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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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How can I use my Mac as a Camera?

It is very inconvenient for MacBook users to take photos. On Windows, there is the Camera app which can be really useful at times. How can I use my Mac to take pictures?
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How to replace the System's Download folder with one in an external drive?

When you open finder, there is a download folder with a unique icon. I'd like to move that folder to an external one and force the system to recognise that new location.
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Do the intel Macbooks have an option for Hibernation?

I noticed that Big Sur 12.3 update notes mention that Hibernation support has been added for M1 Macs. I have an intel MacBook Pro and have never noticed an option to Hibernate. In contrast to Windows ...
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External hard drive formatted with FAT won't mount on mac osx

I think I messed up a an external disk (Toshiba Canvio) by incorrectly disconnecting it while it was being used and cannot get it to mount. When I plug in the drive, the light blinks and is being ...
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How to tell if M1 Mac has Rosetta installed?

I am trying to run only native software. So I would like to be able to monitor whether Rosetta 2 is available or not. I am not asking if Rosetta 2 is running. I am asking if Rosetta 2 is present, is ...
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How can I make sure all music in the music app outputs at the same volume?

My music library has music from a large number of sources, which means that the volume of one song can be very different from that of another, and I'm trying to figure out a good way to make it so ...
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Where to find in depth accessibility API documentation

I want to write an application that leverages the Apple accessibility APIs to embellish texts on the screen. My goal is to overlay additional information on text that the user is reading/typing. Apple ...
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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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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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MacOS Monterey can't share screen on meeting call services

Since upgrading to MacOS Monterey, I cannot share my screen on any of the common call service applications: Google Meet, Zoom or Microsoft Teams. I get an error with prompt to update my Privacy ...
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Any way to set a delay before activation on hot corners?

Edit: Found a good workaround here https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/354755/359900 There is a few post on this, but mostly many years old. Is there any way to add a delay on hot corners to avoid ...
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Certain Apple Magic Keyboard key chords not working

I have a wireless  Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. The keyboard is mostly working correctly, but a number of key chords involving the left command key do not work. I'm pretty sure this is a ...
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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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How to disable service workers in Safari 12.1? (Mac)

In Safari 12.1 Service workers can’t be disabled anymore via Develop > Experimental Features. I guess it’s not an experimental feature anymore. Is there any other way to disable them? Sometimes the ...
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Why is my browser hogging the focus in MacOS?

I have a strange situation, which has now occurred with two browsers (Chrome and Edge). I'm running MacOS 11.6.5 on a Macbook Pro 13" 2017. After a while of running with no issue, I will try and ...
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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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How to enable Double-Tap to Drag in Mac OS X Catalina?

I found a few solutions how to enable this(double click and drag) feature https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13048479 https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8094988 so on... But on Catalina OS I ...
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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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why does the legend or code or elements computer stuff pop up when I press increase volume?

So, I don't know what exactly I did but all of a sudden I couldn't hear sound through my headphones. I had checked if the volume still works and it does. It turns out the volume on my headphones was ...
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Do I need to upgrade the firmware on a Mac Pro with mismatched processor config and serial number?

I'm looking at buying a used Mac Pro. However, I want to know what I'm really buying as the serial number he provided does match the processor configuration in the About This Mac: EveryMac says this ...
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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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What happenned to Quartz Composer? How can I get that functionality?

What, if anything, has replaced Quartz Composer? How can I access my camera without 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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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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VNC Viewer couldn't access to a Mac from Windows 10

I'm trying to remote a mac-Laptop from a windows-Laptop with VNC Viewer 6.21.920. T'm getting this "An authentication error occurred. See the VNC Server error log for details". It's working ...
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Karabiner Elements Fn + F keys to volume control on Mac

I'm using a Durgod keyboard (replacing an old Mac keyboard) and would like to have Fn+F11 to lower volume and Fn+F12 to increase volume. Those are the keys I use for volume control on the Mac keyboard....
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Terminal: run source ~/.bash_profile every time start new terminal [closed]

I installed some command line programs (e.g. rbenv), but every time I open a new Terminal tab, it looks like the environment gets reset. I need to source my .bash_profile manually: source ~/....
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Horizontal mirror/flip webcam image for video conference on MacOS

I am looking for a solution to horizontally (or vertically) mirror/flip the webcam image (not rotate) on MacOS on the hardware or driver level. The ultimate goal is to use a mirrored video stream in ...
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Sync GPG ~/.gnupg dir between multiple Macs? (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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Problem during the running of "brew doctor"

When I run "brew doctor", I have this code lines : Please note that these warnings are just used to help the Homebrew maintainers with debugging if you file an issue. If everything you use ...
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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 to delete photo from Album and Library at the same time?

I am using MacOS BigSur / Photos 6.0 I have photos in the Album that I want to delete completely from everywhere. If I delete it found in the Album, it still keeps the photo in the Library, so in ...
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Use Safari Technology Preview with a different "profile"

Is there a way to run Safari Technology Preview using a different "profile"? Like loading a different Library For work (and development) reason I would need to run Safari and Safari TP like ...
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Error opening directory in Xournal++ app : operation not permitted

I am using Mac OS Big Sur version 11.5.2 I downloaded Xournal++ from https://xournalpp.github.io/installation/macos/#installing-program I have installed the app Some one sent me some .xopp files they ...
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What does modified date of application means?

Today I updated the chrome app on my Mac but when I checked in the application section of Finder I see the modified date as 30th April? Why is that? On the get info page the version shown matches with ...
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AppleScript Command Sendkeys? [duplicate]

I am searching for an AppleScript command which is similar to Visual Basic Script Sendkeys command. I want to let a programm type something at itself.
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When a powered USB hub is used, would we need to worry the power flowing from the hub back into the MacBook or iMac?

If I use a non-powered USB hub, the iPad Air or iPad Pro could be losing power over a few hours, because the charging power is not enough. However, if I get a powered USB hub, would it be an issue, ...
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Keychain problems following Recovery Mode

On macOS Sierra (10.12.6). Last week, an installed application (XAMPP) tried to access my keychain upon launch (which it always does), but (for reasons still unknown) the correct password was rejected....
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Moving GarageBand and projects to external HDD

After some major issues with my MacBook, I have to rescue my GarageBand and session projects. I know it probably isn't as easy as simply copying the .band files, so I've copied the following folders ...
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How to automatically connect Mac's Wi-Fi to iPhone's hotspot

I am searching for a solution to automatically connect my MacBook Air to my iPhone hotspot. I don't like to connect manually every time. Is there any way to connect automatically. Can I write a shell ...
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Prevent iCloud Drive From Auto-Downloading on Mac

Is there a way to stop the auto-downloading of files in iCloud Drive on Mac, and if so, how? I want the files synced with iCloud Drive, but I don’t want all the files automatically downloaded. I also ...
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2020 MacBook Air, no mouse or trackpad control when dual booting Linux

I've recently tried to dual boot macOS Monterey and Linux onto my Mac, but it's not going too well. I've tried different types of Linux (Mint and Ubuntu all the newest versions) and have created the ...
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Cannot access USB Hard Drive ExFAT in macOS Finder, greyed out in Disk Utility - Filesystem scan or repair failed::(-69845)

Today I was working in my USB 6TB WD_BLACK on MacBook Pro 14" M1, everything was working fine, removed it, sometime later I tried to connect the HD again but it won't show, this is the second ...
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MacBook Pro 16" battery drains overnight

I've had this Mac on Catalina 10.15.5 for a few weeks now and suddenly noticed this battery drain overnight. It went from 60% to 3% two nights ago and happening last night too. After doing some ...
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MacBook Air M1 with ultrawide monitor

I have a 13” MacBook Air M1 laptop, and I'm planning to buy a 35” ultrawide monitor for work. Any issues or concerns to be aware of before buying one?? Also, I will be using Citrix workspace to ...
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Is there a command that I can run in Mac terminal to allow notifications for a specific app?

Is there a command that I can run in Mac terminal to allow notifications for a specific app? For example, I am trying to allow notifications for both Podcasts and Stocks but I do not see those apps in ...
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Do Not Disturb keeps enabling itself on my Mac

Do Not Disturb on my Mac keeps enabling itself at midnight or after every reboot even though I do not have it scheduled. As you can see from the screenshot below, DND is not enabled at all. What could ...
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What is a good program for timing activities?

I am looking for a program to time projects and activities, both computer- and real life-based, allowing me to tell him to start and stop timing this or that activity, in a very light, background, non-...
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How to open multiple windows of Foxit Reader on mac?

How to open multiple windows of Foxit Reader on mac? I am using Foxit Reader on my mac to read pdfs. I am trying to figure out how to open multiple windows. For example, in preview we can open ...
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Do Macs need to be defragmented?

I don't see any application to defragment my Mac (running OS X). Is defragmenting not necessary for Mac OS X? If so, why not?

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