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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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Prevent Google Drive from automatically installing other Google apps like docs, sheets and slides

Google Drive keeps installing other Google Suite apps. I know these are just links to the web services and I can delete them. However, they are installed again after an update. I installed drive via ...
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Request password to open Documents folder of another user account

There are two administrator accounts on my Mac. Both are for my own use and both are password protected. When I try to open the Documents folder of the second account from the first one, it is not ...
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Why am I not asked for application permission on an Apple Watch?

I want to be able to approve application requests from an Apple Watch (AW) by double-pressing the side button. Despite having this setting [1] enabled, I'm never prompted on my AW to permit the ...
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How to remove a standard user from iMac without their Apple ID password?

The iMac I use at work has a standard user, belonging to an ex-employee. This person left the company so I would like to remove the user account from the Mac. I have an admin account. The problem is ...
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cannot boot into recovery after reinstalling Big Sur

MBP Intel,cannot boot into recovery after reinstalling Big Sur. I had to reinstall Big Sur and after that I could not boot into recovery mode. I can however boot into internet recovery (command/ shift/...
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Does this `last` output from macOS terminal describe a remote access login to my computer?

My computer was up to some strange things. I used the "last" command to check login activity and this is the result. Not only have I never seen it before this, all of my previous logins were ...
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How to Disable IconservicesAgent? I Don't use the GUI

IconservicesAgent is using 80-90% of my CPU, causing my macbook air 2018 to overheat just by turning it on. I don't need this as I hardly use the GUI, I'm on the terminal 95% of the time, don't even ...
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Steam App is not working with Sonoma 14.3.1

I downloaded the latest Steam app from the official website and moved it to Applications folder. I tried to launch the Steam app but getting a weird error message given below. How to resolve this ...
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Increase contrast of selected text in Safari / MS Word

CONTEXT: a Samsung external monitor with a Mac. PROBLEM: When text is selected with the mouse, it is almost impossible to see the highlighted shading that identifies the selected text. The problem is ...
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Change macOS system-wide context menu feature "Search With Google" to "Search DuckDuckGo"?

When selecting text, you can right click and select "Search DuckDuckGo ..." -- while your in Safari/Firefox at least, but for system wide apps it reverts to an un-changeable "Search ...
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Inbuilt mic input volume very low on macOS Monterey though set to max

I am using a MacBook Air 13 inch 2017 model with macOS Monterey 12.7.3. This is the latest OS for my device. I recently came to know about a problem with the input mic of my device when people started ...
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Editing Privacy and Security settings via Terminal commands?

We've recently pushed an update for Teams to my userbase and with the switch from the "Classic" version to the "New" Teams users will need to go into System Settings > Privacy &...
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How to move strings contained in results of `nettop` using text editor?

using sed, awk, ed, etc... how to save an output string into a variable and print in a different position? example output of nettop: iMac191 ~ nettop -l1 -n -J interface,state -p "$(/usr/bin/...
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Simple, free GUI application for running shell scripts

I need to teach a non-technical person how to configure and run a series of shell scripts. This person has never used the Terminal before. The shell scripts look something like this: configOption1 = &...
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Creating a new user profile with the same user profile folder name

If I want to revert macOS settings or maybe to fix some of its bugs, I may decide to create a new user profile. My name is John and the name of my user profile folder is just that, john. That is, when ...
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File with @ in permissions

I've done a bunch of searching and can't figure this out. I have a bash file I am trying to create and run, but the file keeps getting saved with an @ in the last position on the permissions: user@...
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How do I watch Amazon Prime videos on the MacBook Pro M2?

There has got to be a reason why I cannot watch Amazon Prime videos on the MacBook Pro M2, because I can watch them on my non-M2 MacBooks. Anybody know what makes the M2 so special that I cannot do ...
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MacOs prevent wifi disconnection

I'm new to Mac. Currently using Apple M1 Sonoma 14.1. How do you guys prevent your laptop disconnect from wifi during screen off? Scenario: During a lecture, sometime you are to focus hearing the ...
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Unable to select Sharing Only user when setting up file sharing

I have this weird issue on Sonoma where after creating a sharing-only user I'm unable to select it under Windows File Sharing. Instead I only see an entry for my main account (+ other Standard/Admin ...
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Despite telling ssh to prompt only once on failure, I get two prompts from macOS servers - how do I prevent that

I am getting asked twice to enter a password even though, if the password is wrong, I should only get asked once when using the -o NumberOfPasswordPrompts=1 option. Try this: On a Mac that has SSH ...
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Is macOS `prefPane` app possible containing virus?

So I came across this unusual program, https://doomlaser.com/cursorcerer-hide-your-cursor-at-will/. I'd want to install it, however it's built using a macOS feature called prefPane, which lets you add ...
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wifi setting for mac operating system

Would it be possible to hide or disable other ssid for mac operating system? I want to setup only assigned ssid visible for user. Thanks.
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MacOS Shortcuts - Restore previous Focus mode after switching to Do Not Disturb

I'm trying to build a Shortcut for switching to Do Not Disturb for a given number of minutes. Afterwards, the previous Focus mode should be restored. For example, I have a mode called "Work"....
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How to add extra latency/delay for MacBook audio output?

Is it possible to programmatically add extra latency to the audio output? E.g., 500ms or 1000ms to headphones 3.5mm out? Can this be done via OS settings or CLI built-in tools? Are there some free or ...
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How do I use dictation and play my music in iTunes on my Mac at the same time?

How do I use dictation and play my music in iTunes on my iMac running macOS Sonoma 14.3.1 at the same time?
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How to have MacOS finder show unmounted drives in sidebar?

I want to be able to always show my external drives on the sidebar even after they are unmounted so I can just click them to remount quickly. I feel like this is possible through a terminal command ...
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OSX base system warnings

First Aid on macOS Base system reports: "Volume could not be unmounted. Using live mode. Performing fsck_apfs -n -l -x/dev/rdisk4s1" Then after checking the container superblock, EFI ...
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Why Mac (M1\M2) crashed while connecting to Win 7 PC via SMB

After choosing the guest option the system crashes and after the system restarts it gives the following logs to report, yes I've tried the Registered User option but that just not working. Panic(cpu 2 ...
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Can I somehow restrict command+tab to hide apps without document windows open from macOS?

On MacOS, closing the last window of an app does not close that app. (To speed up opening a new window later, I assume.) Motivation Let's look at 2 common activities: A) opening a document/file that ...
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Will the EU / DMA changes spare iPad and macOS devices?

Apple has issued a statement "Update on apps distributed in the European Union" regarding the support of "Home Screen web apps", which is their term for PWA's. It's essentially ...
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Can I generate screenshot in 2x mode with any screenshot tool on macOS?

Currently, if I take a screenshot e.g. 1000x1000, it provides a 1000x1000 image. Ideally, I want to be 2000x2000. Is it possible to take screenshots in 2x/retina resolution with the default screenshot ...
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Can I list/edit/remove the "remembered" display settings for different multi-monitor setups?

I've had various single-external-monitor setups previously, and now I have two external monitors. MacOS seems to remember some previous ones and since one monitor takes slightly longer to wake up, it ...
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Boot from external drive with no admin password or recovery mode?

I recently left an organization that had placed a bunch of restrictions on my Macbook Air M2, which is running Sonoma 14.3.1. I don't have an admin password, and all startup options (recovery mode, ...
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How can I reverse the loss of window manager pre-set sizes in macOS?

I used to have a feature on my mac hat when a window is dragged to the top, it gets fullscreen. Another tool loved on the menu bar that had a list of around 15 different preset window sizes. Both of ...
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How are template documents supposed to work?

I saved a iWork Numbers document as a template (and if I look at the file's file information in Finder, the template checkbox is checked). I later opened this template document on computer A and ...
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How to unzip XCode.xip downloads? Archive Utility gets stuck at the end

I've downloaded the 7.68 GB Xcode_14.2.xip file from http://developer.apple.com/downloads onto a 60 GB USB drive. I double-clicked it to expand it using macOS' built-in Archive Utility. However, both ...
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Safari http site keep loading forever

I found that http sites (e.g., http://eu.httpbin.org/) keep loading forever, which I did not visit before. Safari does not switch it to the HTTPS. Rather, it keeps loading forever; do you have any ...
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Creating User Accounts with Puppet/Missing ACLs

Currently we use Puppet in my environment to provision a user account seen here and here Recently we noticed on macOS 13 that the user account created were missing ACLs. I believe the missing ACLs are ...
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Default files and folders in Macos base system - Big Sur - usual files/folders

How can I confirm the files and folders visible in macos base system (seen via disk utility when booting into recovery (CMD r)) are standard? Attached are photos of part of it. Any help appreciated. [
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What is "Open and Save Panel service"?

I put my computer to sleep and everything was normal, but when I woke it up again, the CPU and fans started to run at 100 %. This is what I saw in Activity Monitor: What is this and why does it use ...
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How to prevent accidental execution of potentially harmful commands (e.g. reboot)

I spend a lot of time in Terminal.app, and in iTerm2 - mostly using SSH connections to some Linux boxes. I'm used to issuing reboot commands to these Linux boxes, but earlier this evening I ...
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Can I tell if a hard drive is usable or fake?

I purchased a hard drive which looks like a fake (doesn’t mount when I plug it in, the label is suspicious). If there a way using terminal to know if it’s usable? Nothing mounts when I plug it in Disk ...
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How to find out what my MacBook Air was doing for 3 hours in my backpack (hot and at 8% battery) when I thought it was sleeping?

I am using macOS Catalina (10.15) and I spent about an hour exporting some photos from Photos to my friend's SD card, which seems to involve a lot of computing (it's not the same as copying files). ...
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How do I prevent audio from muting when I use dictation?

I interview people on zoom and write notes on my thoughts as they speak. I type slowly and would like to dictate while they're talking (while my Zoom mic is muted). However, every time I begin ...
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How to recover a deleted screen recording that was recorded using Screen Recorder on a Mac?

I'm exploring the possibility of recovering deleted screen recordings that were created using the default system Screen recorder application on a Mac Monterey OS version 12.2.1. Where will the ...
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Install Mac EL Capitan without Apple check

is there a way to install el capitan without internet and apple check? I have tried various ways, but unfortunately none of them work: download el capitan from apple: http://updates-http.cdn-apple.com/...
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opendiff not getting launched after `git mergetool`

When I try to do a git mergetool (after getting a merge conflict), I get that the merge.tool is not configured..., and Hit return to start merge resolution tool (opendiff): After pressing return, I ...
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update security certificate on unsupported operating system

I am using an old Macbook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2014) with Version 10.11.6 of the OS. The OS can't be updated anymore. For the most part, the computer is still very functional with two caveats. I'm ...
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Creating a default All-Day Calendar Event

Is it possible to create a default all-day Calendar event? For instance, something that will have the same Name as well as the same multiple Alert times - so I don't have to renter the same alert ...
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Recover unidentified free space after erase

I am having problem dealing with this situation: after I deleted a system that I don't want via eraseVolume, I don't have the access to this 119.4 GB space below. I have no idea how to recover it, ...
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