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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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Prevent all apps in Mac OSX from stealing focus

I want to prevent all apps on my stsyem from stealing focus and/or going fullscreen without my permission. The best example I can give is the Zoom app. when I open a meeting URL, then focus on ...
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Sleep prevented by powerd

Recently, my M1 MBA was draining out of battery very quickly. I lose 50% charge in an hour, losing about 1% in less than a minute. This was surely not the case before. When I click on the battery bar ...
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Macintosh HD is locked - Unlocking with Disk utility First Aid taking 12+ hours and still not completed

I have a problem with a new re-installation of Catalina. I am getting the following: "Macintosh HD" is locked" Pop-up message on every start up. After going into disk utility I have the following: ...
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Missing artist's artwork in iTunes

I last iTunes Apple have changed algorithm of displaying picture for Artist. How does it works? Why almost all my Artist's doesn't have artwork? As I see Alice Cooper have the image: But why I can't ...
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What happens after a stolen Mac was remotely wiped?

A Macbook Air was stolen from us last month and we immediately activated "Find my Mac" and a few minutes later we requested it to be wiped (through iCloud). Today, 1 month later, we received an email ...
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Connect 2 4K monitors to a M1 Pro laptop via Thunderbolt 4 dock?

Is it possible to connect two external 4K60 monitors to a M1 Pro macbook using a single Thunderbolt 4 port, more specifically using a dock? I have researched this and am getting conflicting answers. ...
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A standard method to trace and log which software creates and accesses files on my system?

Is there a way to continually trace/log which software is creating and accessing files on my system? I assume these log files would grow very large unless trimmed. I see a bunch of dot files and no ...
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How to prevent Continuity / Handoff app icons in Dock?

Sometimes I open my iPhone while working at my Mac. This often triggers a Continuity / Handoff app icon to suddenly appear in my Dock: Safari From iPhone I find it extremely irritating to ...
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how can I run an app in sandbox?

I wanted to play some games found on internet (not the Mac store) but I was afraid those could have a virus inside. As such I wanted to run them in a sandbox where they could just read files from ...
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Where does Mojave download the Mojave installer?

Similar to this, I would like to understand where Mojave is downloading itself when I download it from the App store. The Application folder doesn't have anything like Install MacOs Mojave or ...
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Where are macOS icons stored?

For example, icons in the tray, where are these icons stored? Can they be modified (without installing third-party software)? sh-3.2# system_profiler SPSoftwareDataType Software: System ...
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What's the meaning of the exclamation point in the triangle next to my Calendars?

System details: OSX 10.11.6 (15G1212) Calendar Version 8.0 (2092.3) I have a few Calendar subscriptions shared between my Mac and iPhone, including a few shared with multiple people. I noticed that ...
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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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Block external storage for a user account

I am doing a proposal for new network where the Macs will be networked, OS X Mavericks + server app Is there any solution to disable external storage USB/Thunderbolt/Firewire/CD/ Bluetooth? ...
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How to save sent messages in Outlook to the same folder as message being replied to?

If I am replying to an email in Folder "TEST", how do I get a reply to automatically go to the Folder "TEST" as opposed to the Sent folder? This helps with productivity so that I don't have to move ...
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When trying to save a .jpg or .jpeg, Safari tries to force .dms extension onto end?

Not really the most pressing question, but it's bugged me enough to get an account and try my luck... When I try to save any .jpg or .jpeg, Safari forces a .dms extension onto the end of it, and ...
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MacOS Notifications Not Working with Multi-Monitor after Monterey Update

I upgraded my Mac to Monterey a handful of weeks back and ever since then my notifications are not showing on-screen. They are there if I swipe over, they just don't actually notify me. What I've ...
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How to find out which application(s) are creating utun interfaces?

I see multiple utun interfaces from the ifconfig command output. I know utun0 and utun1 are system interfaces. utun2 is the tunnel interface for my vpn client. But I can't find out which application ...
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Slack prevents Mac from sleeping

Slack is preventing my Mac from sleeping. I can see this information in the Activity Monitor. How can I disable it? I want my mac to sleep even when Slack is open.
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300 GB of photos and videos suddenly deleted from external SSD (Samsung T5)

Yesterday, somehow over 300 gb of photos, videos and audio disappeared from my Samsung 1TB T5. As a photographer this could have been the end of my career, but luckily I had everything backed up to ...
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Mac OS Mojave freezing after wake from sleep: i recently updated my system

after upgrade to Mac OS Mojave in my MacBookPro 2016 and my iMac they froze after wake if they're sleeping. This happen if the Mac sleep for a while, overnight for example, and delays a few seconds ...
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Bluetooth headset connected to Mac and iPhone: Cannot play music/music stops

I am encountering a weird bluetooth issue and even after extensive googling I don’t have so much of a start of an idea what is going on. Here is the situation: I have a Jabra elite 65t headset which ...
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Recover data from external hard drive partition Mac OS X

A couple of weeks ago, I dropped my external drive while a program was writing data to it. The drive seems to spin up fine, without beeps/scratches. The drive also has EFI and Recovery partitions. One ...
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Authentication Failed- Google Internet Accounts

I am trying to add my google account but I am getting the error below. I am running Mojave and have tried several google accounts.
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Mac toolbars and menus disappear

I've recently experienced issues with my Mac. It seems all menus and buttons lose their text and icons. If I rightclick anywhere I just get a blank grey box, the entire top menu bar is empty (...
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Why there is a AdobeAAMDetect plugin showing up in my Safari Preferences Windows?

I have never installed Adobe Flash Player on my Mac cause it has some dangerous security breaches and potentially harmful for your mac then how come this plugin is showing up in Safari, is my Mac ...
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TimeMachine backup gets stuck during "Preparing Backup"; can't mount .sparsebundle file

I've twice now tried to initiate a TimeMachine backup, and both times they got stuck during the "Preparing Backup..." stage. I think even on the same file, as shown in tmutil status which got stuck ...
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Toggle between two most recent tabs in Safari

Chrome was my favorite browser for years, but it drastically overheats MacBook, thus my patience was finally exhausted and I decided to move to Safari as it's the most energy efficient browser for Mac....
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Automatically maximize windows when cycle through them using cmd + tab

I'm pretty new to macOS and today I tried to find out how to maximize a window as I cycle through them using Command+Tab. Here I found that I can maximize window just clicking alt before I release ...
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Error while changing the default application with which we open a file

Recently I've tried to change the default application with which a file is opened, by doing the following: Right click on the file Get info In "Open with", change to the application you want your ...
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How to find Intel SKU for Mac CPUs

Seems like everywhere you can go to purchase a laptop they specify the Intel SKU for each CPU option - except Apple. If you have a Mac, you can apparently find this info using the following command: ...
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Bluetooth Dongle Connection "Failed to open an RFCOMM serial channel" on MacBook Pro

I tried to setup another computer with a Bluetooth dongle to connect my Macbook Pro (OS X Mavericks). I managed to pair them and ever since then I get these messages every 10-30 seconds and often they ...
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External monitor has no signal on first boot — Mac must be rebooted

I'm on a Mac Pro running OS X 10.9 with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB, and I'm using a BenQ E2420HD as a monitor. The Problem: Every day I start my Mac in the morning, and every day the monitor has ...
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Typing over selected text replaces some text to the right

In OS X (both Lion and Mountain Lion), I notice that when I select text and type over it, not only does it yield the expected result of replacing that text with the typed text, it often also replaces ...
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Hide dock notification badges with Do Not Disturb enabled in macOS

I remember in previous versions of macOS whenever DND mode was enabled the app icon badges in the dock would be disabled. This makes sense as I do not want to be disturbed by my "unread" ...
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Access full FaceTime call history?

I am wondering where FaceTime call history is stored on my Macbook? I am running Big Sur 11.4 and Facetime Version 5.0 (3080). When I try to view my call history it only shows the last 100 entries or ...
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Where is the "raw query" search option in the "New Outlook" for Mac interface (O365)

I'm using a work machine (Catalina) with an Office 365 subscription and gave the "New Outlook" toggle (Outlook 16.45) a go, however, I'm not finding any of the "advanced" search ...
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How fix MacOS Mail so Gmail labels appear?

I recently bought a new MacBook Pro, and set up Mac Mail with my Gmail accounts. At first, when the mail was being imported, the labels for my emails listed in the list preview section of the Inbox / ...
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T2 chip on 2018 Mac Mini causes booting Mac OS via Refind bug after unplugging power

Recently received new shipment of T2 2018 Mac Minis at work. I had to install the refind boot picker on them. Install is straightforward and successful but for some reason once I unplug the power ...
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How to turn off insert of ASCII control characters using [control]+[option]+[key]

I've tracked down the source of a minor annoyance in Xcode to the inadvertent introduction of invisible ASCII control characters using the key combination [control] + [option] + some key. However, I ...
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Midnight Commander Exit from Working Directory doesn't return to same directory in Terminal

Upon exit from midnight commander(MC), terminal returns to default directory(users/username) instead of working directory in MC. Had tried creating alias mc='. /usr/share/mc/bin/mc-wrapper.sh but ...
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OSX File permissions and inheritance when copying files

OSX: High Sierra I have 2 drives mounted. The drive I am copying files from has permissions of 700 and when I copy them to the second mount (NFS) I want them to have 755. How can I get inheritance to ...
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MacOS brightness controls not working

I've encountered a problem when upgrading my late 2013 MacBook from OS X 10.9 Mavericks to macOS 10.13 High Sierra (now running Mojave): brightness controls appear to not affect anything (only the pop-...
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Network Trash Can on macOS 10.13 or higher?

We currently have a Mac that functions as a file server on our network. The files are stored locally on an internal drive array. We would like to setup a Network Trash Can on this machine so when ...
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Replacing CONTROL KEY with COMMAND in MAC for Wine Notepad++

Am a fan of notepad++, now am using MAC and installed npp++ with wine. I want to replace the control key with the command key that way I don't need to brake my Mac commands/shortcuts. What is the ...
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Mojave and RAID

Does anyone know if Mojave will support booting from RAID drives? My MacPro 5,1 has RAID hard drives and two striped SSD's that boot into Sierra. I've been unable to update to High Sierra on this ...
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Is there any difference between Macs sold in China and US except the Taiwan flag?

I wonder if there is any more difference between the Macs sold in China and USA, except that Chinese models don't show the Taiwan flag (🇹🇼), as explained in this question. I'm in China and am ...
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Used Audio Midi Set Up to use two audio outputs at once but now am unable to control the master volume of my MacBook Pro?

I am able to control the left and right speakers on my MacBook Pro in Audio Midi Setup, but the master volume is completely disabled, as in I can't use the keyboard or audio window in preferences to ...
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How do I remove a single key combination from the Mac Keyboard shortcut menu?

I know I can set shortcuts by clicking on none and entering my chord. But I can't figure out how to set it back to none without clicking "Restore Defaults" which destroys my entire config, also it ...
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macOS - Photos app crash when tapping on a particular person

In Photos app on my Mac, every time I click on Wife's People/Faces folder, it just immediately crashes. I've tried repairing my Photos library many times, but alas, the problem still exists. How do I ...
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