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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Symbols appear instead of letters/numbers when typing on Mac

Im using a Mac book air and when I try to type something, random weird symbols appear instead of texts. The symbols "Œ„´‰ˇÁ¨ˆØ∏" appear when I try to type "qwertyuiop". I had already found a solution ...
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How do I make an auto key on mac? [closed]

I need it so that in minecraft the chat is opened with the T, a command is copied with COMMAND + V and sent with ENTER
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Format and Restore Mac from Time Machine, without disturbing Bootcamp

I want to format my Mac's internal drive, but I have Bootcamp installed and I don't want to disturb it. Is it possible to take a backup using Time Machine and then format the Mac, later restore the ...
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Transfer Photos From Mac to iPhone

How could I transfer photos from a Mac to an iPhone? I don't want to use iCloud Photo Library or Photo Stream. I think there is some way to do it using iTunes. I would like it if the photos were ...
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Create a jpg with date in the middle and change it. Mac and bash

I'd like to have the date in large letters as a wallpaper that'd change everyday. I've watch some apps but I dont want to install anything. I was wondering: Can we create a jpg or png with a timestamp ...
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“Other” folder is too big

My "Other" folder in my mac taking every free MB it has. Note that I tried to find where it coming from but I just can't figure it out. It's 418GB in size and I have nothing on my machine ...
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Sync ~/.gnupg dir between multiple Macs? (GnuPG / MacGPG)

I have GPG Suite 2020.1 installed on 2 computers, both running macOS 11.0.1. 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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Unable to redirect SmartCard in Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac. Option greyed out

I've been using Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac to connect to a windows machine. I used to be able to redirect a smart card to the remote windows computer. I recently upgraded the RDP app on Mac and ...
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Windows and Mac in same workgroup can't connect to each other in map network drive

I am setting up some macs for a friend to monitor with a Windows 10 computer. They are all on the workgroup "HOMESCHOOL" but for some reason when in map network drive I can't find the macs. ...
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How can I show only unnamed faces in Mac photos

I was trying to show photos with unnamed faces so that I can annotate them. There is an online solution but it requires you to mark all the pictures with no faces at all. Any suggestions?
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How to fix gitk not refreshing properly on Big Sur?

I have recently updated to Big Sur and now my favourite git graph viewer, gitk, isn't refreshing or re-drawing well on load or after certain interactions. Gitk is written in tcl and seems to run using ...
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Unknown compression scheme with wine

I'm trying to run a game through steam on wine, but I've been unsuccessful with implementing the workarounds. There's one error that keeps showing repeatedly, namely when trying to use a .reg file and ...
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About the abnormal problem of iPhone's 'Trust this computer'?

My iPhone trusted a Mac mini that named 'haha' before with USB cable. but today, this iPhone alert 'Trust this computer' again without USB connecte,same content: "Your settings and data will be ...
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Is it possible to create a paid application which makes use of an Automator service?

The functionality of my application is as follows: Get highlighted text from any application in macOS. Do some processing on it, including interaction with a server. Show output as a dialog on macOS. ...
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Change colour of thin 1 pixel grey border around browser window

I'm using Firefox on Mac OS Catalina. It has a thin 1px grey border around the browser window. I would like to change the colour of this border to black so it blends in better and is less noticeable. ...
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How to wirelessly mirror a MacBook onto a smart tv without Apple TV?

It seems like Apple wants me to spend 200 USD on an Apple TV just to wirelessly mirror my MacBook's display onto my smart tv. Is there really no way to get around this? I'm not afraid of technical ...
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mac trying to connect to airport server when i opened kontakt 6

There was a problem with my MacBook pro 2019 16. I downloaded Kontakt 6 (vst for music), Kontakt 5 and several libraries for them. I tried to run it, but the libraries were on my airport extreme ...
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Can I use Time Machine to back up data to a Windows shared drive?

How can I do "Time Machine" from my Mac OS X 10.6.4 to my Window share drive? I'd also prefer to encrypt my image, so it's "safe" just in case :-)
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MacOSX Big Sur - Terminal ZSH Shell Command's Execute Sometimes With “!” Exclamation Symbol In Front

Is this normal behavior for MacOS Big Sur ZSH (Z Shell) terminal? Sometimes shell commands such as find and or launchd as just a simple example execute properly. This is with the exclamation symbol &...
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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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I put a magnet over my MacBook Pro 2011

I have put a magnet over my laptop and I got the error with the file with a ? on it. I don't have a Time Machine backup or anything. I am not able to reset the Mac and I can't reinstall macOS as it ...
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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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How to prioritize decryption on older MacBook Pro?

I'm working on a 2011 MacBook Pro, and the decryption process is taking forever. It seems that it speeds up if I click on the System Preferences window. Is there a way to prioritize the process using '...
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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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Mac won’t connect to internet

I have an interesting problem and I believe I may be halfway to understanding it but don’t know how to fix it. My home network has two routers. One is the main one and is in a cabinet so I do not have ...
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Corsair Virtuoso Sidetone on MacOS [closed]

I am setting up a new Corsair Virtuoso headset on my Mac computer. The audio and the microphone from the headphones works on both wired and wireless mode. However, I can't get the SideTone feature to ...
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How to stop a Mac app from launching at startup?

How can I stop an app from launching at startup when: right click on the app on the dock > options > open at login is not ticked. the app is not on the login items list (System Preferences > ...
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Finder not searching specific folder

So when I search through finder on my mac, files in a specific folder won't show up. I can look at the files in the folder, but I can't search file names. This occurs both when I search "This Mac&...
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In my MacBook Pro one label called 'Password..' showing. How should I remove this permanently?

In my Macbook pro, Some times the below password label appears. I tried to close all the applications. still not removed always showing on the screen top of all applications. I always do restart the ...
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Q: Cannot spoof MAC Address on Macbook Pro 2019 13.3 on Big Sur Beta 4

I usually change my MAC Address frequently and it worked perfectly on Catalina, however when I transitioned to Big Sur it didn't seem to work correctly, at least for Beta 4. I would run the command ...
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Macbook Pro 2012 deleted files become the “other” space and need to know how to delete

I have a Macbook Pro mid-2012 15-inch with Catalina 10.15.5. I was continually getting messages that my system hard drive was full. I went to the Manage space, and started deleting large files from ...
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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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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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What third-party games have been included with Macs at some point?

To phrase it differently: Over the years, Mac computers have come with various pieces of software not developed by Apple, many of which are games, such as Marble Blast Gold, Bugdom, and the Big Bang ...
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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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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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How can I convert JPG into PDF easily?

Is there any way to batch convert .jpg files into single .pdf files?
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What are the wireless display options for MacBook Air?

Are there any viable Wireless display solutions for MacBook Air (with Thunderbolt port). I know I can connect to HDMI-compatible TV or Monitor using cables and convertors. Is there any way I can avoid ...
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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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MacBook losing charge while shut down

I have a Macbook Pro 13 2019 and a Macbook Pro 13 2020. 2019 one runs 10.14.6 Mojave. 2020 one runs latest 10.15 Catalina When I turn off the Macbook Pro 2020 with "shut down" on 100% and I ...
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Can macOS operate/output video at 144 Hz screen refresh rate?

I am planning to invest in an external 144 Hz display for smooth game developments, now as far as I know macOS outputs video at 60 Hz so if I buy an 144 Hz external display will my MacBook be able to ...
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How can I software disable a display?

I have a mac mini with two monitors but I often access it remotely over VNC. Screen Sharing (and other vnc clients) allow me to select a single display (or view both at once), but neither work well ...
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How can I pair my Magic Trackpad with multiple Macs?

I have a Magic Trackpad that I'm using with my iMac. Everything works great, but I would also like to use the trackpad with my MacBook. For some reason, it seems that I can only pair the trackpad ...
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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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Installing Ubuntu 20.04 on external drive with iMac running macOS + Windows 10

I have a late 2012 iMac running macOS High Sierra (10.13.6) and Windows 10 (Build 18362) through Bootcamp in legacy BIOS mode and I'd like to do a full install of Ubuntu 20.04 to this external drive ...
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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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Creating an installer (.pkg file) from the command line

I've seen multiple tutorials in how to create an installer to distribute a MacOS application, but they're all very simple examples (just installing an application and placing it in /Applications). To ...
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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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Can an eMac boot from a USB optical drive connected via a FireWire adapter?

I've got an eMac that's mostly working (running Tiger, plus a selection of other nice software), but has a broken optical drive. I have a spare USB optical drive lying around, and it works for most ...

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