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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Got any tips or tricks for Terminal in Mac OS X?

One tip or trick per answer. My favorite is open . Opens the folder you're currently browsing in Finder. You can also pass URLs, images, documents or else to open. If you specify a program name ...
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How to prevent Mac from changing the order of Desktops/Spaces

You may have encountered a situation in which Mac changes the order of desktops based on some events like alerts on a program or a web page in browser. How could I disable this logical change? Note: I'...
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How to Retrieve the Wi-Fi Password of a Connected Network on a Mac

I need to find the password for a Wi-Fi network that I am already connected to. I'm using a MacBook Pro that's running OS X Lion. Any guidance is appreciated.
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How to use terminal to copy a file to the clipboard?

I got a file on desktop, file name is ded.html. To copy the file, I click the file and press cmd+c. Now how would I do the same thing using terminal ?
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How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac

What's a good software solution to slow down internet connections on the mac for testing and simulations? My primary need is when testing code in the iPhone / iOS simulator, so slowing down the ...
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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side?

In Windows 7, we can easily arrange two windows with these shortcuts: Option (Alt) ⌥ + ← maximizes the window to the left side of the screen, and Option (Alt) ⌥ + → maximizes the window to the right ...
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OS X Terminal “must have” utilities [closed]

I've just read with pleasure, and learned a lot from these questions : OS X Terminal Tips and Tricks OS X Hidden features and nice tips & tricks OS X Applications you can't live without But I ...
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How can I achieve page-up and page-down in OS X?

I am using MacOSX Snow Leopard. How do I achieve page-up and page-down?
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Can Touch ID for the Mac Touch Bar authenticate sudo users and admin privileges?

Does Touch ID for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar support elevating admin privileges in macOS? Somewhat differently, can the Touch ID give sudo access in Terminal? I wonder this because I'm considering ...
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How do I automate a key press in AppleScript?

Is it possible to automate the key press of a key (such as "a" or "<") in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari (in this order)? I'd like to automate the key press of "a" for example in Mozilla ...
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Prevent iTunes from opening when connecting bluetooth headset

Every time I connect my bluetooth headset to my Mac, iTunes decides it's time to launch. Is there a way I can prevent this behavior? I found this thread, but there is no solution: https://...
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Isn't Inactive memory a waste of resources?

I'm looking for explanation of memory usage on my machine especially in light of the example in this screenshot below: I understand what is Free and Active means But what are the meanings of Wired ...
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how to find out the start time of last sleep

Is there a command to find the date and time at which a Macintosh computer last entered the sleep mode?
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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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Where can I find my crash logs?

Console prints: default 17:16:18.554342 -0700 ReportCrash Saved crash report for APP_NAME[50432] version 1.2.3 (4) to APP_NAME_2020-03-17-171618_MacBook-Pro.crash I would like to ask you, where ...
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Where are books stored after iBooks migration on Mavericks?

After upgrading to Mavericks all of my books from iTunes have been migrated to iBooks. They are no longer in my media library and I haven't been able to locate them as of yet. So where does iBooks ...
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AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac

Ever since I purchased the AirPods (1st Generation), they demonstrate extremely poor quality while activating the AirPod mic, whilst they are connected to a Mac. When activating the mic to record ...
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How can I open a .pkg file manually?

Some applications come in .pkg files, and ask for you administrator password, even if all they do is copy the binary to /Applications. I like to have my applications in ~/Applications, and I do not ...
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How to check whether my Intel-based Mac is 32-bit or 64-bit

I want to install new software that has these two versions, and I need to know which one to install. How can I tell the 32 or 64 bit capabilities of my Mac?
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Image capture opens after iPhone is connected

Everytime I connect my iPhone to my laptop, Image Capture opens. How to I stop it? I just need to use iTunes, not Image Capture.
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Where can I find the task manager in Mac OS X Lion?

Where can I find a task manager in Mac OS X Lion? I want to see the processes that are currently being run, and I can kill any process I like.
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Can I change the behavior of the Home and End keys on an Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad?

I just bought an "Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad", then I connected it to my Macbook Pro running Lion. But the home and end key under the F14 key doesn't work as I expected. Say in "Pages", the ...
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MacBook Pro: How to disable discrete GPU permanently from EFI?

I'd like to disable the NVidia GTX 750M GPU on my MacBook Pro 15" (Retina, Mid 2014, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite). I know I can use GfxCardStatus but I read I could have a more permanent solution by ...
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How do I disable or get rid of the startup sound my Mac makes?

Everytime I turn on my Macbook Pro it makes a start up noise. This is annoying since there is no volume or ability to turn it off. I just don't want the sound to play at all. How do I disable this ...
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What is ksfetch process on Mac?

Sometimes I see a ksfetch process on my Mac. After a little googling I found out that it is Google software updater. However, there is no detailed answer i.e. what is ksfetch process used for? Is it ...
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How do I lock the screen using a keyboard shortcut on OS X Mountain Lion with a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000?

Title says it all: how do I lock the screen using a keyboard shortcut on OS X Mountain Lion with a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000?
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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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How to open terminal in Mac using keyboard shortcut? [duplicate]

Keyboard shortcut to open terminal in mac OSX ?
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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's the best NAS for home usage with Macs?

Please share your experiences and reviews about NAS (Network-Attached Storage) below. In particular, rate their compatibility with Macs, OS X, iTunes, Time Machine, AppleTV, and other Apple-specific ...
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Copy and Cut sometimes don't work [closed]

My system is kept fully up to date and I still see this problem intermittently, although not as often as I used to; I would say that this has not been fully fixed. If there are any workarounds other ...
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Why is lsof on OS X so ridiculously slow?

I can't figure out why lsof on my Mac (10.8.2, MacBook Pro) is so slow. On my Mac, lsof takes more than a minute: $ touch /tmp/testfile $ time lsof /tmp/testfile real 1m16.483s user 0m0.029s ...
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Can't get rid of incomplete download bar underneath dock icon

My Downloads folder in my dock has been showing a download/progress bar at 50% since yesterday. There aren't any half-complete files in my Download folder, Google Chrome isn't awaiting any action to ...
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How to close all windows of Mac OS X Finder?

Having 30 or 40 windows of different folders open, is there any way to close all of them at once? I tried to relunch Finder, and I was happy for a second having no open window anymore, but it reopened ...
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Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac?

Some videos on websites have the sound volume so low that even with all sound settings at maximum levels it's hard to listen. I'm looking for an app that would allow me to boost the Mac's volume. ...
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How can I attempt to boot an older version of macOS than my hardware supports?

I have a 2015 Macbook Air. The earliest version of macOS this model ever shipped with was OS X 10.10 Yosemite. However, I want to try installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks, because Yosemite makes my eyes ...
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Is fine volume adjustment possible in OS X Lion?

On previous versions of Mac OS X pressing ⌥+⇧+volume+ would adjust the volume by quarter increments. This seems to have been removed in Lion. Is there any way to do fine volume ...
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How to increase “tracking speed” beyond the maximum?

For a Macbook Pro, I've set trackpad settings for Three Fingers to "Dragging": However the tracking speed is too slow, and often it's impossible to drag for a larger distance due to the size of the ...
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How to stop the Anydesk application from opening at startup?

I utilize this application called Anydesk for remote desktop very frequently, and while I was recently removing programs from starting up at login (because I wanted a faster start up speed) I noticed ...
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How can I erase Bluetooth devices on my Mac

I had an bluetooth audio device (Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker) remembered on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8.5. Now I don't have it anymore and I want to link it with another audio device ...
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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 can I remove this icon from the menu bar?

I am seeing attached icon in the top right menu bar. I tried deleting MenuExtras by going to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extrasbut it didn't help, please help to hide or remove it.
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How can I get two calculators going?

Is there anyway I can have two instances of native Calculator app running simultaneously.
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How to rename multiple files at once?

I want to rename multiple files at once. For example: Picture1.jpg Picture2.jpg Picture3.jpg Picture4.jpg into Vacation-Picture1.jpg Vacation-Picture2.jpg Vacation-Picture3.jpg Vacation-Picture4....
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What's the proper way to pronounce “Mac OS X”?

I was inspired by the question Mac or Macintosh. What's the proper way to pronounce "Mac OS X"? I've heard the following things used to refer to the operating system on the Macintosh: "Mac OS Ten" ("...
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Compress PDF with adjustable ratio [duplicate]

One can use Preview to compress a PDF. However Preview on Mac OS X 10.7 does a too hard compression for my taste. There is only one compression setting. Are there alternative tools that allows you to ...
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Mac Finder: Getting the path of a directory or file as as string

In Windows it is possible to right-click on a file. Then select "properties". In "properties" the file-system path is shown. Can then be copied by marking and storing (into the clipboard). I couldn't ...
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Do computers slow down as they age?

I have an eMac I bought in 2004. I just used the system restore CD to re-install Panther, iLife '04, Internet Explorer for Mac(!), etc. I don't have any timed specs from "back then", so I can't answer ...
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What is the Mac keyboard key with a symbol ⌅ of an up arrow pointing into a horizontal line?

On a Mac, symbols are often used for keys rather than names. In Adobe Indesign for Mac, the keyboard shortcuts for inserting various break characters are described using what looks like an up arrow / ...
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What is the “lsd” process on OS X, and why is it using so much CPU power?

I looked in iStat Menus and noticed that a process named lsd was consuming 99% of my CPU (Out of 400% for 4 cores). I searched around for a bit, but couldn't find out what this was, and why it's using ...

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