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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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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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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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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How to save password for Cisco IPSec in Mac native VPN client?

Everytime I connect to the Cisco VPN using the built-in VPN client, it asks me for the password. I am wondering is there a way we can auto save the password, like using the keychain?
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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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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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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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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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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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App Store: “To update this app, you need to accept it on the Account page”

I'm trying to update Keynote in the Mac App Store and I get this message: Unable to update “Keynote” To update this app, you need to accept it on the Account page in the App Store. I get the ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to restrict Time Machine backups to a given size?

I'm using a Time Capsule to do Backups, I've been doing this for a while now. The problem is that the backup begins small and with time it becomes huge. So restricting its size would make Time Machine ...
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trouble installing cmake

I need to install cmake for school. I have tried using the source code but don't really understand where I should unpack it and how to add it to my path. I also tried the .dmg file but the command ...
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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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Reinstall El Capitan on 2009 iMac

I've giving my 2009 iMac to a friend. It was running El Capitan and Windows 10 on Bootcamp. I've tried to be clever (which apparently I'm not) and I've done a clean reset of Windows 10, not ...
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Find all executable files within a folder in terminal

I have a folder myfolder that contains a huge hierarchy of files/folders. How to find all executable files within this folder? On Ubuntu this works: find . -executable -type f But Mac OS X Mavericks ...
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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut to move a window from one monitor to another?

Is there a free app that I can use to move a window from one monitor to the other monitor (assuming only two monitors) via the keyboard? I shouldn't have to use the mouse at all (e.g., for selecting ...
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File Not Found Error while including bits/stdc++.h

My System: MacOSX 10.9 64-bit Hey guys, I am working on Sublime Text 3. I have included the #include <bits/stdc++.h> but when I am compiling the source code, adityas-air% g++ 285C.cpp 285C.cpp:...
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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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Is there anything like OneTab available for Safari?

I am looking for a "tabs decluttering" app for Safari like OneTab Chrome Extension How OneTab Works Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of ...
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Convert single unicode character to png image

I need to convert a Unicode character (e.g. ⦿; CIRCLED BULLET; U+29BF) to a PNG image for use within a reporting tool (Crystal Reports). I need to preserve the font, size, and formatting of the ...
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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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macOS keeps reverting to static DNS IP addresses

I have a strange issue that only started occurring recently (within the last 2 public OS update releases). The DNS IP addresses for all interfaces (at least, the WiFi and Ethernet interfaces) are ...
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Typing >console in username box—nothing shows up until cancelled

When I type >console into the username box on the login screen, the computer seems to freeze for a very long time. Then I press ^C^C^C^C^D^C^D^D^D^C^D and eventually the computer unfreezes—but ...
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How to turn off connections when MacBook lid is closed

I have a friend who wants his connections (WiFi, Bluetooth, ext...) to turn off when his lid is closed. He doesn't want to change a lot of settings (sleep mode, turning it off manually ...). Is ...
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How do I clear the purgeable area on my disk?

I cleared space on my disk by deleting files and emptying trash. But, I am unable to make use of the space that I freed up. That is, as you can see the disk reports 142 GB as Available with 83 GB of ...
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How to Eject All External Partitions Quickly?

I have an external disk with two partitions on it that I keep plugged into my MacBook Pro when I'm at my desk. (One is for Time Machine, the other just for extra storage.) Sometimes I need to grab my ...
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Office 365 keeps prompting for login credentials on Mac OSX?

Office 365 keeps prompting for login credentials within Mac OSX? I came across a problem where a client of mine had bought and installed Office Suite 2016 she than upgraded to Office 365 Business ...
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Shortcut for toggling between different windows of same app?

I opened two Google Chrome windows (because I am using multiple Gmails) and when I do the Cmd ⌘ Tab ⇥ shortcut it just shows me other applications that I opened but does not show me the other Chrome ...
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< and ^ keys are swapped

I'm using a German Keyboard (Lioncast LK20) with OS X 10.11.5. I set the keymap to German and it is displayed correctly in the settings screen. Unfortunately the following two keys are swapped when I ...
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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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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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Remount drive without physically disconnecting?

So I have unmounted a usb external hard drive but I went to re-mount it. Is there a command that I can use to remount the drive? Only way I know to re-mount a drive is to disconnect the usb cable ...
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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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OS X El Capitan and older not available on App Store? [duplicate]

So it turns out I can not install Sierra because I have a Mid2009 Macbook Pro. I wanted to update to El Capitan, but it turns out its no longer available on the app store? Any ideas, how to get El ...
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A mysterious “Other…” user has appeared on my login screen

I know this is often caused by enabling the root user, but checking the Directory Utility app — as instructed in other threads on this topic — has shown me that this user isn't at all enabled. Only ...
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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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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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Can I get a 'modern' browser for Mac OS X (10.7.5) without upgrading to OS X El Capitan?

I am using Safari (6.1.6) for all my web use but certain sites I use often are telling me my browser is out of date. I gather Safari cannot be upgraded to a more modern status. Having read the ...
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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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Startup Disk full - Read-only- cannot boot Mac Mini

I'm at my wits end with this issue. Hours of searching various forums have produced glimmers of hope, but nothing works. First - mea culpa - I have only myself to blame. Short Version: I wiped my ...
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Can’t backup OSX Mojave because it thinks FileVault is running

I am getting this error on my Mac Mini, which persists after multiple restarts. (I accidentally fixed it. Details at the end of the post) Time Machine did not back up because FileVault was ...
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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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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 ...