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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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Converting macos dictionaries to portable format

The best thing about macos is the dictionaries accessible from dictionary.app. Is there a way to convert them to a format that is usable on other platforms as well (such as the dict format or the ...
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Can I delete the “remove the drive” menu in menu-bar in Catalina? [duplicate]

After upgrading my mac to Catalina beta, there is an added icon on the menu bar. It looks like a "remove the drive" button but I don't need it. Is it possible to remove it from the menu bar? Tapping ...
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How to toggle automatic macOS logging/debug gathering off and on?

I'm being told that I should have some logs present within my User's Library/Logs folder that appear to be missing. Specifically when apps hang, Apple apparently captures samples and such diagnostic ...
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Determine which device AirPods have connected to using Siri

When I put on my AirPods, they automatically connect to the device that they were most recently connected to. However, without checking each device, I'm not sure which device they've connected to. I'...
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How do I export emails to PDF without the “See More from…” history expanded at the end of the messages?

I want to generate a PDF of email correspondence. I don't want my PDF to include, at the end of each email, a quoted history of every message prior to it. I open a conversation in Mail. I do not ...
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Something taking up 90GB of storage in MacOS Catalina 10.15 Beta

After installing MacOS Catalina 10.15 Beta (19A471t) there is something taking up 90GB of my Disk. I tried scanning with Daisy Disk but wasn't able to identify what those files are. How can I find ...
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Can I upgrade the RAM on my 2011 MacBook Pro

I am planning to purchase a used MacBook Pro from someone, and the configuration is as mentioned: MacBook Pro 15" (A1286) Late 2011 i7 2,2 GHz 8 GB RAM 500 GB HDD Will I be able to upgrade the RAM ...
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How to set default web cam

I have installed CamTwist on my MacBook (mid-2015 - Retina display). Now every app uses that by default. I want the default webcam to be the FaceTime HD camera installed in my MacBook. How do I ...
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Device Console error: kernel compat_ifmu_ulist error 14

After looking through my Console log I noticed a strange error that seems to show up around 10 times a second or so. The error is coming from the kernel and shows up as one of the following 5 or so ...
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Does macOS still use Yarrow as it's CS-PRNG?

I'm trying to understand if the XNU underpinnings of macOS (BSD) still use the Yarrow cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator? I have looked through the source and it seems as if they ...
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macOS: How to take a picture from camera after 1 minute

I normally take pictures using Photo Booth. But I now need to take a picture in which it takes quite a while for me to get into the right position. Once I am in the right position, it is fine, I can ...
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MacOS Boot Error

I hope I am able to explain the problem accurately and with sufficient detail. The problem started with the flashing folder at boot up. I used the Command + r option to get into recovery mode. ...
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Finder layout changed in “Recents”

Yesterday i noticed that my Finder's layout for the "Recents" tab changed out of the blue; my view options for Recents are "Group by: Kind" & "Sort by: Date Last Opened" for anyone's reference. ...
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Is it possible to share iCloud Notes with non-Apple device users?

Similar to how I can create a doc on Google drive and get a shareable link that allows anyone with that link to view the content. Is there a way that I can send a link to someone who doesn't have an ...
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C++11 on Snow Leopard 10.6.8

I'm trying to install C++11 on 10.6.8, following this macports guide Unfortunatley the guide fails when I get to step 7: Rebuild cctools and ld64 to use the newer version of llvm: sudo port -v -n ...
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Distribute bash script 'silently' to multiple macos machines

We want to deploy a script 'silently' across all mac machines in organization. We have created a bash script that will run using launchd agent. We need to deploy the launchd agent and script on all ...
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Mac completely freezes when waking up from sleep

When I wake my MacBook Pro 15 inch up from a long period of time (2-5 hours) of sleep, my Mac shows a black screen (there is clearly some backlighting, so its on, just showing only black), and my ...
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Thunderbird Could not connect to server

My wife's MacBook Pro running macOS 10.14.3 suddenly developed a problem with Thunderbird 60.7.0. It cannot connect to any email server and produces an error "Could not connect to server" "The ...
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How do I stop unwanted randomization of GarageBand software instrument output?

Obligatory version information: GarageBand 10.0.2 on Mac OS version 10.9.5. Various software instruments in GarageBand projects tend to become unstable for unknown reasons. When this happens, they ...
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File/Disk Recover Mac Book [duplicate]

How can I recover lost, erased, files from Hard disk bad shut-down. Free apps only please. MacBook.I had a bad shut down, then restarted system. I lost bunch of docs, pics, music
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How does MacOS Photos Library store Live Photos?

I know there has been several posts from recent years about this, but none of the answers really addressed my question here. Goal: To understand how Live Photos are stored so I can effectively back ...
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iMessages on macOS showing showing prior sent message in the text field

Sometimes when I open iMessages on my MacBook I'll find that a previously sent message is still in the text field as though I haven't sent it. It's inconsistent, I don't know how to reproduce it. I'm ...
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What is “SharepointManagementService”?

I reinstalled my Mac and I noticed a process called “SharePointManagementService” under “writeconfig”. I don’t have Sharepoint. Does anyone know why it’s running? Running 10.14.5. Thanks.
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Invisible text selection in Preview 10

Ever since I upgraded my macOS to Mojave, I've been stuck with Preview 10 (an old trick to downgrade Preview to 9 is no longer working). I wouldn't mind, except text selection has now become invisible:...
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Prevent macOS Finder from Changing .service file extension to .app extension

I am trying to backup a systemd .service file, that I use on my Ubuntu cloud computer, on my iCloud drive on my Macbook. However it appears that my Macbook Finder automatically changes the file ...
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Unable to mail from command-line - public/pickup: No such file or directory

Attempting to send mails using mail(1) from the macOS terminal shell results in the following message and the mail is not sent. postdrop: warning: unable to look up public/pickup: No such file or ...
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Too many partitions on iMac

I don't know what I did or how to delete all the partitions to restore one disk. I don't want to see on diskutil all these disks. What do I need to write in the terminal to delete everything? iMac ...
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Figuring out what is blocking HTTP request on macOS Mojave?

I have a simple http-server running with an index.html, which I'm trying to serve over to another device over LAN. I can access the website in the host computer using localhost and it is recorded as a ...
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MacBook's Wi-Fi stopped working after upgrading to macOS Mojave and uninstalling Parallels

My 2017 MacBook Pro's Wi-Fi completely stopped working. It's an issue with the Mac because it used to connect to the Wi-Fi just fine, and my phone is still connected to it. I upgraded from macOS High ...
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Fresh install of MacOS taking too much space

I recently downloaded the Beta version of macOS Catalina, however it messed a lot of my daily apps, so I decided to downgrade back to macOS Mojave, so I did the following: Backed up everything Shut ...
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Mojave Window Manager Slower than older OSX versions? [on hold]

I recently purchased a new Macbook Air Retina, and with it came the new version of OSX. Previously I was using a 2012-era Macbook Pro Retina running (I think) High Sierra. Whilst in most respects ...
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The display contrast on my new iMac (the Retina 4k 21.5" model) is too high. Can it be lowered past the lowest setting?

Just looking at my new iMac was giving me a headache: the "Retina" display was so high-contrast, even at the lowest contrast setting, that it was searing my retinas. Is there a way to reduce the ...
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I can't quick punch-in / how do I start recording audio while playing in logic?

I have been pressing space to play the stuff I have already created, and then I hit 'r' to start recording (audio) but it never records anything. I only seem to be able to record when I am not ...
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Bash History missing from Terminal

After an OS update, my bash history is suddenly gone - typing "history" at a terminal window (sudo or standard) yields only the commands entered after the upgrade. What could have happened here?
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Visited links in Google search results aren't colored differently in Safari on macOS

In Safari 12.1.1 for macOS (or perhaps since version 12.0), I've lost the ability to see which of Google's results I've already clicked on. The links corresponding to visited sites aren't colored ...
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CPU frequency in Intel Power Gadget

Which core's frequency and temperature are shown by the Intel Power Gadget tool? How can I observe the frequency of all the independent cores on my MacBook? Can the Intel Power Gadget be configured ...
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Stop sharing Macintosh HD and home folder with File Sharing?

I've seen quite a few questions posted here and on Reddit about this topic, but I haven't been able to find the solution I am looking for, or a straight up answer like "no you cant change that". I ...
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15 inch MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave woke up with blue screen from sleep

So recently I came home after a few hours to my MacBook Pro (which was plugged in the whole day) and saw this: What exactly would cause this? More information on my system: Hardware: 2.2 GHz Intel ...
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Why do I get notifications about new Photos memories from a decade ago?

Every so often, I get a notification from Photos (on macOS) that I have a new memory. But it's not of recent events. I just got a new memory that includes some pictures I took, and imported into my ...
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Mac mini periodically dumps all connected file-sharing users

This has been an ongoing problem since I set up this server about a year ago. It comes and goes, sometimes it happens multiple times a day, sometimes it goes stretches where it has no problems at all. ...
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Command Line for Enable Dragging

In MacOS, in the Accessibility widget (in System Preferences) if you scroll all the way down to 'Mouse & Trackpad', and then click on the 'Trackpad Options' button, there is a by-default-unchecked ...
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Are macOS Photos supposed to be synced to iPhone Photos automatically?

I have an iCloud storage of 2 TB. I added a lot of photos on my Mac to the Photos library. They are synced to iCloud automatically and I can see the upload progress. Same on my iPhone, I activated ...
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Zoom app for macOS: why is it so invasive? [on hold]

The Zoom installer for macOS is a pkg file instead of the normal dmg archive with the app bundle. I've inspected the pkg and it runs quite a few scripts. I'm reviewing them, but does anyone know if ...
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Re-download macOS Catalina 10.15 Beta

Is there a way to re-download macOS Catalina 10.15 Beta?
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Activity Monitor, my system always runs in the red for CPU load - how to fix?

According to Activity Monitor my system is always running too high for CPU load. It’s always in the red in the CPU load graph and nothing I do corrects this. I’ve tried resetting NVRAM, SMC and ...
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Prevent Terminal from overwriting preferences on exit

When a user loads my C++ program, I want Terminal to look a certain way. I solved this by wrapping my program in an AppleScript .app which overwrites ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Terminal.plist (...
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How can I save a file to a specific “keyed” location? [duplicate]

In Finder to go to a specific location I can do Cmd-Shift-G But what if I want to save to a specific location? That is, I don't want to click through a folder hierarchy in the save dialogue box. For ...
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What is the difference between Memory, Real Mem, and Compressed Mem?

I've already seen this question: What's the difference between Real, Virtual, Shared, and Private Memory? but I think it might be outdated. Specifically, there is a Memory column, as well as ...
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Good outgoing firewall? [closed]

Back in the olden days, in the Windows world, there was an outgoing firewall called ZoneAlarm that would tell you what program was trying to access what IP address and let you choose to block it or ...
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Can macOS 10.14 (mojave) output a 4K HDR desktop to a 4K HDR TV?

How can I get macOS 10.14 on my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) to output the macOS UI (desktop) in HDR mode to my Samsung Q6F 4K HDR TV display? I'm using a USB-C/Thunderbolt to HDMI 2 dongle and an ...