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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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"Show Holidays Calendar" in Calendar.app (Mac) does not

The Calendar.app in macOS Sierra and Mojave (10.14) offers a "Show Holidays calendar" checkbox in Preferences > General panel. According to this Apple Support page and this article, a &...
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Mission Control doesn't select app when it's assigned to "All desktops"

If you choose your app to be Assigned to All Desktops, like: You won't be able to select it from Mission Control. Check this video: https://youtu.be/6WHoD_bTn9A If you set Assign to: None, Mission ...
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El Capitan, Java application "can't be opened"

OK, this is really weird. I'm on El Capitan, am developing a Java app. Yesterday I made a new release and put it in Applications on my machine, right where the previous version used to be. Went to ...
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Wrong app comes to front after using mission control

I've been having this issue for a while now. I cant remember if it was a problem when I was using Mavericks, but I've only noticed it using Sierra. Every time I initiate mission control (using ...
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Disabling function keys based on current app and enabling F1 - F12

I'm not sure if this functionality is built into macOS or if there is an app I must download, please let me know. I'd like the functionality of the F1-12 buttons to only work as 'function' keys and ...
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Bootcamp - How to always load the boot selector screen on start up

Is there something I can do so that when I turn on my computer the boot selector screen shows up, without me having to press alt. I've seen this answered, but that was 2012 and it doesn't work anymore....
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How to restore my Mac Safari bookmarks and history after iCloud sync?

I have various Safari bookmarks on my iPhone. I got a new Mac laptop, and when I enabled iCloud on the Mac, all the bookmarks and history from my iPhone were copied over to my Mac. I did NOT want that....
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macOS Sierra — Changing the pre-boot login screen profile picture

Is there a way to replace the (ugly) profile picture on the pre-boot login screen: …with my iCould profile picture on macOS Sierra (10.12.3)?
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How to auto-quit dropbox when a drive gets disconnected

I store all my photos on a connected thunderbolt drive. I use a symlink in dropbox folder to keep the photos backed up to dropbox. all good. If I need to take my laptop with me, and I disconnect the ...
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Is there a software program which is basically a custom dictionary for mac

My wife translates legal texts from language a to b (and back). She has her own phrases which translate to specific other phrases. Is there a tool on the market where she can add these lists, and ...
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Is there a Mac RSS reader which shows unreads in the dock menu

I've been a user of NetNewsWire as my RSS reader for god knows how long... it must be over ten years. Alas when it changed hands the new developer removed my favourite feature - showing the unread ...
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Is there a way to preserve the formatting of inline images in emails in Outlook for Mac?

At my office, most users are PC based. However, a few teams have Macs. The standard email tool is Outlook, and the Mac users have Outlook for Mac. When someone sends me an email that has images ...
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Finder reports error code -36 when copying some files

I have a 4.6GB file on my hard drive. Today when I tried to copy it to another machine through network, I got the following error message from Finder halfway through the copy: The Finder can't ...
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PDFs showing blank pages in all apps on El Capitan

Hey I'm having an issue where if I open PDFs then sometimes the last few pages are just totally blank. Then sometimes it doesn't display any of the pages at all, and sometimes it works fine. I can't ...
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Macbook El Capitan won't shut down

some time ago I ran into problem, sometimes when i try to shut down mac it won't shut down loading wheel is just spinning and I have to shut down with the button. I tried SMC and PRAM reset, the ...
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Repeated crash errors following El Capitan Upgrade

I upgraded to El Capitan and I keep getting repeated crash errors for the following: Process: com.apple.geod [803] Path: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/GeoServices.framework/Versions/...
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Dongle Crashing

I updated my Mac to 10.9.5. Ater updating, my Vodafone 3G dongle started crashing. Process: Vodafone K4201 I [27832] Path: /Applications/Vodafone K4201 I.app/Contents/MacOS/...
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Changing AD names - what to do with Macs with local AD users

We will be changing the format of our Active Directory usernames in the near future. This is going the effect about 200 users with Macs with local home directories. The main goal is to have the users ...
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Time Machine next backup size

Is there a way to find out what is expected size of the next Time Machine backup? My computer is backed up regularly. I turned off TM for a while and I wish to find out what is the next back up size.
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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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How to prevent an automatic network share connection at startup?

Problem Synopsis: I have a WiFi router that can connect to a USB storage device and then allow access to that device over WiFi. I had once connected my Mac (OS X Lion 10.7.4) to such a storage device ...
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How to install PhoneGap with Mac OS X Lion(10.7.3)?

I have a Mac OS X Lion(10.7.3). Now I want to install PhoneGap in my XCode. My XCode version is 4.3.2. I followed the instruction of installation from PhoneGap web site at the time of installation. ...
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Error while updating macOS

I'm trying to install High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update. But I'm getting an error, which is 'The request timed out. (-1001)'
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Safari Mac missing tab

I'm on the latest version of Big Sur and Safari and I get this strange bug very often. The tabs split off like this and there is a missing one in the middle. I can only click on these three tabs when ...
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remote management will restore the user keyboard mapping under M1

For coding I'd like to use an external keyboard and exchange the Opt and Cmd key, But after I remote manage my Mac from another PC, the keyboard mapping will be restored like this: Does anyone know ...
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Squiggly lines on display, logic board failure or display issue?

I have not seen such lines before. I'm not sure if it’s logic board or display problem. Can someone identify by looking at the picture?
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Xcode unexpectedly quits after archieve

I am using flutter and I am not very good at Xcode. I upload to the app store my project. When I try update the application I got this problem. Xcode unexpectedly quits and open another window that ...
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Script for setting Safari window position

I wrote a script to open Safari in a new tab with custom window size and window position. However, setting the window position is just not working. Below is the script: #!/bin/sh loggedInUser="$(...
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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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Why does my Mac have multiple names?

When I got my Mac seven years ago and configured it, I picked a name for it. That was the name I saw everywhere. However, now I'm seeing one of two names, depending on where I look: In System ...
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Restore Time Machine backup

I want to restore from my Time Machine backup. My Time Machine backups where saved on a QNAP NAS. After a clean install (forgot password) of my MacBook, I wanted to reinstall from my Time Machine ...
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Mac OS find out what your IPV4 address is used for

I was looking up my some information with the command ifconfig To my confusion there I had two ipv4 addresses that both look correct. en0: flags=8863<UP,BROADCAST,SMART,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST&...
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While taking a screenshot on Macbook Pro, my iPhone also flashes

My Mac and iPhone are using same Apple ID, but I have disabled iCloud for most sync features. What feature could have enabled this screenshot sharing? How do I disable it?
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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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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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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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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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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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Two different Containers after factory reset? Macintosh HD & Macintosh HD Data?

I wanted to start from scratch so I followed the guide that Apple has on their site. After rebooting and logging back in I saw that I have two different containers. Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD Data. ...
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Can't get QuickTime to record in stereo

My setup is a MacBook Pro 2013 (Big Sur), connected to Scarlett 2i2 via USB. The Scarlett has two channels, and I'm using two external microphones. My goal is to record music video with stereo sound. ...
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Preview app automatically switching tabs?

I recently updated to Big Sur. When I have multiple tabs of pdf files opened in Preview app, the app is automatically switching between tabs. I have never noticed this before, how do I stop it?
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Is there any way to hide the iCloud Drive shared files information which follows the file name?

I share a bunch of iCloud files for work and the "Added by Me" text takes up a bunch of the file name space, especially when the file name is truncated. Is there any way to hide this?
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Is there any way to prevent specific websites from showing on browser search on Mac?

On iOS I use Zero Willpower to prevent specific websites from showing on search as well as block access to them. But I could not have found any way to do it on my Mac. Now I use dnsmasq to block ...
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How to make the Wifi of Airport Extreme and Macbook go back to 802.11ac?

It was 99.99% of the time my Macbook and the Apple Airport Extreme were connected by 802.11ac, and today, nothing has changed, and they were shown to be connected by 802.11n all of a sudden, and it ...
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Messages in the cloud - can I force a "re-sync" to the cloud?

I have a deleted conversation in Messages on my iPhone. Since I have set up Messages in the cloud on all my devices, I am seeing that conversation is deleted on my iPad too. However, as my Mac was ...
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Windows mklink links and Mac

On a Windows AD Server, I have a made a mklink /d to a different file system shown a directory and this all appears to link up nicely for PCs on the network, but the Mac's are unable to follow the ...
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Sync iCloud Photo Library to Mac while not logged in?

Is it possible to sync photos from the iCloud library to a Mac while not being logged in that Mac? I am asking because I am using an old Mac as a server (always on) and would like to have a backup of ...
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The "Disk Not Ejected Properly" notification will not go away on Mojave?

If I forgot to plug in my Mac to the power and came back a couple of hours later, it may show "Disk Not Ejected Properly" notifications (two of them on Mojave). But the notification display ...
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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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Trying to Transfer Large Mac OS to System with Less Storage

Trying to transfer data from a 400GB Macbook pro to a smaller sized drive (250GB). System and Private directories are taking up a huge amount of space. Can I safely transfer most things and exclude ...

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