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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Mac Firmware password suddenly appeared after moving drive

/tldr - Moved original Apple SSD to new logic board. No firmware password before, now suddenly there is - even on original board (after clean install). Sharing experience and insight from others - not ...
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Login Screen Stuck after Big Sur update

I have a 2018 macbook pro which was running High Sierra. I upgraded it to Catalina and then transferred all my files from my old computer to my new one using Migration Assistant with a Time Machine ...
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Keyboard Shortcut for Mac OS Photos app

I need assistance. How can I create a keyboard shortcut for the Mac OS Photos app's "Export Unmodified Original For X-# of Photos"? I read online that the System Preference's Keyboard ...
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.jar file is not opening on 10.15.7 macOS Catalina

I have a JAR file, which is a program. I want to open this file, but when I double click the icon flashes for half-a-second but then nothing happens. I tried to open via java -jar Downloads/launcher....
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Creating APFS volume

I deleted my APFS container using the command: diskutil apfs deleteContainer disk2 How can I create a container from my internal ssd?
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Updating macOS resets Widgets every release

How can I fix this issue? Usually, I have weather, clock, and calendar in the Widgets, but there are only weather and clock widgets after updating, macOS Big Sur.
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Is it possible to run os x 10.8 on a modern mac? [duplicate]

I would like to get a new computer, but I have a lot of software that I use which is discontinued and requires OS X 10.8. Is there a way on a modern mac to have a dual-boot situation so that I can ...
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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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Mac doesn't start updating or downloading apps

When ever I try to download or update any of my apps in the app store, nothing happens and it is just stuck at nothing. I have tried this with different apps but just gives the same out come. I have ...
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Photos app on mac won't sync OSX Big Sur

I've searched everywhere online and cannot seem to find an answer to my issue with the Photos app on Mac. Currently the Photos app is blank with no contents, no synced photos, nothing... every page ...
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Decrease size of display used in Macbook Pro [duplicate]

The screen of my Macbook pro cracked from the bottom left, and vertical + horizontal lines appeared. While waiting to repair it, is there any way to decrease the used space from the display to fit ...
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Making sure Mac M1 doesn't have tracking or screen-capturing software

I was given a new MacBook Air (M1) by my employer for work (from home), but I also want to use it as my main personal laptop as well, since having 2 machines doesn't seem necessary. There a chance ...
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mac OS microphone only works when System Preferences Dictation pane is open

When using my Mac on various apps (Zoom, Quicktime audio recorder, Skype etc.), the input from all microphones is extremely quiet and voices become inaudible. This occurs for the inbuilt microphone, ...
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Is it possible to get back one earlier “copy” to paste it back?

I typed for 200 words to send to a customer support of a company, and then I copied the content just to keep a copy in my Gmail or Google Docs. However, before I pasted, I made a phone call using ...
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Downgrade bootrom version on MacPro6,1

Is it possible to downgrade a bootrom on MacPro6,1 to a older version? I have read a bunch about SMCFlasher tool and How to downgrade SMC firmware (which doesn't seem valid anymore) amongst others, ...
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I erased Macintosh HD in disk utility, now I can't reinstall macOS Big Sur

So I wanted to reset my 2019 Macbook Pro, so I used CMD + R and went to disk utility and erased Macintosh HD... I then went to reinstall MacOS Big Sur and I got about halfway through the ...
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Can I change the startup sound on macOS Big Sur?

I wanted to find the audio file with the startup chime and either switch it with another one of mine or edit it but i can't locate the file. Does anyone know of a way of finding this file or to get ...
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faulty battery?

MacBook Air (Retina, 2019) apparently has a faulty battery. Apple says my battery should be able to retain 80% charge at 1000 cycles. But here is says 84% at 150 cycles.
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Mac OS keeps switching to the first desktop Please Help Me

mac:MacBookPro 2019 system:Catalina 10.15.7 When I running full screen software,My screen keeps jumping to the first "desktop". This happens at random. I didn't install “Google Drive”
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kernel_task using way too much cpu

After installing big sur, i noticed my 2017 macbook pro would lag every few hours, during the lag i basically cannot do anything because it was so laggy, but one time managed to open activity monitor ...
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How do I reset ios simulator in the given image back to original even after any number of rotations? Basically how to reset it back to normal

rotated simulator which has to be reset to normal. If it is in normal state then it turns left or right after my code gets called. How do i write an applescript to always reset it. Below is my code ...
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My Zoom screen is no longer sharing on my Mac

As host, I used to be able to share my screen, documents and presentation, but now I cannot. On my end, I see the share screen with "empty" files to share. On the attendees end, they see a ...
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How can I get an URL shortener in mail.app?

I want to add short URL in my email letterhead. Is there a way to do it in mail from Apple ? I know it's possible in Gmail but doesn't know in Mail. My version is 9.3 in El Capitan.
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zsh: killed git on Mac

Hi~ I am just using a Mac with M1 chip. I just found when I tried to run git clone ... I got zsh: killed git What should I do? I have tried to reinstall git via brew. but it doesn't work. git ...
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Missing Macintosh drive after running recovery mode

I’m hoping someone can help me. I’ve had to run a recovery mode on my Mac air and when I tried to reinstall the OSX it cannot find the Macintosh HD. I’ve tried to repair the disk0s2 with no success. ...
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How to close on screen keyboard from menu bar option “A” near the spotlight search via applescript for mojave, sierra, high sierra, el capitan [duplicate]

I got one solution for the same question previously. But i am facing problem with other mac os. Something which will work on Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, Sierra, High Sierra and El Capitan. At least for ...
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Sidebar items disappeared

My finder sidebar items have all disappeared apart from Google Drive, network and my laptop disk... Everything else has gone e.g. desktop, downloads, applications etc etc. I have been into Finder ...
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Can’t switch from Windows to MacOS on macbook?

When I try to switch from Windows to Mac it doesn’t let me. I restart while pressing the option button until the option to choose what system to operate in appears and when I choose Macintosh the ...
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Creating shortcuts to the same web app from 2 different chrome profiles override each other

In Chrome, I'm trying to create 2 shortcuts of the same app (mail.google.com) from 2 different profiles. The problem is that the last shortcut overrides the previous. In Ubuntu it worked OK - got 2 ...
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Can I get Apple Mail app to automatically split emails into focused and other?

I've come from using Outlook which automatically splits my emails into "focused" and "other" (Gmail does something similar I believe) and am wondering if the Mac Mail app has ...
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How to prevent the need to sign in to accounts on Mac

My Mac is connected to my Google (Gmail) and Microsoft (Outlook) accounts. Every few days (once or twice a week) I have notifications that tell me to re-sign-in to these accounts; In most of the ...
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Monitor Mac external USB SSD wear?

What is the best way to monitor the wear of my new external USB boot SSD? I'd like to order a new one to have ready before it gets too slow. I have WD Blue and love the speed, and it worked perfectly ...
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Wifi dongle stopped working as soon a I upgraded to MacOS Big Sur 11 version

My wifi dongle is not working on Big Sur. Whenever I tried to install the software that came with the wifi dongle, I get a message that the drive is incompatible. I was using a Wifi dongle from this ...
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Connect iPhone Lightning Headphones to Mac 2014 (standard headphone jack)

I have a Mac 2014 with the standard headphone jack. My headphones have the Lightning connector. Ive spent 30 minutes trying to find a converter but no luck so figured I'd try here on Stack. Closest ...
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macOS Catalina on AWS: merging partitions

I have created a macOS Catalina EC2 instance on AWS with an EBS volume size of 60 GB. Then I resized the volume on AWS to 120 GB and tried the following commands to resize the APFS container ...
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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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Mac Calendar App not Syncing Google Calendar

I have removed the account from my computer. I have cleared the Calendar cache multiple times. I have refreshed my Calendar. I have made sure that calendar syncing is active on the Google side of ...
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How do I prevent the Mac from sleeping while on display sleep on battery power?

So while on battery power you have the option to prevent the computer from sleeping when display is off. How ever this option is only available while on power adapter. Is there a way to do this on ...
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Wifi connection continuously cuts out

I have been having an issue I can't seem to fix. The WIFI on my 2017 Macbook Pro keeps cutting out, about once every 10-20 minutes. When this happens I lose internet connection and when I click on the ...
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Emoji Icon does not show up in touch bar when writing in Whatsapp

When I'm writing a message on Whatsapp, the Emoji Icon (Smiley Face) does not show up in the touch bar. Instead, the touch bar shows just the last emojis like this: But when I try to search for ...
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Can I recover files lost in OneDrive Mac App Store update installation that had not been synchronized to web?

I am on 10.12.6. I know I should have had a backup. I have not used OneDrive locally for years, not launched the app etc, but I have a local OneDrive folder on my Mac where I stored things in the past ...
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The power wire from MacBook Air turns yellow [duplicate]

I noticed that over time, the thin part of the power cord for my Mac Air was turning yellow. At the beginning I thought that I had spilled some paint or juice, but over time, the area of yellowing ...
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Install macOS onto external drive without rebooting

Do you know if there is a way to install macOS onto an external drive without having to reboot the computer or go into recovery mode? If this is not possible, is there a way to install macOS in ...
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Soundflower replacement on M1 Macs

In the past, Soundflower has been a great way to record audio generated by applications on my Mac. Soundflower's GitHub page indicates that it does not (yet?) support M1 Macs. In the absence of this ...
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Google Chrome on MacBook Air M1 with Big Sur not able to print as PDF?

I have been trying to print out a webpage as a PDF on the MacBook Air M1 with Big Sur. But the dialog that lets us click on the "Print" is greyed out and nothing can be clicked on. Does ...
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How can I see the full date with year on macOS Big Sur 11.2.1? [duplicate]

I do NOT see anywhere to add year. I have looked in every setting in "System Preferences" and just do not see.
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How to mute sound alert when a key is not recognized?

I'm pressing F16 and it's not bind to anything and it's making a sound, like bip alerting me that the command is not found. How can I mute this sound?
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Apple Books won't download any books/files saved in iCloud only on Mac (macOS Big Sur)

I can't download any books/files I saved with iCloud in the Apple Books app on my Mac anymore (it worked before though). Books from the Apple Books store will download fine. I can also download all ...
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What past battery usage data feeds the system preferences and activity monitor GUI?

I am currently using a Mac Book Pro running on Mac Big Sur version 11.1 I'm looking to access the data that feeds the system preferences and activity monitor displays of past energy usage. ...
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How do you hack an administrator's account without being caught? [closed]

I am using my school computer but pretty much anything fun i can do on it is blocked, so I want to try to hack the administrator's account so that i can actually have fun on it - without being caught, ...

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