Settings app displays a notification "Update Apple ID Settings". When I open it, I get informed that "Some account services will not be available until you ...
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Safari 15 for Mac hangs / freezes on launch

Within a few seconds to a couple minutes of launching, Safari (version 15.2 on macOS Catalina 10.15.7) freezes with a “wait” cursor (beach ball). Even if I open to an empty start page and just let it ...
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How can I compact a Time Machine backup history in .backupbundle format?

I just got a more recent MacBook Pro than my current Late 2013 and in the transitory time in which I'll still have both but using only the newer one, I would like to keep the most recent part of the ...
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How to read message attachments on chat.db

I used sqlite in order to read the messages that were stored in chat.db, but now I want to read the files in message attachments.
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How to capture global short key on Mac to create short key frequency

How to capture global short key on Mac to create short key frequency in Xcode or any other tools. I want to analyze which short key are used the most on a daily basis.
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Transfer files between a Mac with Apple silicon and another Mac

I'm trying to follow this guide here. https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/transfer-files-a-mac-apple-silicon-mchlb37e8ca7/mac I have Disk Utility up on my Apple silicon Mac, but I don't see Start ...
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Can I delete the Docker folder in Library/Containers that takes up 64gb? [duplicate]

My Docker folder in Library/Containers takes up 64gb of space. Is it safe to delete this folder and reinstall Docker?
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How could i use an iMac as secondary monitor for a Windows 7 laptop

Recently (less than one year ago) i bought an iMac 21,5". Now i would like to use it as secondary monitor for my laptop. (My laptop runs Windows 7). Is it possible? (I found conflicting opinions on ...
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How to replace newline in Excel for Mac

As it seems there are suggestions for how to replace a character or a string with newline in Excel for Mac, like this one. But trying to reverse the process does not work; e.g., to type CTRL+J or ALT+...
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Reminders app won't sync on macOS Monterey, remaining blank and unresponsive

I have a problem with the Reminders app on my iMac that after upgrading to a 2TB SSD, installing the latest version of Monterey and using a Time Machine backup to restore my files. The problem I am ...
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Macbook 12" doesn't sleep/wake on close/open

I bought an Macbook 12" 2016 which doesn't want so sleep when I close the lid. Furthermore it also doesn't want so start if I open the lid. I tried resetting the SMC and NCRAM, then I reinstalled ...
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Mac Mail randomly opens mailbox

Mail on my Mac periodically opens a random Exchange mailbox or calendar. If you check access to this mailbox, then the user does not have it. I tried to reset the account, but after a while, this ...
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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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Is there a software that can visually highlight focused windows more?

I do web development on my Mac and I tend to have lots of windows open. Even per application, I tend to have multiple windows opened (ie a Terminal window for tail -f error logs, one for ssh, and one ...
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Mac Pro 2019 Catalina

I have a Mac Pro 2019 running Catalina. I can connect to it using my MacBook Pro, my other Mac Pro, my iMac and share screens without a problem, but his Mac Pro will not connect to any of my other ...
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Can I get an eGPU without a thunderbolt 3?

I’m using a MacBook Air (early 2015) and trying to do some 3D rendering however it’s an absolute pain to do it on the cpu and it’s probably not good for the laptop to run at those temperatures for ...
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How to save username and password for a WiFi network that doesn't require password but requires authentication via web page

I'm having difficulties figuring out a way to save my username and password (in Network Preference and Keychain Access) for a WiFi network that doesn't require password but every time I connect to it, ...
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2FA: This Mac must be approved - but from which device?

Another 2-Factor Annoyance: I'm getting this message: "This Mac must be approved from one of your other devices to use iCloud Keychain." Does this mean one specific other device? Or does it ...
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How to print one page PDF in a readable way

Good morning! I have saved this internet page as pdf, and now I can't find a way to split it in more A4 format pages.
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Wake up a sleeping or powered off M1 Mac Mini with a Wake-On-LAN packet?

I have an M1 Mac Mini running Monterey 12.1. I would like to be able to put it to sleep or shut it down when not in use to conserve energy. But, I also want to be able to remotely power it up so I can ...
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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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easy way to manage VMware ESXi on Mac OS X

I'm a VMware guy, running a dozen of ESXi ... and i'm also a mac user and I've had it with launching VMware Fusion to boot my Win7 to work on vSphere client... Am I missing something? Sys Admins and ...
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Date is wrong by months when set to automatic on 12.1 Monterey (MacBook Pro 14)

Upon booting up by machine (2021 MacBook Pro 14 on 12.1) after fully running out of battery for the first time (I've owned the machine for a couple months) I noticed the date and time were completely ...
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ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2)

This is my first stackoverflow post so please forgive me if I am not properly following etiquette. As the title states, I'm getting the error ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server ...

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