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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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Keyboard shortcut for restoring applications from the Mac OS X Dock?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to restore a minimised application window from the Dock? Almost all Apple Mac OS X applications respond to the Apple + M command which minimises the current application ...
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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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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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Using dictation to transcribe audio files in batch?

I have lots of audio files that I want transcribed. Dictation is the best transcriber I have found that will run on my MacBook (there exist others like PocketSphinx but this is no where near as ...
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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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Fastest and safest way to copy massive data from one external drive to another

I need to be able to copy about 2TB of data from a single USB external disk to a Drobo attached drive via Firewire. Using the Finder is not an option. If it hits a problem, it stops the process and I ...
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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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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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The volume can't be ejected because it's currently in use

After working with an external USB backup disk I want to cleanly unmount the drive. When pressing the 'eject' button Finder warns me with the message: "The volume can't be ejected because it's ...
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Mojave spell check keeps flagging correct words and tries to change them to grammatically incorrect words

So this has been driving me crazy - it feels like I have a grammar troll living in my computer. MacOS's spell checker keeps flagging words as misspelled that aren't. I notice it mostly in Mail, ...
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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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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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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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accountsd want to use the “login” keychain [duplicate]

I don't know why but I get this pop-up 5-10 times in a day. It is very frustrating that I have to re-enter the password again and again. I tried cancelling it but appears again. I followed the steps ...
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Delete or Update Swift Book in iBooks

I had downloaded the Swift Book 4.0, it updated successfully on my iPhone but not on my Mac. It did not even open the book. I followed the solution here, after I deleted the folder, I opened iBooks ...
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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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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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I cannot change the home page of Safari anymore

I think I may have a virus or something, because when I installed a program a few days ago it said something about "www.searchpage.com". How can I fix this?
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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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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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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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AppleScript to set clock

I need to set the Mac clock to a specific date and time, to perform some testing. I'm new to AppleScript. Is it possible to write a double-clickable script to set the clock?( By “double-clickable”, ...
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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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Copy screenshot to clipboard in addition to saving the file

Within OS X 10.11.6, the Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4 key combination saves a screenshot to the desktop by default. Is there a way to automatically copy the file to the clipboard (in addition to saving the ...
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Can't plot with gnuplot on my Mac

I am trying to plot with gnuplot on my Mac (OS X 10.8.5). I have installed X11 and XQuartz 2.7.4 and after that I installed gnuplot, but unfortunately gnuplot couldn't plot. Simple plots like the ...
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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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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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Mac OS X 10.8 QuickLook Causing CPU & Temperature Spikes

I have consistently been having a problem with my computer overheating due to random processes using 100%+ CPU. Commonly the problem occurs with the process QuickLookSatellite-general, but it is not ...
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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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External HDD with encrypted mac partitions is no longer recognized

I have an external disk which I use for data and a TimeMachine backup. For some reason the partition table appears to be broken and I may already have worsened the problem by trying to fix it with ...
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Mac does not recognize password after upgrade

Background This morning I sit in front of the Mac at work and notice that some update is required. Furthermore, the upgrade to Sierra is allowable, but they told me to not upgrade for some reason, so ...
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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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How can I copy the path of a file in Finder?

How can I copy the path to a folder or a file? The Info Dialog doesn't allow me to copy the information that stands there ... Is there an easy way to do this?
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Wipe all WiFi settings from MacBook

My old MacBook has come out of retirement after about two years turned off. It connected to my WiFi but the browsers complain it's insecure and might be connected to servers pretending to be the ones ...
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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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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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Finder launch and quit after booting

I've started noticing that, after booting and launching all app that was on at the time of shut down, finder simply quit after ~10 sec and I have to turn it on manually. I didn't recall this issue ...
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Bind Secondary Groups to Active Directory w/ Unix Extensions

I'm running Windows Server 2012 R2 w/ Active Directory and Unix Extensions. I have several linux/bsd hosts already connected to the domain via ldap and mapping the uid/gid/secondary groups properly. ...
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icdd process consuming substantial memory on macOS

In the past week or so the process 'icdd' has been starting from time to time and when it does it consumes massive amount of RAM (upwards of 7 GB). When this happens, my MacBook Pro essentially ...
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Wacom tablet. Endless error messages in OS X systemlog

I am running a Wacom intuos tablet with the latest software driver v6.3.16-12 on OS X El Capitan. I have noticed endless error messages in the OS X console e.g 27.07.16 16:00:59,520 WacomTabletDriver[...
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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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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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My Seagate 4TB HDD doesn't mount in OSX El Capitan

My Seagate 4TB HDD doesn't mount in OSX El Capitan on my MacBook Retina. I have been using it for the last week on this computer, but today it doesn't mount. It shows up in Disk Utility, but when I ...
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Protocol specification for the new User Enrollment mode

Recently, Apple announced a new "User Enrollment" mode that will be supported by the upcoming iOS and Mac OS. There is a session on this at WWDC with some good information, but I haven't been able to ...