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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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Trying to fix my beloved MacBook Pro… Corrupted drive, untitled disks, previous boot camp partition, installer errors

After so many hours of internet searches and phone calls with Apple support I am finally here. Please give me any insight on what the heck I have done or what is wrong with my Mid 2014 MBP. It has ...
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Is there any command line alternative to Activity Monitor that would yield the same results?

I know there's top and htop commands, but they lack a lot of information. For example there is no way to list processes from Energy tab. Or is there at least some kind of API for Activity Monitor ...
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Difference between “⌘ + ↓” vs. “Double Click” vs. Right Click → Open when launching an .app?

I noticed that if I perform ⌘ + ↓ on foo.app, it will display a different output vs. right clicking and selecting Open vs. double clicking. This is a Wineskin application. ⌘ + ↓ launches Wineskin, ...
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Fast User switching shared folder permissions

I have touch ID and fast user switch between accounts using dif fingers. They have have dif gmail info and home folders. I don't make the guest an admin. Whats the best way that I can set up the home ...
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List PIDs of processes that require high perf GPU

Macbook Pro with Radeon card is huge pain. Is there a way to list in terminal processes/PIDs that use high perf GPU so I could easily kill them? I know Activity Monitor has "Energy" tab and there you ...
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Is it possible to customise Look Up in macOS Mojave?

When I three-finger tap on a word, I get a variety of definitions, from Dictionary.app, Siri knowledge, News, the App Store, etc. Would there be any way, either through Settings or through developing ...
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How to make Siri aware of Google Chrome browser on Mac?

I have Google Chrome browser installed on my Mac. It's set as my default browser. When I tell Siri: Siri, open browser It launches Safari. I tell Siri: Siri, open Chrome browser It says "It ...
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(Mojave 10.4.2) Missing top right items (clock, network, battery etc.)

I don't know what happened. I restarted mac and since then I don't have top right icons: network, sound, battery, clock, notification but from time to time it blink and for a moment become visible but ...
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Do I need a newer Mac if I want to continue to use Xcode with my iPhone?

Recently I updated my iPhone 6s to iOS 12.2. When I went to compile my app, Xcode told me it needed to be upgraded to deploy to device running iOS 12.2. When I went to upgrade Xcode, it told me my ...
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MacBookPro12,1 BootCamp Windows 7 repair “GUID CODE: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF (Unknown)”

I am trying to fix my windows 7 MSR partition. Everything was working since I decided to install ubuntu. I was able to fix the boot partitions before but now I'm stuck. The image shows GUID of MSR is ...
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How to export/backup Notes in macOS in one go

I have a lot of Notes on my machine which I don't want to loose. It's not logical to export them one by one. Is there any way to export them in one go, which would make me either use them on my new ...
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Creating screenshots on macOS Mojave without missing regions [migrated]

I have some code to create screenshots. On High Sierra it worked without issues. However, it does not work anymore properly since I run it on Mojave. Some parts are cut out. I use this API call: ...
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Take screenshot of screenshot with AppleScript

I want to open an image on the desktop with the 'Quick Look', then screenshot it, and then open the new screenshot to take another one of it. In resume, I want to know how to screenshot an image that ...
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Control data usage of Safari and other Web browsers on Mac

I find that Web browsers like Safari tend to consume data even after my Web pages are loaded sufficiently to be browsed/read. May I know why? As an example, I use TripMode to control the data usage ...
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Generate and view macOS system performance report

I want to generate a system performance report for my Mac. I would like that this report have CPU, Memory, disk and network activity statistics over a time period. Like, I start the report generation ...
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macOS: Kernel Panic at USB insertion, system restarts or freezes [duplicate]

When I insert a USB, macOS system (running High Sierra, Mavericks, Mojave) restarts or freezes with a panic report: Panic Report: panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff801e4ba207): "a freed zone element has ...
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I would need a way to monitor the sound volume on python macos

The title says it all, but I would also prefer if you don't need any permissions (like a terminal command that starts with sudo) Summerised : Need to see when the volume on MacOS hits a certain ...
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How to install default/stock Terminal app?

I uninstalled the default/stock Terminal app via AppCleaner. How to get the default/stock Terminal back without reinstalling Mojave?
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Using mv to rename files on terminal ended up with lost files

I'm on macOS Mojave 10.14.4, on a APFS SSD. Last week some students delivered me some image files over an image processing assignment. I have an automated routine on Matlab to grade the assignments, ...
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Is there a way to monitor the signals an HID (Human Interface) device sends to the OS?

There is a way in the mac world to monitor all the signals an HID device (a remote) sends to the OS? The final aim is to handle those and remap them to keyboard shortcuts. More details: a Logitech ...
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Problem setting modified date for iCloud directories

I wrote a shell script to change the modification date (using touch) of a set of directories to be the same as the date of the most recently modified file in the directory. (To make it easier to sort ...
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Import keychain to clean macOS install?

I am contemplating my first truly clean install in perhaps 20 years. My current working Mac is a direct hand-me down since Tiger in 2005, which was already a migration from OS8 or 9, around 2001. ...
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Mac Pro with Mojave snapshots [duplicate]

I cannot create a local snapshot to back up on a Mac Pro with Mojave, what can I do about that?
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Why is Apple Mail showing as 61GB?

Can anyone explain/help with this? (My local Mac techy can't.) My 2013 Retina MBP (running Mojave) is almost full, but it tells me Mail is somehow using 61GB. It was showing 70GB until I deleted ...
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Display issues using docking station Dell Universal 6000

I bought a Dell Universal 6000 docking station for my MacBook Pro 2018 to plug in 3 monitors via one Thunderbolt. The problem is that after installing DisplayLink drivers, only 2 displays are useable, ...
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How can I stop MacOS 10.14.4 Safari from automatically logging me in when I select a password?

When I go to a site that has a password saved and I select the password, Safari attempts to log me in immediately. However, this completely breaks functionality on some websites (ex adding accounts to ...
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MacBook Pro 8,2 (Early 2011, 15'' Unibody 2.3 GHz i7) - OS crashes randomly, after log in screen goes all white

I have a Macbook Pro, randomly started running into issues when logging in after start up. Occasionally will get the desktop to load but shortly thereafter the OS crashes leading to a screen with ...
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I got rid of Mac OSX and replaced it with linux but now I can't change it back to OSX or windows

I overwrote mac OSX with linux and I can't change it back to OSX because I cannot boot to the apple recovery mode it only boots to linux so I am not able to reinstall Mac OSX or windows.
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Variable and slow internet speed on my Mac compared to other devices connected on the same network

Background: I have a 40 Mbps Ethernet connection hooked directly to my iMac running on Mojave. I use the Mac as a router to share the internet connection from Ethernet to other devices using WiFi. ...
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What is the “studentd” process?

I'm logging network traffic (with Radio Silence), and noticed that the studentd process from /usr/libexec/studentd is connecting to some server. What is this process doing, why does it need internet ...
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How to Restore Time Machine WITHOUT OS

I’m backing up a time machine on Mojave. But I would like to downgrade to High Sierra, which would force me to format my hard drive. However I won’t want to lose my files. Can I restore the time ...
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Massive Amount of Random Files appearing in Documents

Really hope someone can help me with this issue! For the past few months, I have had an annoying issue whereby I have multiple 2-character 0-byte random folders appearing within Documents, along ...
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How can I repair a keychain in Mojave?

Whenever I encounter a password field in Safari which it wants to auto-fill using my keychain, it freezes up for a few minutes and shows nothing but the beach ball. I presume it has to do with a ...
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macOS: Name for app shortcut screen found by pinching with thumb and three fingers

In macOS, what is the name for the app shortcut screen (with all the installed apps icons displayed, taking up the whole screen) found by pinching with thumb and three fingers together (or sliding-in ...
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automating “Reset Advertising Identifier” is it possible?

I want to use osascript or some other way to automate "Reset Advertising Identifier" is it possible?
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A way to clone APFS and NTFS partitions from Mac OS?

I own a MacBook Pro and use dual-boot (MacOS and Windows). My 500gb internal SSD disk is partitioned like this: 400GB APFS volume with MacOS installed 100GB NTFS volume with Bootcamp installed I use ...
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What is kernel_task writing and reading?

After moving from High-Sierra to Mojave I noticed my Mac (23", fusion-drive 3.4GHz) has become much slower. In particular, I noticed that just after the startup I have a significant amount of disk ...
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macOS: why only few login elements are in System Preferences

In macOS, under System Preferences / Users / Login Elements there is a list of Login Elements that are started at the startup. Actually only few elements are listed here. There are many other ...
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How to make Preview render PDF docs with crisp fonts on MacBook Air (without Retina Display) in Mojave?

Hi have a Macbook Air (previous model, no retina display). Ever since the Mojave update, Preview renders text in PDF files quite blurry compared to Adobe Acrobat. For instance, here is a screenshot ...
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disable brightness and volume change overlay mojave

I followed this answer and (after disabling SIP) ran sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.OSDUIHelper\ Disabled -bool YES But it doesn't seem to have done anything, I still ...
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Is it possible to force a specific program to remain in memory after closing it?

Alfred is great, of course, and I use it all the time. However, if I haven't opened it for a little while it can take a few seconds to open the search-bar UI. Otherwise, it will open in less than a ...
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Unified Logs | macOS High Sierra

I have macOS unified logs from System A in .logarchive format. Any attempts to parse the .logarchive in System B using log show command provides following error: bash-3.2#log show /tmp/unifiedlogsv2/...
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Move app window to another Desktop without invoking Mission Control in macOS Mojave?

Sometimes a row of desktops appears at top of the screen while dragging window to the top. It happened without activating Mission Control. Unfortunately I am not able to reproduce this behaviour. How ...
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Cannot boot into macOS APFS after resizing Bootcamp using EaseUS

Trying to restore my Mac's APFS partition after it became unbootable from using EaseUS to resize Bootcamp. Trying to install Linux so wanted to resize the Bootcamp partition and now I can't boot into ...
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My external monitor no longer works with macOS Mojave

I have just updated to macOS Mojave and suddenly my Benq GL2750H no longer shows the original resolution (1920*1080). I have tried to select it in display options with the option key pressed:the ...
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bash $PS1 containing an emoj

This question is related to https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/357132/44531 I would like to have a space after the emoj 😱. I've tried in the script below but I'm getting two lines instead of the ...
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macOS Mojave dual monitor seperate spaces force dock on one screen

I'm relatively new to macOS. I'm using macOS Mojave and I have 2 monitors. I want the dock to stay on my right screen. My problem is when I move the mouse to the the bottom center on my left screen ...
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How to hide or deny access to Wi-Fi access points in macOS High Sierra or Mojave [duplicate]

Backstory: I work in a building with hundreds of wireless networks. I want to hide these networks from my users and only allow them to access a specific network (SSID 1). They only have the ...
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Why is kernel_task lagging my computer, and how can I limit it? [duplicate]

Kernel_task on my computer jumps from 3-380/400 CPU usage whenever I'm playing games, and causes my computer to lag. Is there any way to safely limit it. Edit: kernel_task's CPU usage is spiking with ...
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Run AppleScript in background without showing in app switcher?

Is there any way to run an AppleScript command (which runs infinitely) completely in the background without any icon showing in the dock or app switcher (⌘+Tab)? For example, hiding the AppleScript ...