Questions tagged [macos]

macOS is the current marketing name for Apple's Macintosh Operating System. This OS was previously known as OS X, and Mac OS X before that (which itself succeeded the 'classic' Mac OS).

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Some app or service block macbook from locking

I have default settings for sleep mode. But still if go away and return to my macbook I see that it is not locked. I guess some app blocks it from locking. How can I find which one?
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MacOS vanished from reFInd and can't boot into MacOS anymore

Last night I tried deleting UBUNTU and SWAP partitions on my MacBook Air 2017 model. But I could not remove the UBUNTU partition in Disk Utility after removing the SWAP partition. So I tried to ...
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sidecar unable to connect deviced timed out

I have been trying to use Sidecar in the public betas of macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13. I have a 2019 Macbook Pro, and a 3rd generation iPad Pro, so I know I have supported devices. Both devices are ...
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Cron job running (?) and output file is being logged every night at 1:35am, but there is nothing listed in crontab -l

I recall creating a cron job that runs a shell script that deletes files that are 45+ days old. When I was editing crontab -e I set it to also output a log to a date stamped log file to ~/Logs. I ...
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How to stop SilentCleanServer app from running

I have an old iMac running High Sierra. Using Activity Monitor I noticed that I have an app named SilentCleanServer running This program is using some CPU time and it has over 2,000 files associated ...
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Command in bash shell script to find path to that script?

Is there a command to go inside a bash .sh script that will provide the full path to the directory containing that script?
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How to disable “right click acting as left click”

I have this problem where I press the right click, and the mouse moves a few nanometer over the contextual-menu. When a release the right click, the system acts as if I just did a left click on the ...
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How can I download the file on iCloud Drive manually?

I have a few music files I put on iCloud Drive a while ago, and now I want to move them to my Dropbox directory. So I tried to download them locally in order to move to my Dropbox directory, but the ...
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How do I completely uninstall Virtualbox from macOS?

I want to know how to uninstall virtual box correctly. I tried removing it from /Applications, but lots of things were left behind. I don’t want to use an app cleaner tool and would like a complete ...
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Can't execute binary on macOS catalina [duplicate]

I am trying to run a binary that I have downloaded (it's part of flutter). Whenever I'm trying to run it, I get the error: I have already disabled gatekeeper checks globally with sudo spctl --master-...
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Want to delete UBUNTU 18.04 LTS from MacBook Air 2017 model

I'm completely new to using a Mac, and recently installed UBUNTU by following some YouTube videos and it worked fine. I added 50GB for the UBUNTU partition and 8GB for the SWAP partition. I now want ...
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Safari favorites disappeared on my iMac

I have an iMac running High Sierra and Safari version 12.1.2. I have saved a selection of sites to Favorites. There were about 60 sites in the group. Just now something changed and when I select 'show ...
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Can I filter multiple columns at the same time in Excel?

I haven't managed to find a good answer upon Googling this so here it goes: I've got a large data set of people and within this there are two columns I want to filter: Location and Rating. I've ...
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MacOS boot to Recovery mode command line

I've done some searching online without luck, hoping that one of you mac virtuosos might know the answer. Is there a command that will reboot a Mac into recovery mode? (I know I can do Command + R ...
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Is scutil d.add different from the defaults write ?Plist only have number, so what is the role of int and float?

I saw an article on the Apple official website when debugging smb, which used such a complicated bunch of commands. Is it different from the defaults wirte I use below? Plist only have number, so what ...
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Including virtual environment in bash prompt

I am using bash on MacBook Air running macOS Mojave and wanted to change the color of terminal prompt. I was helped on this question on SO and this IBM blog after which I used export PS1="\[\e[...
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Relaunch a script upon file changes

I have a script - ping google.com - that continuously runs. I want the script to be killed - ctrl+c style - and relaunched any time a file within ~/files changes. Whats the best way to do this on a ...
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How to completely reinstall Mac OS X? [duplicate]

I have a MacBook which OS was upgraded from Snow Leopard 10.6.3 to 10.6.8 and then to El Capitan 10.11. I want to completely reinstall El Capitan, to "factory state", in order to really "clean" the ...
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MacBook12 (early 2016) compatible with LG UltraFine 5K 27"?

Is the Macbook12 early 2016 compatible with a LG UltraFine 5K 27"? If yes, at which resolution and hz will it run? Will the Macbook be charged while connected to the Monitor? I found this post: https:...
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iTunes - reset sync settings on device

I'm running iTunes 12.9.5.5 on macOS 10.14.6 iOS 12.4 on iPhone 8 How do I reset the sync settings on iPhone? What I have tried: General > Reset > Reset All settings (this doesn't reset the sync ...
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how do I save the extra files that come in a dmg?

After I download a DMG to my Mac and install the apps that come in it, where should I keep the miscellaneous other files (like Readme and license terms) that come in the DMG? I want to keep them, but ...
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Determine which app is opening too many files

Sometimes my Mac starts behaving weirdly, a typical symptom being that I can't open certain apps that were working just fine recently. This just happened and I traced this issue to an excess of open ...
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What version of OpenSSH is included with macOS Catalina (10.15) beta?

I'm interested to know which version of OpenSSH ships today on Catalina beta Can someone running the beta version of Catalina run the following command in Terminal for me and provide the output? /...
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Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac13,1 Processor Name: Intel Core i5 [on hold]

initial system ( Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac13,1Processor Name: Intel Core i5) permitted remap of keyboard to have a numeric keypad one stroke off and on WONDERFUL for Excel and Calc ...
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macOS going wild with Calendar tasks, what is it doing

When I check the Console for "calendar" I see messages flying by in roughly 1s intervals. What is the system doing I'm wondering? It doesn't exactly look sane. default 09:12:06.088767 +0200 ...
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Is there a way to tell a Macbook to bump up the clock speed of the processor?

I have a Macbook 12 inch that has a processor (CPU) running at 1.2GHz but with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz. It is feeling a little slow sometimes, probably because it is running at 1.2GHz and not doing ...
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2015 MBP shutdown/boot problems - “X86PlatformPlugin Result 0” messages

I have a 2015 15" MacBook Pro (full specs- i7, GPU, 1 TB) running latest Mojave. I have verbose mode enabled for shutdown/boot. Basically, shutdown and boot sometimes take minutes (occasionally five ...
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Is there a floating-ruler app for macOS?

I’m working with a notation software and I would need to space certain graphical elements evenly within a predetermined space (e.g.: I set a 5cm space and I have 5 elements, they need to be precisely ...
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How to export Safari history to either Firefox or Chrome?

The title pretty much explains. I've tried searching and couldn't find any reliable info. Almost all posts in the internet are asked many years ago.
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Windows users can see a strange letter (a white dot on black background) on text originally typed on a MacBook

I and my colleagues happened to see a strange letter appearing randomly in texts typed by another colleague who uses a MacBook and with the "Simple Telex" input method used for their keyboard setting. ...
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Enable users icon not working in FileVault

When I go into FileVault, I am unable to click on the Enable Users... icon to add users. How do I fix this?
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Turn on do not disturb for single app

Is there a way to turn on do not disturb for a single app rather than all apps? Specifically, I would like to mute notifications from Outlook for Mac for about an hour. Is it possible to do this in ...
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Prevent Mail app from opening automatically [duplicate]

how can I stop the OSX Mail app from opening periodically? I am not talking about startup, I mean when the system is running. If I do not quit the mail app it will be coming to front on a regular ...
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What's /System/Volumes/Data?

New mac user here (Linux background). I'm running macOS Catalina (Beta5). I've noticed there are 5 volumes in my main disk container. One is mounted at /, that I understand, it's the system, another ...
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How to create a pasting macro

I'm a big fan of the ANSI keyboard layout, but since I'm located in Denmark, the layout is missing the three letters 'Æ', 'Ø' and 'Å'. I want to create three keyboard shortcuts that triggers a paste ...
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Mac Reset Password Isn't Working

It's very often that I have to reset my Mac password using recovery mode as I keep using fingerprint to login. If I shut down my computer after prolonged use of fingerprint, the machine asks for a ...
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Can't move files in root user desktop

I logged in as the root user so that I could pull all the files from all users into one folder to then transfer to an external hard drive. I had no problem moving files to the root user desktop but ...
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My Mac sees its HDD as only having 1 partition fully taken up by the OS X Base System

I am trying to partition my Mac HDD but the entire HDD has one partition and according to Disk utility the full 1TB is taken up by the OS X Base System. I’ve tried creating more partitions, but it won’...
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Latest macOS 10.14 Mojave freezing 1-2 seconds every few minutes (except mouse and sound) and then continues?

Since a week or two I am experiencing a very strange problem on my Macbook Pro running macOS 10.14 Mojave. I have all the latest updates installed (currently no new updates available). No matter what ...
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iCloud will not download onto IMac

I have several Apple devices and all are connected to the iCloud. My iMac however will not download any files from the cloud, it is an empty file! I have done the following. Signed out and back into ...
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“Hold for Authentication” when printing through LP / LPR

I have a Dell network printer mapped to my MAC. I'm able to print from applications without any issues, but when I try to print using terminal (lp or lpr), every file gets held up on the printer with ...
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Remove shadow shown in borders when invoking Show Desktop command in macOS

On my MacBook Pro, when I use the keyboard shortcut Command + F3 to show Desktop, the Desktop shows, but with a shadow in the border. If I click on it, it will open the recent app that was open, as ...
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Default mail program for using Mail merge

I am trying to finish the last step to mail merge on MS Word/MS Excel/MS Outlook on Mac. The email option is not enabled and it says the default email program has to be set up to complete this step. ...
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Trackpad gesture to switch between users?

What is the trackpad gesture to switch between logged-in users? I've triggered it accidentally a few times but can't figure out what it is. The animation looks like the desktop turns into a cube and ...
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How can I Spotlight search exclusively in `.txt` files in `~/.` on my disk?

I was talking to Mr. Ramanujan at his desk when he gave me his cell phone number. I recall I had a text editor open and I wrote the number in a file. Normally I store such details in ~/phone-numbers....
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Where is system.log in TimeMachine backup

I would like to get older versions of /private/var/log/system.log files from TimeMachine. Is this possible? How? I see current system.log files. I went to folder /private/var/log then invoked ...
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Allow Shell Script to Access Protected Library Folders (launchd)

I'm trying a bash script that works fine when run from the command line (Terminal). Apart from the shebang, it just has: ls -alt /Users/<username>/Libary/Mail/V6/.../Lists.mbox (Using ls as a ...
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High disk dsage in Bootcamped iMac after repairing the drivers

I force closed my iMac for a specific reason (Thunderstorm) and when I restarted it my iMac started to scan and repair its drivers. I waited for 4 hours and everything was fine, until I realized that ...
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How do I restore a Mac to its original macOS version?

I've just followed the steps here to try to format my wife's laptop so we can sell it: https://superuser.com/questions/959422/reinstall-os-x-without-cd-dvd-or-apple-id Unfortunately I'm still getting ...
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How to turn off touchbar only when second monitor is connected?

Is it possible to automatically disable/turn off the touch-bar on macOS Mojave when I connect to a second monitor? I find it annoying to see the touch-bar light up every time I type or mouse click ...