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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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iMac mid-2011 GPU upgrade

I'm looking for which GPU would be appropriate to replace my mid-2011 iMac's original GPU which is a Radeon HD 6750M, I'm looking for a $ 100 budget card, but one that may be newer to support a forced ...
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Forcing macOS upgrade on mid-2011 iMac

I have a mid-2011 iMac with 16gb of RAM and an SSD drive installed. Currently I'm using macOS High Sierra (version 10.13.6) which is the last supported version on my Mac. Is there any way to force the ...
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Beach ball color changes

My beach ball sometimes changes to green and black when updates are not installed, instead of the rainbow. Could this be particular to application hangs customizing the wheel, or is an evil frog ...
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Full list of option key mappings in Mac keyboard

The option key with any alphanumeric or symbol key in a Mac keyboard would insert a special character. The special character would also change when shift is also held with option. E.g., the following ...
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What is the purpose of directory /var/dirs_cleaner?

I'm using a 2020 MacBook Pro on Monterey 12.3.1, and noticed a new directory, var/dirs_cleaner which is empty, has permissions of read and write by the system. I've tried to find out on Google, but ...
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I can't delete NDNS interface in network preferences on macOS Monterey

I uninstalled that profile but my network hasn't been deleted. I use the terminal to search using -listallnetworkservices to delete it but can't find it What should I do?
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What options exist to turn off Mac Studio Status Indicator Light?

I've a Mac Studio that is in a room that sometimes need to be very dark. Does anybody knows how to turn off its Status Indicator Light for when the screen is turned off but the computer is still on?
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MacBook Pro M1 Pro - NDR006 trackpad code in diagnostic tool, but trackpad works fine

I ran the diagnostic tool on my 14" 2021 MacBook Pro M1 and got a NDR006 error that my trackpad may need repaired, but the trackpad works perfectly fine. Is this a common occurrence/bug? Or is ...
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Is there a way to make a card in Google contacts My Card on mac?

On iOS, there's a setting "My Info" where I can select a Google contacts card as me. I can't seem to find the equivalent setting on macOS 12.3.1. Is it possible to do it?
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Sync iPad 2 (9.3.5) with MacBook Pro (Monterey)

I’ve decided to use my old iPad 2 as an e-reader. I have been trying to add pdf files to Books using the finder. Every time I do so, the status gets stuck on “waiting for items to copy.” Any ideas? ...
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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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iCloud Drive stuck with items 47 items uploading and 6 items downloading

My iCloud Drive has been bugged for the past week, I've tried spamming killall bird, disabling iCloud Drive, deleting iCloud caches, but nothing. It always get stuck at x amount of items uploading and ...
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Answering Android phone on a Mac Mini

I'm looking to be able to answer my Android cell phone when I am working on my Mac Mini. I see ways to do it if one has an iPhone, but can't find anything if one has an Android. I appreciate any input....
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Mac connected to iPhone hotspot but no internet

My MacBook disconnects from my iPhone hotspot automatically after it enters sleep mode. But after it exits sleep mode and reconnects to the hotspot, there is no internet. This can be solved by ...
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Find My indicates that my Mac is still at the thief's residence, but no option to erase

The Find My tracker indicates that my Mac is still at the residence of the person who stole it. I no longer have the option to erase the device and the picture of it has changed, but it still says ...
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Permanent SSH tunnel through bastion host

I have the following command that I run locally on my mac to be able to access a DB server trough a bastion host: ssh -L 9234:MYSERVERIP:5432 USER@MYBASTIONIP -i MyBastionPemKey.pem that works just ...
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How to use keyboard shortcut to select checkboxes in macOS

I am trying to find the shortcut to be able to select the items on checkboxes in macOS. Thanks in advance
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High memory pressure on M1 MacBook Pro running Monterey 12.1, possible memory leak?

I remember in the first few months the memory pressure never hits red. the lldb started spiking to 2GB+ after I left the mac on sleep while Xcode was open, could that be the reason? Stutters happen ...
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Mac Catalina constantly asking me which browser to use as the default

Mac Catalina is constantly asking me which browser to use as the default - it prompts me with a small modal window with 2 buttons/choices with the options Keep Safari or Use Chrome - or something very ...
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Homebrew to install Homebank

I'm running the latest version of MacOS Big Sur 11.6.5. I think Homebank is properly installed after verification but is listed with packages and not cask. Both brew and Homebank are up to date and ...
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NFS not registering with RPCBIND . MAC OS Catalina

I'm having a problem with NFS on macOS Catalina. I created a /etc/exports and checked with nfsd checkexports. I started NFS and made sure it running with nfsd status. I gave NFS 5 mins to get ...
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What is ProductGuides folder within the System Information app?

I was casually browsing my PC when I checked Energy Star certificate in the about section of my Mac. I searched this document on Finder, where I found out this document is inside a folder called ...
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How to properly update Mac Mini M1 to Monterey

I have a Mac Mini M1 which I want to have its OS updated. When I try to go with the normal procedure: go to Settings > Check Update and install it, I get this problem: the bar at the top of the ...
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Does anyone have an El Capitan installer.app [duplicate]

I need an installosx.app for OSX El Capitan. Does anyone have a file?
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External Display Image Looks Much Better @60Hz Than @120Hz

I recently bought a Mac Studio and have been using the Samsung CRG9 external monitor that supports up to 5120 X 1440 at 120Hz, but for some reason, I've noticed that the image on the display looks ...
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Can AirDrop reception be set to be "everyone" without signing in to iCloud on a Mac?

Computer: Mac OS Monterey, Version 12.3 Apple M1 Max I am in Germany and want my Mac to advertise reception to everyone, but that preference isn’t sticking. My computer is invisible to any devices ...
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Set Mac active speaker to AirPlay target via command line (but not Apple Script)

I'm looking for a way to get a list of the available airplay speakers and connect to one of them from my Mac using command-line. Right now I'm using Apple Script but it requires to control the System ...
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macOS 11.4 w/ three monitor setup; when maximizing application window, it maximizes on wrong monitor

I am running an application on 3 monitors (eg: A, B, C) using macOS 11.4 setup. The application is IBKR's Trader Workstation. The application layout is set up with the following windows: Multiple ...
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Importing into iMovie

I have a 2 TB external hard drive with an iMovie Library on it and a 25 GB video file. I dragged the 25 GB video file into a timeline in the iMovie Library and it said “Importing” at the top right. ...
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Regarding: Apple M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU

If I run top or htop on it-- what would I see? 40 CPUs or 20? It's a legitimate question: I don't expect to be "voted down" for it.....
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Can't type tilde on iterm2

I try to type the left option key and n for typing ~ on my iterm2 but it doesn't work. When I do the same with the right Option key I can type a ~. After it I can type ~ with the left Option key until ...
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