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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(Re)install Mac OS and install default needed apps

We've got a mid-sized company (~20 people) and everyone has a Mac OS system. Every now and then we need to reinstall or install new systems. It is a pretty cumbersome procedure to reinstall all our ...
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Photos: decrease in quality when exporting a live photo as a gif

The photos app decreases the quality of each frame to terrible levels when exporting a live image as a gif. Can somebody suggest a fix or an alternative?
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Safari browser popup message

This happened to my friend. Whenever Safari closes and reopens she gets a small popup as follows in her iMac (OS X 10.11.6, Safari v. 11.1.2). She never clicks the button but in order to try and stop ...
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Webpage Login Issues — How to Diagnose

I have two Macs: a 2015 iMac that lives on my desk, and a 2013 MacBook Air. I have accounts at usaa.com, and like to use Safari. While I can log into USAA's webpage easily on the Air, I'm not able to ...
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macOS Mojave default login screen cannot be changed

After following the instructions in this post (How do I change the login screen background in macOS Mojave?), I still could not change the login screen on start up. It works when I log out, but not ...
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Securing Macbooks for new employees [closed]

We are a new company and we provision Macbooks for our new employees. We have proper MDM on our roadmap to be rolled out within 6 months, but in the meantime we need to make sure the company's ...
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Can a book stored in Kindle be saved as a file on my iMac. Would like to open in Calibre

I bought a Kindle version of a reference book from Amazon. The Kindle reader for the iMac is not my favorite application and I would like to load the book in Calibre and possibly save as a PDF. Or ...
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Specific: effect of rm -r /./*

I was trying to delete files inside the current directory with rm -r /./* command. When executed it warned me about removing "...Siri..Application". I kind of panicked, thinking it's trying to delete ...
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How can I install vpfit on a 64 bit macOS?

I am trying to install the Voigt profile fitting (vpfit) program on a 64 bit macOS machine. I'm stuck on this. Kindly help if anyone had any luck with the installation. Here is what I did: *Port ...
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Firefox bookmark editor

Safari auto edits bookmarks such that the https:// and .com/... are cut off, so that one can see the book mark name without all the gak. And one can still further edit the left hand (name) column ...
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How to repair Mactintosh HDD

I have a MacBook Pro 2016 15" with 256GB running macOS High Sierra. When I got the MacBook used, I was able to log in. The MacBook did not have an iCloud account linked so I linked mine up and enabled ...
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Why does built file not work on other macOS computers? [closed]

To be clear, it's the first time I'm using a MacOS for developing purposes. The compiled program works amazingly well on Windows, Linux and Mac OS, the only different being that on Mac OS it only ...
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Recover from possible infection by virus attachment via email

I clicked on an attachment of a scam email by mistake and the file was downloaded to the download folder. I did not open it, but I feel that this was probably enough to infect my laptop. The format ...
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Software Update Issue [closed]

My MacbookAir2018 is not able to download software updates.I have a working internet connection.The download gets sticked on a particular stage and automatically cancels itself after sometime.Please ...
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Finding cause of “Path not allowed in target domain” error

This error just started showing up in my log in the last few days. The only software installed, or update recently was the addition of a Wacom tablet. Everything appears to be working properly but I ...
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macOS - How do I remove the restart-time update installer?

I've been having a problem with Security Update 2019-004 10.13.6. When it was time to restart to complete the update, the screen went black and the mouse cursor moved to the top left corner (I could ...
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No prompt to accept files when Airdropped to myself?

Ive just airdropped a file from my phone (iPhone 8, iOS 12.x) to my computer (MacBook Pro, OSX 10.13.x). Both devices use the same Apple / iCloud ID. The file was received fine, but I was not ...
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Individual iCloud passwords randomly/occasionally disappear

Every few months I notice a password or two I need is no longer in the iCloud passwords list found in Mac Safari preferences. This issue has happened on several (6+) occasions over the past year. The ...
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How do I know how much time battery has left on my MacBook?

macOS used to show how much time your battery was good for before it died (e.g. 4 hrs and 22 mins). I don't see it anymore though. Now it just gives a percentage. I'm running macOS Mojave 10.14 on a ...
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How do I make a new terminal window that is a child process of another one?

How do I make a new terminal window that is a child process of another one? for example, If I am in one terminal and I do export zzz=123 then a child process should have $zzz . If I do cmd-n ...
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Mac OS Mojave: How to rename my keychain?

I just recovered my OS from TimeMachine. What happened is that instead of my keychain being restored, it was renamed to login.keychain2 and a new empty login.keychain was created. I tried to delete ...
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Starting multiple HomeBrew Services

I would like to run two different mongodb databases on my Mac. I installed mongodb with the HomeBrew manager. However I was unable to find a possibility to create new homebrew services. I already ...
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How to set kernel state to unbounded (“unlimited”) value using sysctl?

I want to set kern.maxfiles kernel state to unbounded value using sysctl. However, the commands sysctl kern.maxfiles=unlimited yields an error (not an integer), while I'm not sure of the sematics of ...
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How to execute python script by terminal?

I wanted to learn Python, I installed some software. I created a little execution files and none of them will execute. So I've checked my terminal and type basic things like Is, cd etc. None of them ...
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monitor displays shows no picture in display settings and goes black randomly

This is my first question so please pardon my mistakes. I use a Mid 2017 MacBook Pro with a HP V270 Monitor. The monitor connects fine using a USB-C to HDMI cable but the issue I'm having currently is ...
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Still looks bash

I've already changed shell to zsh, but my terminal still looks like bash. What I've done: Install Oh My ZSH via curl. Run cash -s /bin/zsh in terminal. They said once you restart the terminal you'...
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How to deselect a file from Quick Look list preview?

When you select multiple items and press space (open Quick Look) you can click an icon1 where it shows a contact sheet with the thumbnails of the files, can you deselect an item without closing and ...
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iOS mount point in macOS - Is there any way to access the iOS files in macOS directly?

In the past I was able to use iOS devices as USB drives. (It may have been on Windows only, and/or the devices may have had iOS < 9) At present my iPods / iPads / iPhones do not appear in my Mac'...
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Phone call notification on Mac opens FaceTime app, interrupting work

I wanted to get notifications on my computer for phone calls, so I set up my Macbook to make and receive phone calls. When I receive a phone call, FaceTime opens and then the notification appears. ...
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It is safe to delete the content of the Caches directory with Mac OS X? [duplicate]

It is safe to completely delete the content inside the following directory: /Users/{username}/Library/Caches/ If yes, what could be the consequences of deleting the content of this Caches directory? ...
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How can I remap mousebuttons in macos mojave

I use a wireless mouse (Anker vertical wireless) and the buttons which are supposed to go back or forward in a browser just turn on scrolling by mouse-movement. I'd like to remap these two buttons to ...
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Unminimize window Apple script not working when upgrading from El capitan to Mojave

I have an Apple script that I found somewhere that unminimizes windows. It worked on El Capitan but now it doesn't in Mojave. I assume there was a change of syntax but I know nothing about apple ...
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How to delete the word in front of the cursor in terminal on Mac OS

I've read fn + option + delete will delete the word in front of cursor. This works for me in any of the editors i use, or any other text fields (chrome, textedit etc). However in terminal, the key ...
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macOS: how to set a custom lock screen delay (from command-line)?

In MacOS, if I don't like the System Preference's provided options in the dropdown "Require password [...] after sleep or screen saver begins", is there a way to set it to a different value, ...
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Hide SSID from the list of available wifi networks in macOS?

Is there any way to hide particular SSID names from the list of available networks? Below command gives list of wifi networks, /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/...
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Must disconnect then reconnect to wifi otherwise it times out

My MacBook Pro, Mid-2015 w/ Retina Display, running macOS Mojave 10.14.6, very very frequently times out when it tries to load web pages. It says it's still connected to the wifi network, but the ...
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Deleted thousands of photos from Photos library, and the size is the same

I have a a Photos library which is around 335GB. I deleted 23k photos from it (leaving only the photos from 2015-2016) and the size is almost the same: now the size is 330GB. After deleting them I ...
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Automatically download software update over a specific network

I want my mac to automatically download updates for me only if I am connected to a specific WiFi network. Is this possible with a script? If so, how?
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Trouble with Shared Folders Between 2 Macs

I have 2 Macs (a MacMini and a MacBook).The MacMini gives shared access to a couple of its folders. The MacBook connects and has read/write access to those folders. For many years this has worked, but ...
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How can I disbale login animations in macOS?

How can I disable the hideously irritating 'rolling cube' animation when logging in? When I switch from one user account to another, at first it appears to switch instantly to the selected user, 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 to auto-swap modifier keys with Fn or caps lock in Mojave

With the internal keyword I would like to be able to quickly swap between Mac's default modifier keys layout and a more windows like layout: control key: cmd command key: Ctrl It would be awesome if ...
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How can I remove an application which is preventing me from logging in normally on my MacBook?

MacBook Air 2015. Today I installed a third party application. After that my MacBook is stuck loading after entering my password. I remember selecting “allow application on start of MacBook” so that ...
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Using command line how to open a specific section of GUI System Preferences?

It is possible to open a specific section (sub section) of the GUI System Preferences via command line terminal? Example: If I want to open just the main System Preferences window, I just run open /...
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How to enable notifications on Calendar macOS for recurrent events?

I created a few recurrent events from the Calendar app but none of them are being show as notifications, neither as popup notifications (those that appear on the top-right corner of the screen) nor on ...
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Cannot pair my iPhone with Xcode

I am running Xcode 10.3 and I have an iPhone 6s running iOS 12.4. I am unable to connect it to Xcode, which is running atop macOS Mojave running on a VMWare virtual machine. I got "trust this device" ...
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Activity Monitor - How to view multiple panels at the same time

I'm currently trying to view multiple metrics at the same time using Activity Monitor app (yes I have tried top, htop, etc but I was wondering if this is possible with Activity Monitor). Fx. looking ...
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Viewing external video input over mini displayport [duplicate]

I use an iMac as a nice large external display for a laptop on occasion. However swapping between the external input and the OSX desktop view means I can't view both at the same time (Cmd+F2). I ...
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Macbook pro restarts when gone to sleep for several hours

I have a late 2013 macbook pro running Mojave (10.14.5). When I put it to sleep for a longer period of time (it seems to happen overnight), it restarts after about 8 hours or so. I have no idea why ...
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Apple Mail.app does not find any emails when searching (though they do show up in spotlight)

For a while now, the search function in Mail.app has not been functioning properly. Whenever I search for anything, even if I know that such an email exists, nothing comes up. What is odd is that if I ...